LD Chick wrote:
LD Chick wrote:
I've been an LD enthusiast for about 4 years (even while not competing and when I did TP), and when I debate, I do everything Keys to LD and my coach says, but I still don't do particularly well. Are there any experienced LDers have anything that helps you do well that no one ever talks about?
Expound upon what you mean by "I do everything keys to LD and my coach says" please. Is this, perhaps, a question of not just simply "doing" but also actually "learning" LD? Learning how
to think, rather than what
Also, my offer still stands that if you're interested, I could help you reach your potential with my coaching service. http://www.ebsd.us
I've basically been taught the fundamentals of LD and debate in general and try to implement them as much as I can, yet I don't have great results to speak of. Technically, I know what I need to, but practically, I'm missing something
Thanks, I didn't see the notification before I posted this. I'm checking out you're website now, though I don't think my parents will be able to afford coaching with all the tournaments we plan to attend.
Ah. I get you. What Noah and Savy said are both excellent posts of advice. I know from both personal experience and observing others that being yourself and enjoying debate will get you much further than a binder full of briefs. What I'd add is that from a judge's perspective, LD is more about how you deliver arguments than what you actually say. Don't get me wrong, you still need to have a solid case and good logical presentation; but many LD judges do litigate solely or mostly on speaks (which is unfortunate IMHO but a reality you need to compensate for). Hence, you should concentrate on improving your speaks if you find you have a lot of knowledge but are struggling to communicate the points in a way the judge buys.
Also, while LD doesn't require evidence cards, do as much research as possible. Bring quotes and citations into the round. I did two years of TP before I switched to LD, and thus I brought over my evidence gathering abilities into LD, which significantly helped my endeavors.
Completely understandable. Even if you're not able to this year, perhaps you could pass along word of my service to your friends and competitors who may be interested?
Edit: Check out this thread
for some additional tips on the transition from TP to LD.