GET INVOLVED WITH DYNAMIS

How Do I Get Involved with Dynamis Speech & Debate?

Dynamis Speech & Debate is open to homeschool students ages 12 and older.  You must be over 14 or have one year of club experience to debate in tournaments. Speech events are open to ages 12-18.  We welcome new participants into the club throughout the year but in order to compete in 2021-2022 events you must begin participation by November 1st, 2021.  For more information, please contact email Robin Axelberd

What Debate Events are Available?
  • Resolutions - Each year a resolution is established for TP and LD. This resolution is debated throughout the entire season.

  • Team policy

    • Students are paired with a partner for the season; this is the team.

    • The team will write its own Affirmative case, which ideally will be argued throughout the season.

    • The students will also write Negative briefs to be shared with the club to prepare to argue against Affirmative cases.

    • Cases and briefs will be updated throughout the season based on current events, research, and opponents’ Affirmative cases from tournaments.

    • 2021-2022 Resolution: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform the use of Artificial Intelligence technology. More info on the resolution can be found here: stoausa.org/debate-events/

  • Lincoln Douglas

    • Students compete individually. 

    • Each student is responsible for writing an Affirmative case.

    • Each student is responsible for writing Negative cases, briefs, and/or
      evidence.

    • 2021-2022 Resolution: In the field of biomedical engineering, restraint ought to be prioritized over scientific advancement. More info on the resolution can be found here:
      stoausa.org/debate-events/

  • Parliamentary

    • This is a team event, though partners do not have to be the same as Team Policy

    • Less formal, quicker paced, shorter rounds

    • Resolutions are announced 20 minutes prior to the round. In the 20 minutes, students are
      able to research the topic using the Internet and prepare for the debate. Teams on the same
      side of the resolution can work together and they are able to receive input from coaches,
      parents, siblings, etc. 

  • More details about each event can be found at www.StoaUSA.org underthe “Get Started” tab.

What Type of Speech Events are Available?
  • Open to ages 12-18

  • Speech categories

    • Interpretive : Duo, Humorous, Open, Dramatic

    • Limited Prep: Extemporaneous, Apologetics, Mars Hill

    • Platform: Original Oratory, Expository, Persuasive, Oratory Analysis (Wild Card)

    • More details about each event can be found at www.StoaUSA.org under
      the “Get Started” tab.

What Commitments Do Students Need to Make?
  • Club policy - Dynamis club policy is that debaters must be 14 or have one year of club experience to debate in tournaments. However, younger students (12-13) will gain a strong foundation and experience to set them up for future success.

  • Team Policy

    • Time outside of club - approximately 2-4 hours/week

    • Partnership - You are committed to a partnership, where each person shares in the workload.

    • Contribute to writing briefs for club

  • Lincoln Douglas

    • Time outside of club - up to 2 hours/week

    • Contributing to cases for club

  • Speech

    • Depends upon category

  • Tournaments

    • At least two per year - Tournaments start late November/early
      December. Atlanta-area tournaments will be almost monthly from
      January through April.

    • Are typically Friday-Saturday, but may be Thursday-Saturday. A competitor
      *must* be there all day for the entirety of the tournament.

What Commitments Do Parents Need to Make?
  • Club involvement

    • To educate yourself

    • To provide insight/feedback

    • To provide support for practice rounds

  • Tournament requirements

    • 100% Volunteer run

    • Not a drop-off activity

  • Student support 

    • Familiarize yourself with the topic

    • Listen to your student noodle through things

    • Keep the focus on the journey, not the destination

    • Practice tough love! Don’t let your kids quit. Speech and debate
      is hard work, and they may feel defeated at times. But the long-
      term benefits will be worth it. The only way to get better is by doing it!

What Are the Costs?
  • Stoa membership - $75/family

  • Club fees

    • $150 per semester

    • $50 returned for each completed tournament, up to 2 tournaments (total $100)

    • Family discount available

  • Tournament

    • Professional clothing

    • Tournament fees and meals

    • Travel - While we have a number of local tournaments,tournaments are held throughout the country, as close asNashville and as far as California. It is up to you (and your partner)how often and how far you travel.