Jong Hak Won
2nd place 2017 Stanford Invitational
3rd place 2017 Berkeley Invitational
Broke to Elimination Debates at 2017 TOC
My experience prior to joining the DebateDrills Club Team was dismal. I had to find all my topic prep on my own and had no one else to help me or guide my strategy—I was lucky to even break even in prelims. After joining the Club Team, my debating immediately improved dramatically and I was consistently getting into outrounds at tournaments. But beyond just tournament results, my flexibility in debate expanded. Before, I was only really comfortable debating util, but after joining the Club Team I was able to get comfortable with kritiks, topicality and theory. Not only did I have access to the high quality prep in those areas but also to teammates and coaches who could explain them and practice them with me.
The single best thing about joining DebateDrills was the diversity of prep. Most other teams are pretty one-dimensional in their topic prep. On the DebateDrills Club Team, you work with a wide range of debaters who all have distinctive styles and approaches to debate. That helped me learn to be a more flexible debater and expand my debating skills. Also, my overall strategic sense has improved. Having teammates and coaches to discuss prep with has significantly improved my strategic vision in approaching topics. Lastly, the coaches on the team are some of the foremost experts in their specialties. Both Paras and Amit have significantly expanded my comfort level with theory and kritiks, both of which I was extremely shaky on before.
There is nothing comparable to the DebateDrills Club Team 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.