VDFL

VDFL Debate Tournament ballot
Debate Judge Instructions 
Public Forum Debate Manual
VDFL Forensics Judges Checklist 
VDFL FORENSIC EVENTS 
2017-2018 VDFL SCHEDULE
Suggestions for Effective Forensic Judging
runner WL ballot.doc
schem Sheet
Second Round Scratch Sheet
Third Round Scratch Sheet.doc
VDFL COACHES.docx

DEBATE

Debate Tournament 

Paperwork

Forensic 

Paperwork

CONTACTS

 

DEBATE CONTACT:  James Dixon, President

EMAIL: dixonj@hartfordschools.net

Vermont Debate & Forensics League

The Vermont Debate and Forensics League (VDFL) is an affiliate organization of the VPA organized to create opportunities  to high school students in public speaking; to encourage interscholastic debate and individual speaking contests; and to promote the civic virtues of public discourse. In pursuing these objectives, the VDFL holds workshops, school sponsored competitions, and state tournaments in Public Forum Debate and  Forensics. 

 

Public Forum Debate is an oral communication advocacy exercise done with a partner.  Each team of two advocate either in favor of (PRO) or against (CON) a resolution by proposing two to three arguments supporting their position.  With these arguments laid out in opening speeches, each side chooses the most important arguments to defend or attack.  Using skills in cross-examination and the introduction of evidence, the debaters clarify, extend their own points, and expose weaknesses and/or contradictions in the opposition’s arguments.  Through a series of constructive and rebuttal speeches, the PRO and CON sides will seek to persuade a citizen judge of the merits of their position. 

Forensics (Speech)

 
Forensics events include eight activities.  
They are the interpretation of prose, poetry, drama and duo interpretation, Performance Poetry, extemporaneous and impromptu speaking, original oratory, and radio announcing.  A tournament competition includes three rounds where students present to a judge who then awards a rank as well as points to each speaker which determines the top speakers in each category as well as the top teams.

RESOURCES

 

FORENSICS CONTACT:  Gordon Ladd, President

EMAIL:  gladd@wcsu.net