Urban Debate Leagues across the country primarily offer Policy Debate (CX) as its debate format of choice. Below you can find the description of Policy Debate, the topic, judging information, and a timetable of a Policy Debate round. These are introductory materials for beginning Policy Debate, but contact us for further resources to learn more.


Policy debate is an extracurricular activity where two teams of two people competitively discuss issues of United States governmental policy. Each year, a yearlong topic is determined and teams debate whether that topic, or “resolution,” is a good or bad idea. The affirmative will advocate for the resolution by proposing a plan. Conversely, the negative will argue against the affirmative plan.

The current topic for 2020-2021 is:
The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing. 


These are the speech times and order for a Policy Debate (CX) round. To follow a debate round as a competitor, judge, or spectator, it is common to "flow" the debate round by taking notes of the debate for each of the speeches given. 

If you'd be interested in judging GSDL student's debates, please contact us so you can also be apart of the GSDL's programs.