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Many students without elite debate coaches at their high schools are at a competitive disadvantage. These coaches help find high-quality evidence and write strategic cases that can tip the scale to win big debates. DebateDrills was founded to help balance this disparity. Our private prep-sharing team consists of highly-motivated students across the country that produce high-quality files in a closed-loop network using a file sharing application called Dropbox.
Based off overwhelmingly positive feedback and the debate achievements of the team, this service has expanded every year since 2014. To ensure high quality service, there is a cap on the number of students we accept every year. For the 2019-2020 season, we will maintain a 5:1 student to coach ratio. We anticipate having 30 spots available (on a first come, first serve basis) and 6 coaches who will manage the direction and contents of the Squad.
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. Members on the team have historically experienced significantly more competitive success due to the depth and intensity of preparation they receive.
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Joining the DebateDrills Private Prep-Sharing Team will help you take your career to the next level. Here’s a brief snapshot of the major benefits—click on a tab to learn more:
Our coaching staff is like no other in the country. Every coach on the Squad debated in elimination debates at the TOC, all of them have taught at major debate camps, and several of them have led the top labs at these camps. Several of us are competing extensively in college policy debate, ensuring our collective debate minds stay sharp and we continue to stay ahead of the game. We have strategically hired subject matter experts in every core content area and skill in contemporary debate. Raffi Piliero is a subject matter expert in util, theory, and critical debates. Jong Hak Won is a subject matter expert in util and theory debates. Lucas Clarke is a subject matter expert in util and theory debates. Whit Jackson is a subject matter expert in util, critical, and theory debates. Ronak Ahuja (incoming) is a subject matter expert in critical debates. Connor Engel (incoming) is a subject matter expert in util and critical debates, in addition to studying philosophy in college. Paras Kumar and Elyssa Alfieri will manage the logistics and administrative end of the team, and will be assisted by a Harvard Law School graduate (Nicolette Roger). Ultimately, no matter your style of debate, someone on staff will be able to help you extensively.
We will help you prepare for the resolution, lead the direction of content creation within the team, and understand what the most popular positions will be and how to respond to them. We are available via email and Slack 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!
Before joining the DebateDrills Squad, I was a lone wolf debater so I produced all my own prep. After joining the team, the amount of prep I had increased at least 3-4 fold. That opened up a lot of variability for each round based on the opponent and the judge. Before joining I was usually pinned into a sub-optimal strategy because I just didn’t have the prep to compete, which was no longer an issue once I joined the team.
There is nothing comparable to the DebateDrills Squad anywhere else in the country. I honestly can’t imagine how my last year in debate would have gone without it. I can guarantee that if you join, it will be the single best decision you make in your debate career.There is nothing comparable to the DebateDrills Squad anywhere else in the country. I honestly can’t imagine how my last year in debate would have gone without it. I can guarantee that if you join, it will be the single best decision you make in your debate career.
Without the DebateDrills Squad, I don’t think I would’ve ever dreamed of late elims at any bid tournaments. The support you get from not only the coaches but your team is unreal. As a lone wolf debater that didn’t really have a team, a dozen coaches, and an enormous amount of prep to count on, the DebateDrills Squad really helped me feel like I finally was a part of the debate community.Without being in the DebateDrills Squad, I don’t think I would’ve ever dreamed of late elims at any bid tournaments. The support you get from not only the coaches but your team is unreal. As a lone wolf debater that didn’t really have a team, a dozen coaches, and an enormous amount of prep to count on, being in the DebateDrills Squad really helped me feel like I finally was a part of the debate community.
Cost is $3695, all inclusive for the year, broken down as follows: $1100 for the September/October topic, $1100 for the November/December topic, and $1495 for the January/February topic (since it's the TOC topic and lasts longer/has more bid tournaments).
This cost is equivalent to the cost of major 2 - 3 week summer camps, and we strongly believe that our services (which last for 8 months) will be much more helpful to your competitive success during the 2018-2019 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.
Over the last 3 years, the DebateDrills Squad has won the 2017 + 2019 TOC and finished 2nd at the 2018 TOC, won almost every prestigious round robin in the country, received over 80 bids to the TOC, had eight top 10 ranked students in the country, and had the majority of students advance to elimination debates at a bid tournament. You can see more information about our tournament win history in the Results section. Want this to be you?