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Rock On! Debate: Five Common Lincoln-Douglas Debate Mistakes w/ Lawrence Zhou and Kaitlyn Campbell

University of Wyoming and Team Wyoming debate coach Lawrence Zhou and UW debater and Team Wyoming debate coach Kaitlyn Campbell discuss five of the more common mistakes they saw while judging at the University of Wyoming high school debate tournament.


This special episode of Rock On! Debate on One Clap features Lawrence Zhou and Kaitlyn Campbell. Lawrence is the 2014 NSDA LD National Champion, an Assistant Coach for the University of Wyoming Debate Team, and Director of Publishing at Victory Briefs. Kaitlyn is a first year debater at the University of Wyoming where she is currently studying computer science. Kaitlyn did policy debate for WYVA in high school and was coached by Team Wyoming.

At the University of Wyoming tournament last weekend, Lawrence and Kaitlyn noted some common mistakes that LD debaters were making. These mistakes include: the overemphasis on framework, inclusion of too many definitions, priority of arguments, inefficient roadmaps, and lack of blocks.

During the episode, Lawrence mentions his Debate Roundup article about the value criterion in LD Debate. Check out the article here:


Thanks so much to Lawrence and Kaitlyn for putting together this helpful episode for LD Debaters!


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Debaters, don’t stop Rockin’!


Our One Clap and Wyoming Speech and Debate community mourns with the Kramer family and the many others who loved and appreciated Mack Kramer - a Rock Springs and University of Wyoming debater who was tragically taken away from us too soon. Mack was a kind, hard-working, hilarious, brilliant soul, and they will be deeply missed. Rest in peace, Mack.


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