UC San Diego ’19
Elimination Round Participant at 2015 Stanford Invitational
Before joining the DebateDrills Club Team, I would struggle as an independent debater to generate enough prep to be competitive at tournaments. Even with the limited number of positions I was able to write on either side, I found myself unable to feel adequately prepared as tournaments rolled around. Although I tried my best to read the topic literature and understand the topic, without the bigger picture view that the Club Team provided, I was not able to allocate my time and efforts as efficiently as I would have liked to.
Before the Club Team, I was generally restricted to prepping on my own, looking at packets of briefs, or consulting the wiki for casing ideas. Although these services were quite valuable in predicting stock argumentation and learning what other debaters already utilized, they did not allow me generate original prep. There would still be arguments I was underprepared for, and I simply did not have the guidance to research more innovative argumentation.
After joining the Club Team, even at the first few tournaments on a given topic, I felt like one of the most well-read debaters. With the Club Team, I was no longer struggling to write cases and block out positions. I found that my time was vastly better organized once I had the advantage of not being a single individual attempting to prep an entire topic on my own. The dropbox, combined with the instruction received from DebateDrills, allowed me to understand the bigger picture in debate and the topic. As a result, the prep I generated out of round provided a greater strategic benefit in round. Overall, the impact of the Club Team to my debating was a better understanding of the topic literature and better instruction in applying these concepts in round.
The best thing about the Club Team was having access to quality prep that I could trust to win rounds. This was quite significant for me as a debater, as the dropbox gave me access to more prep an order of magnitude better than I could have generated on my own.
The Club Team did not just provide prep but also guidance in implementing competitive strategies and winning rounds. It provided a crucial bridge between simply prepping for a tournament and effectively drilling for every potential scenario on the topic. The Club Team was also an opportunity for me to work with teammates as committed as I was, which was a quite welcome change after struggling to prepare for tournaments independently.
If you’re on the fence, you won’t be disappointed by the Club Team. If there’s any aspect of debate that you think you can improve at personally, joining the Club Team and working with DebateDrills is the key to do so. The advantages of these services is that they expose you to a new environment and way of thinking about debate, teaching you how the game works and putting you a step above the competition. Prepping with the Club Team and working with debateDrills provides a unique experience within debate to make your time more enjoyable and successful. If you take this opportunity, I’m sure you’ll find yourself benefitting from this resource both as a successful debater and as an individual outside of debate, just as I did.