Rock Ridge Phoenix Debate is entering its 7th season in 2020-21 after six successful years of competition.  Our debaters have won VHSL conference championships, competed at the regional and national level, and we've sent over a dozen debaters to NCFL Grand Nationals.
    This year, we still plan to offer training and competition, despite distance learning.  Clinics, practices, and tournaments will be online at least through December 2020. Debate is an excellent activity for developing critical thinking skills and confidence as a persuasive speaker.  It is open to all interested Rock Ridge students.  Instead of an information meeting at the start of the year, we will be posting team registration information on this page by Thursday, September 3.  All interested students are asked to read through all of the materials and discuss team requirements with their parents/guardians prior to making a commitment to the team.  Online registration and nonrefundable dues payments must be completed no later than Wednesday, September 30 by 5 p.m.  Once the deadline is passed, we can take no additional team members for the season.  Please e-mail one of our team coaches, Mr. Briscoe, Ms. Gupta, Ms. Seshadri, or Ms. Srinivasan, or one of our team officers (listed below) if you have questions.  Registration materials will be posted on this page by September 3, 2020 (see below).
    2020-21 Debate Team Officers:
    President: Akshath Mahajan
    VP for LD Debate: Pallavi Vemuri
    VP for PF Debate: Hrishik Chada
    Treasurer: Abhishek Krishnan
    Lincoln-Douglas Debate Captains: Dylan Green & Neha Krishna
    Public Forum Debate Captains: Marina Ashurkoff, Ashwin Lanka, & Millie Pandya
    Student Congress Captain: Kabir Singh
    Overview of the Debate Team (also shared in the virtual club expo)
    Registration Instructions and Materials (including season practice calendar)
    Please read through all of the materials posted below and then, if you have decided that you would like to join the team, go ahead and complete the online registration form and pay nonrefundable team dues of $50 (through the school's Payment Portal).
    Returning debaters, please check the lists below to verify that you are eligible to rejoin the team this season.  If you do not see your name on the list and still wish to rejoin the team, please send an email explaining your circumstances to Mr. Briscoe (kevin.briscoe@lcps.org).  Do NOT register until you have heard back from him.
    Returning PF debaters need to also check the PF list of eligible varsity/JV debaters for 2020-21.  If you are not eligible for PF Debate, you can still compete in either LD or Student Congress.
    Debate Registration Materials (please carefully read all materials before registering):
    Debate Team Registration Form:
    Use this Google form link to access the online registration form: https://forms.gle/yD8jk1s8aQpBp74r7
    Remember that your dues (online credit card payments only please) and all online registration materials are due by September 30 @ 5 p.m.
    Next Steps:
    Attend any of our virtual event clinics on the following dates to find out more about each event.  Google Meet link nicknames are provided.
    Student Congress: Monday, September 14 (4:15-5:15 p.m.) - use nickname "rrcongressclinic"
    Student Congress Clinic Presentation: Congress Clinic
    Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Tuesday, September 15 (4:15-5:15 p.m.) - use nickname "rrldclinic"
    LD Debate Clinic Presentation: LD Clinic Presentation
    Public Forum Debate: Thursday, September 17 (4:15-5:15 p.m.) - use nickname "rrpfclinic"
    PF Debate Clinic Presentation: PF Clinic
    Regular virtual practices begin on Tuesday, September 22 from 4:15-5:15 p.m. (see the practice schedule posted above).  We will post Google Meet links here through September 30.  After that, you will need access to Google Meet links through our Schoology course site (only accessible to registered/paid team members).
    September Congress Practice Meets - use the nickname "rrcongresssept"
    September LD Practice Meets - use the nickname "rrldsept"
    September PF Practice Meets - use the nickname "rrpfsept"
    Remember that, after September 30, you must be a registered team member to receive the code to join our Schoology course page and access practice meet links and other important team information.  
Last Modified on September 18, 2020