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Doing Intercollegiate Debate

The Barkley Forum coaching staff includes four active full-time coaches. Students have the opportunity to set up practice debates, practice speeches, and individual and team meetings with any and all of the coaches. Regular meetings occur once a week for the entire squad in addition to weekly meetings for those new to policy debate. More frequent communications occur electronically.

A typical Emory travel schedule is approximately 4 to 5 tournaments each semester. Some students choose to debate less, some more. But 10 to 12 tournaments a year is a normal schedule for most college policy programs. Nearly every college tournament is three days long, either Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.