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Circuit Debater Library

The Circuitdebater Library is a free wiki resource meant to provide explanations and resources on all of the most common arguments in LD debate. The goal of the library is to make debate more accessible and be a resource to learn about all types of styles of debating. (Click here for Circuitdebater PF)

How can I help contribute?

The Library still needs more resources on many arguments, and we need your help in editing these pages! If you feel qualified, please edit existing pages to make them more comprehensive and create new pages on topics that we haven't written about yet. You must create an account to have access to editing pages. Please see the Contributing to the Library page for more information on how to create a page, exemplar pages to model new pages after, and more.

How can I help spread the word?

Our hope is that the Circuitdebater Library becomes as mainstream as the HSLD wiki! No matter your role in debate, you can help make that happen.

  • Students can link the Library to their HSLD wiki pages and share the Library with their coaches, novices, and other students at their school.
  • Judges can link the Library to their Tabroom paradigm, offer the Library as a resource during their RFDs when appropriate, and share the Library with other coaches they know.
  • Coaches can share the Library with fellow coaches and school administrators, provide it as a resource to their students, and contribute to the Library by making edits and adding resources.

Introduction to Circuit Debate

Welcome to Circuit Debate! LD has many facets, and there is much to learn. As such, we have compiled a page which contains the need-to-know information about Circuit LD.

Click here for the Introduction to Circuit Debate.


Policy debate, or LARP debate, simulates the effects of passing the resolution as a political action, so these debates largely focus around the consequences of the resolution's enactment. Plans, counterplans, and disadvantages are commonly read with this style of debate.

Click here for the policy page.

Critical Debate

Critical debate explores a large ranges of topics but usually challenges underlying assumptions of the world and the round, centered around a particular theoretical worldview. These arguments include kritiks ran by the negative debater and non-topical affirmatives that choose not to defend the resolution in order to talk about a different issue.

Click here for the critical debate page.


Theoretical debates attempt to prove that an action another debater commits in the round has a negative consequence on the debate itself. Theoretical debates commonly prove why a debater's action is unfair or uneducational for the debate space and provide a alternative model for which debate should operate.

Click here for the topicality and theory page.


Philosophical debates attempt to prove the resolution true or false through a philosophical framework that is used to describe what constitutes moral action. There are many different veins of philosophy, ranging from postmodern authors such as Michel Foucalt to Enlightenment Era philosophers like Immanuel Kant.

Click here for the philosophy page.


Tricks debate is often used as a catch all term for a variety of arguments considered tricky, abusive, or designed to invalidate large amounts of the other debater’s offense.

Click here for the tricks page.

Debater Pages

We give experienced debaters the ability to post their own cases from which others can learn by example.

Click here for a list of debaters organized by date added.

Click here for a list of debaters organized by TOC attendance.

Tournament Tools

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