Our summer 2017 schedule is now available and registration is open!
LD Intensive Practice Round Session
The SNFI’s unique LD Extended Week is built upon one important premise: for most students of debate, practice rounds with in-depth critiques by quality instructors are the single most efficient path to quick improvement. The focus of the program is improvement of technique and execution. Participants will practice and master the theories, strategies, and techniques worked on during the first two weeks of the SNFI or at a previous debate camp. The Extended Week’s world class instructors will push students to eliminate specific weaknesses and polish their skills before the beginning of the competitive year. By the end of the week, debaters in this program will completed at least 12 additional rounds of debate, or the equivalent of two full invitational style tournaments. For some students that is equivalent to having an additional semester of experience in a single week!
SNFI’s rigorous approach contrasts starkly with the normal quota of rounds at other camps, which usually send students home with fewer than 10 practice debates. SNFI’s intensive practice schedule leads students to push beyond the topic basics and to delve into deeper philosophical, logical, and strategic issues. The Extended Week provides an unmatched student to staff ratio of 6:1 or better. After a full week of practice rounds, previous graduates of SNFI’s Third Week excelled at the most prestigious tournaments of the beginning of the season, reaching the elimination rounds at Greenhill, St. Mark’s, Valley, Grapevine, Yale, Iowa Caucus, and Valley.
This cutting edge program features:
- Nationally renowned faculty: You will work with some of the best coaches in the country.
- Accelerated learning environment: This exclusive program includes 12 critiqued debates to sharpen skills quickly but carefully. The program features repeated argument drills and rebuttal rework exercises, all designed to teach mastery of superior technique at all levels. Our staff will chart students’ individual progress and areas for improvement to help participants remedy those problems affecting them in particular. This unique approach ensures that individual progress continues well beyond the end of the institute.
- The best way to learn debate is by debating: At Stanford third week, you will debate, debate and debate again in front of highly qualified judges who will provide thoughtful, thorough critiques. Between debates we will discuss general argument strategies designed to promote success on both local and national circuits. This one-weeks session will give the experience equivalent to or better than attending two very competitive tournaments, all a at time which maximizes your preparedness for the coming season!
- Build on your previous camp experience: If you've already been to or are going to a camp this summer, you can choose to go home and start forgetting everything you've learned, or you can hang out on the Stanford campus and spend a week putting that knowledge to work. At the SNFI third week program, you will hit the ground running, prep the SNFI third week topic and benefit from the experience of 12+ debates in six days.
2017 LD Intensive Practice Round Session Staff Members Include:
Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2017 staff
We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed and as we have complete biographic information available. Staff listing may not be fully up to date or reflect all hires to date.
2016 LD Intensive Practice Round Session Staff Members Included:
Shawn Matson is the incoming Director of Speech & Debate at Presentation High School in California, holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and is a former Jewish community non-profit professional. For six years, he was the head coach at Whitefish Bay HS in Wisconsin and has worked with other teams and students around the country. His students have won state championships and have advanced to late elimination rounds at Glenbrooks, Blake, Stanford, ASU, Harvard, Berkeley, UPenn, Dowling Catholic, NCFL, the TOC, and NSDA nationals.
With student successes in every Speech & Debate event, Shawn has focused on Public Forum, Congress, and Lincoln Douglas for the past 5 years and specializes in research & case position generation, European Union politics, and judge adaptation.
Shawn is a One Diamond coach, a member of the NSDA’s Lincoln Douglas Debate Wording Committee and Southern Wisconsin District Committee, and has served on the Board of Directors for both the Wisconsin Debate Coaches Association as its President, and for the Wisconsin Forensic Coaches Association.
Harshita debated for 3 years for Flower Mound High School in Dallas, Texas, competing both locally and nationally in LD and Extemp. Harshita qualified to Extemp TOC her sophomore and junior year and went to TFA State all 3 years, clearing her senior year. Harshita had winning records and reached late out-rounds at various TOC tournaments such as Grapevine, UT, Strake Jesuit, Greenhill, UPenn, and Berkeley, was a semi-finalist in the Hockaday Women’s Round Robin, and helped mentor her younger teammates throughout her senior year. Harshita attends the University of Texas at Austin.
Katie Hughes debated for four years for Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles. She debated on the local, state, and national circuits, earning bids at Harvard Westlake, Alta, and Golden Desert her senior year. She cleared at all but one of the invitationals she attended her senior year and was in finals of Harvard Westlake. Katie attended the Lexington, Cal Berkeley, and Battle for Los Angeles Round Robins and qualified to State 3 years in a row and Nationals twice. She ended her career as 3rd at Nationals. She currently attends Stanford University and debates with the SDS team.
Joey competed on the national circuit in congressional and Lincoln-Douglas debate for three years at Evanston Township High School in Illinois. Joey qualified to the TOC twice; in congress as a junior and in Lincoln-Douglas as a senior. He also won the Illinois State tournament (twice), the NCFL Grand National Tournament, and the NSDA National Tournament (in Extemporaneous Debate). Joey is currently a sophmore studying international affairs at the George Washington University. He is an assistant coach at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, VA and competes in parliamentary debate for GW on the American Parliamentary Debate Association circuit.