Debate Resources

ASAP Debate provides comprehensive training and support to sites interested in starting a debate program. The resources compiled here will help new coaches and debaters prepare for competition.


ASAP uses Public Forum (PF) Debate, a style of debate that's accessible for inexperienced coaches and debaters and mimics people's natural discussions. Students compete in teams of two, debating topics that change monthly and reflect current events (middle school debate topics change each semester). ASAP Debate emails an extensive evidence packet each month to active high school coaches. 

Teaching and learning PF Debate

PF Basics

PF Debate Template

Guide to PF Speeches 

Flow Template

Judging PF Debate

PSDL Ballot

Judging PF Debate


The National Speech and Debate Association is the umbrella organization for speech and debate competition in the United States. Their website has current and past topics as well as general resources for debaters. You can watch a PF debate round on YouTube.



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