*Click here to view our 2019-2020 Club Team Roster and conflict policy.*
Students that lack access to elite debate coaching are at a significant competitive disadvantage compared to their peers. Elite coaches help students think through strategies, find high-quality evidence, write strategic cases, and think through strategies that can tip the scale to win big debates. DebateDrills was founded to help balance this disparity. Our Club Team consists of highly-motivated students across the country that produce high-quality files in a closed-loop network using a file sharing application called Dropbox.
Based off overwhelmingly positive feedback and the debate achievements of the Team, this service has expanded every year since 2014. To ensure high quality service, there is a cap on the number of students we accept every year. The 2020-2021 Club Team will be capped at 36 students with 12 coaches who will manage the direction and contents of the Club Team.
This team attracts students from all over the US with all types of debate style preferences, ensuring that preparation is holistic and diverse, with a combination of high quality cases in every major form of debate (e.g. util, theory, framework, and critiques). Each member of our coaching staff has a different area of expertise, ensuring that students have a subject matter expert to approach at all times. Members on the team have historically experienced significantly more competitive success due to the depth and intensity of preparation they receive.
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Joining the DebateDrills Private Club Team will help you take your career to the next level. Here’s a brief snapshot of the major benefits—click on a tab to learn more:
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We will help you prepare for the resolution, lead the direction of content creation within the team, understand what the most popular positions will be and teach you how to respond to them. We are constantly available via Slack to answer questions you have about all things debate, from substantive questions about debate strategy to logistic and administrative questions like how to sign up for tournaments. Our track records of success as both competitors and coaches speaks for itself. The best debaters in the country consistently approach us year in year out to help them think through their strategies in our respective areas of expertise. We look forward to potentially working with you!
"Before joining the DebateDrills Club Team, I was a lone wolf debater so I produced all my own prep. After joining the team, the amount of prep I had increased at least 3-4 fold. That opened up a lot of variability for each round based on the opponent and the judge. Before joining I was usually pinned into a sub-optimal strategy because I just didn’t have the prep to compete, which was no longer an issue once I joined the team."
"I can't say enough good things about DebateDrills. My son, Max, attends a high school that does not have a program in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Nonetheless, as a result of working with DebateDrills this year, Max has become a competitive debater on the national LD circuit. The one-on-one tutoring sessions with the DebateDrills coaches, the practice rounds with other members of the DebateDrills team, and the on-site DebateDrills coaching at the major LD tournaments have all made him a dramatically better debater in a relatively short time. To my mind, however, the impressive tournament results DebateDrills delivers are only part of the picture. DebateDrills has given Max an extraordinary community of mentors and friends who share his intellectual curiosity and passion for debate. They have helped him develop critical and analytical thinking skills that are not part of the standard high school curriculum but are essential for success in college, graduate school, and almost any demanding profession or career. My son's high school years are immeasurably richer and more rewarding because he has been lucky enough to be part of DebateDrills."
"There is nothing comparable to the DebateDrills Club Team anywhere else in the country. I honestly can’t imagine how my last year in debate would have gone without it. I can guarantee that if you join, it will be the single best decision you make in your debate career."
"Our experience with DebateDrills this past year has been amazing. From the initial interview process and throughout the season, the communication and use of technology created an ease of understanding and knowledge for both my son and I. The leadership at Debat Drills was so quick to respond to the needs of the debaters and parents. As my son, Jackson, began applying for colleges, the DebateDrills team proved to be an invaluable resource from providing guidance and insights to assisting with college recommendations for debate scholarships. Jackson grew tremendously as a debater because of the ongoing support from Debate Drills. The onsite coaching provided him with opportunities for real time learning and support he had not had before. I highly recommend DebateDrills to parents looking to have their children improve their debating skills and success."
"Without the DebateDrills Club Team, I don’t think I would’ve ever dreamed of late elims at any bid tournaments. The support you get from not only the coaches but your team is unreal. As a lone wolf debater that didn’t really have a team, a dozen coaches, and an enormous amount of prep to count on, the DebateDrills Club Team really helped me feel like I finally was a part of the debate community."
Cost is $3895, all inclusive for the year, broken down as follows: $1150 for the September/October topic, $1150 for the November/December topic, and $1595 for the January/February topic (since it's the TOC topic and lasts longer/has more bid tournaments).
This cost is equivalent to the cost of major 3 week Summer Debate Camps, and we strongly believe that our services (which last for 8 months) will be much more helpful to your competitive success during the 2020-2021 season. Last year we ran out of space and had to turn students away. Spots are reserved on a first come, first serve basis so we encourage you to apply sooner rather than later.
Over the last 3 years, the DebateDrills Club Team has won the 2017 + 2019 TOC and finished 2nd at the 2018 TOC, won almost every prestigious round robin in the country, received over 80 bids to the TOC, had eight top 10 ranked students in the country, and had the majority of students advance to elimination debates at a bid tournament. You can see more information about our tournament win history in the Results section. Want this to be you?