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Below are hundreds of hours of free drills you can do to rapidly improve in debate. These videos cover a wide variety of debate topics, including debate strategy, util, philosophy, critiques, theory, topicality, analysis of past debates, and technical skills like speaking fast. We have tried our hardest to make sure the audio quality is good, but there may be some videos that are hard to hear. Feel free to comment on the youtube video if you have questions about any of the content. We recommend watching the videos in HD, navigating this page using the tagging system, and subscribing to our youtube channel/facebook page/newsletter if you want to stay up to date with new videos that will be added.  The youtube channel in particular is your best bet to see all the videos we have, though we will try our hardest to keep this page updated. We recommend navigating this page using the tagging system and subscribing to our youtube channel/newsletter if you want to stay up to date.



Past Debate Rounds


Past Debate Rounds


Evan Engel affirms vs. Shruti Krishnan. The decision is split; Kumar affirms, Mercher negates. Here are some suggestions for redos: 1. Focus on doing more impact weighing in the 1AR that compares the aff impacts vs the psychological violence impacts the 1NC brings up. 2. Focus on more clearly and thoroughly articulating the Alexander analysis in the 1AR. 3. Focus on answering the Alexander analysis in the 2NR more thoroughly, and doing impact weighing. 4. Give both the 1AR and 2NR as they were given in the round and try to do it with the same thoroughness as the debaters but faster. Push yourself.

Alex Zhao affirms vs. Lucas Clarke in front of Erik Legried. The 2NR goes for topicality. Decision is in favor of the affirmative. Here are some suggestions for redos: 1. Do Lucas's 2NR again but focus on giving more weighing and answers on the "you can read PICs if the aff is whole res" debate. 2. Try to give Lucas's speech in 5 minutes instead of 6. Push yourself to get faster and faster. 3. Do some impact weighing at the top that compares what's more important: limits or PICs? Make this weighing non-superficial.

Raffi affirms vs Connor in quarterfinals of the HW RR. Decision is a 2-1 for the neg (Smith*, Kumar, Williams). Here are some tips for redos: 1. Answer the link turns in the 1AR in a much more comprehensive manner where you weigh the ACLU Michigan Card vs. each of the link turns. 2. Put link defense on each of the link turns in the 1AR. 3. Practice the 2NR that's all in on 2 link turns. This 2NR in real time was good but may have over-invested on the K.

Jack Wareham affirms vs. Alex Zhao. Debate comes down to Kant v Util and a link turn to the neg util offense. Decision is a 2-0 for the aff (Kumar, Castillo). Here are some suggestions for redos: 1. Cover the link turn in the 2NR and allocate time better on the various framework layers the 1ar has. Do weighing on which justifications are most important. 2. Give the same 1AR 45 seconds faster than Jack did and get out a "Phil PICs bad" shell. 

Beginner Drills


Beginner Drills


We recommend following this regiment 3x a week for a few months. You should notice a dramatic increase in your reading speed--keep in mind that your "impromptu" speaking speed is also equally important and these drills aren't very helpful in that regard. Your jaws and gum should be sore after these drills. 

We recommend following along and taking notes at home to get maximal value out of this video. Also we recommend watching the video in HD so you can follow along the word doc. The biggest thing to remember is that practice makes perfect! Check out www.circuitdebater.com for examples of cases.

We recommend following along and taking notes at home to get maximal value out of this video. Also we recommend watching the video in HD so you can follow along the word doc. The biggest thing to remember is that practice makes perfect! Check out www.valuecriterion.com for examples of frameworks.

Following fast debates is hard. It may seem impossible at first, but consistent practice will really make a big difference. Don't give up, and try to flow 15-20 minutes 3x a week. You'll notice massive improvements in the span of 2-3 months.

Theory Drills


Theory Drills


A big picture intro to theory in Lincoln Douglas (LD) debate. Useful for beginners to theory debate or anyone confused about how theory functions in contemporary debate. Best way to get high value out of this is watching all 6 parts of the lecture series in order and taking notes as if you are in a classroom. We recommend watching this in HD.

An in depth survey of contemporary arguments used in theory debate that impact back to fairness. Great for all debaters who aren't advanced theory debaters, and may even help advanced theory debaters see standards from a different perspective. Best way to get high value out of this is watching all 6 parts of the lecture series in order and taking notes as if you are in a classroom. We recommend watching this in HD.

This lecture goes over how to properly construct a theory shell and what each of the components mean. Best way to get high value out of this is watching all 6 parts of the lecture series in order and taking notes as if you are in a classroom. We recommend watching this in HD.

An in depth survey of contemporary arguments used in theory debate that impact back to fairness. Great for all debaters who aren't advanced theory debaters, and may even help advanced theory debaters see standards from a different perspective. Best way to get high value out of this is watching all 6 parts of the lecture series in order and taking notes as if you are in a classroom. We recommend watching this in HD.

An in depth survey of contemporary arguments used in topicality debate that impact back to fairness/jurisdiction. Great for all debaters who aren't advanced theory debaters, and may even help advanced theory debaters see standards from a different perspective. Also starts a brief discussion of education based arguments popular in LD debate. Best way to get high value out of this is watching all 6 parts of the lecture series in order and taking notes as if you are in a classroom. We recommend watching this in HD.

An in depth survey of contemporary arguments used under education voters in LD theory debate. Great for all debaters who aren't advanced theory debaters, and may even help advanced theory debaters see standards from a different perspective. Best way to get high value out of this is watching all 6 parts of the lecture series in order and taking notes as if you are in a classroom. We recommend watching this in HD.

Util Drills


Util Drills


Critical Drills


Critical Drills


Introduction to the Kritik! To get the most out of this video, we recommend watching in HD and taking notes as you follow along. Comment suggestions/questions below for more videos about kritik debating. 

This video gives advice for successfully executing the Cap K in the 2NR. For best value, watch in HD and take notes and practice giving the speech yourself. 

Framework Drills


Framework Drills


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