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Below are many 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 to make sure audio quality is good, but there may be 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 and subscribing to our YouTube channel, FaceBook page, and 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 to keep this page updated.

Past Debate Rounds

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.

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

Verbatim is an absolute must for debating at higher levels. Taking the time to learn the ins and outs of the software will dramatically improve your efficiency and quality of life.

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 Circuit Debater for examples of LD 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 Value Criterion 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.

In this drill we demonstrate a standard debate between the two most relevant frameworks in LD debate

This lecture covers a subset of arguments called tricks, where debaters use a variety of argumentative tactics to beat opponents technically as opposed to purely substantively.

This lecture covers a subset of arguments called kritiks, where debaters craft critical theory and progressive political stances into argumentative shells.

This lecture covers advantages and disadvantages, the standard structures to delineate offense and to create comparable impacts under a framework

Theory Drills

Part 1 of this video series can be found above!

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

Part 1 of this video series can be found above!

Critical Drills

Part 1 of this video series can be found above!

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.