PARLI

JUDGES

Parli Debate Orientation Slides

STUDENTS

Parli Briefing Info

1. The Arkansas Diamond Tournament Coordinators have worked very hard to provide all six Parli Rounds with a “strike” option. Please be prompt in reporting to the Parli Announcement Room prior to each Parli round. In order to do our part and keep the tournament running on time, we will need to work together once postings are up to be efficient in working through the striking process and get prep time started as scheduled.

Strike Process
a. POSTINGS WILL GO UP AT SPECIFIED LOCATIONS FOR POSTINGS.
b. ALL DEBATERS PROCEED TO ANNOUNCEMENT ROOM.
c. FIND YOUR ROOM NUMBER ON THE WALL WITH YOUR OPPOSING TEAM AND STAND THERE.
d. RESOLUTIONS WILL BE READ AND THREE PAPER COPIES OF RESOLUTIONS WILL BE HANDED OUT TO EACH SET OF DEBATERS.
e. GOV WILL HAVE THE OPTION TO STRIKE FIRST- 1 minute
f. OPP WILL HAVE THE OPTION TO STRIKE NEXT – 30 seconds
g. THE REMAINING RESOLUTION WILL BE CIRCLED/ HIGHLIGHTED.
h. PLEASE HAND IN ONE COPY OF THE RESOLUTIONS WITH STRIKES AND HIGHLIGHTED RESOLUTION TO PARLI STAFF AND EACH TEAM WILL KEEP ONE COPY FOR THEMSELVES. CIRCLED/ HIGHLIGHTED RESOLUTION IS THE RESOLUTION YOU WILL DEBATE IN YOUR ROOM.

2. All Debaters MUST READ and be familiar with the Parli rules for 2019-2020. These rules can be found on the Stoa USA website

3. Teams should bring a copy of these Parli Rules with them to each round.

4. Remember: POI’s are NOT ALLOWED IN REBUTTALS.

5. POO’s are only for RULE VIOLATIONS. (Keep in mind, there aren’t many rules, so logically there shouldn’t be much need to use a POO.) Note: for POO’s the timer should be stopped and the judge has the option to respond.

6. Government Teams have the right to prep in their assigned competition room.

7. Parli is self-timed. All Teams MUST bring a Time Piece to EVERY ROUND. It is recommended that teams time each other so that protected time is respected. Please do not ask the opposing team to borrow their timer (uncool).

Competitors

For listing of competitors, go to our debate page

AUDIENCE

Parliamentary debate provides a forum for students to enjoy a fast-paced match of wit, critical thinking, and oratorical skills. Parli also offers a unique opportunity for the audience to participate. Loosely based on the protocol used in the British House of Commons, audience members are allowed to engage in limited audible feedback during the speeches. While this adds to the fun and energy in the round, it is important to help students and other listeners learn the proper balance between their natural enthusiasm and appropriate decorum.
It is understandable to want to model our audience participation after the college model. However, this does not take into consideration that college Parli judges are trained and paid, while our judges are parents and community members who are often new to this forum. Therefore we need to establish an even higher standard of protocol so that we don’t accidentally sway the judge or cause the perception that a room has been “stacked” for one team.
The goal of this document is to help students and families learn how to enjoy participating, while remaining respectful and sensitive to the debaters and the judge(s) in the round. The following are not “rules” but general guidelines for reasonable audience participation. Coaches may want to add their own common sense ideas as well.

Helpful Guidelines

1. Always be aware of the size of the audience. Keep in mind that the more people who are in the room, the more chaotic a room can become if everyone is not careful.
2. Knocking or verbal affirmation is reserved for the strongest arguments. Usually, these arguments fall into two categories: a. Arguments that any reasonable person would agree with. In fact, even the opposing team might affirm them. b. The most important points the speaker will make. Agreeing verbally and knocking for every argument of a favorite team is not the purpose of audible feedback. It will help the students if they understand this is not about cheering on their team. It is about recognizing good thinking and truth from either side.
3. Audible feedback, knocking or verbal, should never drown out the speaker or be loud enough to distract the judge (s).
4. Knocking by the observers should take place on the desk or chair of the audience member, never on a judge’s chair or desk.
5. Always be careful of our facilities and property therein. Knocking is intended to be gentle and restricted to appropriate surfaces. Avoid using surfaces that could be damaged.
6. Verbal affirmation should be a short phrase that does not drown out the speaker or distract the judge. Something like, “Here! Here!” or “Well said” works well.
7. As with any sort of debate round, no conversation among audience members should take place while a speaker is at the podium.
8. If what you do wouldn't be fun if YOU were the speaker don't do it. (Golden Rule)
9. No negative feedback. This differs from college Parli. No shaming or booing, please.
10. Strive to have a general awareness of how many people are already knocking or affirming. It’s not a good idea for everyone to knock or speak together repeatedly. Kids tend to fall into a bit of a "band wagon" mode. This is a great opportunity to train our kids to carefully listen and think critically. This will hopefully teach them how to recognize robust argumentation versus knocking because other audience members are.
These guidelines were compiled from suggestions by Parli coaches and college Parli alumni.

Further Suggestions

We encourage coaches to use these guidelines as a spring board for a brief lesson plan before your students attend their first Parli tournament.
It is our hope that Parliamentary debate in Stoa will be a spirited, engaging event for everyone. Helping students understand how they can participate in appropriate ways will make our Parli rounds more enjoyable for our debaters, judges, and audience members.