Are there any rules I have to abide by to join this Dropbox?
Yes. In order to create a high-quality resource for the team, it must be a closed loop and everyone must contribute their share. The three most important rules are a) you must agree to be 100% transparent, i.e. everything you produce must go on the Dropbox, b) you must agree to not share any content on the Dropbox with anyone in the debate community who is not part of the team, including your school teammates and other coaches, and c) you must agree to carry your own weight prep-wise. We assign case positions, blocks, and research to each student depending on their strengths and thus the Dropbox becomes holistic, with a combination of high quality util, critical, and framework oriented cases.
Can you keep my participation on the Dropbox confidential?
No, we cannot. We are, however, happy to sit and talk with your school administrators about their concerns about joining our team.
Can I see examples of the work and materials produced from previous years?
Definitely! Here is a link that will give you a good snapshot of the content from this past year’s September/October topic:
I’m not sure I am good enough to join the Dropbox—should I still apply?
Every year, we purposefully accept 3-4 novices. We want to create a team atmosphere where more experienced debaters have the opportunity to also work with less experienced debaters since teaching is the best form of learning. We are confident you will be pleasantly surprised by how approachable all of the “good” debaters on the Dropbox are, and how much you learn through the year. We strongly encourage you to apply even if you think you are not good enough—the whole point of the Dropbox is we will help you get better!
I can’t afford this service—do you offer discounts?
The only discount we offer is to returning students. We recognize debate can be expensive and have accordingly started 3 full ride scholarships to this team. We encourage you to apply for those if this service is outside your budget.
If I join this team, can I still hire other coaches and work with students not on the Dropbox?
We will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis, but in general, we will strongly prioritize accepting students who do not hire other coaches and instead are 100% committed to the Dropbox. We have a strong desire to create a sense of community within members on the Dropbox, and that’s best done when everyone is fully committed to working together.
Does this service include private drills and/or on-site coaching?
Membership on the Dropbox does not include private drill sessions or on-site coaching. We believe that having top-notch preparation is vital to success, but we also know that preparation is less helpful if students don’t feel comfortable executing in high-pressure situations. Over the years, we have noticed that students who maintain a consistent practice schedule experience the most success, and accordingly, we will strongly prioritize applications from students who indicate they are willing to supplement their work on the Dropbox with drills.
What can I do to increase my chances of being accepted?
Above all, we want students who love debate as much as we do and are hungry to improve. Having a proven track record of enthusiasm is the most important factor we look at. We also strongly prefer students who want to be coached and are open to receiving and implementing constructive criticism. Succeeding in circuit debate is difficult, so students who are 100% committed to this activity are prioritized.
When will I know if I was accepted?
We accept applications on a rolling basis and accept the strongest applicants first. If you have applied and have not heard from us by mid-June, feel free to send a follow up email.