EDIT: Scroll down to the bottom post for the final files
Here are the beta versions of the novice files. The final product will be slightly different (a few cards replaced, a few changes to grammar or word choice) barring any major problems.
Although we talked about this at the two novice packet meetings I want to reiterate that the novice packet is organized around a few high priority principles: First, that the narratives of each position is simple and clear. Second, that the packet should be strategically symmetrical (ie there should be no argument that one side has that the other side doesn't have answers to and the positions as a whole should be relatively equal in strength). Third, the packet should be accessible to someone of an average 9th grade reading level (this is the one that probably needs the most improvement).
Everything else is important but right now I'm most focused on making sure these three elements are there in the packet. Comments not related to these three areas are still appreciated. All comments, no matter how broad or how nit-picky, are appreciated. Thanks for your help in refining this novice packet to be the best it can be. Special thanks to Travis Ormsby and Reka Fink for their immense work and advice.
Small notes: Each aff file has the on case, counterplan, and t violations related to it. The cap k and CCP collapse DA are self contained. The politics DA can't be written until we get closer to the season (right now thinking of scenario in which repulicans get mad, withhold a bill, that bill is important). The topicality violations, standards, and voters will be posted later - right now the definitions are in each aff file.
Please feel free to post any comments about the packet either here or on the 'Minnesota Debate (Including Novice Packet)' debate group.