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South Bay Homeschool Debate League

Meets: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 10am-noon (Sept. thru May), plus Annual Conference second Saturday in June. (Instead of meeting during Thanksgiving and Christmas week, we hold a double meeting for the first meeting of those months.
Place: Trinity Lutheran Church - Fireplace Room 4783 W. 130th Street Hawthorne, CA 90250
Ages: Recommended for ages 12-17 (capable younger children may join on a provisional basis).
Tuition: Click here for the tuition schedule. Financial aid available.
How to Join: Click here to start the registration process.

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What happens at meetings?

Meetings vary, in terms of the format, but, in Debate League, we use games, activities, and sparring to learn the relevant skills for debate, including speaking clearly, note taking (referred to as "flowing"), thinking on your feet, organizing your thoughts, and determining what's relevant in material. Debate sparring sessions are short, fun, and easy debates on topics that don't require research, e.g., cats vs. dogs, laces vs. velcro, homeschool vs. public school, etc.

IMG_7233We also prepare for, and conduct, 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.

1st place in the SLAM 2016 debate tournament went to Alex (Fullerton club) and Scarlet (South Bay club).
1st place in the SLAM 2016 debate tournament went to Alex (Fullerton club) and Scarlet (South Bay club).

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.

Additional debate tournament and scrimmaging opportunities may be made available based on interest.

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Enter through the gates near the yellow sign.
Enter through the gates near the yellow sign.
The gates to enter through. The room is on the left after you go through the gates.
The gates to enter through. The room is on the left after you go through the gates.
The Fireside Room is where we meet.
The Fireside Room is where we meet.

 

 

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