UC Berkeley ’19
Reached Bid Round at 2015 Berkeley Invitational
2-year circuit debater
Before joining the DebateDrills Club Team, my school team of about four students would share prep in a dropbox, but it was difficult to keep the other students accountable. Also, we all had different styles of debating so we would usually just prep for ourselves and not help each other out too much. I didn’t have much prep going into tournaments besides one aff, a few off cases, and a few theory shells typically.
After joining the DebateDrills Club Team, for one, I prepped a lot more often and had many more arguments going into tournaments. I knew that I was paying for membership in the Club Team and other debaters who I didn’t know very well were depending on my prep for their competitions, so I felt compelled to prep more. I received benefits from the other debaters in the Club Team prepping as well.
The best part of the Club Team was the diversity of arguments and files I got from it. Each debater had their own skillset and they were absolutely willing to contribute their fair share of high quality files. This allowed me to get access to great philosophy blocks, kritiks, theory/T shells, and policy files.
Also, an underrated benefit of joining the Club Team was that I had a group of friends to prep with at tournaments. I also was able to practice debate several other students and get a lot more experience than I would’ve had. The Club Team is especially helpful for students who feel like prepping is extremely overwhelming. It helps make progress a lot more manageable for students who don’t come from schools with huge debate programs.
I would absolutely recommend joining the Club Team if you want to rapidly increase your debate skillset and performance. It is a lot of work, but it is definitely worth it if you are dedicated to debate.