Dallas Camps 2024

We're coming back to Dallas this August!

I'm excited to return to Dallas this summer to host two camps: a speech camp and a TP camp focused on using impact calculus in your strategy and speeches. 

Speech Camp


SCHEDULE

10-10:30 intro and impromptu overview

(going over impromptu techniques, drills, 

and how to use impromptu to improve your debate speaking)

10:30-11:30 impromptu drills

(drills specialized for each student to address their speaking weaknesses)

11:30-12:30 LUNCH

12:30-1:30 extemp strategy and drills

(non-extemp students will continue to run impromptu drills with assistant coaches)

12:30-1:30 apologetics teaching

(choose which session to attend)

1:30-2 platform speech teaching

2-2:30 interp speech teaching

2:30-4 platform / interp guided brainstorming and writing drills

(guided brainstorming sessions for platforms and interps to put together a topic, outline, and rough draft)

4-4:30 question time and conclusion

TP Impact Calculus Camp


SCHEDULE

10-12 impact calculus teaching and drills

(Basics, visualization, and implications for TP strategy)

12-1 LUNCH

1-2 practice debate round with impact analysis

2-3 2NR / 2AR session and CX session

3-4 resolution overview and case ideas

4-5 questions and optional individual coaching

DESCRIPTION

One of the most common debate ballot comments goes something like this: 

"you didn't tell me how to compare your arguments to your opponent's"

"why did your disadvantages outweigh the aff advantages?"

Or, to put it technically: "you need better impact calculus!"

Impact calculus is the practice of comparing all the arguments in a debate round and explaining why one side outweighs the other. It is fundamental to speech organization, brief writing, TP strategy, and especially important for 2NRs and 2ARs. It is also one of the most difficult skills to learn on your own.

In this small, specialized camp for TPers of all levels of experience, we will go back to the basics of categorizing arguments, organizing logical syllogisms, and tracing impacts. Then we will use those basics to visualize the shifting weight of arguments throughout a practice TP round. 

"I’ve done two different summer camps over the past two years and this one was by far the most helpful. Getting personal feedback on the 1AC from some of the best alumna of the NCFCA, I know, will definitely pay off for me and my partner in the long run. This camp was very helpful and has got me thinking big time about strategy regarding Team Policy debate. I definitely would recommend this camp. "

-William K., 3rd year TPer

"Attending a TP Launch camp was a fun and fruitful way for my club to start the competition season! Danielle and Clare provided detailed feedback on 1ACs, guided the teams through CX practice, and helped them brainstorm neg strategies that can be used on any case.  They drew on their extensive experience in debate to give the students excellent guidance on strategy and rhetoric.  All of the information in the lectures was well organized and clearly conveyed.  I highly recommend their coaching!" 

-Dr. Culp, Club Leader

"Since the camp was during the year, we could go over our cases, brainstorm NEG, and come up with CX routines that could easily be applied during competition. All in all, the sessions were very fun and helpful! I would definitely recommend it."

-Winifred C., 3rd year TPer

About Danielle

Danielle Miller is an independent debate coach specializing in Team Policy debate and platform speeches. In 2021, she took second place in TP at NCFCA Nationals with her partner Clare Cey. She believes the keys to debate are creativity (in your own theories and strategies), truth (of your arguments), and empathy (for your judges). She is a Junior at Baylor University, where she studies Political Science and Philosophy in the Honors College. At Baylor, she has won international awards in Model UN, and national qualifier Mock Trial awards. She writes for the Ethos sourcebook and is currently working for the Religious Freedom Institute in DC.

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