Joining the Debatedrills Private Dropbox will help you take your career to the next level. Here’s a brief snapshot of the major benefits—click on the bullet point to learn more:

Exclusive access to topic-specific prep written by our coaches
Each coach will hand-write one major affirmative and negative position on every topic in their areas of expertise, giving each student on the Dropbox exclusive access to five major positions on both sides of the topic that are written by coaches with proven track records of success, in addition to all the other prep produced by students.
Unfiltered access to every team member's prep for each topic
We aim to only accept debaters on to the Dropbox who are serious about competitive success—as a result, every person on the team works hard and produces valuable prep. Instead of having 2-3 teammates that help you prep for a topic, you’ll now have 20+ teammates working in harmony and divvying up the most pressing assignments according to each person’s strengths as a researcher. “The best part about joining the Dropbox was hands down the prep, specifically the diversity of it. The sheer number of good debaters on the Dropbox ensures that you have numerous positions from every side of the library (Util, Kritikal, Framework, Theory, etc).” –Parker Whitfill, 2017 TOC Champion, Phoenix Country Day HS ‘17
A community of teammates across the country
Last season our team consisted of debaters from California, Arizona, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina, Washington, and New York. Using a messaging application called Slack, the debaters and coaches on the Dropbox regularly communicated with each other about all things debate, allowing for robust organic conversation to develop where students asked questions and received real-time feedback and support throughout the season. Alumni have consistently told us this is one of the most underrated parts of being on the team. “I think the best thing about the Debatedrills Dropbox was the community/family I was able to meet. The mix of debaters that included debaters who topped the bid list to debaters who were just trying to get their first bid really motivated me to never stop trying.”–Aisha Sheikh, 9th Place 2017 Harvard Invitational, George Ranch HS ’17
Practice rounds
Having teammates across the country gives you the chance to have practice debates with teammates who don’t compete in the same region as you, giving you exposure to a wide variety of debate styles. This ensures that every student on our Dropbox is more successful when they travel to tournaments outside their region. Coaches on the Dropbox will sometimes judge these debates and will often provide written feedback, allowing for optimal improvement. “Having a lot of teammates to do practice rounds with was really helpful…It was great having constant check-ups on preparation and getting easy materials to do redos with – i.e. the rounds.” -Matthew Chen, Champion of 2018 Lexington Invitational + Strake Jesuit RR + Sunvitational RR + TFA State, Strake Jesuit HS ‘18
High quality topic analyses and mid-topic check ins
Each coach on the Dropbox is a subject-matter expert in a different aspect of debate. Within a week of the topic being released, every coach will upload a 20-30-minute topic analysis to the Dropbox where they discuss a) what they anticipate debates to look like, b) major positions and strategies they have brainstormed, and c) give a comprehensive historical analysis of the topic. Additionally, each coach will circulate a reading list of helpful articles to get started on topic research. The coaching staff will also put out a mid-topic check video where they update the team on the trends we’ve observed through judging and talking to our colleagues and discuss how we as a team should adjust our strategies versus popular arguments. “The topic analysis meeting every two months were very helpful and made for very unique cases.” – Victor Luo, Arcadia HS ‘18
Individualized judge ranking and strategy sessions before each tournament
Lasting about an hour, every student gets a personalized 1:1 session with a coach on the Dropbox before every tournament they attend, ensuring that they feel ready to compete. In these sessions, we synthesize all the preparation the team has, discuss strategy vs. common positions, and answer any questions the student has. Additionally, we provide each student a customized judge ranking form based on their individual strengths and weaknesses. How a debater ranks their judges before a tournament significantly affects chances of success. Some judges are better for certain styles than others, and we’ve mastered the algorithm by which computer software’s assign judges. This allows us to strategically prefer judges we want our students to debate in front of and maximize the probability that we get judges that suit the students’ style in important debates.
A very underrated part of joining the team is getting help with your MJPs. The coaches help you do prefs strategically which both quickens the process and increases your chance of getting the judges you want in the back of the room.” – Parker Whitfill, 2017 TOC Champion, Phoenix Country Day HS ‘17
Prep-delegation for every topic
Winning major tournaments and qualifying to the TOC requires understanding the topic at a very in-depth level and from multiple perspectives. Often doing this work alone is daunting. We assign students tasks to complete based on their strengths as a researcher. This allows us to divvy up the seemingly never-ending amount of work that needs to be done into more bite-sized pieces that allow students to simultaneously thrive in other extra-curricular activities and school while also being competitive in National Circuit LD.
Comprehensive backfiles
We have lined down, ready to use backfiles on every generic topic that can come up in a debate round that you can think of. From impact turns to answering every theory argument to answering every common normative philosophy to dealing with all type’s of Ks to topicality, our files are superior in quality and regularly updated. These files were hand-written by the coaches and their students over the years and have won countless important rounds.
Drill labs
Once a month, we will assign optional drills students can complete and receive written feedback on. These drills will be similar to drills we run in private one on one drill sessions, allowing each student to get extra practice executing and implementing the preparation on the Dropbox.
Reading calls
Once a month, we will assign optional readings on an important debate topic (such as Kantian philosophy or Deluze or International Relations) and hold an hour-long conference call to discuss the readings and synthesize the information, allowing students to work on conceptual gaps in their understanding.
Logistic help (e.g. tournament registration)
Navigating high school national circuit debate can be daunting, especially if you are unfamiliar with the procedures used in the community for tournament registration. We will help you through this process and show you how to register for tournaments, in addition to helping you find judges and communicating with the tournament director as necessary.