With NSDA (National Speech and Debate Association, formerly National Forensics League/NFL) Nationals coming up next week, Debate Central wants to help you be as prepared as possible. We interviewed a number of debaters who have done well at Nationals in years past, and today we’re sharing their best tips for success. [..]

 

Now that the season is officially over (or, at least, you have a significant break before NFL Nationals), no one would blame you for wanting to take a break. But we know lots of you out there are HARDCORE and will want to use all your newfound summer free time to improve your debate performance. Here are 5 easy strategies for ensuring you come back to your next competitive season ready for total dominance. [..]

 

As this debate season draws to a close, your most triumphant wins and painful losses are probably still fresh in your brain. That makes right now the perfect time to conduct an honest self-assessment of your strengths and weaknesses as a debater. Take the time to reflect on what you do well, and what you’re not so great at. This is the first step to coming up with a plan for improving over the summer, clarifying your goals, and creating strategies that play to your personal strengths. Today, we’re going to help you get started. [..]

 

Here at Debate Central, we know how helpful it is to attend summer debate camp. Camps give you the opportunity to get hands-on experience, run practice rounds, research next year’s topic(s), and receive feedback from some of the country’s best debate minds. Attending camp is one of the best way to ensure your performance doesn’t slip over summer vacation. Unfortunately, camp can also be extremely expensive. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to attend a high-quality debate camp, regardless of financial means. That’s why we’ve prepared this list of camps that are low-cost, offer scholarship assistance, or both! Check it out below. [..]

 

There are plenty of things you do to improve your debate performance: hours of research, speaking drills, practice rounds, rebuttal re-dos. But you might be missing out on a key resource that is built right into the tournament: watching out-rounds after you’ve been eliminated. Today, we’re going to talk about why it’s important. We’ll also link you to some great debates, for your immediate viewing pleasure. [..]

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