Workshop September 2017

The Workshop is a Public Event

Not a student of an OCDL member school? No problem! The workshop is open to all middle school (or younger) students. Tell your friends!


Please click here to sign up for the workshop. Payment will be collected at the door (cash only please). If you register in advance using the form, admission is $15. At the door, admission is $20.

We will make every effort to accommodate your course selections, but by purchasing admission, you agree that your choices are not guaranteed.


The Basics of Middle School Debate


For novice debaters, this workshop presents the fundamentals of Middle School Public Debate and OCDL tournaments.

Making Effective Arguments


Don’t just make good points; learn to make great arguments that will impress the judge by using A-R-E-I argument construction.

The Four Step Method of Refutation


You have great arguments, but you won’t win your case unless you can respond to your opponents’ points. This workshop will show you how to use the “4-Step Method of Refutation” and compare argument strength.

How to Take Winning Notes


Effective flowing is essential for developing and rebutting arguments. Learn to take notes that will help you win debates.

Make Great Use of Your Prep Time


You know the topic and whether you are prop or opp. You have 20 minutes to prepare: what do you do now?

Introductions and Conclusions


This workshop helps you get the judges and audience hooked into your speech and teaches you to end your presentation with finality.

Persuasive Public Speaking


Learn verbal and nonverbal communication skills that, when used effectively, can raise your speaker points to a whole new level.  In this class you will learn vocal techniques to captivate your audience, and body language that will infuse your words with power, poise, and persuasion.

Competing Impacts


When arguments from both sides are strong, how can you as a debater compare both sides and explain why your side’s arguments are stronger? This class discusses the four kinds of competing impacts.

The Importance of Speaker Roles


What is the respective role of each speaker on a team? Take the class and find out. This class will help you be the best 1st, 2nd or 3rd speaker teammate you can be!

Ace Your Debates


Learn how you can ACE your debates, by improving the 3 As – Awareness, Attention & Approach. Find out how you can reduce nervousness, be more confident, alert and in control during the rounds to give your best performance. Plus, how you can have more fun at the tournaments.

POIs and Appropriate Heckling


Not all POIs and heckles are created the same. Take this class if you are looking for ways to use your interruptions in a strategic, not disruptive, way.

Identifying Logical Fallacies


The argument sounds pretty good, but it may turn out to be “fallacious” in nature. Take this class to help you identify and analyze logical fallacies.

Advanced Opposition Strategy


The proposition side had made its case, now it’s your turn to tear it down. Learn how to develop a formidable defense for the opposition side.

Strategic Topic Narrowing


Sometimes topics are too broad and need to be narrowed for the debate to be clear and concise. Other times, topics need to be narrowed to help an already “burdened” proposition team. Find out the best ways to narrow/define a topic.

Parent/Adult Class: OCDL Debate for New Parents


Those new to debate may be more interested in helping their children perform from behind the scenes rather than being an official judge. This class is for parent new to debate. Learn about the debate set up, the skills debate strengthens in students, how the judges judge and what it takes to be a

Parent/Adult Class: Mindful Debating with Higher Emotional Intelligence


Debate is not just a sport; rather, it teaches key life skills to our kids. They are learning how to work hard, think strategically, pay attention, be confident and handle emotional stress. How they feel about tough opponents, difficult topics and strict judges can impact their performance in the r

Parent/Adult Class: Logical Fallacies


Your kids have been identifying them in news, advertisements, and speeches, now you can too! Some arguments sound pretty good, but may turn out to be “fallacious”. This class will help you identify and analyze many of the most common logical fallacies.