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. [..]

 

Today’s free card Friday is a useful boost to your TPA/TPP politics disadvantage scenario. Find it below the fold! [..]

As many of you prepare for crucial post-season tournaments, the pressure to perform well can start to get to you. Unfortunately, sometimes this causes debaters to decide to try out some sneaky tactics in an attempt to gain an advantage. Today we’re going to take a look at this by introducing you to the “shady six”: six behaviors that you should absolutely NOT do if you want to be a serious, champion-quality debater. [..]

 

Recently, we brought you a list of summer debate camps offering low-cost tuition and scholarships. Today, we’re pleased to bring you a new opportunity to reduce the financial burdens of debate. The Champion Briefs Foundation has just announced that it will be distributing FOUR $250 scholarships to debaters to use towards camp tuition, the cost of attending Nationals, or private coaching sessions.

 

To apply, all you have to do is go here and upload a video of yourself answering the question “How has Speech and Debate prepared you for life after high school?” along with some information about you. The deadline is May 1, so apply today!

 

Recipients of this scholarship will be selected by an objective committee and notified by May 15, 2014.

 

 

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. [..]

 

Earlier this week, we brought you our guide to the pro side of the April Public Forum resolution. Today, it’s time for the con! Download the guide below the fold, and find strategy tips and free evidence to help you build the best possible case for debating “Resolved: Prioritizing economic development over environmental protection is in the best interest of the people of India.” [..]

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