Welcome to Debate!. CX versus LD. http://www.uiltexas.org/speech/debate/debate-introduction-video. CX Explained.
CX stands for cross examination--policy debate in which “teams of two advocate for and against a resolution that typically calls for policy change by the United States federal government” (Wikipedia). It is often referred to as cross-examination debate, or CX, because of the 3-minute questioning period following each constructive speech.
Affirmative teams generally present a plan as a proposal for implementation of the resolution. The negative will generally prove that it would be better not to do the plan or that the opportunity costs to the plan are so great that it should not be implemented.
Criteria for judging CX debate: http://www.uiltexas.org/speech/debate/criteria-for-judging-cx-debate
LD stands for Lincoln Douglas, which is one-on-one policy debate. LD is also often called values debate, “because the format traditionally places a heavy emphasis on logic, ethical values, and philosophy. The Lincoln–Douglas Debate format is named for the 1858 Lincoln–Douglas Debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas, because their debates focused on slavery and the morals, values, and logic behind it” (Wikipedia).
1st Aff. constructive – 6 minutes
Cross Examination – 3 minutes
1st Neg. constructive – 7 minutes
Cross Examination – 3 minutes
1st Aff. rebuttal – 6 minutes
Neg. rebuttal – 6 minutes
2nd Aff. rebuttal – 3 minutes
Prep time: 4 minutes
Debate—both CX and LD—is driven by research. You should know essentially EVERYTHING about your topic and continually research it throughout the year (semester LD).
Therefore, most days of class will be spent in the library or an open computer lab researching as well as working on your cases.
After two to three weeks of consistent research, you all will begin practicing in class; and I will judge each team (or individual debater—LD) as if it were an actual debate tournament.
Research: you will be responsible for acquiring new research each week.
Cases: While at first you will focus solely on one case, composing multiple drafts of it and running the case in class debates, eventually, you will be responsible for developing multiple cases and will choose your best case to use at tournaments.
Delivery: Not only will you be graded on the case itself, but your delivery will also be assessed.
Terminology: It is imperative that each of you learn the appropriate debate jargon in order to do well at tournaments. A judge told one of my CX teams last year that they would have won the round if they had simply used the correct jargon. Thus, you will be tested on debate vernacular, so you will better your chances at being successful at tournaments.
Current Events: One becomes a better, more knowledgeable debater when he or she keeps up with current events. Therefore, you will be quizzed over current news reports (as specified in the syllabus) each week.