Tools for Team Policy Debate



Student Edition (for novice and advanced Team Policy students): This proven NCFCA resolution-specific 12-week Novice and Advanced track training, is used by coaches and students nationwide to prepare students to excel in competition! Written by veteran coaches Suzanne, Samantha and Adam Nasser, this valuable resource includes the background/history of US higher education policies, potential reforms, case construction, cross-examination strategies to expose unproven assumptions, structured refutation, impact calculus, NEG strategies, how to “Debate NEG without a brief” (when you have to), and much more! The Student Edition is packed with research assignments, drills, and a FREE affirmative case and NEG brief, so that debaters can start applying the training in-rounds immediately! All policy debaters should own a Student Edition!

Teacher Edition (for club leaders and coaches): Includes all the content of the Student Edition PLUS step-by-step instruction and forms for club leaders, teachers and coaches to organize weekly meetings, and quizzes to test students’ understanding of the material.

Tools For Team Policy Sourcebook (digital only): An essential tool for every policy debater’s toolbox! Written by top researchers, it includes 10 of the most relevant higher education reforms, and corresponding negative briefs – all based on a central thesis. It is the only sourcebook on the market with impacts included after every card. The impact (MPX) of an argument is the 4th step in the 4 points of refutation, which tells the judge why the argument matters. Including impacts in the sourcebook provides an incalculable advantage for debaters, since this is the step most debaters forget, and it is one of the most important for their judge to hear/understand. Students who are taught to think critically about policy issues (using our Curriculum), and who are armed with the best facts and analysis available (in our Sourcebook), will be well-equipped to advocate successfully for their position in debate rounds this season.

Includes 10 affirmative cases and 10 negative briefs (see Table of Contents).

Team Policy Debate Curriculum

About the Authors

II. About This Curriculum
III. Getting Started
IV. Team Policy Debate Club Leadership
V. Fall-Term At a Glance
VI. Orientation Meeting and Club Membership

Week 1: Welcome and Season Overview
1.1 Meeting Overview
1.2 The Goal
1.3 Introductions
1.4 Overview of the Season
1.5 Novice: Intro to Team Policy Debate Structure
1.5A Quiz: Team Policy Structure
1.6 Novice: Table Topics
1.7 Advanced: Fall Term Roadmap
1.8 Advanced: Criterion-Analysis Debate
1.8A Quiz: Criterion-Analysis Review
1.9 Homework

WEEK 2: Evidence and Evidence Ring
2.1 Meeting Overview
2.2 Novice: Evidence
2.3 Novice: Jeopardy
2.4 Advanced Research Skills
2.5 Advanced: Case Analysis
2.6 Advanced: Research Assignment
2.7 Mentoring Groups: Find/Cut Evidence
2.8 Club Evidence Ring
2.9 Homework

WEEK 3: Stock Issues
3.1 Meeting Overview
3.2 Advanced-Novice Debate Round #1
3.3 Novice: Stock Issues and Drills
3.3A Quiz: Stock Issue
3.4 Novice: Stock Issues and Research
3.5 Advanced: Piranha Pack 1ACs
3.6 Advanced: 1AC Workshop
3.7 Homework
3.8 Partner Tips and Survey

WEEK 4: Writing a 1AC
4.1 Meeting Overview
4.2 Research Presentation #1
4.3 Advanced-Novice Debate #2
4.4 Novice: How to Write a 1AC
4.4A 1AC Quiz
4.4B Brainstorm Case Ideas
4.5 Novice: Case Analysis
4.6 Advanced: Debate
4.7 Homework
4.8 Online Brainstorming Sessions

WEEK 5: 1AC Presentations and Flowing
5.1 Meeting Overview
5.2 Research Presentation #2
5.3 Novice: How to Flow
5.4 Advanced: C/X
5.4A C/X Quiz
5.5 Trial Partner Debate #1
5.6 Mentorship Groups: 1AC Presentations
5.7 Homework

WEEK 6: NEG Brainstorming Process, Building a NEG Brief
6.1 Meeting Overview
6.2 Research Presentation #3
6.3 The NEG Brainstorming Process
6.3A NEG Brainstorming Quiz
6.4 Novice: Building a Negative Brief
6.5 Advanced: 1NC and 2NC Drills
6.6 Trial Partner Debate #2
6.7 Homework

WEEK 7: Four-Point Refutation and Organization
7.1 Meeting Overview
7.2 Research Presentation #4 (Final)
7.3 Novice: Four-Point Refutation
7.4 Novice: Organization
7.4A Organization and Refutation Quiz
7.5 Advanced: Impact Calculus
7.6 Advanced: Four-Point Refutation & Drills
7.7 Trial Partner Debate #3
7.8 Homework
7.9 Practice Tournament Partners

WEEK 8: Cross-Examination and Voting Issues
8.1 Meeting Overview
8.2 Novice: Cross-Examination
8.2A Novice: C/X Quiz
8.3 Advanced: Topicality
8.4 Voting Issues
8.5 Practice Tournament Partners Debate #1
8.6 Homework

WEEK 9: Presentation and Delivery
9.1 Meeting Overview
9.2 Novice: Presentation and Delivery
9.3 Advanced: Kritiks
9.4 How to Debate on NEG Without a Brief
9.5 Practice Tournament Partners Debate #2
9.6 Homework

WEEK 10: Tournament Expectations
10.1 Meeting Overview
10.2 Tournament Expectations and Reminders
10.3 Tournament Etiquette and Christ-like Character
10.4 Judges Orientation
10.5 Debate Rounds
10.6 Homework

WEEK 11: Tournament De-briefing and AFF Clinic
11.1 Ballot Reviews
11.2 Meeting Overview
11.3 Tournament De-briefing
11.4 Overview of the Spring Term
11.5 Evidence Ring Expectations
11.6 Homework
11.7 The 2AC
11.8 Affirmative Clinic
11.9 Parent Meeting

WEEK 12: Counter-Plans and Minor Repairs
12.1 Meeting Overview
12.2 Counter-Plans
12.3 Minor Repair
12.4 Debate Round
12.5 Homework

SPRING TERM: Competition Season

Supplemental Instruction & DRILLS:
Supplement 1: Logic and Logical Fallacies
Supplement 2: Structured Disadvantages
Supplement 3: TP Strategies
Supplement 4: Drills
Supplement 5: Judge Analysis
Supplement 6: Appealing to Your Judge’s Learning Style

Appendix 1: Answer Key: Drills and Quizzes
Appendix 2: Sample Partner Survey
Appendix 3: Sample Partnership Policy
Appendix 4A: 1AC Template
Appendix 4B: Sample 1AC
Appendix 5: Case Analysis Sheet
Appendix 6: Evidence Ring Flow Template
Appendix 7: Sample Practice Tournament Schedule
Appendix 8: Ballot Analysis Spreadsheet
Appendix 9: Sample Membership Form

Sourcebook TOC

2017-2018 Tools for Debate: Team Policy Sourcebook (digital only)

Table of Contents
Section I:

About the Sourcebook
US Higher Education & Important Policies Areas
Case Summaries

Section II: Affirmative Cases

1AC_Abolish Tenure
1AC_Accreditation Reform
1AC_Active Shooter Response Reform
1AC_Ban the Box
1AC_Hazing Reform
1AC_Pay Student Athletes
1AC_Protecting 1st Amendment
1AC_Reduce Food Waste
1AC_Regulate Fraternities
1AC_Update FRT Test

Section III: 2AC Backup Evidence

2AC_Abolish Tenure
2AC_Accreditation Reform
2AC_Active Shooter Response Reform
2AC_Ban the Box
2AC_Hazing Reform
2AC_Pay Student Athletes
2AC_Protecting 1st Amendment
2AC_Reduce Food Waste
2AC_Regulate Fraternities
2AC_Update FRT Test

Section IV: Negative Briefs

NEG_Abolish Tenure
NEG_Accreditation Reform
NEG_Active Shooter Response Reform
NEG_Ban the Box
NEG_Hazing Reform
NEG_Pay Student Athletes
NEG_Protecting 1st Amendment
NEG_Reduce Food Waste
NEG_Regulate Fraternities
NEG_Update FRT Test


Formatting: The Tools for Team Policy Soucebook has automated Table of Contents, no split cards, no color, and no more brackets in evidence.

Standard Analysis: As always, every affirmative case and negative brief is centered around a particular thesis with the impact (MPX) to the stock issue and thesis after every card. This provides an incalculable advantage to debaters in the round!

Strategy Notes: Strategy notes are included for each case. This includes explanation of the standard, alternate strategies, and succinct explanations of cases and arguments.