The Kuwait Debate League
Year 2002 Season

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BBS Again Hosts the Third Annual
Kuwait Debate League

Al-Bayan Bilingual School Proudly hosted the Kuwait Debate League. Again, the debate league invites all English language curriculum schools within Kuwait to attend and participate in its upcoming season which will culminate in the combined BIT/KFSAC Kuwait junior varsity and varsity championship.

The Season's Resolution
(1) Resolved: That the United States should substantially change its policy towards genetic research.

The 2002 Season Schedule

Feb 06-sample debate and coaching seminar
Feb 13-Week 1
March 6-Week 2
March 13-Week 3
March 20-alternate debate week
Tournament: April 17-18



At the first coaches meeting in November, the KDL adopted the rule changes below. In summary, they bring KDL practice closer to that of stateside norms.

(1) Tournament Match Scoring

At the meeting, the coaches adopted an altered form of scoring for the tournament. Each school's "A," "B" etc. team will be put in a pool of similarly designated teams. Points for matches then will be awarded as follows (in the event of a split ballot, each team would get half).
1. A team matches = 8 points
2. B team matches = 6 points
3. C team matches = 4 points
4. D team matches = 2 point

(2) Junior Varsity Tournament Age limit

The junior varsity age limit for the tournament would be set at 16. During the regular season, as in the past, varsity and j.v. squads will intermix.

(3) Debate off

This will be retained for this season.


Kuwait Debate League 2002 Season

The following article was sent to all coaches.

The Kuwait Debate League (KDL) started two years ago in order to try to promote high quality debate. It welcomes any English language/bilingual curriculum school that wishes to participate. While the KDL concentrates on American style debate, League school regular compete in other styles of debate outside the League season. The KDL season begins Feb 07 with a sample debate and judging clinin, and Al-Bayan Bilingual School (BBS) serves as host school.

2002 looks like a particularly exciting and challenging season. Returning schools include: BBS, defending League Champions; Gulf English School, last seasons' co-runners-up; Universal American School, last season's co-runners-up; and New English School. New league entrants include the British School in Kuwait, KSDC champions; Kuwait English School, KSDC runners-up; Fahaheel Al-Watanieh Indian Private School , 1999-2000 Intra School (Indian Style) Debate Champions; the English School for Girls, the English Academy Jabriya, and The English School-Fahaheel.

This season will boast an expanded committment to junior varsity. Schools with American-level 8th graders, ages 13-16 can participate in JV, and any school new to the League has the option of debating JV for the first season.

The varsity season ends, on stage, at BBS on April 17th when the schools with the best preliminary round results send their top squad to compete for the school championship, and one squad will win. Will your school be there? Will they be on stage?

Any school wisihing to participate in the League should contact League Coordinator Daniel R. Fruit at BBS.

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Kuwait Debate League Prepares for Third Exciting Season

The following article appeared in the Kuwait Times:

Quick. What is the most challenging athletic activity at your school? Some would immediately mention football, others basketball, and others American football, which coach Vince Lombardi used used to describe as "a body collision sport."

Imagine if the question were a bit different: What is the most challenging academic activity offered at your school? Many would mention debate. If the tops sports challenge your conditioning and strength, debate challenges your mental strength and education. Like all of the sports above, debate has winners and losers. The "collision" in debate, though, is mental.

Debate and American Style Debate

All styles of debate involve three different things: research, speaking, and answering opponents. National styles, however, differ as to the way in which these things happen, and the way in which the judges score them. The world debate style, used in the Kuwait School Debate Championship (KSDC), derives from that of the United Kingdom and Australia.

The Kuwait Debate League (KDL) uses American style debate, also known as "policy debating," presents its own particular challenges. An American style debater may speak as much as 15 minutes in total. American debate requires that affirmative (for) side debaters not only prove their point, but present a concrete plan of action. Finally American style gives each debater a full three minutes to question, "cross examine," an opponent. A good "cross-X" may resemble an intense scene from your favorite courtroom drama, like LA Law, or Perry Mason, only with a Perry Mason on each side. With victory on the line, top debaters take no prisoners during cross X.


The following article appeared in the Kuwait Times:

The Kuwait Debate League season formally opened with a sample debate at Al-Bayan Bilingual School. On April 18th, the season will end-with only school as national champions.

The session began with a speech by Al-Bayan Bilingual School's principal Mr. Jihad Saddedin. Mr. Jihad told the participants how much he applauded them for their efforts and the importance he personally and the school community placed on debate. He welcomed all participants to BBS and wished them the best of luck during the season.

After this, League Coordinator, Daniel R. Fruit, introduced Sarah Al Dukair and Bader Al Tukhaim, the League Student Coordinator and Assistant. Fruit explained that these students would be handling more of the day to day operations of the League which greatly expanded in recent years. Both students debated junior varsity the previous season as well as participating at American School in Kuwait's (ASK's) tournament in November.

Mr. Fruit then went on to give a speech of his own. He compared the coming American-style debate season to a Marathon, the most grueling of all athletic events. "Most people wouldn't even start a Marathon," Fruit said, "fewer still will finish it. Only one comes across the finish line first...In the end, the Marathon is about heart." Fruit went on to explain how any debater is, in his opinion, a winner just for "going the distance."

The sample debate showcased BBS's junior (15-17 year-old) class which debated both sides. The affirmative side consisted of second speaker Ghazi al Sharhan, entering his third season as a varsity debater, and Yousef Dashti, starting his first varsity season and fresh off a winning record at ASK. The affirmative presented a plan about labelling genetically modified foods. They attacked not only current "dangerous" practices, but the US Food and Drug Adminstration which, they claimed, violated its own regulations with insufficient testing.

The negative consisted of Talal Al Rashoud, who won promotion to varsity at the end of last season, and Latifa Ben Essa, last year's junior varsity debate acheivement winner whose squad compiled an undefeated record at ASK's debate event. The negative found some important weaknesses in the affirmative's plan. They also produced a lot of counter-evidence.

Gulf English School, The English School-Fahaheel, and the BBS Junior Varsity, among others, came to watch this first match. GES's veteran coach Diana Seavill, whose GES team came in a close second the last two years, along with Mr. Fruit, judged the match. Many future League judges came to the match to observe.

At the end of the match, the two squads shook hands. The judges then explained why the negative won this very first match. Ben Essa and Al Rashoud took a couple of steps forward to receive their congratulations. However, for all schools, the finish lines lies twenty miles, and as many as fifteen matches, further down the road.


Kuwait Debate League Passes the Halfway Mark

The following article appeared in the Kuwait Times:

Germ-Line Gene Therapy, Stem Research, Cloning, Patent Law

To most of us, the concepts presented above might seem arcane, unusual, scientific. To the students in the Kuwait Debate League, these are merely the subject of a typical night's debating. A side might debate a plan discussing government policy any of these or, with no advance warning, find itself the US government's position on the above. This comes from choosing to debate on this League's chosen topic:

"Resolved: that the United States Government should substantially change its policy towards genetic research and development."

On Wednesday night, the Kuwait Debate League reached the halfway point of its challenging season. The two schools with the best records, Gulf English School and Al-Bayan Bilingual School, met in head-to-head action. In two of the three varsity matches only a single point divided the two schools. For GES and BBS, this night marked the completion of over a dozen matches. In some show of the evenness of the competition, only one squad out of eighteen has lost no matches, and that squad started a week late.

March 20th will mark the League debute of two new schools and the return of a third after a half year's absence. The Fahaheel Wataniyeh Indian Private School (FAIPS) and the Indian Community School (ICS-K) will both complete their first league debate this week. Meanwhile, the New English School will return after an absence of almost a year.

Commented League Coordinator, Daniel R. Fruit,

"The addition of new schools continues to make the League stronger and stronger. Meanwhile, the level of competition, even on this very difficult topic, continues to rise. We're building towards an exciting tournament in April."

Any Kuwait school still wishing to participate in or observe the tournament should write to Daniel R. Fruit <>




FAIPS Claims BIT Win and KDL Championship

FAIPS claimed probably the closest BIT yet. As of the end of round one, while FAIPS enjoyed a large lead in the preliminaries, BBS lay in a distant third. Two rounds later, BBS came to within a point of tying FAIPS and, in the process, knocking GES out of the finals. To read about FAIP's historic win, click here.


2002 KDL Records

Week One

Round 1
BBSV Yousef/Ghazi defeat GES 2 Safayet/Haitham
BBSJV Khaled/Sajaa defeat GES 1 Abdulhameed/Raitham
BBS JV Mohd/Hamad defeat ESF 1
BBSV Saad/Nabil defeat BBSJV Manal/Sarah
GES 2 Haithm/Safayet defeat ESF 2 Hassan/Fatima
BBSV Talal/Latifa defeat BBSJV Alaa/Nasser
Round 2
ESF 1 defeat BBSV Saad/Nabil
BBSV Talal/Latifa defeat ESF2 Hassan/Fatima
BBSJV Mohd/Hamad defeat BBSJV Amna/Zaineb
GES 2 Safayat/Haithem defeat BBSJV Shaima/Muneera
BBSJV Mohd/Hamad defeat GES 1 Abdulhameed/Raithem

Sample Debate Number Two
BBSV Nouf/Abdullah defeat Hamad/Moh'd

Week Two

Round 1
GES 1: Raitham/Abduhameed (a) defeat BBSJV Shaima/Muneera
GES 2: Safayet/Haitem defat BBSJV Mohd/Hamad
BBSJV Nasser/Allah defeat BBSV Abdullah/Nouf
GES 4: Saeed/Caroline defeat BBSJV Saja/Khaled (close)
BBSV Sarah/Talal defeat BBSJV Manal/Sarah
BBSV Mustafa/Abdullah defeat BBSJV Amna/Zaineb
Round 2
GES 1: Rosham/Abdulhameed (n) defeat BBS Talal/Sarah (close)
BBS V: Mustafa/Abudullah defeat GES 3: Dana/Yasmeen
BBSV: Abdullah/Nouf defeat GES 4: Caroline/Saeed

Week Three

Round 1
BBSV3: Mustafa/Abdullah defeat GES2: Safayet Haithem
BBSJV4: Amna/Zaineb defeat GES3: Dana/Yasmeen
BBSJV3: Alaa/Nasser defeat BBSJV5: Sarah/Manal
BBSV1: Talal and Talal defeat BBS JV2: Sajah/Khaled
BBSJV1: Mohammad/Hamad defeat BBSJV6: Muneera/Shaima
Round 2
BBSJV1: Mohammad/Hamad defeat GES3: Dana/Yasmeen
BBSV1: Talal/Bader defeat GES2: Safayet/Haithem
BBSV3: Mustafa/Abdullah defeat BBSJV2: Khaled/Sajaa
BBSJV3: Alaa/Nasser defeat BBSJV4: Amna/Zaineb
BBSJV6: Muneera/Shaima defeat BBSJV5: Manal/Sarah

Week Four

Round 1
GES1: Abdul/Abdulhameen defeat FAIPS1: Anirud/Anjali
BBSJV: Alaa/Nasser defeat GES3: Dana/Yasmeen
GES4: Caroline/Saad defeat NES Abdul/Bilal
BBSV1: Bader/Talal defeat: ICS1: Sara/Rosita
BBSJV: Saja/Khaled defeart ICS2: Tahara/Sara
BBBS2: Nouf/Abdullah defeat ICS3: Aahrar/Evelyn
BBSJV: Manal/Sarah defeat BBSJV: Amna/Zaineb
Round 2
GES1: Raithem/Abdullah defeat ICS2: Tahara/Sara
BBSJV: Manal/Sarah defeat NES
BBSJV: Khaled/Saja defeat BBS3: Abdullah/Nouf
BBSJV: Amna/Zaineb defeat FAIPS1: Anirudh/Galatin
BBSJV: Alaa/Nasser defeat GES4: Saaed/Caroline
BBSV: Sara/Talal defeat FAIPS2: Adiya/Gayatin
GES3: Dana/Yasmeen defeat ICS3: Ashrar/Evelyn

Records by Squad

BBSJV (parenthesis are non-scrimmages)
JV1: Alaa/Nasser 6-4 (3-2)
JV2: Moh'd/Hamad 7-3 (3-2)
JV3: Amna/Zaineb 7-5 (3-3)
JV4: Sajaa/Khaled 5-5 (4-2)
JV5: Manal/Sarah 3-7 (1-2)
JV6: Muneera/Shaima 1-6 (0-2)
TOTAL = 22-23, discounting scrimmages = 14-11

BBS Varsity
V1: Mustafa/Abdullah 5-0
V2: Talal/partners 11-3
V3: Nouf/Abdullah B. 3-2
V4: Yousef/Ghazi 1-2
V5: Saad/Nabil 1-1
TOTAL = 21-8, discounting scrimmages (2) = 19-6

ESF 2 Hassan/Fatima: 1-1
ESF 1: 1-2
TOTAL = 1-3

FAIPS1: Anirudy/Galatin: 2-2-1
FAIPS2: Adiya/Gayatin: 1-3
TOTAL = 3-5-1

GES 3: Dana/Yasmeen 2-6
GES 4: Saaed/Caroline 2-2
TOTAL = 4-8

GES Varsity
GES 2: Safayet/Haithem 4-4
GES 1: Raithem/Abdulhameed 5-3-1
TOTAL = 9-7-1

ICS1: Tara/Rosita 0-1
ICS2: Tahara/Sara 0-6
ICS3: Ashrar-Evelyn 0-2
TOTAL = 0-8

NES1: Abdul/Bilal 0-1
NES2: ???? 0-1
TOTAL = 0-2

Team Rankings
1. BBSV = 19-6 75%
2. GESV = 9-7-1 56%
3. BBSJV = 14-11 56%
4. FAIPS = 3-5-1 38%
5. GES JV = 4-8 33%
6. ESF = 1-3 25%
7. ICS = 0-8 0%
8. NES = 0-2 0%

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