Sunday, August 30, 2015

Monday Aug 31 Practice Rooms

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All rooms are on the 3rd floor of the ECC.  If you have any doubt about where to be, come to room 350.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

No Practice on Thursday 8/27

Team - we love practicing with you, we don't want to conflict with various school open house events that are happening at the same time as practice.  So, no practice on Thursday 8/27.  We will have practice as scheduled next Monday.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Debate Welcome Handout

Below is the text of a handout being sent home with every debater this week: 

Read this yourself and then pass on to a parent.   

  • Everything you need to know is posted on our website and we have a public Twitter account @edinadebate that pushes out news and information.
  • Debate All-Team Parent Meeting -- Wednesday, Sept 9th 6:30PM in EHS Fick Auditorium.  Apparel will be available for purchase, plus the booster club asks that parents bring a checkbook.  We will cover team expectations, the season calendar, competition attire, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Novice scrimmage versus Eagan -- Saturday, Sept 19th (bus provided).  All new debaters will participate plus we need experienced debaters to judge and mentor.
  • Edina Invitational -- Saturday, November 14th.  Our own tournament, the first hosted at EHS in 30+ years.  Will need many parent volunteers to make this happen.
  • Novice/JV State Championships -- Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th.  Every Novice and 2nd year debater should participate, senior debaters will be needed as judges, juniors and seniors will help with coaching.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Practice Rooms for Aug 24 and 25

Practice for the week of August 24th is again at the Edina Community Center.

Novices will practice in the 6-8PM time slot. 

Thursday rooms posted once they are confirmed.

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Talk-a-Thon Gallery

Saturday, August 22, 2015

First Edina Talk-a-Thon Underway!

Our first Edina Speech and Debate Talk-a-Thon at the Edina Galleria is underway.  The goal is to have speakers on the mic for the entire day, speaking a total of 250,000 words during the shopping day.  Thanks to our parent boosters, alumni, and team members who made this happen. Special appreciation to the Galleria for setting us up with a beautiful venue.

Connie is the first speaker at the Talk-a-Thon

The Galleria set up the team perfectly

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Talk-a-Thon Saturday

The Edina Speech and Debate Talk-a-Thon at the Galleria happens this Saturday.  The team will keep a speaker the microphone from open-to-close.  The Galleria has worked with us to create a classy venue for this event. 

See you Saturday!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

2015-16 Tournament Schedule

Our tournament schedule for 2015-16 is pretty much final at this point.  [click for tournament spreadsheet]

Tournaments for novice debaters are highlighted in yellow.

The calendar does not include post-season tournaments such as NSDA Nationals, Tournament of Champions, etc.  Adding another tournament in 2nd half of the season is possible.

Most recent updates include adding novice scrimmage at Eagan and date change for Iowa Caucus at Cedar Rapids Washington. 

The image below includes all tournaments up to State:

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Practice Locations for Day 1

Updated locations for practice this week.   All of these are the Edina Community Center.

We look forward to seeing you and kicking off our best season ever.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Registration Open

Beat the rush!

Register to join the 2015-16 Edina debate team

Any questions about the registration process should be directed to Mr. Joe Burger in the Activities Office.  Any questions about the debate team, contact head coach Andy Charrier

First practice is Monday, August 17th 6PM in room 351 of the Edina Community Center.  Debaters need to have completed the registration process in order to attend practice.

All-team all-parent meeting will be Wednesday, September 9th 6:30 PM at EHS Fick Auditorium. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Talk-a-thon at The Galleria

The Edina debate and speech teams are jointly hosting an 11-hour talk-a-thon.  By the end of the day our team members will have spoken a quarter million words.  The Galleria is providing a fabulous location and all of the facilities needed to make this event special.  The event begins at 10AM on Saturday, August 22nd and ends at 9PM.  All through the day mall visitors will be treated to speeches and debates put on by the Edina debate and speech teams. 

This is a fundraiser for the Edina Friends of Forensics as well.  You will be sent more information on how this works.

Here is the online signup sheet for parent and student volunteers.

Donations to the team are accepted online here. 

Download pledge sheet here. 

What you need to do is participate! We need debaters and parents both to volunteer to make this event run properly.  

Saturday, August 1, 2015

2015-16 Practice Times, version 2.0

The 2015-16 practice schedule is organized to better work around our many debaters that are in UMTYMP.

Note: There are a few changes here now that UMTYMP schedules are now known.  No schedule is going to be conflict free.  If there is a drastic problem, we'll adjust one way or the other.  

First practice is Monday, August 17th.

And we've added time slots for Extemp Speaking and Oratory as well. 

Prior to Labor Day:
  • All novice (new) debaters will practice in the same time slot, from 6-8 on Monday and Thursday.  We'll break you into smaller group and events later. 
  • Practices will be at the Edina Community Center
After Labor Day all practices will be in the Math hallway (317-324) of EHS and times/dates will vary more for novices depending on their debate event.

All-team all-parent meeting will be Wednesday, September 9th 6:30 PM at EHS Fick Auditorium. 

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