Over the course of the past few weeks, I have had an ongoing conversation with OCDL alum Jack Thompson. We discussed how OCDL has impacted his life and what he has done since his last middle school debate through the league. Jack is currently a senior at San Juan Hills High School and started competing … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Jack Thompson
At its best, debate is a space for open discussions. It inspires students to take initiative and learn about current events from a multitude of viewpoints. During rounds, speakers contribute to conversations that account for those perspectives, and each angle contributes to a different understanding of the topic. At its worst, however, debate can cause … Continue reading Tips and Tricks – Adding Nuance to Arguments
On December 5, 2020, the Orange County Debate League [OCDL] held its annual Holiday Tournament on the video communication platform, Zoom. Over two hundred students from different schools competed in four rounds of debate on the following topics: Defund the police People should not eat meat. Requiring video to be on during distance learning does … Continue reading 2020 OCDL Holiday Tournament Results
The Orange County Debate League is so excited to be hosting the Holiday Tournament on December 5th! Although virtual tournaments may still be a little unfamiliar, they offer a valuable learning opportunity for everyone. These tips and tricks take into account some lessons from the Scramble, so we hope that they will create the best … Continue reading Tips and Tricks – December Tournament
This past week, I had the pleasure of speaking to one of Orange County Debate League’s Alumni, Shreya Chitoori. Shreya just graduated from Sage Hill High School and is currently a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is studying Molecular and Cellular Biology on the Pre-Med track. She started competing in OCDL … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Shreya Chitoori
Saturday, September 19th marked the first-ever Orange County Debate League (OCDL) digital workshop. Students, teachers, and coaches came together for a day of fun and engaging classes. In addition to preparing students for the coming season, this yearly event helps raise funds for the OCDL program, its tournaments, and other league-related activities. However, this year, … Continue reading Reflection: My experience teaching at the first virtual debate workshop
The start of a new season looks a little different this year–breakout rooms have replaced classrooms, and teammates and opponents alike sit miles apart from each other. As the first tournament of the 2020-2021 OCDL season, the Scramble on the 24th is a unique opportunity for both new and returning debaters to gain debate experience … Continue reading Tips / Tricks for the Scramble Tournament
The OCDL is excited to announce the dates for the 2020-2021 season. Middle School Workshop – September 19Scramble – October 24Holiday Tournament – December 5Winter Classic – January 30Spring Tournament – March 13OCDL Championship – May 15 High School Fall Tournament – November 7Winter Tournament – February 6Spring Tournament – April 24 The 2020 Orange … Continue reading Workshop and Season Dates Announced
We will be holding a digital tournament via Zoom to end the 2019-2020 season. Here is some preliminary information to help you begin planning for this tournament: Name: OCDL End of Year Online TournamentDate: Saturday, May 23rdTime: 8am-4pmPlatform: ZoomNumber of Rounds: 4Topics: Keeping endangered species in captivity does more good than harm.USMCA is better than … Continue reading Digital Tournament, May 23, 2020
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