Embrace the thrill of debate all year round with our Club Debate League. This unique platform allows passionate students to continuously engage in what they love, offering them the opportunity to be assigned a dedicated coach and debate peers from across the United States on a weekly basis. Beyond the competitive excitement, participants forge new friendships and acquire invaluable skills that serve them well beyond the debate platform. For those just starting out or needing a refresh, our introduction class provides all the necessary knowledge and training, ensuring every student is prepared and confident to dive into the enriching world of debate. Join us at the Club Debate League and embark on a journey of growth, learning, and unending curiosity.


Club League Features

Included in tution:
Dedicated Expert Debate Coach
Coaches work with students in preparation for debate competitions, feedback on your debate case and refutation briefs, practice speeches and debates with full critiques, research and writing assistance, and strategic guidance.
Weekly Virtual Team Practice
Together with your dedicated coach and team you will collaborate on case writing, refutation practices, cross examination drills, speaking exercises, and more.
Assigned to a Debate Team
Students can collaborate with their assigned teammates and win sweepstake awards.
Weekend Workshops
Debate Topic background lessons, strategic ideas for debating topic, suggested readings on the topic, and guidance on pro / con arguments as it relates to the debate topic.
Weekend Debate Clinics
Receive feedback on your debate case, refutation briefs and practice speeches. Assistance on researching and writing.
Library of Videos and Articles
Videos include background on debate topic, strategic ideas, suggested reading on the topic, articles on the debate topic, and top tips on debate and public speaking.
Virtual Public Speaking and Debate Competitions
Debate tournaments take place monthly. Tournament is divided by both age and experience to provide a fair yet challenging competition. Students will receive feedback after each debate and earn points towards individual awards and team sweepstakes.
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Welcoming all Levels of Experience

Whether you are a new debater or a returning debater, Capitol Debate will guide and set you up to debate at our tournaments.

New to Capitol Debate? During your first quarter, students will learn:
  • Presentation Skills
  • Speech Writing
  • Refutation
  • Cross Examination
  • Closing Speeches
  • First Tournament – Speech Contest
  • Second Tournament – Debate Tournament
Returning Capitol Debate Students. Weekly practices focusing on:
  • Advanced Case Writing
  • Argument Brainstorming
  • Debate Strategy
  • Research Guidance
  • Practice Debates

The Impact of Debate

As Colleges move away from requiring SAT or ACT scores, extra-curricular activities such as debate are more important than ever. Colleges will want to know what you did to better yourself when schools were not open. Students should use this time to SET themselves apart!

Students who actively participate in debate experience:
  • Higher Grades & Test Scores
  • Top Colleges and Scholarships
  • Lifelong Skills
  • Career Success
  • Leader Amongst Peers

2023-24 Club Debate Season Details

Our league brings students together across the US and from around the world.

  • Season divided into four quarters
  • Each quarter is 8 or 9 weeks with 2 weekend tournaments
  • Participate in one or all to tally more points toward final season rankings!
  • Classes available Tuesday or Wednesday evenings*
  • Virtual classes start between 7-9 PM ET*

* Team members only.

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  • Online classes since 2012: Hundreds of successful online graduates
  • Senior instructors: Educators with 15 to 30 years of pedagogical experience
  • Vetted staff: Background and reference checks performed on all staff
  • Adult instructors: No counselor in training or high schoolers
  • Low student to staff ratio: Quality classrooms designed to maximize interaction and feedback
  • One-on-One Debate
  • Each Side Speaks 3 times in a Debate
    • 4 Minute Opening
    • 3 Minute Rebuttal
    • 2 Minute Closing
    • 2 Minute Cross Examination of Opponent after Opening
  • Contemporary Topic Changes Every Month
  • Season divided into four quarters
  • Each quarter is 8 or 9 weeks with 2 weekend tournaments
  • Participate in one or all to tally more points toward final season rankings!
  • Classes available Tuesday or Wednesday evenings
  • Virtual classes start between 7-9 PM ET
  • Introductory Classes Available

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