Many students are at a competitive disadvantage because their schools do not invest in elite debate coaches who help find high quality evidence and write strategic cases that can win big debates. Three years ago, we started running a pseudo-team comprised of students across the country that produce files in a closed-loop network using a file sharing application called Dropbox.
Based off overwhelmingly positive feedback, we expanded this service every year since 2014. To ensure high quality, there is a cap on the number of students we accept every year. For the 2017-2018 season, we anticipate having roughly 25 spots available and 5-6 coaches to manage the direction and contents of the Dropbox.
This team attracts students from all over the US with all types of debate style preferences, ensuring that prep is holistic and diverse, with a combination of high quality cases in every major form of debate (e.g. util, theory, framework, and critiques). Each member of our coaching staff has a different area of expertise, ensuring that students have a subject matter expert to approach at all times.
Students on the Dropbox get access to a supportive community of teammates and coaches, have all their work closely edited, get individualized pre-tournament strategy and judge preference meetings, have access to endless resources (including everyone else’s prep and all of our backfiles, which are high quality and ready to use), and experience significantly more competitive success than they would have otherwise.
Click here to apply to the 2017-2018 team and jumpstart your career!
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:
We are incredibly excited about next year's coaching staff. Every year, debate becomes increasingly complex. Last year, the most successful debaters were equally well versed in util, theory, topicality, framework, and critical argumentation. In addition to content mastery, successful competitors must be technically sound and have good strategic vision, as well as be persuasive. Finding coaches who can teach all of this effectively is impossible since most coaches naturally have a “style” of debate they are most familiar and comfortable teaching from their days as competitors.
Our coaching staff is like no other in the country. We have strategically hired subject matter experts in every core content area and skill in contemporary debate. Paras Kumar is a subject matter expert in theory, topicality, and util. Amit Kukreja is a subject matter expert in critical arguments and ethos. Nina Potischman is a subject matter expert in philosophy, theory debate and creative answers to new affs. Raffi Piliero is a subject matter expert in util, theory and K debates.
We will help you prepare for the resolution, lead the direction of content creation within the Dropbox, and understand what the most popular positions will be and how to respond to them. We are available via email, phone and Facebook to answer questions you have about all things debate, from substantive questions about debate strategy to logistic and administrative questions like how to sign up for tournaments.
Our track records of success as both competitors and coaches speaks for itself. The best debaters in the country consistently approach us year in year out to help them think through their strategies in our respective areas of expertise. We look forward to potentially working with you!
"Most importantly, I want to thank the Debatedrills Squad as a whole. I come from a school that has a really great speech and debate program on the whole, but it doesn’t have a lot of circuit LD, and that was really difficult for me as the first part of my career I didn’t really have a lot of arguments, I wasn’t exposed to a lot of things, I always felt like I just couldn’t have the prep to compete. Ya’ll have really helped me out and helped me get here in the first place."
"For the first time, I had a coach to prepare me before specific rounds as well as the benefits of having a team (a group Paras coached as opposed to people attending the same school) dedicated to being successful on the national circuit. These advantages made a world of a difference as an independent who would otherwise have to prepare for a topic and plan tournament logistics completely on my own. If you want to improve at debate, the best thing you could do is contact Paras as soon as possible."
Cost is $2995, all inclusive for the year, broken down as follows: $850 for the September/October topic, $850 for the November/December topic, and $1295 for the January/February topic (because its the TOC topic and lasts longer/has more bid tournaments).
This is roughly equivalent to the cost of major 2-week summer camps such as VBI and NSD, and we strongly believe that our services will be much more helpful to your competitive success during the upcoming season. Last year we ran out of space and had to turn students away. Spots are reserved on a first come, first serve basis so we encourage you to apply sooner rather than later.
The only discount we offer is 10% to students who were on the 2016-2017 team. We recognize debate can be expensive - if you do not think you can afford joining the team, consider applying for our scholarships.
Last year, we won the TOC. In addition, our 9-member Private Prep-Sharing team qualified 5 debaters to the TOC, received 24 bids, and reached deep elims (i.e. finished at least top 10) at the following tournaments: Greenhill, Bronx, Berkeley, Glenbrooks, Harvard Westlake, Harvard, Emory, Yale, Voices, Golden Desert, Stanford, University of Houston, USC, and Lexington. We also won several prestigious round robins such as the California Round Robin, Kandi King Round Robin, Harrison Round Robin, and the Newark Round Robin.
Every student on the Dropbox advanced to elimination debates at least once during the season and 8 of them reached at least the bid round. Want this to be you? Last year, we had more students apply for the Dropbox than spots available. This year, though we’ve expanded and hired more coaching, we anticipate running out of space once again.
We prioritize applicants who a) plan on attending at least 5 bid tournaments next season, b) have experienced competitive success, c) come from underrepresented regions/schools and d) are hungry for success. The most important factor is your hunger—we have accepted freshman in the past who had minimal competitive experience because they demonstrated a desire and commitment to success. Click here if you would like to apply to the team. We look forward to reading your application!