CMSDL Coach Training Seminar V— Saturday, 10/12, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

The Chicago Debate League has its fifth coach training seminar of seven now scheduled for the 2013/14 season — Coach Training Seminar V — this Saturday, 11/2, 12:30pm – 3:00pm, at the Loyola Law School, 25 E. Pearson St.

This seminar will focus on customizing arguments, so that they can be made persuasively, appropriately, and within the allotted time. We will also discuss broader issues in preparing for T2, discuss negative case strategy (specifically focused on Offense/Defense) and will look at ways to improve 1AR performance using imbedded clash.

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, 10/30 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:


Use of Evidence

(10) Evidentiary standard in debate: what needs to be evidenced and why


Advanced Refutation Skills

(30) Grouping and cross-applying arguments while refuting


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

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