Many students are at a competitive disadvantage because their schools do not invest in elite debate coaches who help find high quality evidence and write strategic cases that can win big debates. Three years ago, we started running a pseudo-team comprised of students across the country that produce files in a closed-loop network using a file sharing application called Dropbox.
Based off overwhelmingly positive feedback, we expanded this service every year since 2014. To ensure high quality, there is a cap on the number of students we accept every year. For the 2017-2018 season, we anticipate having roughly 20 spots available and 3-4 coaches to manage the direction and contents of the Dropbox.
This team attracts students from all over the US with all types of debate style preferences, ensuring that prep 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.
Students on the Dropbox get access to a supportive community of teammates and coaches, have all their work closely edited, get individualized pre-tournament strategy and judge preference meetings, have access to endless resources (including everyone else’s prep and all of our backfiles, which are high quality and ready to use), and experience significantly more competitive success than they would have otherwise.
Click here to apply to the 2017-2018 team and jumpstart your career!
Joining the Debatedrills Private Dropbox will help you take your career to the next level. Here’s a brief snapshot of the major benefits—click on the bullet point to learn more:
We are incredibly excited about next year's coaching staff. Debate is getting increasingly complex. The most successful debaters this year were equally well versed in util, theory, topicality, framework, and critical argumentation. In addition to content mastery, successful competitors must be technically sound and have good strategic vision. Finding coaches who can teach all of this effectively is nearly impossible because most coaches have a “style” of debate they are most familiar and comfortable teaching.
Our coaching staff is like no other in the country. We have strategically hired subject matter experts in every core content area in contemporary debate. Paras is a subject matter expert in theory, topicality, and util. Amit is a subject matter expert in critical arguments. Nina is a subject matter expert in philosophy and theory debate.
We will help you prepare for the resolution, lead the direction of content creation within the Dropbox, and understand what the most popular positions will be and how to respond to them. We are always available via email, phone and Facebook to answer any and all 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.
Most importantly, our track records of success as both competitors and coaches speaks for itself. The best debaters in the country consistently approach us to help them think through their strategies in our areas of expertise, and this has shown in how our students have performed this season. We genuinely enjoy coaching debate and look forward to potentially working with you!
"He managed to give debaters like me who does not have a team that regularly competes on the national circuit an opportunity to succeed by making a national circuit team for us, consisting of individuals that he coaches across the nation."
"For the first time, I had a coach to prepare me before specific rounds as well as the benefits of having a team (a group Paras coached as opposed to people attending the same school) dedicated to being successful on the national circuit. These advantages made a world of a difference as an independent who would otherwise have to prepare for a topic and plan tournament logistics completely on my own. If you want to improve at debate, the best thing you could do is contact Paras as soon as possible."
Cost is $2995, all inclusive for the year, broken down as follows: $850 for the September/October topic, $850 for the November/December topic, and $1295 for the January/February topic (because its the TOC topic and lasts longer/has more bid tournaments).
This is roughly equivalent to the cost of major 2-week summer camps such as VBI and NSD, and we strongly believe that our services will be much more helpful to your competitive success during the upcoming 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.
The only discount we offer is 25% to students who were on the 2016-2017 team. We recognize debate can be expensive - if you do not think you can afford joining the team, you should consider applying for our scholarships.
During the 2016-2017 season, our 9-member team qualified 4 debaters to the TOC, received 24 bids, debated in 34 bid rounds, finished 3rd at the Greenhill, Bronx, Lexington and University of Houston Invitational, 2nd at the Yale and Voices Invitational, and championed the Walt Whitman Invitational and Newark Round Robin. Every student advanced to elimination debates at least once during the season.Want this to be you? Last year, we had more students apply for the Dropbox than spots available. This year, though we’ve expanded and hired more coaching, we anticipate running out of space once again.
We are looking for applicants who a) plan on attending at least 5 bid tournaments next season, b) have experienced competitive success during the 2016-2017 season and c) are hungry for success. The most important factor is your hunger—we have accepted freshman in the past who had minimal competitive experience because they demonstrated a desire and commitment to success. Click here if you would like to apply to the team. We look forward to reading your application!