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Mentoring: The How and Why

Mentoring: The How and Why

What were the biggest things that helped you really start understanding debate as you were first starting out? We all have a short list of things that really made things “click” for us, and if you can remember those things, there’s a good chance that you could make a...

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Guide to Moot Court Part 4: Delivery

Guide to Moot Court Part 4: Delivery

"The winner of the round is separate from how you rank speaker points." A message similar to this is given in most LD, TP, and Parli judge orientations, however, it's a message you'll never hear in an NCFCA moot court judge orientation. Why? Because unlike other forms...

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Everyone Has Reasonable Doubts, We Should Still Leave Our Houses

Everyone Has Reasonable Doubts, We Should Still Leave Our Houses

How many times have you heard it said that affirmatives must “solve beyond a reasonable doubt” or provide a net benefit “beyond a reasonable doubt”? This phrase, “beyond a reasonable doubt,” is a “standard of evidence”--it defines what the judge must believe to assume...

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Voting Issues Part II: How to Run Voting Issues Well

Voting Issues Part II: How to Run Voting Issues Well

In Voting Issues Part I, we discussed three common problems surrounding voters and how to avoid them by not running voters at all. But this doesn’t mean you should never run voters! It’s important to understand how to debate without voters, but at the same time many...

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Metagaming Impromptu

Metagaming Impromptu

An absolute claim though it may be, I maintain that no speech or debate event is so commonly executed to such a poor degree as is impromptu speaking.  This year, with so many tournaments being moved online, I’ve had the opportunity to watch several rounds in...

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Guide to Moot Court Part 3: Embedded Cases

Guide to Moot Court Part 3: Embedded Cases

Unlike TP and LD, Moot Court in NCFCA is limited to a "closed universe", where you're only allowed to cite material in a packet created by the league. Honestly, this system always frustrated me. I'd learn of a case that'd support my argumentation perfectly but...

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Impacting: Not Just For Debate

Impacting: Not Just For Debate

If you have been around forensics for any substantial length of time, you have likely, at some point, watched a truly fascinating speech, only to be left asking a single question. “Why?”  Whenever this happens, the speech’s entertainment value is typically off the...

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2021-2022 Stoa TP Resolution Option Review

2021-2022 Stoa TP Resolution Option Review

The Stoa TP resolution choices are out, and there are some important positives and negatives to go over. Thus, I’ll just jump right into the first option: Resolved: The USFG should substantially reform the use of Artificial Intelligence technology. I feel like I...

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Guide to Moot Court Part 2: Practice

Guide to Moot Court Part 2: Practice

Like any event in speech and debate, becoming proficient at moot court requires practice. This is the second part of a series about moot court, in the last article we discussed four steps to prepare for your first moot tournament. This post will outline three ways...

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Refuting Emotional Appeal

Refuting Emotional Appeal

"I voted for your opponents because lives are important." Staring disappointedly at that solitary sentence, I felt overwhelmingly perplexed and perhaps even a tad disappointed. It has happened to all of us: you compete in a debate, you feel sure that you won, but you...

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The Benefits of Rapping Your 2AR’s

The Benefits of Rapping Your 2AR’s

Anybody who’s been in TP or LD debate for any considerable amount of time understands the necessity of delivering a memorable 2AR.  After all, being able to give the final speech of the round poses a significant rhetorical advantage to the affirmative--an advantage...

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Guide to Moot Court Part 1: Step-by-Step Preparation

Guide to Moot Court Part 1: Step-by-Step Preparation

One year ago I decided to compete in moot court in NCFCA. The activity was incredibly daunting at first. I had watched plenty of moot court rounds but frankly understood very little of what was going on. People would grip the podium instead of using hand gestures,...

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Voting Issues Part I: The Case Against Voting Issues

Voting Issues Part I: The Case Against Voting Issues

Carefully read a list of numbers, wait a minute or two, and then try to recall as many of those numbers as you can. It’ll probably be easiest to remember the first and last few numbers. That’s because your brain is wired to recall things in order of primacy and...

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Why I Believe in Sub-points

Why I Believe in Sub-points

Every region has “that one team.”  That one team that, when you see their name on postings next to yours, makes your heart sink a bit.  No, we’re not talking about the team that goes 6-0 and wins the tournament every time, we’re talking about the one that,...

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Purposeful Practice: The Solution

Purposeful Practice: The Solution

In the last article (found here), we covered why over-practice is a real threat to competitive speech & debate success. That article wasn't saying that practice is inherently bad. It isn't. Practice is fundamental to improving at anything. But there are helpful...

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