COMPETITIVE DEBATE CLUB

ADVANCE YOUR DEBATE SKILLS THROUGH PRACTICE & COMPETITION

For Ages 12 to 18

Competitive debate is one of the foremost ways for students to sharpen their ability to think and listen critically, and communicate their ideas in an organized and compelling manner. All 12-18yos that complete any of our 3-day debate camps are eligible to register for our Competitive Debate Club. Debate Club members meet weekly to work with our national championship coaches to build on the camp training, to prepare for Team Policy or Lincoln Douglas debate competition. Debate Club members are required to compete in two or more tournaments each year.
 

Debate Events

Team Policy Debate (ages 12-18)
Lincoln Douglas Debate (ages 13-18)
 

 

Debate Club Membership Requirements (no exceptions)

  • Must be age 12 to 18 by September 1st of the academic year
  • Must attend one of our 3-day intro or intermediate/advanced Team Policy or Lincoln Douglas debate camps
  • Must compete in at least one debate tournament each semester

Debate camp is an excellent 24-hour intensive learning experience that cannot be replicated in 1.5-hour weekly club meetings. At camp, students will be immersed into the debate topic for next season, and learn the skills necessary to construct cases and briefs, craft cross-examination questions, and defend their position effectively. Therefore, our 3-day debate camp training is required for all Debate Club members.

 

Plano-Allen Weekly Meetings

Plano/Allen Club members will meet weekly starting in September 9, 2017 through May 12, 2018. We will not meet during the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or Easter.

Location: Cottonwood Creek Church (Allen Campus), 1015 Sam Rayburn Tollway, Allen, TX 75013

Meeting Time: Saturdays, 11:00-12:30pm.
 
 

Coppell-Lewisville Weekly Meetings

Coppell Club members will meet weekly starting in September 8, 2017 through May 11, 2018. We will not meet during the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or Easter.

Location: Vista Ridge Bible Fellowship Church, 2345 TX-121 BUS, Lewisville, TX 75067

Meeting Time: Fridays, 6:30-8:00pm.
 
 

Debate Club Tuition

2017-2018 Fall/Spring: Plano/Allen and Coppell Club Tuition ($31 for the 1.5 hour session, 27 sessions) + $35 registration fee*: $872 per student

*The $35 registration fee will be waived for registrations that are completed by July 29, 2017.

Note: The Registration and Tuition fees are not refundable. Your registration is your commitment that your registered student(s) will attend the training you reserved.

 

Join the Club

Registration for 2017-2018 Debate club membership opens on June 15, 2017. Click the "Join the Club" button below to register for the Plano/Allen or Coppell Competitive Debate Club. Remember also to REGISTER HERE for the required summer camp training.

 

Required Materials

Team Policy Teams: Each policy debate team must purchase the 2017-2018 edition of the Tools for Team Policy Curriculum and Sourcebook. Debaters will need access to a computer for 4-6 hours of research and one online debate practice per week.

Lincoln Douglas: Each LD student must purchase the 2017-2018 edition of the Tools for Lincoln Douglas curriculum, and will need access to a computer for 4-6 hours of homework each week.

 

Parental Involvement

Student growth is proportional to parental involvement. Debate parents are required to judge 3 online club debates each month - NO experience is required. The goal is for students to learn to communicate to both lay and expert audiences. Parents are also encouraged to attend the monthly Parent meetings.

 

Tournaments

See Tournament Schedule for dates and registration.

 

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