I never thought that a group of high-school students could be so efficient at producing high-quality prep. I knew that what I would be reading would be the best that anyone on the circuit was reading.

Ali Ansari

Outrounds at Harvard Westlake, Peninsula, ASU

 

Before joining the Squad, I produced most of my own prep. It was hard to balance the work requirements between my academics and debate. It seemed like there weren’t enough hours in the day to fit everything in, and that lack of time reflected in my results. 


For a couple months, I tried out the evidence-trading system on Reddit. This failed to work because there was so much generic prep being traded that did not have value. 


I think both my skills and prep improved immediately after joining the Squad. I noticed people enthusiastically discussing the September-October topic with so many different angles, and I was truly surprised how much discussion there was on the  team. I enjoyed being able to talk about debate with people who were just as excited and much more knowledgeable than I was. Furthermore, the prep system transformed how I thought prep should be done. The system that DebateDrills uses is very organized, and, almost instantly, I saw the benefits of joining this coaching service. I also participated in the on-site tournament coaching program that DebateDrills offers; I would be able to talk to a qualified coach about any of my concerns heading into round. That gave me a great boost of confidence going in rounds, and my debating improved as a result of it. I started using these files and skills in rounds and I finally started breaking at major tournaments like Harvard Westlake and Peninsula. 


I think the best thing about the Dropbox was the diversity and amount of prep being produced for every single topic. I never thought that a group of high-school students could be so efficient at producing high-quality prep. I knew that what I would be reading would be the best that anyone on the circuit was reading.


My knowledge of philosophical and kritikal literature prior to joining the team was obsolete and did not help me out whatsoever in rounds, but DebateDrills gave me the opportunity to discuss these concepts with debaters who I knew were the best on the circuit. In addition, both the debaters and coaches sent files regarding these areas over Slack. After reading them, I definitely felt more knowledgeable about these positions, and it showed in rounds where I had to make impromptu responses against generics.


The amount of backfiles that DebateDrills had was absolutely amazing. The backfiles helped me out in a lot of rounds because I no longer needed to spend time cutting cards on what everybody else thought was generic research. I could focus more energy on cutting cards that were more pertinent to the topic at hand, and that reassurance of having responses to generic positions greatly helped my debating.