Official Notice Announcing the 2012 HSD Team Policy Research Club
Throughout the past, the Homeschool Debate Research Club (HSDRC) has been one of the most valuable tools for the competitive team policy debater. With the help of the RC, novice debaters have the ability to learn how to research, write briefs, and learn about the basics of debate, while more experienced debaters can sharpen their skills with other competitors from all over the country.
The Research Club is not only a powerful tool for the novice debater, but is also for the advanced. Critiqued cases, in-depth discussions, and nation-wide networking are some of the benefits that have lead many teams in the RC to qualify and break at nationals.
Throughout its lifetime, the RC has consistently produced champion debaters including the 2006 2nd place team of Blum/Lorence and the 2008 2nd place team of Cole/Payne, in addition to placing members all throughout Nationals out rounds. The RC produced 2010 National Champions McPeak/Shipsey, along with several other finalists (Including Black/Byrd, Bode/Voell, Cooper/Nelson, Hearn/Rentschler, and McNair/Parker). Also, in 2011, the RC produced National Champions Rentschler/Schirmer, along with several other finalists (Including Caiello/Martin, Bode/Chambers, Funkhouser/Sefzik, Bode/Voell, and Black/Thomas).
With that introduction, the RC is open now for anyone to join. We’ve been taking the last few weeks to make final preparations to ensure that everything will be in tip-top shape for new members. Even, and especially, if you are new to debate, I would encourage you to join. Novice debaters benefit from the articles written by former nationally qualified debaters that are exclusive to the research club. Advanced debaters will also benefit largely from joining sooner rather than later, as we will begin to talk about case ideas and give you a head start on the new resolution over the fall.
The RC is also different from an evidence ring or your local club. It is a place where debaters from all over the country can come together and sharpen each other’s skills. We strategize together, critique cases, analyze flows and hash out ideas and strengthen them before they are ever run in a round.
For the returning research club members, we have some exciting new features that have been implemented in order to ensure more quality briefs than ever. Instead of just dumping a brief assignment on every single person in the research club, we’re dividing the members of the club into groups that collaborate on briefs. Your group leaders, the HSDRC staff, will compile your group’s work to produce a high-quality brief, rather than a brief thrown together with only one person’s philosophy behind it.
[For those in NCFCA, you can skip over the next paragraph]
Before we get into the requirements of what you’ll be asked to do if you join, here’s a final word on the resolution that this club will cover. Unfortunately in the past, there have been very few people from Stoan states that have wanted to join/continue to participate in the research club. Because of this, we have made the Research Club an NCFCA-specific evidence ring. If there was enough demand from Stoa, we may could make something happen in the future, but due to the challenges of organizing, operating, staffing, and maintaining the Research Club to be at the same high quality it’s been at for the past seven years, it is unlikely.
Before October 1, you will be required to post your 1AC in the Research Club private forum located right here on HSD. Fellow members will give critiques and healthy discussion, just like a real club. The first wednesday of October will be the first assignment, and assignments will be given roughly every month after that.
To join, all you have to do is private message me [Hyper Static Union] or email me [ joseph.samelson[at]gmail[dot]com ] and include in your message to me, the following things:
Region, State, Club
Years you have debated
Any selected debate accomplishments
Any Specific Coaching Needs/Wants from the RC (optional)
Before you sign up or consider RC membership, here are some final notes...
1. Please feel free to PM me with any questions you may have about the RC, or to obtain the full “rules/policies” document]
2. Please note that the deadline for registration is December 1, 2011. However, those that join after November 1st will have to turn in a specified number of briefs to catch up and even out the contributions within the club.
3. Also please note all members joining after October 1st will be required to include their FULL 1AC in the PM. You will not be admitted without submitting your 1AC.
That’s all for now, please consider joining us for another great season with another great club!
Ethos Research Fellow
HSD Research Club Administrator/Head Group Leader