Every Thanksgiving week there is an intensive training program in Europe for worlds style/WUDC/BP debating. It takes place in Slovenia, but it has leading figures from around the world of debate acting as instructors. It has had incredible results, helping teams break at worlds itself by giving them an extra edge. I routinely send some of my medium-experienced debaters there and they benefit amazingly. Last year the team came home and won three tournaments. The year before that the team went on to the main break at worlds in Africa.
It is also highly useful for a coach looking for super pointers on how to train in this format.
Last year there were over 100 attendees. It has five intensive workshop days and then a major tournament, last year 60 teams.
Now, I bet you are thinking it costs too much. Well, it isn't cheap, but consider:
- I bought round trip tickets to Venice (just a short train ride from there to the site) for $750 each.
- The event itself costs 300 Euros, but includes 4-star housing, all meals, tuition, supplies and local transportation.
- It gets huge results.
Find out more athttp://debateacademy.net/Debate_Academy/IDA_Slovenia.html
Oh yeah, and it takes place in the absolutely beautiful Julian Alps.
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Alfred C. Snider aka Tuna
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