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  1. I mean if you wanna have a throwdown we can when I'm less busy with our preseason at Binghamton...
  2. That's one end-goal of this website: fostering debate communities online in places that they struggled to flourish and using revenue to fund things like RDL's (which I'm pretty sure don't even exist yet).
  3. It's saddening to me to see so many students isolated in geographic regions like that who would probably love to debate but won't get the chance because they just don't live in the "right place"
  4. Yeah, it is quite competitive. It's not impossible, just incredibly difficult. I think it's actually beneficial to debate teams that strong with a high frequency, even if you start by just losing your lunch money a few times. The other thing that makes it such a "blood bath" is that every year there's usually at least 1 first-round quality team from the D3 that doesn't get one and has to go to districts. UT is a great school and it has a storied program. Their director (Joel Rollins) recently announced his retirement and I believe they are looking for a replacement DoD right now, but they have strong scholarship backing, a talented coaching staff, and they really enjoy letting debaters define their own sort of argumentative direction. Debating in the Austin area in high school is fantastic, there are a ton of tournaments and when I was debating there were 6 bid tournaments in Texas, so the lack of ability to travel out of state or on sundays wouldn't hamper our acquisition of bids. The panhandle was a different story. There's little to no financial support for debate programs there. Most coaches still live in a 1980's UIL world. Most teams travel maximum 4 or 5 times per year including State. The geography of the area also produces a lot of challenges. Everything is very far apart, the land is mostly flat, most towns are relatively small or low-income, and even if you live in Amarillo or Lubbock your school likely spends more money on 4H than it does on its collective debate budget.
  5. They do but they usually don't travel their competitive teams regionally, and the D3 has a large number of active schools (UTD, UT, UTSA, Baylor, OU, UCO, Kansas, K-State, Emporia, WSU, Missouri State, a few others I'm not recalling off the top of my head). Most D3 schools also force their top teams to travel regionally, which makes regional varsity competition really good. The district tournament for D3 is nationally known as "the blood bath" for a reason lol.
  6. One of the things I will say is that if you have a good opportunity/offer from a college in D3 and the college is a good fit for you that the 3rd District is hands-down the most difficult/challenging and that I highly recommend debating in it.
  7. Yeah, it's a satellite town to Austin essentially, about 45 minutes by car. By Texas do you mean UT or do you mean "what's it like debating in the state"? I actually coached for the University of Texas for a year, I have lots of good things to say about the school and the program, ask away.
  8. Jackie no longer runs that program, it experienced a massive change in leadership about 2 years ago. They do still have a sizable endowment and some scholarships do exist (mostly out of state tuition waivers), but I'm not sure what their current scholarship schema looks like. I will say that if you're interested in debating there that you should contact either George Lee or one of the current OU debaters like Darius/Britt/Jazmine/etc.
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