Levels of Instruction

This institute experience offers four tracks of instruction. Here is a breakdown:

1. Novice Team Policy – Students will receive instruction in the fundamentals of policy debate. Special attention on stock issues, structure, verbal and nonverbal communication. Resolution specific sessions will educate students on the new Stoa resolution for the 2018-2019 season. Practice debates within their level will help them break the ice.

2. Open Team Policy –This track will focus on topical research and argument development. Students will be encouraged to stretch their argument arsenal during practice debates. Topicality, counterplans, Kritiques and other advance strategies will be addressed. Resolution specific sessions will educate students on specific case areas and how to debate both sides.

3. Novice Lincoln Douglas –Students will receive instruction in the fundamentals of Lincoln Douglas debate. Students will develop verbal and nonverbal competencies in this track. Resolution specific sessions will educate students on the new Stoa resolution for the 2017-2018 season. Practice debates within their level will help them break the ice.

4. Open Lincoln Douglas – Students will learn both the fundamentals and advanced strategies of value debating. In addition to case construction, argumentation theory and case-specific responses will be developed. Resolution specific sessions will educate students on specific case areas and how to debate both sides.

LD and TP students can add the parli track and gain instruction and experience in both the fundamentals and advanced strategies of parliamentary debate.

NIHD reserves the right to collapse tracks or cancel them based on attendance.

Parent/Coach Track

Parents or coaches may attend any of the above tracks. In addition, we will have some coaching-specific sessions taught by faculty members. To register, simply add yourself as a student and choose Parent Track. This track is free for parents/coaches coming with a student.