Yes, there is no limit to the number of POIs one can take, but while POIs are an important part of aspeech and should become the speech itself.
Can I interject into someone else’s speech or offer my point of information by saying something
), instead of just “on that point”?
Interjections, heckles, comments whether in the process of giving POI or otherwise, are not automaticallypunished unless they interrupt the speech of the speaker on the floor. Then the debater is exhibiting badmanner and the chair can instruct him/her to maintain order. While contributing to the dynamism andinteractivity of the debate, interjections etc do not count as matter points.
Are adjudicators then supposed to explicitly ignore everything that is offered through interjectionor heckles?
If someone says what you were thinking in your head, that does not subjugate your intelligence and yourideas remain valid. It is important however to protect the integrity of the speech of the speaker on thefloor. The debate format has to be maintained and if interjections were treated as valid points, no onewould bother with making speeches.Nevertheless there are situations where the context of the debate may deem the interjection legitimate. Forexample, if the speaker is not taking any points of information or trying to shut out one of the teams. Inthose situations, the person offering the interjection is not trying to interrupt the speech before him butbring attention to the fact that the speaker is not being dynamic and engaging his ideas. The adjudicatorthen assesses if this is true, decides if action is necessary and acts accordingly.
ExtensionsWhat is an extension?
An extension is matter contribution from the closing team, other than rebuttals. It is an extension of theposition of the opening team, and thus should be consistent with them. An extension can be newarguments to support the case, further developments of previous arguments, analysis of previousarguments in a wholly different yet still relevant context or specific case studies that further argue thecase of the opening team. However it has to be significantly different from the arguments run by theopening team, enough to distinct the case of the closing and opening.
Is it absolutely necessary for closing teams to have an extension?
It is the role of every team to further their case in the debate, and extensions are part of that role. Notextending the case is to not fully fulfill
your role. Therefore while not having an extension doesn’t mean
an automatic last, it means a difficult first.
In a negative case, do you still need an extension?
It becomes more difficult to because there isn’t a positive direction that can be extended, but closing
teams are still expected to distinct themselves from their opening and offer a unique contribution to thedebate.