Grand Finals Topic Areas

Topic areas for Student Congress legislation at the 2019 FGCCFL Grand Finals have been announced. These topic areas are intended to focus your attention on particular issues and to allow you to do some background research before the docket is released in February.

Please DOWNLOAD AND READ this document BEFORE you start drafting. Topic areas are generally broad in scope, but your legislation must address the topic objectives directly; furthermore, some topic areas have exclusions intended to keep debate focused.

These are the broad topic areas for Grand Finals (read the descriptions in the PDF for details):

  1. Housing (Domestic Affairs)
  2. Labor and the Workforce (Domestic or Economic Affairs)
  3. India and China (Foreign Affairs)
  4. U.S. Public Debt (Economic Affairs)
  5. Defending Democracy (Domestic or Foreign Affairs)

November Legislation

Legislation for the November 17 FGCCFL All Events at Riverview has been posted to Tabroom and is also available here.

NOTE: I approved eight items for this tournament—and rejected six. Four of those six items were rejected because of serious drafting problems that would have required a total rewrite but also would have been correctable had they been submitted for review.

When Nobody Wants to Speak

A lack of speakers (one one side or both) is A Thing That Happens at every tournament. There is well-established procedure for this situation, but for some reason, people don’t seem to know it. So let’s review.

Before you continue, you should open or download the current Congress Manual (18.10.1) and review §§ 5(b), 6(d), 8(a), and 9(e)(5).

There are only two situations involving a lack of speakers. The first is when there a B/R with no author that nobody wants to sponsor. The second is literally every other speech that no one wants to give.

Continue reading “When Nobody Wants to Speak”

A Request

It’s been a very rough couple of weeks for this country and for the world. For that reason, I ask the following:

STUDENTS: As you prepare your legislation for the November tournament, please think VERY CAREFULLY before drafting legislation addressing potentially inflammatory topics. Do more research than usual and consider both sides. (BTW, if most or all of the arguments on one side of a B/R are objectively deplorable, I’m likely to reject the B/R as frivolous.)

COACHES: PLEASE READ your students’ legislation to ensure it is suitable for debate. If it isn’t, don’t submit it. Do not make the Congress Coordinator play the heavy.

Why Is This Happening?

I approved 12 items for the October tournament and rejected 7. The most common problem was failure to use the template as directed.

To reiterate:

If you turn in legislation made with some other league’s template, you’re doing it wrong.

If you turn in legislation written with an outdated FGCCFL template, you’re doing it wrong.

If you turn in legislation that resembles the template but didn’t start with the approved template document, you’re doing it wrong.

Josh Schneider, Sept. 14, 2018