This piece by David Asafu-Adjaye explores depth in critical debates, vital for winning high-level rounds
DebateDrills’ PF and LD rankings include all national bid tournaments hosted on Tabroom and make use of an elo-based system. This article introduces the rankings systems by giving a brief look into their methodology and FAQs.
This is part of an ongoing series of blog posts where Daniel Luo talks about Debate and Economics. In this issue, he discusses novel uses of microeconomic theory in debate, with a particular focus on social choice and game theory.
Lucas Clark discusses the expectaions that debaters should set for themselves competitively.
Public Forum 2021 November-December Topic Release is cryptocurrency transactions.
The Lincoln-Douglas 2021 November-December topic is worker strikes.
This is the first in a multiple-part series on improving efficiency and word economy.
How do impact turns in Public Forum work? See what Gus Gerlach thinks about the strategy
This is part of an ongoing series of blog posts about Debate and Economics. In this issue, I discuss dedevelopment economics, sustainability, and a few applications to debate.
How should you prepare in the early days of the topic? Read to hear some tips.
How can you juggle debate with everything else? Grace Homan has some tips.
Why is fairness relevant? Perhaps the better question is whether or not we should continue to answer challenges to the purpose of the activity with calls to procedurals (especially when those procedurals have been relaxed for positions like internationally fiated, solvency advocate-less multi-plank counterplans).
What makes debate tournaments enjoyable? The answer is community. Debate offers the chance to make lifelong friends and have great experiences together.
Some coaches feel nervous or unprepared to coach - Lucas Clarke argues that this is unnecessary. Instead, he outlines the ways to have confidence as a coach.
Why might reasonability be the preferred paradigm for evaluating theory debates? See the continuation of the debate from the first iteration of this article.
The phrase “always be hungry” is at the core of the winner’s mindset. More than anything else, you need to have a constant drive to win and get better. This post will discuss the many different aspects of the winner’s mindset that is required to consistently push through to late elimination rounds at high-intensity tournaments.
This year, there has been a huge uptick in the number of teams disclosing open-source on the wiki. Tons of high-quality cases and evidence have been made available to students because of this effort. This post analyzes the pros and cons of open-source disclosure.
Competing interpretations is the idea that judges should evaluate two models of debate and vote for the better one. Under this model, any marginal risk of offense is sufficient to win. Reasonability rejects this “risk of offense” paradigm and instead says some abuse is permissible as long as it’s not “unreasonable”.
This is part of an ongoing series of blog posts where about Debate and Economics. This issue discusses the Federal Reserve, monetary policy, and applications to argumentation.
This post makes the case for exploring alternate styles. In particular, circuit debaters—those who compete at national tournaments in a fast-paced, technical style—should realize that traditional debate still has merit. There are a few reasons for this.
Despite having debated online for some time, people are still getting used to the new format. This article will focus on some things you can do to help smooth the adjustment, both in terms of your enjoyment of tournaments and also for competitive success.
While it may be tough to persuade parents to vote for you, it takes the same skill set every time. Once you understand and master these skills, winning parents will be just as easy, if not easier, than winning tech judges.
Technical argumentation is a new to Public Forum. I want to focus on what this means for the format at-large. This post makes the case for teams to start learning technical debate.
This is part of an ongoing series of blog posts where I talk about Debate and Economics. In this issue, I discuss how the recent crisis, and part of its long-reaching impact, highlights how important economic issues are and their ability to hide behind many other impacts and scenarios.