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Varsity Public Forum Cram Camp

Day 2 (Saturday, August 10)

9 Discussion — 3 minute Summary How did it go yesterday and how could it have been better? Stefan’s suggestions for using the extra minute
9:45: Review of all major arguments on the topic (argument list) and assigning blocks to be written.
11  Debate III
12:30  Lunch
1:30 Why Crossfire Sucks and How to Improve It
2: 30 Read dueling speeches and then all debaters will work on doing crossfire in front of the entire group
3:30 Prep assigned rebuttals with assistance from camp staff. This will include discussion of any responses.  We will start with a quick discussion of the type of rebuttal arguments, the importance of offense, and focusing on developing and extending a couple of key arguments through frontlines.
5:00 Group discussion of assigned blocks and responses.
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Continued discussion of blocks. What are the KEY arguments.
7:30 Debate IV

Day 3 (Sunday, August 11)

9 Discussion
10 Debate V
12 Lunch
1 Lecture — Stefan’s Bag of Tricks
2  Debate VI — Incorporate some tricks!
4  Group review, discussion
5 Final review and discussion
7 Finish

***Registration.  The Registration form is here. ***

Our Varsity Public Forum Cram Camp is designed to help debaters prepare for the season with a crash course in summer argument coverage, with a special emphasis on how to rebut and frontline popular arguments,  and skill enhancement activities. We have opportunities for students with 1-2+ years and students who are nationally competitive at the TOC Silver+ level.

It will be held at the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) offices at 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan and all proceeds will go directly to benefit the New York City Urban Debate League.

Strategic Camp Plan (Detailed Schedule Below)

Strong cases.  We want everyone to leave the camp with strong cases.  What does this mean? It means we want everyone to leave with cases that have contentions that can defeat rebuttal blocks, that can be effectively utilized when weighing, and that can be used to undercut common arguments from the other side.

The strength of the case anyone leaves with will depend a lot on the strength of the case that you come with.  We want to work with you to make your case better, but you need to have a decent case to start with in order to have one that we can build on and improve.

Blocks. There are a few critical things we want to focus on here.

Blocks to all of the major contentions that people are reading. We want these to be large sets of arguments that you can choose from and adapt to your own needs during September-October.

Arguments you will extend.  We want to think carefully about what the best arguments from the blocks are that you will go for later in the debate and how to defend these arguments against frontlines.

With the Summary speech time increasing to 3 minutes, both teams will be able to effectively frontline, so rebuttal arguments that can survive frontlining is important.

Three minute Summary.  We will focus a lot on the 3 minute Summary, as it will change things a lot.

First Speaker — Making choices, Responding to 2nd rebuttal and frontlining, weighing, turning new rebuttal arguments (Link and impact)

Second Speaker — How to put pressure on the first FF speaker, extending dropped rebuttal turns, managing Summary frontlines, weighing.

Crossfire — ⅓ of rounds adjudicated by lay judges are decided in Crossfire and crossfire takes up almost 30% of the debate, but debaters do not prepare adequately

We will work on — only asking questions we know the answers to, how to add arguments in crossfire, how to deflect to other topics, how to add in explanations you didn’t get to in a speech, purpose of crossfire from the perspective of the questioner and the person answering.

Other subjects we may touch on — evidence quality, evidence honesty, evidence availability, judge adaptation

We will primarily work through this content and skill development by engaging in a number of practice debates, redoing speeches, and engaging in discussion of practices and topic content.


$399 (includes year-round access to DebateUS! PF resources via website and app).

More info? [email protected]


Stefan Bauschard. Stefan is the founder of (formerly Millennial).  He has been coaching debate since 1994, including at Lakeland, Harvard, Wake Forest, and St. Mark’s. He has developed Public Forum debate in many other countries and does a substantial amount of research on the topic. He is also the co-chair of the NYCUDL

Amisha Mody Mehta. Amisha is the co-founder and co-director of the Westfield Debate Team and is the co-chair of the NYCUDL.  Amisha and her daughter, Mira, built their team from scratch to become nationally competitive.  Amisha continually works to improve debate instruction for all students. Amisha regularly judges and is looking forward to providing feedback and helping debaters improve. In her pre-debate life, Amisha was a corporate lawyer and helped complete many project finance transactions. She’s looking forward to working with debaters on the Belt and Road Initiative.

Albert Wen has debated Public Forum for four years at Ridge High School. Throughout his debate career, Albert has amassed four total career Gold bids and autoqualled to the Tournament of Champions twice. He has placed 9th at NCFL Grand Nationals in his sophomore and junior year. He is champion of the University of Pennsylvania Invitational and the Newark Invitational. He also has received many speaker awards, including third at the Lexington Invitational, sixth at the Harvard Invitational, ninth at the University of Pennsylvania Invitational, and top speaker at the Newark Invitational.. Next year, Albert will be a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley. On the side, he loves to play Smash Ultimate and also does not know what he’s majoring in yet, so feel free to help him with his life choices.


Catie Ford competed in public forum debate for four years at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida, serving as team captain in both her junior and senior years. Throughout her career she amassed a total of 4 Gold bids to the Tournament of Champions. She also reached quarterfinals at both NDCA nationals and the Florida state tournament, semifinals at the International TOC and Silver TOC as well as finals at the Quarry Lane School’s Womxn’s round robin. Catie is currently a sophomore at NYU where she studies anthropology and women and gender studies. She also coaches for Westfield and looks forward to working with DebateUs students this summer!



Brandon Lu.  Brandon Lu has debated Public Forum at Ridge High School for four years. Since his junior year, he has reached the bid round consecutively at every tournament he competed at, totaling in 8 silver bids and 1 gold bid and qualifying to the Tournament of Champions his senior year. He has also qualified to the NCFL and finished in the top 60 at NSDA. In his senior year, he was ranked as high as 32 for his consistent performance throughout the year. Brandon will be in his second year at New York University and is majoring in Biochemistry. He plans to attend medical school and become a doctor. At NYU, he competes for the CEDA team in Policy Debate. Last year, he received 2nd speaker in the novice division at the Rutgers Newark Invitational and championed the NYU Public Transit Tournament. When not debating, Brandon enjoys singing and playing League of Legends.


Additional Judges

All of our practice rounds will have judge panels.  Additional judges include —

Sam Brumer
Julio Cordero
Emily Moffa
Julie Kuang
Larry Gonzalez
Rajan Gupta
James Bathurst
Paul Glenn


Watch all topic lectures that are available online/in the app
Complete in-app quizzes
Submit one pro and one con case for review
Do general reading on the topic

Day 1 (Friday, August 9)

8-8:30  Arrival, meet and greet
8:30-9:00 Icebreakers practices
9:-9:30 Case consultation
9:30-10:15 Discussion-driven review of major arguments students will be debating (their contentions, answers, potential frontlines)
10:15-11:  Additional individual consultation on cases, rebuttals, frontlines
11-12 Lunch
12-1 Debate I with feedback
1:30 Students make case adjustments, Rebuttal, Summary, and Final Focus adjustments
2:30 Speech redos with judges, debaters prep
4 Debate II, Discussion
5 Dinner and Break
6:30 Regroup — What did we learn about the topic from debating and what do we need to prepare
7:30: Debate Prep
9: End

Day 2 (Saturday, August 10)

9 Discussion — 3 minute Summary. How did it go yesterday and how could it have been better?
10 Stefan’s suggestions for using the extra minute
10:30 Discussion of 3 minutes prep time
11  Debate III
12:30  Lunch
1:30 Why Crossfire Sucks and How to Improve It
2: 30 Read dueling speeches and then all debaters will work on doing crossfire in front of the entire group
3:30 Group rebuttal — 2 debaters do rebuttals, others watch; discussion of the rebuttals
Debaters re-do rebuttals
4:30 Group summary — 2 debaters do summary others watch; discussion of the summary
Debaters re-do summaries
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Group FF – -repeat form Summary/Rebuttal
7:30 Prep debate IV

Day 3 (Sunday, August 11)

9 Discussion
10 Debate V
12 Lunch
1 Lecture — Stefan’s Bag of Tricks
2  Debate VI — Incorporate some tricks!
4  Group review, discussion
5 Final review and discussion
7 Finish