Boston Debate League

Debater Resources

Welcome to the Debate Hub, debaters. We are committed to continuing to update this page with resources to help you with your debate career.

Below, you’ll find resources that will help you with debate concepts, this year’s topic, and debate mechanics. While we do our best to create as many resources and include other debate leagues’ resources here, we know that collectively this resource bank will be much more robust if everyone contributes to it. So, we hope you find these resources useful and help us improve our resource bank.

Debate Intro Videos


Debate Glossary

Flow Sheet

Flow Sheet Tips

Debate en Español

Varsity and Travel Team Resources

Research Guide

Student Cases 2022-23


Travel Team Calendar

Travel Team Overview

“I remained involved with the BDL because of the skills I gained from it and the impact it has had on my life. It really helped me develop critical thinking skills and tactics that I use for my academics all the time."

– Malik Irish, former debater from TechBoston Academy

Kelly Cody, Senior Volunteer Manager, joined BDL in 2021
Joshua Nixon, ASD and Resolved Program Manager, joined BDL in
Douglas Matute
Douglas Matute, Program Manager for Debate en Español, joined BDL in 2022
Ranner Faugas, Assistant Director of After-School Debate, joined BDL in
Roger Nix, Assistant Director of After School Debate, joined BDL in
Carlos Monteiro, Instructional Coach for DI Classrooms, joined BDL in
Sarah Mayper, Senior Instructional Coach for DI Classrooms, joined BDL in
Marisa Suescun, Director of Programs, joined BDL in 2013
Kimberly Bartlett-Ra, Director of Operations, joined BDL in
Kim Willingham, Executive Director of the Boston Debate League , joined BDL in
Jackney Prioly Joseph, Director of External Affairs, joined BDL in September 2020. Jackney leads our efforts to engage and partner with community and corporate organizations to create a community of support for our students. She previously served as Director of College and Career Readiness at the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. She has diverse leadership experience in education, nonprofits, and city government where she served under Mayor Thomas M. Menino and former City Councilor, now Congresswoman, Ayanna Pressley. A Bryn Mawr and Posse Foundation alum identified for her extraordinary leadership, Jackney works to secure partnerships that will tap and sharpen the leadership skills of our program participants.