Debate Rules / Ratings

Rules Commentary:

The rules for debating will be a hybrid of a debate and a court hearing. Each party will be allowed to introduce their opening argument and response within a set time. The overall debate process is meant to be simple, easy to understand and to manage. However, there will be rules which are to assist in keeping the debate fair for each debating party. The foundation of policy is taken from Robert's Rules of Order.

Rule Guide

This guide is intended to help you prepare for a debate. The format is intended to produce straightforward debates which allows the public to track and rate each party in preparation, argumentation, quality of supporting material and delivery.

An Amendment may be made (a) by inserting (or adding) words or paragraphs; (b) by striking out words or paragraphs; (c) by striking out certain words and inserting others; or (d) by substituting one or more paragraphs for others, or an entire resolution for another, on the same subject.

When applicable, rulings or decisions will be based upon State and Federal law according to: Robert's Rules of Order

Minimum Requirements:

  • The argument (opening statement) be clear and coherent
  • No supporting documentation is required

Opening Statement

An opening statement is a presentation and by design functions as a narrative. Although your opponent my use elements of your opening statement against you, its primary purpose is to provide an easy to follow abstract of the overall principals which govern your argument.

Each party will have the opportunity to present an opening statement. This presentation may be in the form of one of the following: video, audio or the written word. Opening statements are limited in for following:

  • video = 2 minutes
  • audio = 2 minutes
  • written word = 500 words or less

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Public's Ratings

Debates which are rated by visitors who have registered at at DebateNeutral, are considered more accurate. These ratings will be used to determine the winner of the debate. The non registered visitor may also enter ratings and vote, these are called popular ratings.


Each debate will be judged by the public by the following criteria:

  • Presentation
  • Consistency
  • Accountability
  • Fairness
  • Accuracy
  • Supporting evidence

The primary concern is with the process of debate, that the integrity of the debate is preserved and maintained as a high standard of delivering opposing views for public discretion.

Our staff and/or moderators are here to assist only in processing the debate application, if needed and will not, in any way, provide assistance with content.