Coaches Clinic

Dates: Sunday, July 8 to Friday, July 13, 2018 --- $600

We are happy to announce the SDI will be hosting a Coaches Clinic! The SDI Coaches Clinic is designed to give coaches a jump start into the year's topic as well as a chance to develop their professional skills with other coaches from around the country. Tailored to the specific group in attendance, the SDI Coaches Clinic provides a new experience for both veteran and novice coaches. Meals and housing will be provided for the duration of the clinic. Financial assistance is available to those who demonstrate need.

Past focus areas have included:

  • In-depth topic analysis

  • How to structure and teach a debate class

  • Having a debate team without a debate class

  • Successful program building

  • Writing debate lesson plans

  • Fund-raising and balancing a debate budget for a season

  • Team retention strategies

  • Making your debate class a requirement for graduation

This year, we can guarantee you:

  • Specialty topic analyses with SDI instructors

  • Familiarizing yourself with this year's topic through introductory SDI lectures

  • Research time in MSU's easy to use library facilities

  • Specialty discussions on debate issues such as kritiks, counterplans, disads, topicality, and theory

  • A chance to learn and share tried and true classroom strategies and teaching techniques for debate curriculum

All coaches who apply by May 19, 2017 will be accepted. Applications can be downloaded here, and can be emailed to or mailed to Spartan Debate Institutes, 479 W. Circle Drive, Room 10, East Lansing MI 48824.

Applications should be sent with an initial deposit check or money order for $300 payable to "Michigan State University". All deposits are non-refundable. As with our student sessions, deposits and fees may be paid online, at

To apply, please complete the below application and email it to 

Coaches Clinic Application