Coaching 2021-03-09T13:02:02+00:00

Grade Coaching Sessions

In 2021 we will be continuing with grade coaching sessions that are run prior to round 1. These sessions will be run at all of our host schools across Auckland with grade-specific coaching content. Sessions will incorporate the use of templates and videos and the motion for Round 1 will be announced at the Junior and Senior Open coaching sessions. Additionally, we will run some session via Zoom (these  may be less interactive than our in person sessions).

  • Wednesday 17 March (5:30pm – 7:00pm) – PJ Coaching Session at Diocesan School for Girls
  • Tuesday 23 March (5:30pm – 7:00pm) – AO Coaching Session at St Cuthbert’s College and Zoom
  • Monday 29 March (4:30pm – 6:00pm) – JO Coaching Sessions at Rangitoto College, Epsom Girls Grammar School, Lynfield College, Howick College, Tangaroa College and Zoom
  • Tuesday 30 March (4:30pm – 6:00pm) – SO Coaching Sessions at Westlake Boys High School, Mt Roskill Grammar School, Sacred Heart College, De La Salle College, Avondale College and Zoom

Request a Coach

This year, ASD will be offering a range of coaching services to students and teachers. Each session will be:

  • Taught by an accredited university-level debater that has had experience with ASD and/or competitive high-school debating
  • Interactive, involving a range of practice exercises and debates
  • Taught using detailed materials created specifically for the skill-level of your students, including recorded debates of regional level teams and resources used for the NZ world schools debating team
  • Hosted at your school at a time that works for you

Coaching Request Form

Please use the following google form to request coaching. We aim to get back to you within 72 hours to discuss arrangements for your coaching session. Alternatively if you’d like to discuss your options you can call the committee member responsible for coaching, Karan Kalsi on 021 087 33982.

Request a Coaching Session

Available Options

  • One-off session ($60)
    1. Ideal for a quick introduction to debate for beginner students, or a good chance to build upon the key skills at a higher level for more experienced students as pre-tournament practice
    2. Duration: 2-2.5 hours
    3. Content Covered:
      1. How to effectively brainstorm and set-up a case
      2. How to construct detailed principle and practical substantive points
      3. Structuring rebuttal
      4. Meta-debate
      5. Debate Style
      6. 1 practice debate with detailed feedback  
  • Three sessions ($180) (RECOMMENDED)
  • 3 comprehensive lessons specifically structured to cover all the skills necessary in ASD debating at both a junior and advanced level. Each session
    1. Duration: 2 hours per session
    2. Content Covered:
      1. Lesson 1:
        1. Effective brainstorming methods
        2. How to structure preparation time
        3. Having persuasive introductions
        4. Models and case-set up
      2. Lesson 2:
        1. How to approach principled arguments
        2. Constructing in-depth principle points
        3. Constructing in-depth practical points
      3. Lesson 3:
        1. How to structure and prioritise rebuttal
        2. Debate strategy and meta-debate
        3. Practice debate applying the skills from the previous three lessons
  • Team selection ($80 per session)
  • We can come and help run team-selections for your school, as well as advise you on potential team combinations
    1. Duration: 3 hours
  • Long-term Coaching (Pricing by negotiation)
  • If you would like regular, long-term coaching during the debating season please get in touch with us to discuss a plan that works for your team!
    1. Duration: As decided, but typically consists of one 2 hour session per week
    2. Subject to available demand and coaching capacity