Stanford Invitational Tournament

Thanks for joining us this summer!  Please return to our website later this fall to see the dates of our 2021 programs.

Policy Intensive Practice Round Session

The idea behind the Policy Four Week program is simple in concept, profound in effect. Debaters improve most by debating - especially when challenged by an experienced critic in a stop-and-go format, after which students redo rebuttals and receive extensive feedback. The Four Week Program is fully integrated with the Three Week program, but adds an additional week which focuses primarily on technique, practice rounds, and small group work sessions where students write frontlines and reorganize files. The Four Week Program engages in the kind of beginning of the season preparation enjoyed by the most competitive high school squads- but with our superb staff, a great student to staff ratio of 6:1 or better and a diverse peer group. Students are guaranteed to get at least 8 fully critiqued practice rounds in just one week, as well as multiple small group argument work sessions a diverse group of theory and topic seminars. The program is staffed by some of the top instructors from the Three Week SNFI policy camp, in addition to top-notch guest instructors.

Nationally Renowned Faculty: The practice rounds and sessions will be conducted by experienced critics who will give valuable advice and guidance on improving your debate skills. All of the staff for the fourth week have a wealth of success at both the high school and collegiate level, and include top-notch current and former collegiate competitors. Directing the program is Brian Manuel, policy coach for the Stanford Debate Society’s intercollegiate policy debate program and assistant coach at the College Preparatory School.

Accelerated Learning Environment: This exclusive program includes at least 8 critiqued debates and small working seminars on arguments of the student’s choice to help students get actual improvement during the course of the camp and to ready them for the competitive season. The end of the summer dates guarantee that students will be able to prepare for arguments as they have evolved over the course of the summer camp season. The program also features topic/theory seminars and rebuttal rework exercises all designed to teach mastery of of superior technique at all levels.

Fourth Week Only Option: To participate in the Fourth Week only Program, students must either attend the Stanford Three Week Program, all three weeks of the Stanford Beginner's Program or attend another Policy camp of sufficient rigor earlier during the summer of 2016. Students planning to attend another policy camp earlier in the summer should contact our office to determine eligibility.


2021 Policy Intensive Practice Round Session Staff Members Include:

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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.


2020 Policy Intensive Practice Round Session Staff Members Included:



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