Debate League

Are you ready?

Are you a bright, motivated person who's ready to research, argue, and question any topic? Are you curious to learn the techniques of debate that will help you communicate persuasively? Do you want to be able to take apart an opponent's argument? Do you have a competitive streak? Do you want to have fun and be challenged?

Get involved now! 


 

 

"Be on the lookout for Millennials who have participated in speech and debate training.  Hire them and put them on your leadership fast track."

Robert Sher, “How to Find Millennials Who Will Lead Your Company.”
Forbes.com. March 2, 2014


What are some helpful qualities for a child considering debate?

  • Ability to pay attention, process verbal information quickly, and pick up the meaning of words from context.
  • Strong handwriting skills (or use of a device with strong keyboarding skills).
  • An expressed interest in debate, preferably with an interest in, or curiosity about, world or political affairs.
  • A self-starter who takes personal responsibility for results.
  • Good public speaking skills (if not, it may be a good idea to join a Speakers League club in addition to Debate League).
  • Has a competitive streak.
  • Works well with others.

Are there other helpful elements for debate success?

  • Capability and access to do independent research.
  • Can bring a device for research to meetings (e.g. smartphone, tablet).

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Summer Camps

Intro to Public Forum Debate
(half-day camp)

Five 3-hour sessions. 9am-noon 
FUMC Carrollton, 2201 E Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010

$295 

Limit 22 students. Includes snacks. 
Recommended for Ages 10-17

In this week-long half-day camp, we use quick, fun, and creative games, activities, and debate sparring to learn the relevant skills for Public Forum debate, a popular style of debate that focuses on current national events. Debate sparring sessions are short, fun, and easy singles or pairs debates on topics that don't require deep research, e.g., cats vs. dogs, laces vs. velcro, Whataburger vs. In-N-Out, etc. 

Lots of fun and engaging activities will be used to help instill skills like speaking clearly, note-taking (referred to as flowing), thinking on your feet, organizing your thoughts, being creative and adapting, and determining what is relevant in material. While all portions of a Public Forum debate will be covered, the emphasis will be put on structuring a case, known as the “Constructive,” and the concept of “blocks,” prewritten responses to anticipated arguments you would expect to come from your opponents' side of the debate.

Some light homework will be assigned to help reinforce what they’ve learned and to give them time to prep for some sparring.

No prerequisite required to enroll in this camp. Students who take this camp are considered to have completed the prerequisite to join a Debate League or Junior Debate League club during the school year.


Click here to enroll in August 6-10, 2018 Intro camp

Click here to enroll in September 10-14, 2018 Intro camp


Level I Public Forum Debate Intensive
(full-day camp)

SOLD OUT June 18-22, 2018 camp SOLD OUT
STILL AVAILABLE --> Click here to enroll in July 9-13, 2018 camp


Five 8-hour sessions, 8am-4pm
Location W. Plano (near DNT & Bush)
$695 (save $100 if you enroll in both Level I and Level II camps)

Limit 18 students. Includes snacks and lunch.
Recommended for Ages 12-17

This camp encompasses the activities in the "Intro to Public Forum Debate" (above) but also teaches research techniques and goes deep into the development of Constructives, Rebuttals, and Crossfire questions, to help students deeply understand their case and their opponents'. Understanding and utilizing Framework is front and center during this camp.

We’ll begin to show students how to plan ahead for a coherent Summary and Final Focus in the challenging second half of the debate. 

Lots of fun and engaging activities will be used to help instill the information learned. Some homework will be assigned and coaches evening online office hours will be available.

Demonstration debates and activities by the students will be held on the afternoon of the final day, with parents welcome to watch.

No prerequisite required to enroll in this camp. Students who take this camp are considered to have completed the prerequisite to join a Debate League or Junior Debate League club during the school year.

SOLD OUT June 18-22, 2018 camp SOLD OUT
STILL AVAILABLE -->
 Click here to enroll in July 9-13, 2018 camp <-- STILL AVAILABLE


Level II Public Forum Debate Intensive
(full-day camp)

Five 8-hour sessions, 8am-4pm
Location W. Plano (near DNT & Bush)
$695 (save $100 if you enroll in both Level I and Level II camps)

Limit 18 students.
Includes snacks and lunch.
Ages 12-17

Students will take their research, critical thinking, and debate technique to a new level in this intensive, week-long, full-day camp. Graduates of the Level I Intensive camp will already have a solid foundation in the first half of the debate – Framework, Constructives, Rebuttals, and Crossfire. In Level II, we build on this by focusing on the second half of the debate – Summary, Grand Crossfire, and Final Focus.

Most students don't have a strong grasp of what Summary and Final Focus are. We reveal and train you in the laser-focused techniques that will allow you to help the judge(s) digest and make sense of their flow, 
and give them the persuasive rationale they need to confidently cast their ballot in your favor.  

Lots of fun and engaging activities will be used to help instill the information learned. Significant at-home debate prep is expected during the camp. Evening online office hours will be available with camp coaches.

Formal, judged debates will be held on the afternoon of the final day.

Previous public forum debate experience, or Level I camp completion, required to enroll in this camp. 

SOLD OUT June 25-29, 2018 camp SOLD OUT
STILL AVAILABLE -->
 Click here to enroll in July 16-20, 2018 camp <-- STILL AVAILABLE

REFUND POLICY for camps, workshops, and short-term classes: Full refund available up to 30 days before first session. Full refund less $100 available up to 72 hours before first session. No refunds within 72 hours of first session.


Keep scrolling for information about workshops and clubs!



 

Speech and debate has made me a better speaker,
and I connect with people better because I'm able to
communicate in a clearer way. I love speech and debate!
– Isaac K., Student






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Debate Workshops

Intro to Public Forum Debate

Ten 90-minute sessions
Location W. Plano (near DNT & Bush)
$295

 

In "Intro to Public Forum Debate" workshops, we use quick, fun, and creative games, activities, and debate sparring to learn the relevant skills for Public Forum debate, a popular style of debate that focuses on current national events. Debate sparring sessions are short, fun, and easy singles or pairs debates on topics that don't require deep research, e.g., cats vs. dogs, laces vs. velcro, Whataburger vs. In-N-Out, etc. 

Lots of fun and engaging activities will be used to help instill skills like speaking clearly, note-taking (referred to as flowing), thinking on your feet, organizing your thoughts, being creative and adapting, and determining what is relevant in material. While all portions of a Public Forum debate will be covered, the emphasis will be put on structuring a case, known as the “Constructive,” and the concept of “blocks,” prewritten responses to anticipated arguments you would expect to come from your opponents' side of the debate.

Some light homework will be assigned to help reinforce what they’ve learned and to give them time to prep for some sparring.

No prerequisite required to enroll in this workshop. Students who complete this workshop are considered to have completed the prerequisite to join a Debate League or Junior Debate League club during the school year.

Schedule of Upcoming Workshops

September 29 - December 8, 2018
10 Saturdays 10:00am - 11:30am (no meeting Thanksgiving week)
Click here to enroll.


REFUND POLICY for camps, workshops, and short-term classes: Full refund available up to 30 days before first session. Full refund less $100 available up to 72 hours before first session. No refunds within 72 hours of first session.


Keep scrolling for
information about clubs!


  

Both of my kids have benefited enormously from
being in Speakers League and Debate League.
Peggy W., Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Debate League Clubs

View our school year calendar for locations and times.
Homeschool and Afterschool clubs available.

Junior Debate League

Limit 20 students per club
Recommended for Ages 10-13
McKinney or West Plano


Prerequisite: "Intro to Public Forum Debate" camp or workshop, or the "Level I Public Forum Debate Intensive" camp. 

Junior Debate League clubs emphasize quick, fun, and creative thinking, as members participate in games, sparring, and other activities to develop and sharpen their debate skills. These clubs meet for two hours, twice per month, between September and May (plus free entrance to the June SLAM event). 

As space permits, we accept new members throughout the year. Join our mailing list below to receive more details. (You can unsubscribe at any time.)

Debate League

Limit 20 students.
Recommended for Ages 12-17
Carrollton, Coppell, or Richardson

Prerequisite: "Intro to Public Forum Debate" camp or workshop, or the "Level I Public Forum Debate Intensive" camp. 

Debate League members prepare for full, competitive team debates and tournaments.

The specific style of debate we focus on is "Public Forum," a type of debate based on current events. We examine propositions, determine the issues at play, structure arguments and rebuttals, learn about effective cross-examination, conduct evidence research, crystallize/summarize the state of a debate, cite impacts, learn how to identify and combat logical fallacies, and understand the elements of judging. Members are usually called upon to debate BOTH sides of an argument and must prepare for both.

Debate League clubs meet for two hours, twice per month, between September and May (plus June Tournament). Debate League members must have a device, preferably a laptop, available for research at the meetings.

There's often time spent outside regular club meetings to prepare for debates. We hold two optional inter-club tournaments during the year, as well as possible opportunities to participate in outside tournaments, field trips, etc. Members of the club(s) typically vote on the topic for upcoming inter-club tournaments.

As space permits, we accept new members throughout the year. A textbook and proprietary quick-guide on Public Forum debate is provided to all new members. 

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Click here to learn even more on our FAQ page.

Debate League holds two major inter-club tournaments – the Winter Classic, held the second week of December, and the SLAM tournament, held on the second Saturday in June.

 

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The value of learning debate

These skills, loosely categorized as elements of emotional intelligence, include the capacity to persevere through setbacks (grit), the facility to bring existing knowledge to a novel situation (creativity), comfort in working with others and knowing when to lead and when to follow (collaboration), the capability to confront the seemingly infinite volumes of information on any topic and select the relevant data (research), and sensitivity to what a target audience is thinking so that such data can be presented persuasively (empathy). The debate curriculum teaches young people much of what they'll need to know in these areas by active, engaging, and highly direct means. Click here to read the full article.

 

 


Debate really opened the world to my son this year.  It challenged him to substantiate his claims, learn how to research a topic, see the advantages and disadvantages of both sides of an argument, and get up and debate.
 

Ayala S., Parent