The biggest benefit of the team was the community. Having a team is what mattered most. Being able to hang out with the best debaters in the nation and learn from them was part of this team experience, but so was having friends on my team.

Ron Nath

TOC Qualifer

 

Before DebateDrills, preparing for the next topic was a combination of scouring debate forums, reading through briefs, and attempting surface level research. Compared to what I eventually learned at DebateDrills, my pre-tournament prep was a joke. I could never hope to acquire the high quality prep others on the circuit had, and I didn't even know where to look to do that prep. Additionally, being a lone-wolf is hardly exciting on the national circuit and there's no way to compete against even smaller debate schools. I went to Premier Debate's prep group for Jan/Feb 2018. Looking back at it now, it didn’t make me a better debater because there was no motivation to improve. There was no collaborative team discussions such as the ones the DebateDrills team has. It didn't help me learn how to utilize my arguments. The team was a game changer. Topic preparation was more streamlined and structured, and I had an actual team at tournaments. Going to tournaments was no longer a hassle because there were plenty of people with years of experience who could help me navigate logistical issues. Prefs were no longer hopeless. Solving my logistical concerns helped streamline the process so I could spend more time focusing on my debating. Having consistent practice debates helped me improve. Coming into the team, I had no idea how to write an aff or a neg. Having what other people made available helped me learn effective ways to debate and set up my cases. Having a variety of positions available helped me learn my debate style and helped accommodate that style. Many of the issues I had during debates relating to being a lone wolf disappeared.


The biggest benefit of the team was the community. Having a team is what mattered most. Being able to hang out with the best debaters in the nation and learn from them was part of this team experience, but so was having friends on my team. The sense of community DebateDrills establishes is incredible.


Having actual backfiles was a massive gamechanger. The DebateDrills backfiles, if you spend the time to learn about them, are complete, comprehensive, and organized. This is important to help adapt to the wide variety of prep presented on the circuit. People read positions ranging from 18th-century postmodernism to analytic philosophy, nuanced critical race theory to complex impact calculus, and it changes the playing field if you're not able to respond in kind, in force. The DebateDrills backfile allows you to mount a real defense against those positions, against those people with their own extensive files from the entrenched debate schools. It's essential for lone-wolfs.


I can't understate how much of a community DebateDrills fosters, and that we're all here for each other, including for the tribulations of life.