University of Chicago ’21
2017 TOC Champion + 3rd Speaker
2nd Place 2016 Voices Invitational
3rd place 2016 Greenhill Invitational
Before joining the DebateDrills Club Team, I was a lone wolf debater so I produced all my own prep. After joining the Club 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.
The best part about joining the Club Team was hands down the prep, specifically the diversity of it. The sheer number of good debaters on the Club Team ensures that you have numerous positions from every side of the library (Util, Kritikal, Framework, Theory, etc). I strongly believe that the DebateDrills Club Team has the most diverse prep in the country. Other prep teams may have better util prep or better framework prep, but none have the sheer diversity that we did. This ensures that you can always adapt your prep to the judge and to your opponent.
Also, because I am the only LDer from my school, before joining the team, I had no one to prep/practice with. The Club Team has given me teammates that I can both have fun with and work with, giving me more motivation to prep and allowing me to have dozens of practice rounds throughout the season.
Additionally, a very underrated part of joining the team is MJPs. The coaches help you do prefs strategically which both quickens the process and increases your chance of getting the judges you want in the back of the room.
I would highly recommend joining, especially if you are from a small school. I always felt like I was playing from behind as a LDer from Arizona. But the Club Team gave me the prep, coaches and teammates I needed to close the gap between me and even the biggest programs.