Intro

Watching debates is a great way to build up your skills. All our links will redirect you to videos at video hosting websites.

They’re divided up by event and difficulty. By our estimation, “Easy” should be accessible to students with the rudimentary debate experience you can gain from this website. “Medium” is for anyone with about half a year debate experience on, up through some pretty tough and technical debates. “Hard”: beware, students young and old alike. They can be rather dense, either by subject or presentation.

High School Policy

College Policy

College Parli

Ideas for debate activities

What do I do with these videos?

1. Think like a judge – one of the best debate skills is to be able to convince a judge by proving that you’re thinking like a judge. Watch a video, flow every argument, and try to come up with a well reasoned RFD for the debate. Shockingly few debaters get the chance to be behind the ballot until they’re in college…or after. Being able to reason like a neutral judge will give you the vocabulary and thought processes debaters use to make a decision seem “simple”. Deliver the decision, consolingly but firmly, to your cat or fish. Many videos have RFDs recorded – see if you concur.

2. Flowing marathon – watch the whole debate and flow it non-stop. Get in the zone: put on headphones, turn off your phone, and try to challenge yourself by keeping up with a difficult debate. You should sweat trying to keep up with them.

3. Organizational drills – or, watch a more manageable debate and try to improve your organization skills. If you have more time between arguments, focus on arranging them in the perfect way so you don’t have to think about it in round is good practice. This is a great example of where you can learn from other types of debate: parli may be more slowly spoken than policy, but without cards there are many more discreet points articulated in a short amount of time. If you can organize a medium parli round without missing a warrant, you’ll be much more efficient flowing something like topicality in policy, for example.

4. Just watch – don’t try to flow, just spectate the debate. Many people forget this one. Watching a round without flowing can help you understand strategies (and strategic holes) more completely. Also, if you watch a round once entirely without flowing you’ll be able to keep up when you try to watch and flow because you’ll already have the right words for the round buzzing around your head, ready to jump out onto the page when you hear them say it.

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