We used to call our program “Debate League.”
Ready Set Debate is part of the Speakers League company, offering speech and debate clubs and curricula. We began developing the Ready Set Debate materials in 2014, trying to find ways to make debate concepts simpler to understand, and more efficient to teach. Rather than focus on a single format of debate, we took the main concepts of a debate – case, cross-examination, rebuttal, and summary (found in every debate format), and distilled the teaching of these concepts into our own format, with smart and simple steps that can transfer to any debate format you encounter.
This website focuses mostly on Ready Set Debate’s own clubs, which you may join, as well as the tournaments we run, but if you are interested in starting your own club(s) with our system, or doing a self-study program, please visit our company page at this link. There you can purchase our club handbook and subscribe to our training videos, quizzes, and gain tournament access.
Our Ready Set Debate clubs are recommended for ages 10-17, and no experience is necessary. New members are accepted year-round.
Clubs typically meet online, twice per month, between September and May, and members receive discounts for summer camps. Meetings are two hours each.
I’m truly amazed at the interest that Ready Set Debate has created for my twins. They spent hours in researching the topic and collaborating with team members, all on their own. Such a great experience to prepare for real life and their future, in all aspects. The constructive feedback and professionalism shown by the tournament judges provided a great opportunity to build upon. I am super excited to see how this club will prepare my kids to excel, as I’m already seeing the great results and they only just completed their 1st competition. Thank you so much for giving kids such a great opportunity.
Anny Hyder, Parent
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Emphasis in the training process is placed on structuring a compelling case, referred to as the “Constructive,” developing a “Framework” (for how the judge should decide the winner), understanding your opponents’ case through “Cross-Examination,” effective techniques for “Rebuttal”, weighing “Impacts,” identifying “Voting Issues” and crystallizing and conveying your win to the judge in a “Summary” speech.
Members conduct full and spar debates on a variety of topics and receive feedback from the coach.
Some homework is assigned to help reinforce what’s been learned, and at-home preparation for debates is expected.
Maybe better! The heart of debate is all there with our online clubs, as members get to know teammates from all over the country (and sometimes the world). Literally face-to-face with their coaches, teammates, opponents, and judges, members utilize the same skills they’d use in person – presentation skills, perceptual dominance, and, most importantly, persuasion!
You may be wondering, “Do I need to wait until September to join a club?” No. We have designed our club to accommodate new members joining any time throughout the year. New members run through a series of activities over their first few meetings that ready them for full debates within the group. Our coaches adapt to each members’ readiness in creating match-ups and providing feedback.
There are 3 steps to joining a Ready Set Debate club.
After you have joined, you will receive a series of emails (that sometimes go to your junk folder until you tell them that we are not junk) that direct you to our training videos and give you other information to ready your child for the club. Also, several days before each meeting you will receive a reminder email (that has been known to go to junk mail, too) about your upcoming meeting.
* There are no refunds for club registration fees or dues, once paid. Monthly dues are charged year-round even though we don’t meet in the summer. See our Join page for details. We accept Charter School funds. Financial aid is available based on need, not merit.
“Debate really opened the world to my son this year. It challenged him to substantiate his claims, learn how to research a topic, see the advantages and disadvantages of both sides of an argument, and get up and debate.”
Aya Socol, Parent
Our head coach, Price Morgan, manages most of our clubs, but when we also draw from a pool of top current, or former, collegiate debaters, when necessary.
Price T. Morgan is a fourteen-year veteran of speech and debate programs. As a member of the Southern Methodist University IPDA debate team, he won several debate championships including a 2018-2019 national championship title. Price graduated Phi Beta Kappa with dual degrees in economics and public policy in 2019, and now debates in the Pro Division, and is a coach for the SMU debate team.
A primary focus in Ready Set Debate is to prepare for (and optionally participate in) our five annual tournaments. Tournament topics are chosen through a vote of all club members. Typically, members will work on the tournament topic for three meetings, and then interested members can compete on that topic at the online Tournament, either debating with up to two other members from their team, or solo. There is an additional fee to participate in tournaments, to cover professional judges and administration.
We have seriously cracked the code to rapid learning in debate. If your child has the interest, we have the coaches to leverage that desire into incredible results. View the video below from our August 8, 2020 Ready Set Debate Tournament Final featuring debaters from 11 – 14 years old. These debaters had zero experience in debate 3 months before. (See other videos here.)
“These skills, loosely categorized as elements of emotional intelligence, include the capacity to persevere through setbacks (grit), the facility to bring existing knowledge to a novel situation (creativity), comfort in working with others and knowing when to lead and when to follow (collaboration), the capability to confront the seemingly infinite volumes of information on any topic and select the relevant data (research), and sensitivity to what a target audience is thinking so that such data can be presented persuasively (empathy). The debate curriculum teaches young people much of what they’ll need to know in these areas by active, engaging, and highly direct means.”
Julia is the founder of Ready Set Resources, LLC and creator of Speakers League and Ready Set Debate. She has been teaching speech since 2008 and debate since 2014. Julia specializes in simplifying the complex.
Ready Set Debate began with the purpose of creating a platform for young debaters all around the country as well as the world to come together and share their passion for debating. It doesn’t just teach them how to debate but also allows them to join our online debate classes, camps, and competitions, make new friends and learn and develop crucial skills and techniques that will help them successfully debate at the highest levels in the future. It is designed to provide them with guidance and resources that will also help them hone their public speaking and leadership skills. More importantly, it offers them a fun, fulfilling and rewarding experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Our virtual debate summer camps are the perfect example.
If your child is already interested in debating, you can get in touch with us to learn more about how our debate skills training can benefit them. But if they are not, you can encourage them to join our debate league. It doesn’t matter if they’ve never been a part of one before because we can assure you that we will provide them with all the help and guidance they require at every step of the way. Our debate training videos will also aid them in the process.
Why Join Our Debate League?
In the vastly competitive academic world, where everyone is constantly striving for excellence, it is important that we prepare our children to deal with the real world, to compete and succeed against challenges that life throws their way. Today, children are drawn more towards entertainment and technology, choosing to spend their days with their phones and computers instead of indulging in real interactions. This is why they need to be encouraged to participate in educational activities like debates. And with Ready Set Debate’s speech and debate online class, it is now possible for you to leverage the power of technology for your child’s benefit. ...
We know that some people tend to have very skewed ideas about debates, most of which stem from loud and dramatic arguments we see on the news. But actual debates are much more logical and disciplined. The arguments are articulate and based on facts and evidence. And when done in the right manner, such debates can help your children learn skills that they will then be able to use at various stages throughout their lives. And that is what we strive to achieve with our online debate club for kids.
Have you ever witnessed your child argue for their opinion about a certain topic? Maybe they have an innate ability to debate and so it is time to hone these abilities through our speech and debate training. Yes, it is true that some children naturally possess some of the skills that are required to be an adept debater, but it does not mean that the others cannot learn and take part in debates. With the right amount of training and instruction, they can also be encouraged to prepare and learn these basic skills. At Ready Set Debate, we always emphasize the fact that a good, substantial debate is much more than just a mere argument or discussion about a topic. It is not just about speaking out about what you think is right or wrong. With our online debate courses for kids, we help them build the ability to understand an idea or a statement from a different perspective, one that may be in stark contrast to what you believe in. What makes debating such an important skill-enhancing activity for children is that it stimulates critical thinking, acute listening skills, decision making, presence of mind and eloquent speaking on a certain subject. And we organize online debate competitions that test these skills and provide support for their improvement. Contact us to find out more about our online speech and debate tournaments.
What Makes A Good Debater?
Want your child to be a part of our online debate camps for middle school (or beyond) but don’t know if it is the right activity for them? You are not alone. This is a common question that we often get from parents: How do I know if my child is a budding debater? And the answer to this is more complicated than you might think. Sure, there are some signs that indicate that your elementary or middle schooler has what it takes to become a good, successful debater. For instance, when they are passionately arguing about something,
But if you feel like your child does not possess all of these qualities, it is nothing to be worried about. They can still join a debate club and learn all of these skills. As mentioned earlier, Ready Set Debate offers comprehensive training and guidance that is aimed at helping children become proficient in these skills and techniques. We have some of the best debate camps for middle schoolers and even elementary schoolers that you will come across, which are run by experienced and skilled coaches. With a typical member to coach ratio of 6:1, each of our members receives individual attention and support.
Benefits Of Debates
We would like to reiterate that taking part in debates, whether online or in-person, is undoubtedly a rewarding experience for children because the benefits of debates are manifold. Debating is proven to have a positive impact on all aspects of their personal, academic as well as professional life.
Browse through our website to learn more about what we do and the training we provide for our members to become skillful debaters. If you have any questions we are always ready to answer them.