Welcome to the Broad Run High School Debate & Speech Team!
“Don't raise your voice, improve your argument."
Our goals are to develop an automatic skepticism in our students, leading to inquiry into all perspectives of issues, debate within and without the student, and self-assessment through more skepticism. Joining our community means becoming part of a critical thinking and speaking tradition that goes back decades at Broad Run.
(This ballot is from a Policy debate round in 1979, with the team of Laura Gonlet and Patti Weaver arguing the Negative.)
Our "beginning-of-the-year" Interest Meeting is September 5, Thursday, in the Broad Run Library, 4:10 - 5:00 pm.
Practices will start early in September, and tournaments start the second week of October.
WEEKLY PRACTICE SCHEDULE [begins Sept. 9]
Speech meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15 — 5:15, Rm 101
Lincoln-Douglas meets Mondays and Thursdays, 4:15 — 5:15, Rm 108
Policy meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15 — 5:15, Rm 3
Public Forum meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15 — 5:15, Rm 102
Congressional debate meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15 — 5:15, Rm 103
In the meantime, please complete this sign-up form to let us know you're interested, and to receive email updates.
To be a member of the team, you must complete the Sign-Up form. The membership fee is $150, which helps offset costs for tournament registration and transportation, as well as research resources.
Attend the after-school practice session for the debate or speech event you're interested in (see schedule abovey). If you are uncertain of which event(s) you'd like to participate in, you should check out this additional information at the National Speech & Debate Association website—
Bear in mind for Speech events, not all are offered at every tournament and rules may vary.
Feel free to visit practice sessions, observing and asking questions of the captains and debaters/speakers.
Debaters and speakers are welcome to compete in more than one event (e.g., many Congressional Debaters also compete in Speech Extemporaneous Speaking), although most find concentrating in one area is key to a rewarding experience (also, schedules at some tournaments may preclude double-entry). It's also not unusual for competitors to switch paths during their high school careers.
* If you are interested in determining your eligibility for fee reduction, complete this form and give it to your coach.