Our coach manual - produced in consultation with Dallas ISD's Department of Student Activities - contains background information on coach expectations, policies for tournament registration & participation, evidence use, topics/resolutions, and more.
Curriculum & Activities
Dallas Urban Debate currently partners with the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues to provide curricular resources for coaches through a pilot program known as "Teach Debate."
Teach Debate is a compiled library of instructional resources and coaching best practices. There is a fully sequenced Novice Debate course curriculum, as well as an array of coach-submitted lessons on a variety of debate topics.
Coaches are strongly encouraged to add their own submissions to the resource library. You can also credit your submissions towards your DTR application under "contributions to profession," as you are sharing lessons to a nationally-syndicated resource for urban school districts. If interested, contact for information on how to do so.
To access the Teach Debate Lesson Plan Library, click the link above or visit urbandebate.org. Click the link titled "Log in to Teach Debate" on the top-right corner of the page. You will be prompted to register, and once your account is approved, you will be able to access the resource library.
Resource Archive ("Coach Dropbox")
While not as neatly packaged as Teach Debate, the DUDA Coach Resource Archive is a compilation of resources offered to coaches over the past several years.
This Dropbox folder contains electronic copies of:
freely sourced debate textbooks
full curricula donated by successful debate programs from across the country,
miscellaneous forms and administrative documents,
an array of best practices and how-to's, covering topics such as recruitment, team culture building, how to institutionalize your program by promoting it to administrators, and a "first semester of coaching" play by play checklist
You can access it by clicking the link above or visiting tinyurl.com/dudacoach19. There is no requirement to create an account.
There are also resources produced last year that haven't yet been integrated to the Dropbox. These can be accessed at:
There are a variety of debate instructional videos available online. As you navigate these resources, please keep in mind that there are many philosophies about coaching and debate best practices.
We particularly recommend checking out the resources produced by these channels:
Atlanta Urban Debate -
GoFightWin! Novice Policy Debate -