Disclosure Policy

Why do we disclose?
The DDI encourages students to engage in the best debate round possible by encouraging preparation and argument resolution. In lieu of a variety of practice debates, the DDI tournament offers a unique opportunity to learn to evolve arguments, function as a team, and produce useful and strategic updates. A simulation that better prepares students for during the year, the DDI tournament does not function without disclosure.
Although there are decisions in these debates, disclosure should be always be seen by its original intent – to produce the best educational opportunity possible – and not as a rule to “game” into winning a debate. When in doubt about what to disclose, provide additional information, be as helpful as possible.

Pre-Disclosure Day

To the best of everyone’s ability, please post the following on a lab page
- 1AC’s as close to complete as they come. Updating at reasonable intervals is useful for other labs to begin their preparation
- A tentative list of what teams may read what aff. Although this straw poll is not binding – and students may read any affirmative their lab has written at any point during the tournament – it is helpful for labs to know this informal information to better strategize.
- Include a list of the possible add-ons, and when appropriate, a description or text of cards for these add-ons
On a lab’s negative disclosure page, please post the following
- List, and when possible a 1NC, for core negative positions that are substantially revised or different than what was put out by the generics
- List, and when possible a 1NC, for case frontlines that involve offense or substantial defensive positions against case.
- As a courtesy, include a list of any positions that are being explored or worked on. If this occurs during the tournament, please follow up by sending an email to all teaching staff that such an assignment is being explored.

Disclosure Day

On each lab’s wiki, there should be a disclosure page that lists each team. For example, go to
Each team, should have a page that is named by lab initials and their team name
For example
There is a template called “disclosure” to make sure all of our disclosure pages are standardized.

Affirmative Disclosure

Before the Affirmative disclosure deadline, the following must be made available on
- a complete 1ac document should be posted at the top of each teams disclosure page. Although one document can be used for multiple teams, it should be posted on each page.
- Please try to make the name of the document as meaningful as possible. Include your lab initials with all documents and preferably also include the team name and the date.
For the appropriate round, just note whether it is the same doc above or load a specific document under that page. Anytime you are loading a specific document, please make sure the doc is named as Lab team/team Aff v Lab Team/team - for example

CO Crowe/Olney Aff v. SS Serrano/Strange or KM Kernoff/Mulholand Neg v QQ Quinn/Quigley
Please make sure that any document uploaded is saved as a .doc and not a .docx

As close to the affirmative disclosure time, the paper sheet should be filled out and sent to the appropriate lab. Although the paper disclosure form should be filled out with care, if there are any discrepancies, the wiki will be taken as the official disclosure.

Negative Disclosure

Before the Negative disclosure deadline, there must be a speech document under each team’s round. So if they are negative in Rounds 2 and 3, there should be a separate document for each debate.
Please following the above naming conventions for the document.
The speech document should include
- all off case positions in full complete version
- Any offense on the case or significantly developed case arguments
- if a team plans to update, replace, or insert a card they do not have available, please list the argument and mention that there will be a different card. As a courtesy, if possible, provide that card to the opposing team
- As a courtesy, please include your intended amount of time on case reading defensive arguments. Although they need not be disclosed, this time allocation will allow teams to better prepare

As close to the negative disclosure time, the paper sheet should be filled out and sent to the appropriate lab. Although the paper disclosure form should be filled out with care, if there are any discrepancies, the wiki will be taken as the official disclosure.

What if I have a question?

If a student has a question about disclosure, they should speak with their lab leader about the appropriate means of resolving this question. Please do not allow students to go to other lab rooms during disclosure times to ask questions as they may interrupt the lab at work. Instead, encourage communication during these times to be between lab leaders.

May I change the 1AC after negative disclosure?

No, you may not add cards, change tags, or otherwise change the 1AC in anyway.

What if I don’t finish the 1AC?

The opposing team can require you to finish your disclosed list in the 2AC. After the 1AC, ask the negative team if they would like you to finish the rest of the 1AC during the 2AC.

What if I don’t finish the 1NC?

The affirmative team can require you to finish reading your disclosed arguments in the 2NC. If you do not finish, ask after the 1NC if the affirmative would like you to finish the 1NC at that juncture.

What if I don’t know if I’m reading more offense in the block?

Your negative disclosure is meant to provide better debate, as a result, mention the potential/possible links and note that they are round dependent. The list of new links or possible new impact scenarios for an off case argument is not binding, but rather information to help the other team prepare for your anticipated strategy.

What if there is a disclosure violation in a debate round?

Wait until the end of the speech. During a round time out, ask the other team about the discrepancy. The judge in each debate should look at the wiki and resolve the disclosure decision. The debate should then continue with no mention of the disclosure discussion.

The fine print

The following is at the bottom of each paper copy of disclosure
The speech disclosed on the wiki is the official disclosure. All offense must be disclosed. If the negative discloses an argument, it must be run unless the affirmative doesn't mind it being omitted, even if at the top of the 2NC. The negative must disclose all case turns, disadvantage or kritik arguments run on or off the case (including links you intend to scatter elsewhere). A case may not be changed in any way after disclosure: No post-disclosure plan changes, no non-disclosed cards added to the 1AC (no new "preempts," or duplicative cards to beef up your claims). Only arguments copied for the whole Institute or lab may be run -- no last minute brand new positions unless they have been copied by the Institute. Planned 2AC add-ons and new negative block links you definitely intend to run must be disclosed. If the round is going to include performance, disclose that: the specifics of the performance should be described, and some description of its relevance and implications for decision specified. Questions regarding disclosure should NOT be made a voting issue or part of a speech. Instead, the judge should call a time out (at the end of a speech, please) and promptly decide the matter. Judges should not penalize students (no point cuts, no round loss) for reading arguments they did not disclosure; simply proceed with the debate as if non-disclosed arguments were never read. If the Wiki is not immediately available in the round at the time of the alleged offense, NO disclosure challenge is allowed. If there are problems with teams debating paperless, those should also be resolved by the judge during a “timeout” – no speaker points or decisions should be based on problems with paperless debating. Please see the rules for paperless and for paper debate for clarification.