Coaches’ Clinic (1 week only)

The Coaches’ Clinic at the BFI is an intensive, one-week program designed for beginning to intermediate coaches. The coaches clinic runs from July 9-16, 2017.  

Curriculum Design | Experiential Learning | Comprehensive Instruction | Courses Offered | ScholarshipsCost of Attendance | Sample Schedule

Curriculum Design

The BFI Coaches’ Clinic offers a one week instructional program for beginning to intermediate coaches looking to advance their coaching skills and knowledge in speech and debate events.  The program will offer lectures and instruction in day-to-day lesson planning in Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum and Congressional debate.  In addition, the program will also offer instruction in the following individual events: domestic extemporaneous speaking, foreign extemporaneous speaking, and original oratory.

Experiential Learning

The Coaches’ Clinic will enable individuals to experience first hand how to participate in each of the events.  Experiential learning is essential for any coach looking to improve their skills in speech and debate. The curriculum is meant to reflect the needs of any coaching level, while providing providing assignments and activities that help coaches develop practical know-how to succeed in both offering instruction to students and effectively managing their speech and debate program. Coaches will receive hands-on training both via competitive simulations, as well as through lesson planning & curriculum design exercises.  Back to the top.

Comprehensive Instruction

The BFI is committed to providing every coach who attends the comprehensive and foundational knowledge they will need to excel both in terms of offering high-quality instruction for their students, as well as experience-based insights into the challenges of team administration. Specifically, coaches will receive instruction in team management, program building, recruiting, tournament hosting and more. Participants in the coaches clinic can expect to leave the clinic with extensive materials both provided by the instructor and created collaboratively during camp that will enable them to hit the ground running for the upcoming season. In addition, coaches who attend the clinic will receive access to selected evidence from the Beehive Forensics institute that will allow them to jump-start their competitive year.  Back to the top.

Courses Offered

Coaches who attend the clinic will participate in a variety of instructional sessions whose content have been time tested by successful forensics educators. This year sessions are organized into several categories:

  • Event-based Instruction—instructional sessions will be provided for: Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Congressional Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Original Oratory. Coaches will receive both basic introductions to each event, as well as advanced lectures on contemporary issues in each competitive area.
  • Team Management — instructional sessions will focus on curriculum design, recruitment, program development, and more.
  • Tournament Administration— instructional sessions will teach the ins-and-outs of what to expect when planning for and hosting a tournament, as well as introduce coaches to contemporary tournament hosting software that they will likely use when hosting tournaments.
  • Judging— Coaches, at the discretion, may also choose to both shadow instructional staff during practice rounds held at the camp to gain experience judging the events and offering feedback to students competing in the event in which they are receiving instruction. Coaches who choose to participate in practice rounds for each night of the clinic will also be eligible for a tuition discount.

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We are pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships for coaches interested in attending the 2017 BFI Coaches’ Clinic. These scholarships cover the full costs of residential or commuter attendance, excluding application fees and the costs for college credit. If you would like to apply for a coaches’ scholarship, please contact Robyn Moreno.

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Cost of Attendance

Registration Type Cost of Attendance*
Commuter (without room & board) $375
Residential (includes room & meal plan) $600
Non-refundable Application Fee $75
Optional Commuter Meal Plan $150
Optional College Credit (w/ transcript)

Please note: Payment will be made separately at time of registration. 

$150 (in addition to cost of attendance)
Judging Discount (available to coaches who agree to judge each night of the coaches’ clinic) $75

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Sample Schedule

Time Activity
8:00-8:45 Breakfast (optional; meal plan or separate purchase required)
8:45-9:00 Walk to Morning Assembly
9:00-9:30 Morning Assembly & Camp Announcements
9:30-12:00 Morning Session
12:00-1:00 Lunch (meal plan or separate purchase required)
1:00-4:00 Afternoon Session
4:00-4:15 Break
4:15-6:30 Evening Session
6:30-7:00 Dinner (optional; meal plan or separate purchase required)
7:00-9:00 Rounds (optional; discount available)

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