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A counterplan is an alternative plan to the affirmative’s plan that is advanced by the negative.  The most essential defining element of a counterplan is that it is competitive – the negative must prove that the counterplan is better than the affirmative plan or a combination of the plan and all or part of the counterplan.

For example, imagine that I suggest that we take a lunch break and you go to McDonald’s. Going to McDonald’s is my plan.  You suggest that . . .

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