SY2015 CDL Coach Training Seminar I — Saturday, August 23, 9:00am – 12:00pm

The Chicago Debate League has its first coach training seminar of the 2014/15 season — Coach Training Seminar I — on Saturday, 8/23, 9:00am – 12:00pm, at a location to be announced soon.

At this first seminar Cydney will provide an explication of, and lead a discussion on, the strategic uses of the arguments and evidence in the Core Files — affirmative cases, case negatives, disadvantages, and topicality violations. The seminar will get close to the text of key pieces of evidence in many of the major arguments in the files.

All coaches whose debaters will be using the SY2015 CDL Core Files this year — which tends to mean all coaches outside the RCC — are encouraged to attend. All attendees should bring a laptop or a tablet to the seminar, with the PDF version of the Core Files loaded.

Registration is required. Register by Friday, 8/22, 12pm, 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:

Introduction to the Topic
(20) Understanding the Core Files

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

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