Parli Debaters!

  • All debaters need to be familiar with the Parli rules for 2020-21. These rules can be found on the Stoa USA website.
  • Teams may bring a copy of the current Stoa Parli Rules with them to each round.
  • Stoa's Parliamentary Debate rules state: No materials may be brought into the debate round for a debate team’s use except those handwritten by the two debaters during preparation time, a printed copy of the resolution if provided by the tournament director, and a copy of the Stoa Parliamentary Rules. The same rule applies in a virtual environment--no information of any kind may be read from your computer screen during the debate.
  • In order to request a Point of Information (POI), students may either 1) raise their hand, or 2) use the ”Thumbs Up” reaction at the bottom of the Zoom window.
  • Points of Order (POO) may be initiated verbally as usual.
  • During in-person Parli debate rounds, it is customary for people in the room to express their agreement with the speaker by knocking gestures or audible agreement. During this tournament, the option for expressing such agreement is to use the “Clapping Hands” reaction at the bottom of the Zoom window.
  • Please see the general debate protocol on this tab: Virtual Debate Protocol

Email sent to Parli Competitors on 3-11-2021:

Hello Parli Debaters!

We are excited to host you at the VT Purple Challenge! We look forward to meeting each of you at the

Mandatory Parli Debater Meeting and Roll Call

on Wednesday, March 17

at 8:20am PDT / 9:20am MDT / 10:20am CDT / 11:20am EDT


*What every parli debater should know:

General Parliamentary Procedures and Protocol

1 - All debaters need to be familiar with the Parli rules for 2020-21. These rules can be found on the Stoa USA website under Debate Documents. Teams should bring a copy of the current Stoa Parli Rules with them to each round.

2 - Parli postings will be posted on the VT Purple website 15 minutes before the start of each preliminary round.

3 - Timekeeping: Parli Debaters have the responsibility to TIME themselves. When self-timing, the recommendation is to use a count-down timepiece that beeps when time is finished.

4 - Points of Information and Order: Points of Information may be initiated by standing up or raising a hand. If, after a reasonable amount of time, the speaker does not see the POI, the opponent may verbally request a POI. Points of Order may be initiated verbally as usual.

5 - Please read the Parli info on the VT Purple tournament website: Parli Competitors - Purple


Topic Announcement Procedure

Preliminary Rounds:

1 - All resolutions will be announced in the Parli Topic Announce Room, which can be accessed through the Student Central tab on the VT Purple website.

2 - Preliminary rounds will consist of one resolution.

3 - The debate rounds will begin exactly 20 minutes after the announcement of the resolutions. The start time of the round will also be stated, along with the resolution. All four debaters must be in the competition room, ready to debate at the twenty-minute point. For clarification, the start time of the round is the time that the Prime Minister should start speaking. The tournament directors and/or the adjudication staff reserve the right to forfeit any team that is late for their round.

Outrounds:

1 - Strikes and flips for sides will take place in the Competition Rooms designated on outround postings (NOT in the Parli Topic Announce Room that was used in Prelims). All teams (including both debaters) should be present in the designated Competition Room for announcements 5 minutes prior to the resolution announcement.

2 - Each Competition Room will have a proctor present who will do roll call, manage the flip for sides (if needed), and monitor the strike process. For rounds in which sides are not locked, the flip for sides will take place before the striking of the resolutions. In the event a complete team fails to show up by the resolution announcement time, the opponents will choose the resolution.

3 - All outrounds will utilize the two-strike procedure, in which three resolutions will be presented to the teams on a shared screen in the Zoom breakout room. The Opposition team will have up to 30 seconds to strike one of the resolutions. Then the Government team will have up to 30 seconds to strike one of the remaining resolutions. The remaining resolution will be the one debated in the round.

4 - After the sides and resolution are chosen, the debaters should leave the competition room (or turn mics/video off) and prep using their preferred method (in-person or via phone/videoconferencing). Debaters may rejoin the Competition Room to start the round.

5 - The debate rounds will begin 20 minutes after the parliamentary proctor starts the time clock once the resolutions are decided. All four debaters must be in the room ready to debate at the twenty-minute point. For clarification, the start time of the round is the time that the Prime Minister should start speaking. The tournament directors and/or the adjudication staff reserve the right to forfeit any team that is late for their round.

If you have any questions, please email the tournament by replying to this email.

Thank you,
Theresa Ellington and Sharon Nagatani
For the VT Purple