LD Club Team Policy

Dear Debate Community,

We recognize that running a program that consists of competitors attending different schools from across the United States presents significant logistic and competitive hurdles for tournament directors and our colleagues. The purpose of this webpage is to clearly articulate relevant Club Team policies.

Reporting Harassment | DebateDrills Coaches and Students

We expect our coaches and students to maintain high standards of conduct at tournaments and respect their competitors and judges. Each student has full-text linked our Code of Conduct and Harassment/Bullying policies on their wiki entries. You can additionally access the full-text of our policy here and report incidents here.

Pre-Round and Post-Round Disclosure Policy

All DebateDrills students will open-source disclose constructive positions and provide round reports after debates. Students may occasionally forget due to post-round logistics and human error (e.g. short turnaround time for next debate, flight to catch). If this happens, please email us at support@debatedrills.com and we will troubleshoot.

Pre-round, we will disclose the affirmative 30 minutes before the debate and ask our colleagues to do the same. If it is a new aff (meaning it has not been read by anyone on DebateDrills), we will say “new aff” and will not disclose any portion of the affirmative. You can read the full-text of our policy here.

Judging Policy

When tournaments have an entourage rule, we will ensure all DebateDrills coaches are registered as an entourage for our top debater(s). Our students are required to avoid using their parents or other lay judges to fulfill judging requirements barring exceptional circumstances.  You can read the full-text of our policy here.

Mutual Judge Preference and "Conflicts" Policy

As part of our commitment to transparency, we will err on the side of caution to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. This document contains the official DebateDrills MJP and conflict guidelines we require students to abide by at any given tournament. It also contains a roster of students on our team. While we will strive to check every single conflict to ensure that we are constantly leading the charge in best practices, it is possible we will occasionally make mistakes. If you have any concerns about who is judging our students at any time, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Warmly,
DebateDrills Leadership
support@debatedrills.com

DebateDrills Official Team MJP and Conflict Policy

“I think the real test should be this and the question is a simple one. Did you or persons with whom work closely have a direct and/or regular influence on or presence with the preparation, development, articulation, and presentation of arguments for this competitor for this tournament or tournaments within this competitive season… that they may use for this tournament? If the answer to that question is "yes," then you need to conflict yourself from judging those competitors. If you did not do those things, then there should be no conflict.”

- Dave Houston, April 22nd, 2018

In the spirit of this email sent before the 2018 Tournament of Champions: 


  1. Every DebateDrills student will be required to conflict an independent coach any DebateDrills teammate brings to any given tournament. By way of example, if Student A has Person X coaching them privately in addition to the DebateDrills Coaching Staff, every other student at the tournament must conflict Person X at said tournament. For further clarity, if DebateDrills Club Team Member Rex Evans (Santa Monica RE ’19) hires coach Cameron Baghai privately in addition to the DebateDrills Club Team Coaching staff, and, Rex decides to bring Cameron to Tournament Y, all other DebateDrills students at Tournament Y must conflict Cameron Baghai, regardless of any previous affiliation with Cameron.

  2. If any DebateDrills student hires a judge at any given tournament solely to fulfill the tournament’s judging obligation requirement, other students attending said tournament may not conflict said judge given that the judge isn’t coaching the student in question. By way of example, if DebateDrills Club Team Student Tej Gedela (Enloe TG ’19) hires Tara Norris to fulfill a judging obligation at Tournament Z, no other DebateDrills student attending Tournament Z may conflict Tara Norris. 

  3. All previous DebateDrills Club Team Coaches will be conflicted from judging DebateDrills students’ until they no longer have a relationship to any student on this year’s roster. By way of example, if Paras Kumar worked on the Club Team from 2016-2018, Paras may only judge students affiliated with DebateDrills after there are no students on DebateDrills’ current roster from Paras’ tenure with DebateDrills.

  4. All previous DebateDrills students who graduate from our Club Team and then judge on the national circuit will be conflicted from judging DebateDrills’ students they were teammates with. 

22-23 LD Student Roster

Name

School Code

Other Coaching

Aarnav Agrawal

Monta Vista AA

N/A

Aaryaman Singh

Cupertino High School AS

NA

Aayush Nitesh Gandhi

Dublin High AG

N/A

Abhinav Kasturi

Los Altos AK

NA

Aditya Shetty

Southlake Carroll AS

Anthony Brown anthony.brown@southlakecarroll.edu

Alexander Lu

Wayland AL

NA

Amanda Yu

Stanford OHS AY

Kristen Sullivan ksullivan@stanford.edu

Amelie Calamia

Lake Washington AC

NA

Andrew Jiang

Richard Montgomery AJ

N/A

Andrew Kim

Bergen County Academies AK

Christopher Russo

Ansh Khurana

Providence AK

NA

Arnav Garg

Saratoga AG

Steve Clemmons - sclemmons@hotmail.com

Arushi Dinker

Mission San Jose AD

NA

Audrey Bae

Fullerton Union AB

Tarin Almstedt talmstedt@fjuhsd.org

Chloe Taena Chun

Brophy CC

Maanik Chotalla mchotalla@brophyprep.org

David Lopez

Carrollwood Day School DL

N/A

Ella Min

Amador Valley High School EM

NA

Emily Lin

Valley International Prep EL

NA

Esha Verma

Saratoga EV

Steve Clemmons sclemmons@hotmail.com

Evan Run Hua Li

Charlotte Latin EL

Bilal Butt bilal.butt@charlottelatin.org

Jason Kuo

BASIS Independent School Silicon Valley JK

NA

Jhanvi Wong

Millburn JW

N/A

Jocelyn Sun

N/A

NA

Katherine Chen

Amador Valley High School KC

NA

Keshav Rastogi

Monta Vista KR

NA

Lauren Chin

Stuyvesant LC

Julie Sheinman stuy4n6@gmail.com

Maxwell Mao

Millburn MM

NA

Nathan Liu

Millard North NL

Dylan Sutton djsutton@mpsomaha.org

Neha Subramani

Dougherty Valley NS

NA

Raina Batra

Livingston RB

NA

Rohit Dayanand

Monta Vista RD

NA

Shane Masterson

Palisades Charter SM

NA

Sofia Millerman

Chapin SM

Emily Feder efeder@chapin.edu

Sophia Dong

Lovejoy SD

NA

Sophie O'Brien

Hunter SO

NA

Timothy Jiang

Brophy TJ

Maanik Chotalla mchotalla@brophyprep.org

Tobias Hou

Unsure

Unknown

Viren Mehta

Oxford VM

NA

Vivian Wiemelt

Meadow Glen Academy

NA

Yeriel Kim

The Overlake School

Robin Monteith, rmonteith@overlake.org

LD Universal MJP Conflict List

Conflict Name

Reason

Prince Hyeamang

Director of Finance

Amit Kukreja

Former Coach

Jong Hak Won

Former Coach

Nina Potischman

Former Coach

Katherine Fennell

Former Coach

Emma Blum

Former Coach

Rishabh Shah

Former Coach

Daniel Luo

Former Coach

Conner Engel

Former Coach

Lindsey Dahms-Nolan

Former Coach

Raunak Dua

Coach

David Asafu-Adjaye

Coach

Ethan Elasky

Coach

Jackson Hanna

Coach

Simran Gandhi

Coach

Amrita Chakladar

Coach

Whit Jackson

Coach

Lucas Clarke

Manager

Raffi Piliero

Manager

Elyssa Alfieri

Manager

Paras Kumar

Manager