SoCal Winter Debate Workshop

2020 — Online, CA/US

            The SoCal Debate Society is hosting an online Winter Debate Workshop from Monday to Thursday, Dec. 28th-Dec. 31st. The Workshop offers high school and middle school debaters the chance to learn in a supportive setting in an advanced or novice track.

We are offering instruction and preparation in novice and intermediate Lincoln-Douglas, Big Questions, Public Forum and Parliamentary formats of debate. As in the past workshops, longtime coaches including Melan Jaich and Matt Conrad (La Reina), David Finnigan (Beverly Hills), Kevin Kunes (California Lutheran University) and Ryan Wallace (California State University-East Bay) along with debate alums from USC, Berkeley, UCLA and Santa Clara will serve as workshop instructors.

Classes will include lectures on the upcoming national debate topics, affirmative and negative strategies, topicality and stock issues, rebuttal strategies, and research techniques for CHSSA/NSDA debate formats including Public Forum and Big Questions/Lincoln Douglas. The workshop emphasizes small group education through debate labs led by experienced coaches who can help student manage tournament preparation and research.

The workshop will end with a tournament which will have five guaranteed preliminary debate rounds and then quarters, semi and final rounds. Before that the workshop will also feature expert guest lectures on debate theory and the current, announced debate topics for the spring semester. The schedule will allow time for supervised practice rounds and ample research. Evidence sets and briefs on the national topic will be supplied to every workshop participant in those events with selected topics.

We will pair partners for various debate formats based on requests and their level of competition. All our faculty either have taught at our program before or actively coach debate programs. College debaters will also be assisting to critique our debaters and will be judging the tournament competition along with former top debate alums. Students do not need to have a designated or preferred partner for team events to participate in the workshop.

Classes may be divided into intermediate/novice depending on enrollment. Debate formats may share some lectures but not topic discussions

Registration and Fees

Tuition for both the four days of instruction 9am-3 pm and the workshop tournament competition is $100.00 per student. Please register on and pay through PayPal. (Tabroom requires workshop attendees to have a personal account/profile.) Non-participants can singly register for the workshop tournament for a fee.

Questions? Contact Workshop Director at and please register by Sunday, Dec. 27th to ensure participation.

The Winter Tournament is the finale of the weeklong winter break workshop starting on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Dec. 30th and ending Thursday, Dec. 31st at 3 p.m. with five preliminary rounds and then quarters, semis and finals. Students and teams not attending the workshop are welcome to compete for a small registration fee. Trophies/medals will be sanitized and then mailed to the top teams and speakers.

Schedule of the 2020 Winter Online Debate High School and Middle School Workshop Dec. 28th- 31st

Day 1 (Monday Dec. 28th) All Times are California/Pacific Standard Time 9:00 am Orientation 9:30 Debate Labs First Meeting /Introduction to Debate Formats 10:30 Segment Option A) Fundamentals of Public Forum Debate and Argument Strategies 10:30 Segment Option B) Fundamentals of Big Questions/Lincoln-Douglas Value Debate 12:00 pm Lunch 12:30 Debate Theory and Fundamentals 1:30 Demonstration Debates 2:30 Critique of Demonstration Rounds 2:50-3:00 Labs Meet

Day 2 (Tuesday Dec. 29th) 9:00 am Lab Meetings 10:00 Stock Negative Strategies 11:00 Generic Disadvantages 12:00 pm Lunch 12:30 Economics, Foreign Policy/National Security and Debate 1:30 Case Construction 2:30 Topicality and Counterplan Arguments 2:50-3:00 Labs Meet

Day 3 (Wednesday Dec. 30th) 9:00 am Labs Meet 10:00 Solvency, Fiat and Alternative Arguments 11:00 Practice Round 1 12:00 pm Lunch 12:30 Practice Round 2 1:30-2:00 Labs Meet/Critique of Practice Rounds

Workshop Tournament Day 1 (Wednesday Dec. 30th) 1:30-2:00 Non-Workshop Debater Registration 2 pm Round 1 3 pm Round 2 Tournament Day 1 Ends at 4 p.m.

Workshop Tournament Day 2 (Thursday Dec. 31st) 8:15 am Check-in by all workshop and non-workshop debaters 8:30 Round 3 9:30 Round 4 10:30 Snack Break 10:45 Round 5 12:00 pm Elimination Round 1 1:00 Elimination Round 2 2:00 Awards 2:15-3:00 Final Round End of Workshop

Happy New Year!


Registration for Winter Debate Workshop

Fill out this form and return it to or go to and find the page for the Winter Debate Workshop Session Dec. 28th-31st for online registration.

Name:____________________________________________ What grade are you in? ______

Name of School:__________________________ City/State: _____________________________

Phone:______________________ Email:____________________________________________

Preferred Debate Style (Mark below as 1st preference and 2nd preference):

_____ Public Forum ______ Parliamentary _____ Big Questions ____ Lincoln Douglas

Age: _______ Gender: ________ Years of debate complete (circle one) 0 1 2 3 or more

Parent or Guardian Name ________________________________________________________

Parent Cell Phone____________________ Parent Email________________________________

Workshop Tuition_____ student(s) @ $100.00 = $______ This workshop fee includes the tournament fee.

Tournament Fee_____ student(s) @ $50.00 = $______ This fee is only for debaters not attending the workshop.