Here is what we are looking for when you write a counterplan.
First, at the top, put the name of the counterplan, like STATES COUNTERPLAN.
Second, include a short explanation of the counterplan. Include:
· An explanation of how the counterplan will solve the problem better or address a more important problem.
· Tips on how to argue the counterplan, respond to arguments against the counterplan and any other pertinent information.
Third, include the Counterplan itself including the mandates of action and logistics.
Fourth, include outlined arguments (I, A, B) on why the counterplan is not topical and/or why topical counterplans are justifiable. You might be able to skip this if it isn’t an issue.
Fifth, include outlined arguments (II, A, B) on why the counterplan is competitive. Have at least a point against the most likely perm. Usually, you should include one or both of the following:
· Mutual Exclusivity--The plan and counterplan cannot be enacted at the same time
· Net-Benefits—A perm of the plan and counterplan would be illegitimate, impossible or disadvantageous.
Sixth, include outlined arguments (III, A, B) on why the counterplan is advantageous.
· No need for transitions, introductions, conclusions, etc. Just the documented arguments in an outline.
· Include 1 card on the advantage and, if appropriate, 1 card on an advantage that only the counterplan without the plan will achieve
NOTE: KEEP YOUR CP SHELL SHORT! Your shell should not take more than 1.5 minutes to present.
Seventh, include the Backup Briefs in order as follows:
· Counterplan is not topical
· Counterplan is competitive
· Counterplan will solve affirmative harms
· Counterplan will gain an advantage
· Counterplan will not cause disadvantages