Thinking Strategically

Why Debate Resolutions Are Getting Too Big… And What to Do about It

Why Debate Resolutions Are Getting Too Big… And What to Do about It

Each year, my debate club requires every student to go through the NCFCA’s “Comprehensive Guide to Policy Debate” curriculum in the fall, regardless of experience level.  Having read it multiple times before, I was skimming the week’s assigned chapter twenty or...

Guidelines to Dropped Arguments – Part 1

Guidelines to Dropped Arguments – Part 1

In my second year of speech and debate, I had a favorite phrase: "My opponent dropped my argument." Whenever my opponent ignored the slightest bit of my analysis, I harped on it and even made it a voting issue. I wrote an elaborate script that I'd give every time my...

Why You Should Be Friends With Your Rivals

Why You Should Be Friends With Your Rivals

Endless searching and continuing education are a part of any good debater’s appetite. Learning new things,   for data is a really healthy mental diet to exercise. One way to do this is through podcasts. Podcasts are unique because you can Listen - and do other things!...

Lessons learned from XL 2.0

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...

Principled Policy

Principled Policy

“Drew, this is TP.  This isn’t LD.  Morals don’t matter here." I actually had a debater say this to me while discussing a neg strategy.  My approach was to focus on how the US as a world leader has an obligation to act lawfully and obey international norms.  This was...