Monthly Archives: November 2014

Util/Trutil with Tom Placido: RTBF in the US (Part 1)

Welcome to Util/Trutil. We’re back this week after a one-week hiatus with a two-part special focusing on a plan that implements the right to be forgotten in the US. Today’s piece will discuss inherency and solvency questions. Tomorrow we’ll focus on advantage areas.

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Debate For All: Tournament Procedure

Competitive tournaments are structured fairly similarly. This is a guide to that structure and the terminology used. 

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Weekend Preview + Scouting Report: Damus Hollywood Invitational

Number of Entries – 63 Top 25 Debaters @ Hollywood: #2 Peninsula AT #14 Harvard-Westlake CC Bid List Debaters @ Hollywood: Peninsula AT – 2 Bids Harvard-Westlake CC – 2 Bids Peninsula JL – 1 Bid Peninsula JZ – 1 Bid

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Live Results: Michael Bogaty Wins Apple Valley and Arjun Tambe wins Hollywood

Damus-Hollywood Make sure to check out the weekend preview and scouting report. Doubles forthcoming! Elims Bracket Finals (bid): Peninsula AT (#2) def Brentwood MR 3-0 (Amestoy, Wanless, Legried) Semis: Brentwood MR def Peninsula JZ (Amestoy, Torson, Fink) Peninsula AT def […]

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Premier Scholars #2

We are excited to announce that our next $1000 scholarship will be awarded to the best performing non-senior in elimination rounds at the Apple Valley tournament. Previously Drew Burd of Westlake High School and Nolan Burdett of Dulles were awarded […]

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Weekend Preview: Apple Valley

Info Bid Level: Octas Date: November 7-8 Number of entries: 134 Last Year’s Final: Harrison DD def. La Jolla RP Scouting Report Top 25 Attending: #4 University DB #6 Sacred Heart AT #16 Greenhill BE #19 Clements RG #25 Evanston CT  

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Debate For All: Choosing Positions as a Young Debater

Newer debaters inevitably repeat their predecessor’s mistakes. In particular, younger debaters should avoid obscure or gimmicky positions. These types of positions include fantastically abusive plan texts, indefensible T interpretations, blatant necessary but insufficient burdens, Ks copy/pasted from policy files, and frameworks that are 99% SAT vocabulary. […]

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Debate For All: What’s a Framework?

Jargon: Value Criterion, Standard, Framework all mean the same thing. Whereas lay debaters usually are familiar with the first term, most circuit debaters use the latter two. All three of these words refer to arguments about the resolution’s evaluative term, […]

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Debate For All: Counterplans in LD #1

Explanation Definition A counterplan (or CP) is a specific advocacy forwarded by the negative debater to prove a superior option to doing the aff. That might sound complicated, but it’s not! 

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Coaches Poll Top 25 — November 1

Congratulations to this month’s Top 25!

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