How to Brief Against a Case

Debaters learn to press against assumptions and claims

My company launched a new contest this morning. We’re giving away hundreds in prizes to call on debaters to brief against our “Late-season Surprise” cases for NCFCA, Stoa and NSDA. Details are below, but see here for complete details.

I will be at Stoa’s National Tournament all week long. I’m coordinating the photography team on behalf of the tournament, as well as judging as many rounds as possible. I will also be coaching Monument Members as available as I will have a Monument Publishing booth at the event. Be sure to stop by and say hi!

If you are in the area, sign up to judge!

Date: May 28, 2017—June 3, 2017
Event: National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC)
Sponsor: Stoa Speech and Debate
Venue: Union University
Location: Jackson, TN
More Info: Click here for more information.

My teens, Noah and Tabitha, and I will be traveling down to the San Antonio area to attend the NB500 Tournament in New Braunfels. We have very much enjoyed meeting some Texas teams at some Colorado tournaments this year, so now it’s time to meet their challenge to take them on in their own turf.

If you are in the area, sign up to judge! And we will see you there.

Date: March 30, 2017—April 1, 2017
Event: NB500 Tournament
Sponsor: ACTION Speech and Debate Club
Venue: Oakwood Baptist
Location: 2154 Texas 337 Loop
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Public: Public
More Info: Click here for more information.

The debate club we attend as a family, Forge, will be hosting its own debate tournament. We’ll all be involved for this end-of-the-season debate, hopefully to get a few more debaters qualified to NITOC.

If you are in the area, sign up to judge!

Date: April 28, 2017—April 29, 2017
Event: Rock'n Debate Tournament
Sponsor: Forge Speech and Debate Club
Venue: Colorado Early Colleges
Location: 10235 Parkglenn Way
Parker, CO 80138
More Info: Click here for more information.

In case you missed the tit-for-tat last week about Sen. Warren’s attempt to impugn adversaries as racists, this video should explain its importance.

“We are becoming a country incapable of having debates anymore.” —Marco Rubio

Please share this…even watch it with your children.

I will be judging all weekend at the Rocky Mountain Classic Stoa Speech and Debate Tournament in Denver. All speech and debate events will be offered, including “Sales Pitch Impromptu,” one of the tournament’s favorite improvisations. Wendy and I will be bringing our youngest son, Elijah, to present at the RMC’s children’s tournament.

If you are in the area, sign up to judge!

Date: March 22, 2017—March 26, 2017
Event: Rocky Mountain Classic
Sponsor: SALT
Venue: Denver Metro College, Auraria Campus
Location: 900 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
More Info: Click here for more information.