Resources for Debaters

Hey debaters, here’s your spot for the core files this year. There are also backfiles here too. Check out the entire page; there are some videos to watch as well. If you find yourself wanting more information, pop over to the For Coaches tab for some argument-specific info.

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.

High School Core Files, 2017-2018

Middle School Core Files, 2017-2018

Argument Files, Prior Year

High School Core Files, 2016-17

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.

Program Forms

Permission Form

To ensure the safety of each student, debaters must have a permission form on file with MDL to participate. You can print out the permission form here or your coach will give you one at debate practice.

Permission Form, 2017-18

Character Contract

At MDL we want all of our participants to have a fun and enjoyable experience. To ensure everyone knows the rules, students are required to sign a Character Contract.

MDL Character contract

Debate Handbook

A guide for learning the rules and language of debate.
Debate handbook

Video Resources

Demo Debate Video

Produced by the Emory National Debate Institute 2013, this demonstration debate on the South America topic is a great example of what a novice policy debate round looks like.

Demo Debate Video

Also produced by Emory debaters, this short 20 minute video shows a novice level debate round on last year’s ocean topic.

Instructional Video


Produced by the Logos Forensics Association, this is an excellent introduction to the flowing.  While they structure their cases differently (we generally do not include definitions and mandates in ours) their introduction to the mechanics of flowing is excellent.