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?

Join our Plano club 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 League?

  • 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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. . . or keep scrolling for more information about the
camps, clubs, and workshops.

 

Debate League Clubs

Plano (Homeschool Club)
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 12:30pm-2pm
Boys & Girls Club of Plano, 1111 H Ave., Plano, TX 75074

Limit 16 students per club
Recommended for Ages 10-17
No Prerequisite.

 

Debate League clubs meet for 90-minutes, twice per month, between September and May (plus free entrance to the June SLAM event).

Club activities involve 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., “School uniforms should be required,” “The rise of selfies is a troubling cultural problem,” “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 also the “Rebuttal,” including  “blocks” (prewritten responses to anticipated arguments you would expect to come from your opponents’ side of the debate).

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.)

Click here to learn even more on our FAQ page.

REFUND POLICY There are no refunds for club registration fees or dues, once paid. 

Speakers League only
$75 one-time materials & registration fee, and $30/month club dues
Club meets twice per month. Each meeting is 1.5 hours.
Sibling Discount: If siblings joining the same club, use promo code "SIBLINGS" at checkout to save 10%.
Club dues include SLAM (our annual conference).
Fees and club dues are non-refundable.
Debate League only
$75 one-time materials & registration fee, and $35/month club dues
Club meets twice per month. Each meeting is 1.5 hours.
Sibling Discount: If siblings joining the same club, use promo code "SIBLINGS" at checkout to save 10%.
Club dues include SLAM (our annual conference).
Fees and club dues are non-refundable.
BOTH Speakers League and Debate League
$150 one-time materials & registration fee, and $62/month club dues
Both clubs meet twice per month. for 1.5 hours.
Sibling Discount: If siblings joining the same club, use promo code "SIBLINGS" at checkout to save 10%.
Club dues include SLAM (our annual conference).
Fees and club dues are non-refundable.

Keep scrolling for information about summer camps!

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

 

Summer 2019 Camps

Intro to Public Forum Debate
(half-day camps)

JULY 2019 camp and AUGUST 2019 camp.
Camp dates will be announced in January 2019

Five 4-hour sessions. 8:30am-12:30pm
FUMC Carrollton, 2201 E Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010

$349

Limit 16 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. We focus on the Constructive, Rebuttal, Crossfire, and Final Focus portions of Public Forum debate.

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

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

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.

 

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

 

 

Click here for club calendars, locations, and meeting times.

 

 


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