Coach Training Seminar VIII — Saturday, February 8th, 9am – 12pm

The Chicago Debate League has its eighth and final (regularly-scheduled) coach training seminar of the 2013/14 season — Coach Training Seminar VIII — on Saturday, 2/8, 9:00am – 12:00pm, at the Loyola Law School, 25 E. Pearson St.

This seminar will equip all participating coaches to use the Prepared Flow Exercise at debate practices to prepare your students for successful tournament competition, to teach them to give better rebuttals, and to help you and your students get the most educational value out of competitive debate.

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 the end of the day Thursday, 2/6 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 Refutation Skills
(29) Perfecting the refutation construct (“they say x, we say y”)
(30) Grouping and cross-applying arguments while refuting

Argument Inter-Relationships and Clash
(31) Analyzing argument inter-relationships within a broader policy context
(32) Resolving clashing arguments

Analyzing and Arguing Over Text
(51) Reading and interpreting closely to successfully execute “micro-debates” (e.g., debates about individual pieces of evidence)
(52) Connecting “micro-debates” to the full round in order to give it weight

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