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May 18, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

How do you transition from high school to college policy debate

Figure out how to get camp files. Thats kind of a no-brainer, but in college you actually have to make connections to get them versus getting them posted to the Open Evidence Project. Given you are a new program….you should just be able to ask directly for this.

Also given you are a new program, you may be able to get “deals” on tournaments based on your budget size. Please be open and honest about this to tournament directors.

One of the hardest problems can be unlearning bad high school habits. Learning how to do this is key to making the jump. Unless the other team just drops a cheap shot or doesn’t have offense…you don’t have a chance. Make real arguments.

Your new affirmative will only be new for 1 tournament……if that. So you have to have front lines & good arguments. This pretty much works on the negative too. Depth versus breadth. Realize the way topics work, college topics are smaller, which allows debaters to go deeper (theoretically).

Execution speed is key. You’ll have cites when you return to school on Sunday night at midnight….and you leave for a tournament in 4 days. Copying, cutting, and frontlining/strategizing should be a natural process. Its not smart to loligag, procrastinate or delay.

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