From Novice to Intermediate

The Keys to Victory

Here at Ethos, we spend a lot of time talking about all the different strategies there are for winning debate rounds, and while winning shouldn’t be the only reason you debate, it’s definitely more fun when you do. In that vein, here are the 5 most important things to...

Crash Course Guide To Better Rebuttals: Part 1

There is no one right way to structure rebuttals, no special formula your speeches should follow so that the judge must vote for you. However, there are certain fundamental elements of great rebuttals. When well-developed, these elements will tremendously increase...

Lessons learned from XL 2.0

A second-year team went from never advancing to qualifying to NITOC. A second-year LD student qualified to NCFCA Nationals and received second at a National Open. A third-year debater consistently placed first at their tournament. A novice LD debater became second in...

Squirrel Hunting

The life of a squirrel is a dangerous one.  They have to deal with snakes, weasels, coyotes, red foxes, raccoons, birds of prey, cats, dogs and humans, depending on their species and where they live.  Every squirrel has to deal with weather.  Since the 1900s, a new...

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...

Negative Strategy

National Champion Ryan Collins delivers a lecture on negative strategy.