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Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Lincoln-Douglas debate on the intercollegiate level is one-on-one policy debate. Typically, the membership proposes several different topic areas which are used for an entire season. The membership votes on those areas, selecting one. The LD committee then proposes several resolutions.

The 2017-2018 Resolution 

Resolved: the United States federal government should substantially increase the regulation of state and/or local police misconduct in the United States.


Want to give NFA-LD a try?  
Don't forget to download the rules. Click here for a printable PDF of the LD rules.  Please refer to the NFA By-Laws for the complete rules, qualification and eligibility guidelines and code of ethics.
  • Time limits for LD debate are:

    • 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
  • 2017- 2018 LD Committee Members

    • John Boyer (Chair) (3 year term)--Lafayette College
    • Adam Blood --University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    • Steve Farias--University of the Pacific
    • Joe Packer--Central Michigan University
    • Bailey Rung--Western Kentucky University