PRIVATE PREP-SHARING


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PRIVATE PREP-SHARING



Why Private-Prep Sharing?

Applications for the 2017-2018 season are closed. Check back in December for the 2018-2019 season. In the meantime, click here to view our team roster and click here to view our conflict policies for this coming season. 

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. 

Benefits


Benefits


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:

Access to everyone’s prep for each topic
We only accept debaters who are serious about competitive success—as a result every person on the team works hard and produces valuable prep. Instead of having only 2-3 teammates that can help you prep for a topic, you’ll now have 10+ hard working teammates working in harmony and divvying up the most pressing assignments according to each person’s strengths as a researcher.
Teammates across the country
Last year our team consisted of debaters from California, Arizona, Texas, New Jersey, and New York. This allows students on our dropbox to have practice debates with teammates who debate in regions they don’t regularly compete in while simultaneously exposing every student to a wide variety of debate styles and backgrounds, ensuring that every student is more successful when they travel to tournaments outside their region.
One on one strategy and MJP sessions
These sessions last about an hour and are vital to ensuring students are successful at every tournament they attend. In these sessions, we synthesize all the preparation the team has, discuss strategy vs. common positions, and go through all the judges and rank them. 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.
Topic analyses and mid-topic check ins for every topic
We have a team conference call where everyone gets together and the coaches give a comprehensive analysis of the topic, what they anticipate debates to look like, and a reading list for helpful articles to get started on topic research. We also have a conference call halfway through a topic to update the team on the trends we’ve observed through judging and talking to our colleagues and discuss how we want to strategize vs. popular arguments. Each call lasts around 2 hours.
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. Using a task delegation software called Flow, 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. Click here to see what they looked like during the 2016-2017 season.
1 Complimentary drill session and discounts on further one on one private drills
We believe that having top-notch preparation is vital to success, but that preparation is less helpful if students don’t feel comfortable executing in high-pressure situations. Over the years, we have noticed that students who maintain a consistent practice schedule experience the most success. As such, as a perk of joining the team, you can, at anytime, have a free drill session with any instructor on any topic that you would like to work in depth on. You also receive discounts on future drill sessions.
 

Coaches


Coaches


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!

Testimonials


Testimonials


What people are saying...

"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."

Parker Whitfill, 2017 TOC Champion, TOC Finals Thank You Speech

"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."

Ishan Timalsina, UCSD '19

FAQ


FAQ


Can you keep my participation on the Dropbox confidential?
No, we cannot. We are, however, happy to sit and talk with your school administrators about their concerns about joining our team.
Can I see examples of the work and materials produced from previous years?
Definitely! Here is a dropbox link that will give you a good snapshot of the content on this past year’s September/October topic:
I can’t afford this service--do you offer discounts or any other services?
If you are not a returning student, we do not offer any discounts. We recognize debate can be expensive, and have accordingly started 3 full scholarships to this team. We encourage you to apply for those if this service is outside your budget.
Can I still hire other coaches and work with students not on the dropbox?
Yes, assuming you do not share the content of the dropbox with the other coaches and students you share prep with.

Cost


Cost


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.

 

Application


Application


Applications for the 2017-2018 season are closed. Check back in December for the 2018-2019 season. In the meantime, click here to view our team roster and click here to view our conflict policies for this coming season.