CDL Coach Training Seminar IV — Saturday, 10/12, 9:00am – 12:00pm

The Chicago Debate League has its fourth coach training seminar of seven now scheduled for the 2013/14 season — Coach Training Seminar IV — this Saturday, 10/12, 9:00am – 12:00pm, at the Loyola Law School, 25 E. Pearson St.

This seminar will review the mini-debate exercise, using the Corruption Disad against the Mexico Security case, Topicality against Venezuela Democracy, and Solvency against Cuba Ethanol. We will also do a T1 de-brief and strategy-sharing activity.

Parking at lots near the Loyola Law School is $10, with validation from the lobby of the law school building (the Philip H. Corboy Center, 25 E. Pearson St.). The Loyola Law School is also right off of the Chicago stop on the CTA red line.

Registration is required. Register by Friday, 10/11 by sending an email to

Attendees will earn three hours of professional development credit within the CDL system, and three hours of CPDUs.

We’ll be covering in depth the following CDL Debater Development Benchmarks:

Advanced Flowing

(33) Efficient flowing: use of readable symbols; ability to condense opponent arguments into short tag-lines
(34) Flow organization: proper use of spacing on single sheets and organization of issues between sheets; and flowing out one’s own responses

Advanced Use of Evidence
(37) Choosing the best and most useful Core Files evidence (or arguments from other prepared files), supplementing with additional research and updates, and deleting or not using weaker evidence
(38) Highlighting or underlining all key arguments from the Core Files (or other prepared files) for efficiency and strategic value

Advanced Topicality Debating
(49) Effective, specifically applied, clearly articulated debating about standards for interpreting the meaning of the word or words at issue in the topicality violation, and compelling argumentation for (or against) topicality being a voting issue
(50) Evidence-based, comparative debate about the language and context of definitions used to interpret the topic

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