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Video: Why I think Your Worldview Should be in Debate

Have you ever quoted a philosopher in a debate round? Like Aristotle, Rawls, or John Locke? These people tried to make sense of the world by discussing the deep things. Some in the sub-culture of homeschool Christian debate seem perfectly okay with quoting... read more

Common Issues in Cases – What Coaches Should Look For

What should you look for when reviewing a case? We want debaters to process for themselves and make intentional choices. If they know why they did it a certain way, then it’s probably defensible. But even if they did a good thing without knowing why, challenge them,... read more

For Coaches – How to Coach Case Development

Note from a Coach: Here’s the state of the union: the year has gone extremely well so far—students are very positive about how things are going. However, I still feel totally unqualified to move them forward. [Student1] brought me her case the other day—so excited to... read more

New “Downloads” Page

We interrupt our normal dose of content with a brief service announcement: there is a new downloads page at On this page you will find several example briefs, as well as some lessons and tools for debate coaches. Please let us... read more

Using a Standard to Connect With Your Audience

One debate round last year, we weren’t doing so well. We were up against an AFF case that had responses to everything. We thought we were losing the round. That was until we found one argument that had potential – AFF was violating a Constitutional principle by... read more

A Brave New Word

The crowd roared. The phrase whips up images of excited football fans. Of theater-goers as the curtain falls. Of Wrigley Field during Game 7. Or, perhaps, of a supportive audience at a campaign rally. The crowd roared. During the 1996 presidential race, it wasn’t just... read more

When the neg runs Nuclear War (Or something else absurd)

“And this brings me to the next disad disad 2 nuclear war card 1 Matthews ‘08 nuclear war most gasp-gasp likely in Asia reads evidence… and now gasp-gasp card 2 Greer ‘09 South China Sea (SCS) unstable reads evidence… now we gasp-gasp have link 1 their... read more

When doing the scary thing turns out good

About 4 months ago,  I had the opportunity to speak in front of 1,500 people on a massive stage. I had only 2 minutes to prep (the prep had to be done up on the stage) and I had to speak for 5 minutes. Not to mention, the pressure of just winning the national... read more

Rethink the Word “Case”

Steve the superb sweater salesman is constantly debating. His prospective clients can be the most vicious cross-examiners and deliver disadvantages that wreck his sales pitch.  But Steve isn’t just any ‘ol sales rep.  Steve has skin made of rubber.  He lets these... read more

How to Give and Receive Speech Feedback

So what is most likely to help club members improve their speeches? The parents and students at Lone Star Christian Communicators, a speech and debate club in Austin, Isaiah was asked to give an hour talk on giving and receiving speech feedback in club. Several... read more

The Tale of Two Cases: Why You Should Debate Thematically

The season wasn’t going so well. We had been almost undefeated debating neg, but our affs had been losing rounds we felt like we should have been winning. Something was not working. We had changed cases, changed speaker positions, rewritten cases, expanded our... read more

The Syllogistic Case Structure

“Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow... read more

How to Use Lexis Nexis

Earlier this week, Isaiah made a video for Stoa debaters instructing them on the best way to take advantage of the vast resources that LexisNexis provides. Whether you’re a Value or Policy debater, NCFCA or Stoa member, make sure to take a few minutes (6, to be... read more

Weighing Mechanism Basics Every Debater Should Know

At my day-job, statUP, today we completed a major product design, the coach dashboard. That means Monday is when we’ll decide what major design epic to pick up next. Choices include Athlete Profile+, Skilltrees, Goal-Tracking, Club Dashboard, Mobile App Improvements,... read more

NCFCA TP Bakgrounder #5: The Nature of the PRC Part 2

This post is part 2 of 2 in a series of posts regarding the goals and incentives of the PRC. Last week we took a look at the PRC’s economic and military goals, (see that post here if you missed it), and this week we’re going to be examining its environmental and... read more