Santa Clara U Summer Debate Workshop

2016 — CA/US

Santa Clara Speech and Debate Club's
2016 Summer Debate High School and Middle School Workshop at

Santa Clara University
Thursday, August 4 - Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Santa Clara Speech and Debate Club, in conjunction with the Santa Clara Debate team, will be hosting its Debate Workshop on Thursday through Sunday, August 4-7, 2016. The Workshop offers high school and middle school debaters a chance to work and learn in a University setting with full access to Santa Clara’s research and library resources in an advanced or novice track.  We are pleased to announce that we're offering instruction and preparation in novice and intermediate Lincoln-Douglas, Policy, Public Forum and Parliamentary formats of debate.
Mariel Cruz, assistant debate director at Santa Clara University, along with Ryan Wallace from Berkeley and Christina Owyang from UC Davis, plus Hamda Khan SCU varsity debater will supervise the program along with members of the SCU Debate Team.  

Classes will include lectures on the national topics, affirmative and negative strategies, topicality and stock issues, rebuttal strategies, and research techniques for all CHSSA debate formats. The workshop emphasizes small group education through the use of debate labs led by an experienced debater to manage tournament preparation and research.

The workshop will also feature expert guest lectures on debate theory and announced debate topics (LD, PoFo and Policy).  The schedule will allow time for supervised practice rounds and ample research, as well as access to the university library and computer resources. Evidence sets and briefs on the national topic will be supplied to every workshop participant in those events with selected topics. All students will have full access to the internet and internet based resources at SCU.
We will pair partners for policy, parliamentary, and public forum debate based on requests and their level of competition. All our faculty that have either taught at our program before or actively coach debate programs.  College debaters from Stanford, USC and San Jose State 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.
Registration and Fees
Tuition for five days of instruction and tournament competition will be $150 per student.   Adults, coaches, and parents may come for $25 per day.  To register, complete the following form, and send it along with your check payable to "Santa Clara Debate" to the address below.  Please make sure you put Communication Department on the envelope.

Melan Jaich
Communication Department  
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA  95053
You can also register online at and locate “SCU Summer Workshop”.  Tabroom would require you create a personal account for your profile.


Ask via email to or Direct Phone 408.554.4693


Please respond by Monday, August 1, 2016 to insure participation.

Housing - Please note that we are using a different hotel this year.

We have arranged for supervised housing at the nearby Candlewood Suites for a rate of $70 per night (double occupancy) and $125 per night (singles).   We do NOT use the dorms on campus but the hotel is just across the street from the main gate. All student suites are supervised by adult staff members and teaching assistants.  

Housing is limited; please register early.   Floors are divided into women’s floors, men’s floors and family floors.  You may also reserve rooms on Wednesday, August 3 and/or Sunday, August 7, 2016 if you need to stay late or arrive early. Walking to and from the hotel will be supervised by Workshop staff.

Food is not provided but available on campus and just off campus.  SCU and the neighborhood is a safe and well policed area.


The finale of the program is a tournament on campus for Parliamentary, LD, Public Forum and Policy teams.  Students and teams not in the workshop are welcome to compete for a small registration fee.  Contact Melan Jaich for more information at Trophies are presented to the top teams and speakers.
A more complete schedule, a map, as well as a list of local hotels, restaurants, etc. will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration.


2016 Summer SCU Debate High School and Middle School Workshop 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE  - August 4-7, 2016

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

THURSDAY August 4, 2016

9:00-10:00 Registration    Arts and Sciences Bldg. Room 138

10:00 Orientation and Program Logistics

10:30 Fundamentals of Public Policy Options

10:30 Fundamentals of Value Debate

11:30 Intro to Debate Formats (Parliamentary/Policy/LD/Public Forum groups)

12:30 LUNCH Break

2:00 - 3:00 pm Debate Theory and Fundamentals

3:00 Demonstration Debates

5:00 Critique of Demo Rounds

5:30-7:00 pm Dinner Break

7:00-8:00 pm Economic Analysis of Debate

7:00-8:00 pm Value/Criteria Analysis

8:00-9:00 pm Intro to Stock Issues

9:00-10:00 pm Lab Meetings (PF/LD/Policy)

9:00-10:00 pm Parli Practice with Critiques

10:15 pm   Shuttle to Holiday Inn
/Student Pick Up at SCU

Midnight: Lights out

FRIDAY August 5, 2016

9:00 am   Lab Meetings (PF/LD/Policy)

10:00 Stock Negative Strategies

11:00 Generic Disadvantages

12:00 LUNCH

1:00 pm Economics and Competitive Debate

2:00 pm Case Construction and Design

3:00 pm Topicality and Procedural Arguments

4:00 pm Counterplans 

5:00 DINNER Break

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Guest Expert Speakers (PF/LD/Policy)

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm Parliamentary Practice with Critiques

8:00 pm -10:00 pm Research and Brief Writing Labs 

10:15 pm   Shuttle to Holiday Inn
/ Student Pick Up

Midnight: Lights out

SATURDAY August 6, 2016

9:00 Labs Meet (PF/LD/Policy)

10:00 Solvency and Fiat

11:00 Kritiks and Alternative Frameworks


1:30 Practice Rounds

2:30 Critique of Practice Rounds

3:30 Lab Meetings (PF/LD/Policy)

3:30 Parliamentary Practice Rounds


6:30 Practice Rounds for all students with oral critiques

8:30-10:00pm Labs/Debriefing

10:15 pm   Shuttle to Holiday Inn
/Student Pick Up

Midnight: Lights out

SUNDAY, August 7, 2016

Workshop Tournament

8:30 am Hotel Check Out/Shuttle to SCU

9:00 Round I - Parliamentary/Public Forum/Policy/Lincoln Douglas

11:00 Round II

1:00 Round III

3:00 Round IV

5:00 Awards Assembly

6:00 Dismissal and pick up Vari (Arts and Sciences) Room 138

Any questions can be directed to Melan Jaich at (408) 554-4693 or


REGISTRATION for Summer Debate Workshop

Fill out form and return to Melan Jaich at SCU Communication Dept., 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053 or go to and find SCU Summer Workshop for online registration.



Address: ___________________________________________





Preferred Debate Style:                   

_____   Public Forum    

______ Parliamentary   

_____   Team  (Policy)

____     Lincoln Douglas


Age:  _______

Gender: ________

Years of debate complete (circle one) 0  1   2   3 or more

Parent or Guardian Name ____________________________

Parent attending conference? Yes/no

Hotel housing?   Yes/No
If yes...

____ nights  X  ___ double occupancy   @ $70  =$______

____ nights X ____ single occupancy   @ $125  =$______


Checking in on ________________.
Checking out on _______________.


Preferred Roommate (double occupancy)__________________________.

If you don’t list a roommate we will assign one to you if you prefer double occupancy.



_____ student(s) @ $150 =    $______


_____ parent(s)/coach @  $100  = $______


____ days @ $25 =  $ _____