The CMSDL administration has attached a set of proposed argument limits for this debate season. Please take a careful look at them and get back to us with any reactions, concerns, objections, or proposed emendations by this weekend, 9/18, to email@example.com. On Monday, 9/19, our argument limits for the season will be set, unless we have unresolved discussions or differences, in which case we’ll resolve them next week.
A few highlights from these proposed argument limits, for your consideration.
— The Varsity and JV Divisions’ rules are the same here because of the possibility, even likelihood, that these Divisions will be merged at some of our tournaments, as they were last year, until awards, when the two Divisions are broken out again.
— Updated evidence would be allowed in the V/JV Division at T2, and then for the rest of the year. Updated evidence would be allowed in the Novice Division at T3, and then for the rest of the year. This rule allows for newly researched evidence making the same essential argument in the Core Files — it doesn’t allow for new arguments being made.
— “Unlimited Case Attacks” allows teams to research new case attacks, beyond those in the Core Files.
— The Critique in that would be allowed in T4 and T5 against Core Files cases is the Astropolitics Critique, the one in the HS Core Files.
— The previewing of a new case that would be allowed in the V/JV Division at T4 and T5 would mirror the process at the HS level. Each school could preview one new affirmative case, several weeks in advance of the tournament. Then all the previews would be circulated, giving all schools an opportunity to research and develop negative strategies against these new cases.
— The negative would be unlimited against these new affirmative cases, since they may not be answerable by Core Files arguments.
— These are fairly aggressive extensions of the arguments runnable in the CMSDL, but based on the HS CDL, the openness doesn’t at all mean that schools will take full advantage of this “freedom” and run a lot of new arguments. And the fact that there are two Conferences in the CMSDL this season will also likely mean that there will be more expansion in the range of arguments in the “A” Conference rather than the “AA,” though of course that is not pre-determined by the rules or by the League administration — it is entirely up to the coaches and the students at the schools themselves.
— Don’t hesitate to backchannel or post any questions you might have. Argument limits can seem a little confusing at first, though they are readily understandable once explained and “lived with” a little bit.