The Things Competitive Debate Teaches

The Things Competitive Debate Teaches

I judged a debate tournament on Saturday. I enjoy debate because of the creativity bred by its constraints. While talking with other judges, I tried to explain what motivated my decisions. What kind of arguments typically won? What debaters tended to make those...
Fun Tournament: A Case Study

Fun Tournament: A Case Study

On April 8-9 I will be hosting the first annual Fun Tournament, here in Virginia. We have over 30 students registered from four states in attendance and are running TP, LD, and Parli (open to anyone). We are using the flexibility provided by Stoa qualifying rules to...

So You’ve Got a 1AC

Note: Tips for 2010, Part 1. By this time of the year, most of you should have chosen a case topic and have a written 1AC. Take a second, open the document or grab your binder and look at it—you are looking at hours of research, thought, revisions and powerful facts,...