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Terms And Conditions Of December 1, 2017
SPECIFICS

What follows are Terms and Conditions, dated December 1, 2017, for the six SDI Debate Team Services–High School Consulting, High School Briefs, Middle School Consulting, Middle School Briefs, Special Coaching and SDI League. Most of these terms and conditions are the same for all six services. Each of the six services also involves language particular to it. This service-particular language is found below in the following order:–

High School Boot Camp I
Start Of Boot Camp II
High School Boot Camp II
High School Briefs
Middle School Boot Camp I
Middle School Boot Camp II
Middle School Briefs
SDI Briefs And Our Pledge Bank
Season, Episodic and Surge Coaching
SDI Debate League

SAFETY FIRST

Very deliberate safety procedures are in place. SDI instructors are not permitted to coach unless they have undergone appropriate background checks; we ourselves have an internal review and safety training. Our staff are all adults, 18 years and up. Student attendance is frequently taken. Students remain in a group, under adult supervision, and are not permitted to wander. Alcoholic beverages and non-prescription drugs are prohibited during coaching. Anyone found in possession of prohibited items will be dismissed immediately and all tuition will be forfeited. There is no toleration of inappropriate behavior or what looks to be inappropriate behavior. The technology that we use (GoToMeeting and GoToTraining) gives us, the SDI staff, exclusive control of the video and audio. In the event that an instructor deems a student’s conduct or attire to be inappropriate, the student will be removed from participation at once. There is no pro-rated refund of that portion of the coaching that is subsequently missed. SDI reserves to itself the right to remove the student in question from future coaching, as well, and in the event of total removal, tuition and all camp payment will be forfeited to SDI.

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

Our Senior Instructor is without equal in the forensics community. And he interacts frequently with all the students that we coach. There are situations wherein he is the sole instructor. In other situations, he oversees several instructors and coaches too. One way or other, students receive a great deal of his time. Furthermore, he trains his assistants in advance of coaching.

THREE COACHING MODES

There are three coaching modes. It can be done exclusively remotely and ONLINE. It can take place ON SITE. It can entail a mixture—some ONLINE and some ON SITE.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP I

Those who have completed an SDI 2017 Summer Debate Camp have, in effect, completed the SDI Boot Camp. For everyone else, it is probably new.

Boot Camp I is devoted to technique and learning important skills toward becoming an expert in your own right. 4 to 8 debaters and 1 instructor participate. It divides into two blocs. The first bloc divides approximately equally between lecture and laboratory time. The lectures are typically pre-recorded. Our Senior Instructor delivers all the lectures. A lecture lasts about 30 minutes and is followed by a laboratory of about 30 minutes and back and forth lecture and laboratory alternate for most of the Camp.

The second bloc of Boot Camp I is abbreviated scrimmage and critique. The abbreviated scrimmage may take about half the amount of time that an official scrimmage takes. Example. High school Public Forum typically officially runs 34 minutes, including time outs. The Boot Camp abbreviated version runs about 18 minutes.

An instructor is present (online or on site) throughout the laboratory and scrimmage. The scrimmage “hour” may actually be longer than 60 minutes, at the instructor’s discretion.

Boot Camp I that is devoted to Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Congress or UN spans 7 hours. 3 hours are lecture; 3 hours are laboratory; and “1” hour is scrimmage and critique. The contents of the lectures and laboratories may be the same whether dealing with Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Congress or UN—or Policy. The scrimmage revolves around a resolution that is particular to either the PF, LD, Congress or UN Format, however.

Boot Camp I that is devoted to Policy spans 9 hours. 4 hours are lecture; 4 hours are laboratory; and “1” hour is scrimmage and critique. The extra hour of lecture and extra hour of laboratory is not found in Boot Camp I. The scrimmage revolves around a resolution that is particular to Policy.

Several days, typically about one week, are commonly devoted to Boot Camp I. It is highly recommended that a pause of half a day or longer is built in between the first bloc and second (final) block of Boot Camp. This pause should enable the competing teams enough time to research and prepare for the actual, abbreviated scrimmage. (The first bloc can be done in a single day or spread out over successive days or spread out over a longer period.)

One more word about the abbreviated scrimmage. If the Boot Camp is focused upon a 2 vs 2 debate format (eg PF), then the second bloc consists of a single scrimmage. If the Boot Camp is focused upon a 1 vs 1 format (Lincoln-Douglas), then, if there are 4 debaters in the Camp, there are 2 abbreviated scrimmages and 2 General Critiques.

START OF BOOT CAMP II

Boot Camp I is meant to stand alone. If your school wants to hold both Boot Camp I and II, we recommend that the Introduction to Boot Camp II take place toward the end of Boot Camp I, that is, that it take place right before the scrimmage of Boot Camp I.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP II

Boot Camp II is devoted to what SDI calls Strategic Knowledge. This camp enables debaters to maximize the information-side of the forensics experience. It improves competitiveness but also and more importantly greatly enhances what debaters learn about the world. It introduces debaters to the systematic exploration of relevant history, major competing social-science perspectives and major competing solutions to issues facing America today. It also enables the participants to hone their technique, especially technique learned in Boot Camp I.

Boot Camp II is best taken in conjunction with Boot Camp I or by those who have completed Boot Camp I.

Like Boot Camp I, Boot Camp II does not involve a great many, billable classroom hours. The time frames are not the same, however. Whereas Boot Camp I is meant to span about a week, Boot Camp II is meant to span about a month.

It is the custom on the forensics circuit to have a tournament every month or thereabouts during the academic season. Boot Camp II is designed to coincide, more or less, with one of these monthly cycles. Having said that, it is still better to start Boot Camp II in advance of a monthly cycle.

The first phase of Boot Camp II is the vital introduction to the public-policy conventional wisdom and non-conventional wisdom. This phase is the same regardless of the debate format in question—whether your debate team competes in PF, LD, Policy, Congress or UN. This divides into (1) two hours of pre-recorded lecture, care of our Senior Instructor, and (2) one hour of follow-up Seminar, including plenty of opportunity to ask questions, led by an SDI senior-level instructor. These first three hours do not focus upon a single debate resolution or topic. Instead, they address the forensic experience in general terms.

The second phase of Boot Camp II is the application of its first phase. For all supported debate formats except Policy, this second phase coincides precisely with a typical debate cycle and revolves around a specific debate resolution or topic. For Policy, this second phase coincides with a month in the season-long contest that involves the one debate resolution. Regardless of the format being supported, two billable hours are provided in the first week, one billable hour are provided in each of the next two weeks and two billable hours are provided in the fourth week or last few days preceding the monthly tournament.

HIGH SCHOOL BRIEFS

SDI High School Briefs cover Public Forum, Congress and Policy. There is this gathering of “inclusive” arguments via the mountaintop view of the social sciences, especially public policy, relevant history and the major competing perspectives and sources of information. They range over the conventional and non-conventional wisdoms.

They are best utilized in the aftermath of taking Boot Camps I and II. They are designed to stand alone, however.

What are the particulars of our Briefs? They are released every month in staggered fashion. The initial monthly release comes on the eleventh day of the month. (New PF debate resolutions always appear on the first of the month. The new annual Policy debate resolution always appears in the summer preceding the academic debate season.) There is a second monthly release that comes out on the 15th of the month.

The aforesaid initial release is SDI’s own set of arguments. The aforesaid second release is a dissection of typical monthly arguments that, by that time, are beginning to circulate on the forensics circuit. The initial release draws from the combination of conventional and non-conventional wisdoms. The second release examines what has presumably been drawn by others from the conventional wisdom only.

Each SDI Brief further subdivides as follows. The initial release contains (1) our Senior Instructor’s topical analysis and (2) arguments that are categorized by perspectives, sources and our own unique formula. The second release contains dissections and is organized not unlike the initial release. Our Senior Instructor oversees all the Briefs.

SDI Briefs come out six times a year. They appear in September, November, December, January, February and March.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOT CAMP I

Those who have completed an SDI 2017 Summer Debate Camp have, in effect, completed the SDI Boot Camp, and then some. For everyone else, the instruction is probably new.

SDI Middle School Boot Camp I involves the same structure—hours, lectures, laboratories and scrimmages—as the High School version. But the content is different, that is, suited to the younger audience.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOT CAMP II

SDI Middle School Boot Camp II involves the same structure—hours, lectures, laboratories and other assistance—as the High School version. But the content is different, that is, suited to the younger audience.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BRIEFS

SDI Middle School Briefs cover Public Forum, Congress and Policy. All the particulars of the High School Briefs apply to the Middle School Briefs, except that the latter are an order of magnitude less involved. In short, both are experience-level appropriate.

SDI BRIEFS AND OUR PLEDGE BANK

It is expensive to generate the SDI High School and Middle School Briefs. In order to launch the Briefs, we are making good use of what some call a “PLEDGE BANK.” Once a modicum of subscriptions for a Brief have been purchased, SDI will launch that Brief. Those who subscribe via our Pledge Bank will be kept informed as capital accumulates. The goal is to launch both Briefs at the start of the Fall 2018 Season. If a Brief launches a bit later, then that Brief will span the remaining months of the 2018-2019 academic season and the cost will be pro-rated (including the refund of the appropriate portion).

For the time being, those who subscribe to a Brief are, in effect, placing their payment in ESCROW.

SEASON, EPISODIC AND SURGE COACHING

SDI provides season-long, episodic and surge coaching. Surge coaching anticipates a tournament. Episodic coaching can be for any of a variety of purposes, whether assisting in technique or knowledge.

Our coaching can consist of any combination of Senior Instructor, Deputy-Senior Instructor(s) and Junior Instructor(s). Each instructor corresponds to a particular billable hour. The idea is to discuss options and come up with the very best fit for your needs.

SDI DEBATE LEAGUE

The SDI League provides the best of both worlds; it is integrated into the preexisting forensics circuit; on occasion, it utilizes its own debate resolutions or topics and even its own formats. The circuit tends to promote the conventional wisdom, including via its chosen resolutions, topics and formats. The SDI League enables its participants to explore more of the world, including via its more inclusive resolutions, topics and formats. Where formats are concerned, our League takes measure to encourage the use of not only secondary sources but also original sources.

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

Online Coaching takes place via GoToMeeting or GoToTraining split screen. (Links to sessions will be emailed to you; you do not need your own online account.) The instructor manages visibility. It is possible that debaters will scrimmage online or compete in tournaments online or both. One again, GoToMeeting is utilized.

Additional coaching and research support is provided via Google Documents.

PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN OBSERVATION

A parent or legal guardian is always welcome to observe an online or on-site session. They must possess the appropriate security clearance, however. SDI can provide such a clearance for about $35.

An observer may only use the very same screen that their student (son or daughter) is using, unless prior written permission has been obtained from SDI. Whether the observing parent or guardian is actually rendered visible on the GoToMeeting screen is at the discretion of the SDI staff. We ask that parents or guardians remain silent during session, unless SDI specifically asks them to contribute. The input of parents or guardians is welcome, offline, however.

Aside from the actual debaters, and that debater’s parent or legal guardian, no one else is permitted to observe a camp session in any form. SDI staff have the right to search, via internet camera, the room or space in which the session takes place.

ATTIRE

A modicum of dress up is encouraged during session. Dress shirt and tie for men, and dress-up blouse or dress for women, is encouraged.

PROPRIETARY RIGHTS AND LIMITATION OF RIGHTS

Instruction staff have the right to use electronic recording (audio or video) devices and to record the coaching sessions. All rights to such a recording that involve formal lecture (i.e., a SDI instructor or instructors addressing the students or taking and responding to questions) are exclusive to SDI. The portion of such a recording that features students in other settings, including debate, may only be used by SDI for promotional purposes, eg, on its website, unless a parent or guardian in question provides SDI with written permission. SDI reserves the right to use any and all electronic recordings of coaching for its own internal purposes, that is, coaching of its staff or private briefings of supporters or potential donors.

No other electronic recording of SDI coaching may be made without the prior written approval of SDI. It goes without saying that students that SDI coaches or any other third parties are prohibited from circulating a recording of SDI coaching in whole or part, nor may they sell a recording.

SDI may take photos of debaters during session and has the right to use them for promotional purposes.

Those students or others who participate in SDI coaching sessions may take hand-written notes. But he or she may not then use these notes to instruct someone else (other than a team partner) nor may they sell these notes to someone else. SDI reserves to itself the right to determine in advance who is an aforementioned team partner.

Testimonials from students and parents (or legal guardians) are welcomed. SDI has the right to publish such testimonials.

Full attribution (student’s first and last names) may not be published by SDI nor any other third-party without the written consent of the parent or legal guardian in question. SDI retains the option of publishing the student’s first name and the initial of the first letter of the last name. (Typically, SDI exercises this option when making attribution.)

CONTINGENCIES, INCLUDING REFUNDS, WAIT LIST

Statesman Debate Institute (SDI) intends to do everything it can to ensure safe, instructive and enjoyable coaching.

In the event that SDI has to cancel a coaching session or sessions–because of unforeseen circumstances or force majeure affecting the instruction staff or hosting or insufficient number of registered students—registration monies will be promptly returned.

A great deal of planning goes into our coaching. Regrettably, registration monies are non-refundable in all circumstances other than those already mentioned, unless an alternate is willing to take your place in a timely fashion as judged by SDI.

What does a “prompt” or “immediate” refund mean? A refund will be provided within 14 days of a cancellation by SDI.

CANCELLATION POLICY

All payments are nonrefundable, except for reasons specified in the above section. If, for some reason, a student who has been registered, cannot or does not want to attend coaching, and if written notice of cancellation is received within three weeks of the start of coaching, then full credit is available through June 1, 2019, and assuming coaching has availability through June 1, 2019. If written notice of cancellation is received less than three weeks before the start of the coaching in question, then the following schedule applies through June 1, 2019. 85% of full credit is available up to 10 days prior to the coaching that you registered for. 60% of full credit is available up to 5 days prior to the date of the camp that you registered for. Any remaining credit must be used by June 1, 2019. (If SDI coaching is not made available in the academic year 2018-19, then SDI retains 20% of the credit. Example, someone cancels more than 3 weeks before the start of coaching. SDI would retain 20% of full—100%–credit.)

CANCELLATION INSURANCE

Third parties, including www.aplusplans.com or www.insuremytrip.com, may enable you to insure all or part of your debate participation. Costs are affordable. If you want such insurance, make sure you acquire it before making camp payment.

HOW TO PREPARE

There may be or may not be homework assignments. Be sure to inquire about homework before the start of coaching.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Emergency numbers are exchanged. We request emergency contact information. We supply a way for you to reach us, too, in the event of an unforeseen mishap. And our emergency number is supplied several days before camp, thus eliminating the risk of an out of date number.

WAIVERS

SDI is not responsible for any damage or damages that may befall either a student that it coaches or an observer of a coaching session. This waiver includes the action or inaction of that student or parent or both, the action or inaction of another student or another student’s parent or both, the action or inaction of a third party (including GoToMeeting, GoToTraining. or other internet entity or party) and the action or inaction of SDI.

We, SDI, also assume no responsibility for any preexisting medical condition or for any medical situation that might arise during coaching.

ONLY PAYMENT IN ADVANCE SECURES A SPOT OR A BRIEF

This should be self-explanatory.

CONFIDENTIALITY CLAUSES

  1. All instruction and instruction material, and all Briefs, whether presented in a formal coaching session or in any other format by SDI, is the intellectual property of SDI, except if amended in accordance with the contract below.
  2. A student who receives SDI coaching or Briefs or both agrees to abide by a 72-month Confidentiality Clause, starting from January 1, 2018 and ending January 1, 2024.
  3. Except as amended in Item #4, a student who receives SDI assistance may not teach or in any way whatsoever share anything he observes via this coaching, whether as an independent contractor or employee of another organization or volunteer of another organization. This prohibition clause includes any and all techniques, information and knowledge that is taught in SDI coaching or Briefs. This ban on teaching and sharing extends through January 1, 2024.
  4. There are the following exceptions to the confidentiality clause (Item #3). He or she may only teach or share or both if (1) SDI certifies him or her to work in a future SDI program, (2) SDI grants him or her express written permission to teach or share in another (non-SDI) setting, including other partnering (including a partner or partners on a school forensics team), tutoring, schools, governments or businesses. (If SDI grants permission to share vis-à-vis a partner on a forensics team, then SDI retains the right to require the partner or partners to agree to these same Confidentiality Clauses.)
  5. If SDI grants written permission to a student to teach or share or both in a non-SDI setting what he observed via SDI coaching or Briefs, then SDI also has the option and right to require this student to pay an observation fee of $4000 or more. Furthermore, this student would only have the right to teach or share or both in a non-SDI setting after 48 hours had passed since SDI had received the confidentiality fee.
  6. SDI sells its Briefs to Schools, Groups and Individuals. Its Briefs are copyrighted and may not be circulated beyond the contracting School, Group or Individual without the express written permission of SDI. (Sometimes a solo homeschool family will purchase a Brief. SDI may advise them to find and may even help them find one or more other homeschool families that would be willing to enter into a “Group” for the purpose of using the same Brief.)
Terms And Conditions Of December 1, 2017
SPECIFICS

What follows are Terms and Conditions, dated December 1, 2017, for the six SDI Debate Team Services–High School Consulting, High School Briefs, Middle School Consulting, Middle School Briefs, Special Coaching and SDI League. Most of these terms and conditions are the same for all six services. Each of the six services also involves language particular to it. This service-particular language is found below in the following order:–

High School Boot Camp I
Start Of Boot Camp II
High School Boot Camp II
High School Briefs
Middle School Boot Camp I
Middle School Boot Camp II
Middle School Briefs
SDI Briefs And Our Pledge Bank
Season, Episodic and Surge Coaching
SDI Debate League

SAFETY FIRST

Very deliberate safety procedures are in place. SDI instructors are not permitted to coach unless they have undergone appropriate background checks; we ourselves have an internal review and safety training. Our staff are all adults, 18 years and up. Student attendance is frequently taken. Students remain in a group, under adult supervision, and are not permitted to wander. Alcoholic beverages and non-prescription drugs are prohibited during coaching. Anyone found in possession of prohibited items will be dismissed immediately and all tuition will be forfeited. There is no toleration of inappropriate behavior or what looks to be inappropriate behavior. The technology that we use (GoToMeeting and GoToTraining) gives us, the SDI staff, exclusive control of the video and audio. In the event that an instructor deems a student’s conduct or attire to be inappropriate, the student will be removed from participation at once. There is no pro-rated refund of that portion of the coaching that is subsequently missed. SDI reserves to itself the right to remove the student in question from future coaching, as well, and in the event of total removal, tuition and all camp payment will be forfeited to SDI.

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

Our Senior Instructor is without equal in the forensics community. And he interacts frequently with all the students that we coach. There are situations wherein he is the sole instructor. In other situations, he oversees several instructors and coaches too. One way or other, students receive a great deal of his time. Furthermore, he trains his assistants in advance of coaching.

THREE COACHING MODES

There are three coaching modes. It can be done exclusively remotely and ONLINE. It can take place ON SITE. It can entail a mixture—some ONLINE and some ON SITE.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP I

Those who have completed an SDI 2017 Summer Debate Camp have, in effect, completed the SDI Boot Camp. For everyone else, it is probably new.

Boot Camp I is devoted to technique and learning important skills toward becoming an expert in your own right. 4 to 8 debaters and 1 instructor participate. It divides into two blocs. The first bloc divides approximately equally between lecture and laboratory time. The lectures are typically pre-recorded. Our Senior Instructor delivers all the lectures. A lecture lasts about 30 minutes and is followed by a laboratory of about 30 minutes and back and forth lecture and laboratory alternate for most of the Camp.

The second bloc of Boot Camp I is abbreviated scrimmage and critique. The abbreviated scrimmage may take about half the amount of time that an official scrimmage takes. Example. High school Public Forum typically officially runs 34 minutes, including time outs. The Boot Camp abbreviated version runs about 18 minutes.

An instructor is present (online or on site) throughout the laboratory and scrimmage. The scrimmage “hour” may actually be longer than 60 minutes, at the instructor’s discretion.

Boot Camp I that is devoted to Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Congress or UN spans 7 hours. 3 hours are lecture; 3 hours are laboratory; and “1” hour is scrimmage and critique. The contents of the lectures and laboratories may be the same whether dealing with Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Congress or UN—or Policy. The scrimmage revolves around a resolution that is particular to either the PF, LD, Congress or UN Format, however.

Boot Camp I that is devoted to Policy spans 9 hours. 4 hours are lecture; 4 hours are laboratory; and “1” hour is scrimmage and critique. The extra hour of lecture and extra hour of laboratory is not found in Boot Camp I. The scrimmage revolves around a resolution that is particular to Policy.

Several days, typically about one week, are commonly devoted to Boot Camp I. It is highly recommended that a pause of half a day or longer is built in between the first bloc and second (final) block of Boot Camp. This pause should enable the competing teams enough time to research and prepare for the actual, abbreviated scrimmage. (The first bloc can be done in a single day or spread out over successive days or spread out over a longer period.)

One more word about the abbreviated scrimmage. If the Boot Camp is focused upon a 2 vs 2 debate format (eg PF), then the second bloc consists of a single scrimmage. If the Boot Camp is focused upon a 1 vs 1 format (Lincoln-Douglas), then, if there are 4 debaters in the Camp, there are 2 abbreviated scrimmages and 2 General Critiques.

START OF BOOT CAMP II

Boot Camp I is meant to stand alone. If your school wants to hold both Boot Camp I and II, we recommend that the Introduction to Boot Camp II take place toward the end of Boot Camp I, that is, that it take place right before the scrimmage of Boot Camp I.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP II

Boot Camp II is devoted to what SDI calls Strategic Knowledge. This camp enables debaters to maximize the information-side of the forensics experience. It improves competitiveness but also and more importantly greatly enhances what debaters learn about the world. It introduces debaters to the systematic exploration of relevant history, major competing social-science perspectives and major competing solutions to issues facing America today. It also enables the participants to hone their technique, especially technique learned in Boot Camp I.

Boot Camp II is best taken in conjunction with Boot Camp I or by those who have completed Boot Camp I.

Like Boot Camp I, Boot Camp II does not involve a great many, billable classroom hours. The time frames are not the same, however. Whereas Boot Camp I is meant to span about a week, Boot Camp II is meant to span about a month.

It is the custom on the forensics circuit to have a tournament every month or thereabouts during the academic season. Boot Camp II is designed to coincide, more or less, with one of these monthly cycles. Having said that, it is still better to start Boot Camp II in advance of a monthly cycle.

The first phase of Boot Camp II is the vital introduction to the public-policy conventional wisdom and non-conventional wisdom. This phase is the same regardless of the debate format in question—whether your debate team competes in PF, LD, Policy, Congress or UN. This divides into (1) two hours of pre-recorded lecture, care of our Senior Instructor, and (2) one hour of follow-up Seminar, including plenty of opportunity to ask questions, led by an SDI senior-level instructor. These first three hours do not focus upon a single debate resolution or topic. Instead, they address the forensic experience in general terms.

The second phase of Boot Camp II is the application of its first phase. For all supported debate formats except Policy, this second phase coincides precisely with a typical debate cycle and revolves around a specific debate resolution or topic. For Policy, this second phase coincides with a month in the season-long contest that involves the one debate resolution. Regardless of the format being supported, two billable hours are provided in the first week, one billable hour are provided in each of the next two weeks and two billable hours are provided in the fourth week or last few days preceding the monthly tournament.

HIGH SCHOOL BRIEFS

SDI High School Briefs cover Public Forum, Congress and Policy. There is this gathering of “inclusive” arguments via the mountaintop view of the social sciences, especially public policy, relevant history and the major competing perspectives and sources of information. They range over the conventional and non-conventional wisdoms.

They are best utilized in the aftermath of taking Boot Camps I and II. They are designed to stand alone, however.

What are the particulars of our Briefs? They are released every month in staggered fashion. The initial monthly release comes on the eleventh day of the month. (New PF debate resolutions always appear on the first of the month. The new annual Policy debate resolution always appears in the summer preceding the academic debate season.) There is a second monthly release that comes out on the 15th of the month.

The aforesaid initial release is SDI’s own set of arguments. The aforesaid second release is a dissection of typical monthly arguments that, by that time, are beginning to circulate on the forensics circuit. The initial release draws from the combination of conventional and non-conventional wisdoms. The second release examines what has presumably been drawn by others from the conventional wisdom only.

Each SDI Brief further subdivides as follows. The initial release contains (1) our Senior Instructor’s topical analysis and (2) arguments that are categorized by perspectives, sources and our own unique formula. The second release contains dissections and is organized not unlike the initial release. Our Senior Instructor oversees all the Briefs.

SDI Briefs come out six times a year. They appear in September, November, December, January, February and March.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOT CAMP I

Those who have completed an SDI 2017 Summer Debate Camp have, in effect, completed the SDI Boot Camp, and then some. For everyone else, the instruction is probably new.

SDI Middle School Boot Camp I involves the same structure—hours, lectures, laboratories and scrimmages—as the High School version. But the content is different, that is, suited to the younger audience.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOT CAMP II

SDI Middle School Boot Camp II involves the same structure—hours, lectures, laboratories and other assistance—as the High School version. But the content is different, that is, suited to the younger audience.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BRIEFS

SDI Middle School Briefs cover Public Forum, Congress and Policy. All the particulars of the High School Briefs apply to the Middle School Briefs, except that the latter are an order of magnitude less involved. In short, both are experience-level appropriate.

SDI BRIEFS AND OUR PLEDGE BANK

It is expensive to generate the SDI High School and Middle School Briefs. In order to launch the Briefs, we are making good use of what some call a “PLEDGE BANK.” Once a modicum of subscriptions for a Brief have been purchased, SDI will launch that Brief. Those who subscribe via our Pledge Bank will be kept informed as capital accumulates. The goal is to launch both Briefs at the start of the Fall 2018 Season. If a Brief launches a bit later, then that Brief will span the remaining months of the 2018-2019 academic season and the cost will be pro-rated (including the refund of the appropriate portion).

For the time being, those who subscribe to a Brief are, in effect, placing their payment in ESCROW.

SEASON, EPISODIC AND SURGE COACHING

SDI provides season-long, episodic and surge coaching. Surge coaching anticipates a tournament. Episodic coaching can be for any of a variety of purposes, whether assisting in technique or knowledge.

Our coaching can consist of any combination of Senior Instructor, Deputy-Senior Instructor(s) and Junior Instructor(s). Each instructor corresponds to a particular billable hour. The idea is to discuss options and come up with the very best fit for your needs.

SDI DEBATE LEAGUE

The SDI League provides the best of both worlds; it is integrated into the preexisting forensics circuit; on occasion, it utilizes its own debate resolutions or topics and even its own formats. The circuit tends to promote the conventional wisdom, including via its chosen resolutions, topics and formats. The SDI League enables its participants to explore more of the world, including via its more inclusive resolutions, topics and formats. Where formats are concerned, our League takes measure to encourage the use of not only secondary sources but also original sources.

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

Online Coaching takes place via GoToMeeting or GoToTraining split screen. (Links to sessions will be emailed to you; you do not need your own online account.) The instructor manages visibility. It is possible that debaters will scrimmage online or compete in tournaments online or both. One again, GoToMeeting is utilized.

Additional coaching and research support is provided via Google Documents.

PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN OBSERVATION

A parent or legal guardian is always welcome to observe an online or on-site session. They must possess the appropriate security clearance, however. SDI can provide such a clearance for about $35.

An observer may only use the very same screen that their student (son or daughter) is using, unless prior written permission has been obtained from SDI. Whether the observing parent or guardian is actually rendered visible on the GoToMeeting screen is at the discretion of the SDI staff. We ask that parents or guardians remain silent during session, unless SDI specifically asks them to contribute. The input of parents or guardians is welcome, offline, however.

Aside from the actual debaters, and that debater’s parent or legal guardian, no one else is permitted to observe a camp session in any form. SDI staff have the right to search, via internet camera, the room or space in which the session takes place.

ATTIRE

A modicum of dress up is encouraged during session. Dress shirt and tie for men, and dress-up blouse or dress for women, is encouraged.

PROPRIETARY RIGHTS AND LIMITATION OF RIGHTS

Instruction staff have the right to use electronic recording (audio or video) devices and to record the coaching sessions. All rights to such a recording that involve formal lecture (i.e., a SDI instructor or instructors addressing the students or taking and responding to questions) are exclusive to SDI. The portion of such a recording that features students in other settings, including debate, may only be used by SDI for promotional purposes, eg, on its website, unless a parent or guardian in question provides SDI with written permission. SDI reserves the right to use any and all electronic recordings of coaching for its own internal purposes, that is, coaching of its staff or private briefings of supporters or potential donors.

No other electronic recording of SDI coaching may be made without the prior written approval of SDI. It goes without saying that students that SDI coaches or any other third parties are prohibited from circulating a recording of SDI coaching in whole or part, nor may they sell a recording.

SDI may take photos of debaters during session and has the right to use them for promotional purposes.

Those students or others who participate in SDI coaching sessions may take hand-written notes. But he or she may not then use these notes to instruct someone else (other than a team partner) nor may they sell these notes to someone else. SDI reserves to itself the right to determine in advance who is an aforementioned team partner.

Testimonials from students and parents (or legal guardians) are welcomed. SDI has the right to publish such testimonials.

Full attribution (student’s first and last names) may not be published by SDI nor any other third-party without the written consent of the parent or legal guardian in question. SDI retains the option of publishing the student’s first name and the initial of the first letter of the last name. (Typically, SDI exercises this option when making attribution.)

CONTINGENCIES, INCLUDING REFUNDS, WAIT LIST

Statesman Debate Institute (SDI) intends to do everything it can to ensure safe, instructive and enjoyable coaching.

In the event that SDI has to cancel a coaching session or sessions–because of unforeseen circumstances or force majeure affecting the instruction staff or hosting or insufficient number of registered students—registration monies will be promptly returned.

A great deal of planning goes into our coaching. Regrettably, registration monies are non-refundable in all circumstances other than those already mentioned, unless an alternate is willing to take your place in a timely fashion as judged by SDI.

What does a “prompt” or “immediate” refund mean? A refund will be provided within 14 days of a cancellation by SDI.

CANCELLATION POLICY

All payments are nonrefundable, except for reasons specified in the above section. If, for some reason, a student who has been registered, cannot or does not want to attend coaching, and if written notice of cancellation is received within three weeks of the start of coaching, then full credit is available through June 1, 2019, and assuming coaching has availability through June 1, 2019. If written notice of cancellation is received less than three weeks before the start of the coaching in question, then the following schedule applies through June 1, 2019. 85% of full credit is available up to 10 days prior to the coaching that you registered for. 60% of full credit is available up to 5 days prior to the date of the camp that you registered for. Any remaining credit must be used by June 1, 2019. (If SDI coaching is not made available in the academic year 2018-19, then SDI retains 20% of the credit. Example, someone cancels more than 3 weeks before the start of coaching. SDI would retain 20% of full—100%–credit.)

CANCELLATION INSURANCE

Third parties, including www.aplusplans.com or www.insuremytrip.com, may enable you to insure all or part of your debate participation. Costs are affordable. If you want such insurance, make sure you acquire it before making camp payment.

HOW TO PREPARE

There may be or may not be homework assignments. Be sure to inquire about homework before the start of coaching.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Emergency numbers are exchanged. We request emergency contact information. We supply a way for you to reach us, too, in the event of an unforeseen mishap. And our emergency number is supplied several days before camp, thus eliminating the risk of an out of date number.

WAIVERS

SDI is not responsible for any damage or damages that may befall either a student that it coaches or an observer of a coaching session. This waiver includes the action or inaction of that student or parent or both, the action or inaction of another student or another student’s parent or both, the action or inaction of a third party (including GoToMeeting, GoToTraining. or other internet entity or party) and the action or inaction of SDI.

We, SDI, also assume no responsibility for any preexisting medical condition or for any medical situation that might arise during coaching.

ONLY PAYMENT IN ADVANCE SECURES A SPOT OR A BRIEF

This should be self-explanatory.

CONFIDENTIALITY CLAUSES

  1. All instruction and instruction material, and all Briefs, whether presented in a formal coaching session or in any other format by SDI, is the intellectual property of SDI, except if amended in accordance with the contract below.
  2. A student who receives SDI coaching or Briefs or both agrees to abide by a 72-month Confidentiality Clause, starting from January 1, 2018 and ending January 1, 2024.
  3. Except as amended in Item #4, a student who receives SDI assistance may not teach or in any way whatsoever share anything he observes via this coaching, whether as an independent contractor or employee of another organization or volunteer of another organization. This prohibition clause includes any and all techniques, information and knowledge that is taught in SDI coaching or Briefs. This ban on teaching and sharing extends through January 1, 2024.
  4. There are the following exceptions to the confidentiality clause (Item #3). He or she may only teach or share or both if (1) SDI certifies him or her to work in a future SDI program, (2) SDI grants him or her express written permission to teach or share in another (non-SDI) setting, including other partnering (including a partner or partners on a school forensics team), tutoring, schools, governments or businesses. (If SDI grants permission to share vis-à-vis a partner on a forensics team, then SDI retains the right to require the partner or partners to agree to these same Confidentiality Clauses.)
  5. If SDI grants written permission to a student to teach or share or both in a non-SDI setting what he observed via SDI coaching or Briefs, then SDI also has the option and right to require this student to pay an observation fee of $4000 or more. Furthermore, this student would only have the right to teach or share or both in a non-SDI setting after 48 hours had passed since SDI had received the confidentiality fee.
  6. SDI sells its Briefs to Schools, Groups and Individuals. Its Briefs are copyrighted and may not be circulated beyond the contracting School, Group or Individual without the express written permission of SDI. (Sometimes a solo homeschool family will purchase a Brief. SDI may advise them to find and may even help them find one or more other homeschool families that would be willing to enter into a “Group” for the purpose of using the same Brief.)
Terms And Conditions Of December 1, 2017
SPECIFICS

What follows are Terms and Conditions, dated December 1, 2017, for the six SDI Debate Team Services–High School Consulting, High School Briefs, Middle School Consulting, Middle School Briefs, Special Coaching and SDI League. Most of these terms and conditions are the same for all six services. Each of the six services also involves language particular to it. This service-particular language is found below in the following order:–

High School Boot Camp I
Start Of Boot Camp II
High School Boot Camp II
High School Briefs
Middle School Boot Camp I
Middle School Boot Camp II
Middle School Briefs
SDI Briefs And Our Pledge Bank
Season, Episodic and Surge Coaching
SDI Debate League

SAFETY FIRST

Very deliberate safety procedures are in place. SDI instructors are not permitted to coach unless they have undergone appropriate background checks; we ourselves have an internal review and safety training. Our staff are all adults, 18 years and up. Student attendance is frequently taken. Students remain in a group, under adult supervision, and are not permitted to wander. Alcoholic beverages and non-prescription drugs are prohibited during coaching. Anyone found in possession of prohibited items will be dismissed immediately and all tuition will be forfeited. There is no toleration of inappropriate behavior or what looks to be inappropriate behavior. The technology that we use (GoToMeeting and GoToTraining) gives us, the SDI staff, exclusive control of the video and audio. In the event that an instructor deems a student’s conduct or attire to be inappropriate, the student will be removed from participation at once. There is no pro-rated refund of that portion of the coaching that is subsequently missed. SDI reserves to itself the right to remove the student in question from future coaching, as well, and in the event of total removal, tuition and all camp payment will be forfeited to SDI.

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

Our Senior Instructor is without equal in the forensics community. And he interacts frequently with all the students that we coach. There are situations wherein he is the sole instructor. In other situations, he oversees several instructors and coaches too. One way or other, students receive a great deal of his time. Furthermore, he trains his assistants in advance of coaching.

THREE COACHING MODES

There are three coaching modes. It can be done exclusively remotely and ONLINE. It can take place ON SITE. It can entail a mixture—some ONLINE and some ON SITE.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP I

Those who have completed an SDI 2017 Summer Debate Camp have, in effect, completed the SDI Boot Camp. For everyone else, it is probably new.

Boot Camp I is devoted to technique and learning important skills toward becoming an expert in your own right. 4 to 8 debaters and 1 instructor participate. It divides into two blocs. The first bloc divides approximately equally between lecture and laboratory time. The lectures are typically pre-recorded. Our Senior Instructor delivers all the lectures. A lecture lasts about 30 minutes and is followed by a laboratory of about 30 minutes and back and forth lecture and laboratory alternate for most of the Camp.

The second bloc of Boot Camp I is abbreviated scrimmage and critique. The abbreviated scrimmage may take about half the amount of time that an official scrimmage takes. Example. High school Public Forum typically officially runs 34 minutes, including time outs. The Boot Camp abbreviated version runs about 18 minutes.

An instructor is present (online or on site) throughout the laboratory and scrimmage. The scrimmage “hour” may actually be longer than 60 minutes, at the instructor’s discretion.

Boot Camp I that is devoted to Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Congress or UN spans 7 hours. 3 hours are lecture; 3 hours are laboratory; and “1” hour is scrimmage and critique. The contents of the lectures and laboratories may be the same whether dealing with Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Congress or UN—or Policy. The scrimmage revolves around a resolution that is particular to either the PF, LD, Congress or UN Format, however.

Boot Camp I that is devoted to Policy spans 9 hours. 4 hours are lecture; 4 hours are laboratory; and “1” hour is scrimmage and critique. The extra hour of lecture and extra hour of laboratory is not found in Boot Camp I. The scrimmage revolves around a resolution that is particular to Policy.

Several days, typically about one week, are commonly devoted to Boot Camp I. It is highly recommended that a pause of half a day or longer is built in between the first bloc and second (final) block of Boot Camp. This pause should enable the competing teams enough time to research and prepare for the actual, abbreviated scrimmage. (The first bloc can be done in a single day or spread out over successive days or spread out over a longer period.)

One more word about the abbreviated scrimmage. If the Boot Camp is focused upon a 2 vs 2 debate format (eg PF), then the second bloc consists of a single scrimmage. If the Boot Camp is focused upon a 1 vs 1 format (Lincoln-Douglas), then, if there are 4 debaters in the Camp, there are 2 abbreviated scrimmages and 2 General Critiques.

START OF BOOT CAMP II

Boot Camp I is meant to stand alone. If your school wants to hold both Boot Camp I and II, we recommend that the Introduction to Boot Camp II take place toward the end of Boot Camp I, that is, that it take place right before the scrimmage of Boot Camp I.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP II

Boot Camp II is devoted to what SDI calls Strategic Knowledge. This camp enables debaters to maximize the information-side of the forensics experience. It improves competitiveness but also and more importantly greatly enhances what debaters learn about the world. It introduces debaters to the systematic exploration of relevant history, major competing social-science perspectives and major competing solutions to issues facing America today. It also enables the participants to hone their technique, especially technique learned in Boot Camp I.

Boot Camp II is best taken in conjunction with Boot Camp I or by those who have completed Boot Camp I.

Like Boot Camp I, Boot Camp II does not involve a great many, billable classroom hours. The time frames are not the same, however. Whereas Boot Camp I is meant to span about a week, Boot Camp II is meant to span about a month.

It is the custom on the forensics circuit to have a tournament every month or thereabouts during the academic season. Boot Camp II is designed to coincide, more or less, with one of these monthly cycles. Having said that, it is still better to start Boot Camp II in advance of a monthly cycle.

The first phase of Boot Camp II is the vital introduction to the public-policy conventional wisdom and non-conventional wisdom. This phase is the same regardless of the debate format in question—whether your debate team competes in PF, LD, Policy, Congress or UN. This divides into (1) two hours of pre-recorded lecture, care of our Senior Instructor, and (2) one hour of follow-up Seminar, including plenty of opportunity to ask questions, led by an SDI senior-level instructor. These first three hours do not focus upon a single debate resolution or topic. Instead, they address the forensic experience in general terms.

The second phase of Boot Camp II is the application of its first phase. For all supported debate formats except Policy, this second phase coincides precisely with a typical debate cycle and revolves around a specific debate resolution or topic. For Policy, this second phase coincides with a month in the season-long contest that involves the one debate resolution. Regardless of the format being supported, two billable hours are provided in the first week, one billable hour are provided in each of the next two weeks and two billable hours are provided in the fourth week or last few days preceding the monthly tournament.

HIGH SCHOOL BRIEFS

SDI High School Briefs cover Public Forum, Congress and Policy. There is this gathering of “inclusive” arguments via the mountaintop view of the social sciences, especially public policy, relevant history and the major competing perspectives and sources of information. They range over the conventional and non-conventional wisdoms.

They are best utilized in the aftermath of taking Boot Camps I and II. They are designed to stand alone, however.

What are the particulars of our Briefs? They are released every month in staggered fashion. The initial monthly release comes on the eleventh day of the month. (New PF debate resolutions always appear on the first of the month. The new annual Policy debate resolution always appears in the summer preceding the academic debate season.) There is a second monthly release that comes out on the 15th of the month.

The aforesaid initial release is SDI’s own set of arguments. The aforesaid second release is a dissection of typical monthly arguments that, by that time, are beginning to circulate on the forensics circuit. The initial release draws from the combination of conventional and non-conventional wisdoms. The second release examines what has presumably been drawn by others from the conventional wisdom only.

Each SDI Brief further subdivides as follows. The initial release contains (1) our Senior Instructor’s topical analysis and (2) arguments that are categorized by perspectives, sources and our own unique formula. The second release contains dissections and is organized not unlike the initial release. Our Senior Instructor oversees all the Briefs.

SDI Briefs come out six times a year. They appear in September, November, December, January, February and March.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOT CAMP I

Those who have completed an SDI 2017 Summer Debate Camp have, in effect, completed the SDI Boot Camp, and then some. For everyone else, the instruction is probably new.

SDI Middle School Boot Camp I involves the same structure—hours, lectures, laboratories and scrimmages—as the High School version. But the content is different, that is, suited to the younger audience.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOT CAMP II

SDI Middle School Boot Camp II involves the same structure—hours, lectures, laboratories and other assistance—as the High School version. But the content is different, that is, suited to the younger audience.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BRIEFS

SDI Middle School Briefs cover Public Forum, Congress and Policy. All the particulars of the High School Briefs apply to the Middle School Briefs, except that the latter are an order of magnitude less involved. In short, both are experience-level appropriate.

SDI BRIEFS AND OUR PLEDGE BANK

It is expensive to generate the SDI High School and Middle School Briefs. In order to launch the Briefs, we are making good use of what some call a “PLEDGE BANK.” Once a modicum of subscriptions for a Brief have been purchased, SDI will launch that Brief. Those who subscribe via our Pledge Bank will be kept informed as capital accumulates. The goal is to launch both Briefs at the start of the Fall 2018 Season. If a Brief launches a bit later, then that Brief will span the remaining months of the 2018-2019 academic season and the cost will be pro-rated (including the refund of the appropriate portion).

For the time being, those who subscribe to a Brief are, in effect, placing their payment in ESCROW.

SEASON, EPISODIC AND SURGE COACHING

SDI provides season-long, episodic and surge coaching. Surge coaching anticipates a tournament. Episodic coaching can be for any of a variety of purposes, whether assisting in technique or knowledge.

Our coaching can consist of any combination of Senior Instructor, Deputy-Senior Instructor(s) and Junior Instructor(s). Each instructor corresponds to a particular billable hour. The idea is to discuss options and come up with the very best fit for your needs.

SDI DEBATE LEAGUE

The SDI League provides the best of both worlds; it is integrated into the preexisting forensics circuit; on occasion, it utilizes its own debate resolutions or topics and even its own formats. The circuit tends to promote the conventional wisdom, including via its chosen resolutions, topics and formats. The SDI League enables its participants to explore more of the world, including via its more inclusive resolutions, topics and formats. Where formats are concerned, our League takes measure to encourage the use of not only secondary sources but also original sources.

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

Online Coaching takes place via GoToMeeting or GoToTraining split screen. (Links to sessions will be emailed to you; you do not need your own online account.) The instructor manages visibility. It is possible that debaters will scrimmage online or compete in tournaments online or both. One again, GoToMeeting is utilized.

Additional coaching and research support is provided via Google Documents.

PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN OBSERVATION

A parent or legal guardian is always welcome to observe an online or on-site session. They must possess the appropriate security clearance, however. SDI can provide such a clearance for about $35.

An observer may only use the very same screen that their student (son or daughter) is using, unless prior written permission has been obtained from SDI. Whether the observing parent or guardian is actually rendered visible on the GoToMeeting screen is at the discretion of the SDI staff. We ask that parents or guardians remain silent during session, unless SDI specifically asks them to contribute. The input of parents or guardians is welcome, offline, however.

Aside from the actual debaters, and that debater’s parent or legal guardian, no one else is permitted to observe a camp session in any form. SDI staff have the right to search, via internet camera, the room or space in which the session takes place.

ATTIRE

A modicum of dress up is encouraged during session. Dress shirt and tie for men, and dress-up blouse or dress for women, is encouraged.

PROPRIETARY RIGHTS AND LIMITATION OF RIGHTS

Instruction staff have the right to use electronic recording (audio or video) devices and to record the coaching sessions. All rights to such a recording that involve formal lecture (i.e., a SDI instructor or instructors addressing the students or taking and responding to questions) are exclusive to SDI. The portion of such a recording that features students in other settings, including debate, may only be used by SDI for promotional purposes, eg, on its website, unless a parent or guardian in question provides SDI with written permission. SDI reserves the right to use any and all electronic recordings of coaching for its own internal purposes, that is, coaching of its staff or private briefings of supporters or potential donors.

No other electronic recording of SDI coaching may be made without the prior written approval of SDI. It goes without saying that students that SDI coaches or any other third parties are prohibited from circulating a recording of SDI coaching in whole or part, nor may they sell a recording.

SDI may take photos of debaters during session and has the right to use them for promotional purposes.

Those students or others who participate in SDI coaching sessions may take hand-written notes. But he or she may not then use these notes to instruct someone else (other than a team partner) nor may they sell these notes to someone else. SDI reserves to itself the right to determine in advance who is an aforementioned team partner.

Testimonials from students and parents (or legal guardians) are welcomed. SDI has the right to publish such testimonials.

Full attribution (student’s first and last names) may not be published by SDI nor any other third-party without the written consent of the parent or legal guardian in question. SDI retains the option of publishing the student’s first name and the initial of the first letter of the last name. (Typically, SDI exercises this option when making attribution.)

CONTINGENCIES, INCLUDING REFUNDS, WAIT LIST

Statesman Debate Institute (SDI) intends to do everything it can to ensure safe, instructive and enjoyable coaching.

In the event that SDI has to cancel a coaching session or sessions–because of unforeseen circumstances or force majeure affecting the instruction staff or hosting or insufficient number of registered students—registration monies will be promptly returned.

A great deal of planning goes into our coaching. Regrettably, registration monies are non-refundable in all circumstances other than those already mentioned, unless an alternate is willing to take your place in a timely fashion as judged by SDI.

What does a “prompt” or “immediate” refund mean? A refund will be provided within 14 days of a cancellation by SDI.

CANCELLATION POLICY

All payments are nonrefundable, except for reasons specified in the above section. If, for some reason, a student who has been registered, cannot or does not want to attend coaching, and if written notice of cancellation is received within three weeks of the start of coaching, then full credit is available through June 1, 2019, and assuming coaching has availability through June 1, 2019. If written notice of cancellation is received less than three weeks before the start of the coaching in question, then the following schedule applies through June 1, 2019. 85% of full credit is available up to 10 days prior to the coaching that you registered for. 60% of full credit is available up to 5 days prior to the date of the camp that you registered for. Any remaining credit must be used by June 1, 2019. (If SDI coaching is not made available in the academic year 2018-19, then SDI retains 20% of the credit. Example, someone cancels more than 3 weeks before the start of coaching. SDI would retain 20% of full—100%–credit.)

CANCELLATION INSURANCE

Third parties, including www.aplusplans.com or www.insuremytrip.com, may enable you to insure all or part of your debate participation. Costs are affordable. If you want such insurance, make sure you acquire it before making camp payment.

HOW TO PREPARE

There may be or may not be homework assignments. Be sure to inquire about homework before the start of coaching.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Emergency numbers are exchanged. We request emergency contact information. We supply a way for you to reach us, too, in the event of an unforeseen mishap. And our emergency number is supplied several days before camp, thus eliminating the risk of an out of date number.

WAIVERS

SDI is not responsible for any damage or damages that may befall either a student that it coaches or an observer of a coaching session. This waiver includes the action or inaction of that student or parent or both, the action or inaction of another student or another student’s parent or both, the action or inaction of a third party (including GoToMeeting, GoToTraining. or other internet entity or party) and the action or inaction of SDI.

We, SDI, also assume no responsibility for any preexisting medical condition or for any medical situation that might arise during coaching.

ONLY PAYMENT IN ADVANCE SECURES A SPOT OR A BRIEF

This should be self-explanatory.

CONFIDENTIALITY CLAUSES

  1. All instruction and instruction material, and all Briefs, whether presented in a formal coaching session or in any other format by SDI, is the intellectual property of SDI, except if amended in accordance with the contract below.
  2. A student who receives SDI coaching or Briefs or both agrees to abide by a 72-month Confidentiality Clause, starting from January 1, 2018 and ending January 1, 2024.
  3. Except as amended in Item #4, a student who receives SDI assistance may not teach or in any way whatsoever share anything he observes via this coaching, whether as an independent contractor or employee of another organization or volunteer of another organization. This prohibition clause includes any and all techniques, information and knowledge that is taught in SDI coaching or Briefs. This ban on teaching and sharing extends through January 1, 2024.
  4. There are the following exceptions to the confidentiality clause (Item #3). He or she may only teach or share or both if (1) SDI certifies him or her to work in a future SDI program, (2) SDI grants him or her express written permission to teach or share in another (non-SDI) setting, including other partnering (including a partner or partners on a school forensics team), tutoring, schools, governments or businesses. (If SDI grants permission to share vis-à-vis a partner on a forensics team, then SDI retains the right to require the partner or partners to agree to these same Confidentiality Clauses.)
  5. If SDI grants written permission to a student to teach or share or both in a non-SDI setting what he observed via SDI coaching or Briefs, then SDI also has the option and right to require this student to pay an observation fee of $4000 or more. Furthermore, this student would only have the right to teach or share or both in a non-SDI setting after 48 hours had passed since SDI had received the confidentiality fee.
  6. SDI sells its Briefs to Schools, Groups and Individuals. Its Briefs are copyrighted and may not be circulated beyond the contracting School, Group or Individual without the express written permission of SDI. (Sometimes a solo homeschool family will purchase a Brief. SDI may advise them to find and may even help them find one or more other homeschool families that would be willing to enter into a “Group” for the purpose of using the same Brief.)
Terms And Conditions Of December 1, 2017
SPECIFICS

What follows are Terms and Conditions, dated December 1, 2017, for the six SDI Debate Team Services–High School Consulting, High School Briefs, Middle School Consulting, Middle School Briefs, Special Coaching and SDI League. Most of these terms and conditions are the same for all six services. Each of the six services also involves language particular to it. This service-particular language is found below in the following order:–

High School Boot Camp I
Start Of Boot Camp II
High School Boot Camp II
High School Briefs
Middle School Boot Camp I
Middle School Boot Camp II
Middle School Briefs
SDI Briefs And Our Pledge Bank
Season, Episodic and Surge Coaching
SDI Debate League

SAFETY FIRST

Very deliberate safety procedures are in place. SDI instructors are not permitted to coach unless they have undergone appropriate background checks; we ourselves have an internal review and safety training. Our staff are all adults, 18 years and up. Student attendance is frequently taken. Students remain in a group, under adult supervision, and are not permitted to wander. Alcoholic beverages and non-prescription drugs are prohibited during coaching. Anyone found in possession of prohibited items will be dismissed immediately and all tuition will be forfeited. There is no toleration of inappropriate behavior or what looks to be inappropriate behavior. The technology that we use (GoToMeeting and GoToTraining) gives us, the SDI staff, exclusive control of the video and audio. In the event that an instructor deems a student’s conduct or attire to be inappropriate, the student will be removed from participation at once. There is no pro-rated refund of that portion of the coaching that is subsequently missed. SDI reserves to itself the right to remove the student in question from future coaching, as well, and in the event of total removal, tuition and all camp payment will be forfeited to SDI.

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

Our Senior Instructor is without equal in the forensics community. And he interacts frequently with all the students that we coach. There are situations wherein he is the sole instructor. In other situations, he oversees several instructors and coaches too. One way or other, students receive a great deal of his time. Furthermore, he trains his assistants in advance of coaching.

THREE COACHING MODES

There are three coaching modes. It can be done exclusively remotely and ONLINE. It can take place ON SITE. It can entail a mixture—some ONLINE and some ON SITE.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP I

Those who have completed an SDI 2017 Summer Debate Camp have, in effect, completed the SDI Boot Camp. For everyone else, it is probably new.

Boot Camp I is devoted to technique and learning important skills toward becoming an expert in your own right. 4 to 8 debaters and 1 instructor participate. It divides into two blocs. The first bloc divides approximately equally between lecture and laboratory time. The lectures are typically pre-recorded. Our Senior Instructor delivers all the lectures. A lecture lasts about 30 minutes and is followed by a laboratory of about 30 minutes and back and forth lecture and laboratory alternate for most of the Camp.

The second bloc of Boot Camp I is abbreviated scrimmage and critique. The abbreviated scrimmage may take about half the amount of time that an official scrimmage takes. Example. High school Public Forum typically officially runs 34 minutes, including time outs. The Boot Camp abbreviated version runs about 18 minutes.

An instructor is present (online or on site) throughout the laboratory and scrimmage. The scrimmage “hour” may actually be longer than 60 minutes, at the instructor’s discretion.

Boot Camp I that is devoted to Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Congress or UN spans 7 hours. 3 hours are lecture; 3 hours are laboratory; and “1” hour is scrimmage and critique. The contents of the lectures and laboratories may be the same whether dealing with Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Congress or UN—or Policy. The scrimmage revolves around a resolution that is particular to either the PF, LD, Congress or UN Format, however.

Boot Camp I that is devoted to Policy spans 9 hours. 4 hours are lecture; 4 hours are laboratory; and “1” hour is scrimmage and critique. The extra hour of lecture and extra hour of laboratory is not found in Boot Camp I. The scrimmage revolves around a resolution that is particular to Policy.

Several days, typically about one week, are commonly devoted to Boot Camp I. It is highly recommended that a pause of half a day or longer is built in between the first bloc and second (final) block of Boot Camp. This pause should enable the competing teams enough time to research and prepare for the actual, abbreviated scrimmage. (The first bloc can be done in a single day or spread out over successive days or spread out over a longer period.)

One more word about the abbreviated scrimmage. If the Boot Camp is focused upon a 2 vs 2 debate format (eg PF), then the second bloc consists of a single scrimmage. If the Boot Camp is focused upon a 1 vs 1 format (Lincoln-Douglas), then, if there are 4 debaters in the Camp, there are 2 abbreviated scrimmages and 2 General Critiques.

START OF BOOT CAMP II

Boot Camp I is meant to stand alone. If your school wants to hold both Boot Camp I and II, we recommend that the Introduction to Boot Camp II take place toward the end of Boot Camp I, that is, that it take place right before the scrimmage of Boot Camp I.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP II

Boot Camp II is devoted to what SDI calls Strategic Knowledge. This camp enables debaters to maximize the information-side of the forensics experience. It improves competitiveness but also and more importantly greatly enhances what debaters learn about the world. It introduces debaters to the systematic exploration of relevant history, major competing social-science perspectives and major competing solutions to issues facing America today. It also enables the participants to hone their technique, especially technique learned in Boot Camp I.

Boot Camp II is best taken in conjunction with Boot Camp I or by those who have completed Boot Camp I.

Like Boot Camp I, Boot Camp II does not involve a great many, billable classroom hours. The time frames are not the same, however. Whereas Boot Camp I is meant to span about a week, Boot Camp II is meant to span about a month.

It is the custom on the forensics circuit to have a tournament every month or thereabouts during the academic season. Boot Camp II is designed to coincide, more or less, with one of these monthly cycles. Having said that, it is still better to start Boot Camp II in advance of a monthly cycle.

The first phase of Boot Camp II is the vital introduction to the public-policy conventional wisdom and non-conventional wisdom. This phase is the same regardless of the debate format in question—whether your debate team competes in PF, LD, Policy, Congress or UN. This divides into (1) two hours of pre-recorded lecture, care of our Senior Instructor, and (2) one hour of follow-up Seminar, including plenty of opportunity to ask questions, led by an SDI senior-level instructor. These first three hours do not focus upon a single debate resolution or topic. Instead, they address the forensic experience in general terms.

The second phase of Boot Camp II is the application of its first phase. For all supported debate formats except Policy, this second phase coincides precisely with a typical debate cycle and revolves around a specific debate resolution or topic. For Policy, this second phase coincides with a month in the season-long contest that involves the one debate resolution. Regardless of the format being supported, two billable hours are provided in the first week, one billable hour are provided in each of the next two weeks and two billable hours are provided in the fourth week or last few days preceding the monthly tournament.

HIGH SCHOOL BRIEFS

SDI High School Briefs cover Public Forum, Congress and Policy. There is this gathering of “inclusive” arguments via the mountaintop view of the social sciences, especially public policy, relevant history and the major competing perspectives and sources of information. They range over the conventional and non-conventional wisdoms.

They are best utilized in the aftermath of taking Boot Camps I and II. They are designed to stand alone, however.

What are the particulars of our Briefs? They are released every month in staggered fashion. The initial monthly release comes on the eleventh day of the month. (New PF debate resolutions always appear on the first of the month. The new annual Policy debate resolution always appears in the summer preceding the academic debate season.) There is a second monthly release that comes out on the 15th of the month.

The aforesaid initial release is SDI’s own set of arguments. The aforesaid second release is a dissection of typical monthly arguments that, by that time, are beginning to circulate on the forensics circuit. The initial release draws from the combination of conventional and non-conventional wisdoms. The second release examines what has presumably been drawn by others from the conventional wisdom only.

Each SDI Brief further subdivides as follows. The initial release contains (1) our Senior Instructor’s topical analysis and (2) arguments that are categorized by perspectives, sources and our own unique formula. The second release contains dissections and is organized not unlike the initial release. Our Senior Instructor oversees all the Briefs.

SDI Briefs come out six times a year. They appear in September, November, December, January, February and March.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOT CAMP I

Those who have completed an SDI 2017 Summer Debate Camp have, in effect, completed the SDI Boot Camp, and then some. For everyone else, the instruction is probably new.

SDI Middle School Boot Camp I involves the same structure—hours, lectures, laboratories and scrimmages—as the High School version. But the content is different, that is, suited to the younger audience.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOT CAMP II

SDI Middle School Boot Camp II involves the same structure—hours, lectures, laboratories and other assistance—as the High School version. But the content is different, that is, suited to the younger audience.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BRIEFS

SDI Middle School Briefs cover Public Forum, Congress and Policy. All the particulars of the High School Briefs apply to the Middle School Briefs, except that the latter are an order of magnitude less involved. In short, both are experience-level appropriate.

SDI BRIEFS AND OUR PLEDGE BANK

It is expensive to generate the SDI High School and Middle School Briefs. In order to launch the Briefs, we are making good use of what some call a “PLEDGE BANK.” Once a modicum of subscriptions for a Brief have been purchased, SDI will launch that Brief. Those who subscribe via our Pledge Bank will be kept informed as capital accumulates. The goal is to launch both Briefs at the start of the Fall 2018 Season. If a Brief launches a bit later, then that Brief will span the remaining months of the 2018-2019 academic season and the cost will be pro-rated (including the refund of the appropriate portion).

For the time being, those who subscribe to a Brief are, in effect, placing their payment in ESCROW.

SEASON, EPISODIC AND SURGE COACHING

SDI provides season-long, episodic and surge coaching. Surge coaching anticipates a tournament. Episodic coaching can be for any of a variety of purposes, whether assisting in technique or knowledge.

Our coaching can consist of any combination of Senior Instructor, Deputy-Senior Instructor(s) and Junior Instructor(s). Each instructor corresponds to a particular billable hour. The idea is to discuss options and come up with the very best fit for your needs.

SDI DEBATE LEAGUE

The SDI League provides the best of both worlds; it is integrated into the preexisting forensics circuit; on occasion, it utilizes its own debate resolutions or topics and even its own formats. The circuit tends to promote the conventional wisdom, including via its chosen resolutions, topics and formats. The SDI League enables its participants to explore more of the world, including via its more inclusive resolutions, topics and formats. Where formats are concerned, our League takes measure to encourage the use of not only secondary sources but also original sources.

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

Online Coaching takes place via GoToMeeting or GoToTraining split screen. (Links to sessions will be emailed to you; you do not need your own online account.) The instructor manages visibility. It is possible that debaters will scrimmage online or compete in tournaments online or both. One again, GoToMeeting is utilized.

Additional coaching and research support is provided via Google Documents.

PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN OBSERVATION

A parent or legal guardian is always welcome to observe an online or on-site session. They must possess the appropriate security clearance, however. SDI can provide such a clearance for about $35.

An observer may only use the very same screen that their student (son or daughter) is using, unless prior written permission has been obtained from SDI. Whether the observing parent or guardian is actually rendered visible on the GoToMeeting screen is at the discretion of the SDI staff. We ask that parents or guardians remain silent during session, unless SDI specifically asks them to contribute. The input of parents or guardians is welcome, offline, however.

Aside from the actual debaters, and that debater’s parent or legal guardian, no one else is permitted to observe a camp session in any form. SDI staff have the right to search, via internet camera, the room or space in which the session takes place.

ATTIRE

A modicum of dress up is encouraged during session. Dress shirt and tie for men, and dress-up blouse or dress for women, is encouraged.

PROPRIETARY RIGHTS AND LIMITATION OF RIGHTS

Instruction staff have the right to use electronic recording (audio or video) devices and to record the coaching sessions. All rights to such a recording that involve formal lecture (i.e., a SDI instructor or instructors addressing the students or taking and responding to questions) are exclusive to SDI. The portion of such a recording that features students in other settings, including debate, may only be used by SDI for promotional purposes, eg, on its website, unless a parent or guardian in question provides SDI with written permission. SDI reserves the right to use any and all electronic recordings of coaching for its own internal purposes, that is, coaching of its staff or private briefings of supporters or potential donors.

No other electronic recording of SDI coaching may be made without the prior written approval of SDI. It goes without saying that students that SDI coaches or any other third parties are prohibited from circulating a recording of SDI coaching in whole or part, nor may they sell a recording.

SDI may take photos of debaters during session and has the right to use them for promotional purposes.

Those students or others who participate in SDI coaching sessions may take hand-written notes. But he or she may not then use these notes to instruct someone else (other than a team partner) nor may they sell these notes to someone else. SDI reserves to itself the right to determine in advance who is an aforementioned team partner.

Testimonials from students and parents (or legal guardians) are welcomed. SDI has the right to publish such testimonials.

Full attribution (student’s first and last names) may not be published by SDI nor any other third-party without the written consent of the parent or legal guardian in question. SDI retains the option of publishing the student’s first name and the initial of the first letter of the last name. (Typically, SDI exercises this option when making attribution.)

CONTINGENCIES, INCLUDING REFUNDS, WAIT LIST

Statesman Debate Institute (SDI) intends to do everything it can to ensure safe, instructive and enjoyable coaching.

In the event that SDI has to cancel a coaching session or sessions–because of unforeseen circumstances or force majeure affecting the instruction staff or hosting or insufficient number of registered students—registration monies will be promptly returned.

A great deal of planning goes into our coaching. Regrettably, registration monies are non-refundable in all circumstances other than those already mentioned, unless an alternate is willing to take your place in a timely fashion as judged by SDI.

What does a “prompt” or “immediate” refund mean? A refund will be provided within 14 days of a cancellation by SDI.

CANCELLATION POLICY

All payments are nonrefundable, except for reasons specified in the above section. If, for some reason, a student who has been registered, cannot or does not want to attend coaching, and if written notice of cancellation is received within three weeks of the start of coaching, then full credit is available through June 1, 2019, and assuming coaching has availability through June 1, 2019. If written notice of cancellation is received less than three weeks before the start of the coaching in question, then the following schedule applies through June 1, 2019. 85% of full credit is available up to 10 days prior to the coaching that you registered for. 60% of full credit is available up to 5 days prior to the date of the camp that you registered for. Any remaining credit must be used by June 1, 2019. (If SDI coaching is not made available in the academic year 2018-19, then SDI retains 20% of the credit. Example, someone cancels more than 3 weeks before the start of coaching. SDI would retain 20% of full—100%–credit.)

CANCELLATION INSURANCE

Third parties, including www.aplusplans.com or www.insuremytrip.com, may enable you to insure all or part of your debate participation. Costs are affordable. If you want such insurance, make sure you acquire it before making camp payment.

HOW TO PREPARE

There may be or may not be homework assignments. Be sure to inquire about homework before the start of coaching.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Emergency numbers are exchanged. We request emergency contact information. We supply a way for you to reach us, too, in the event of an unforeseen mishap. And our emergency number is supplied several days before camp, thus eliminating the risk of an out of date number.

WAIVERS

SDI is not responsible for any damage or damages that may befall either a student that it coaches or an observer of a coaching session. This waiver includes the action or inaction of that student or parent or both, the action or inaction of another student or another student’s parent or both, the action or inaction of a third party (including GoToMeeting, GoToTraining. or other internet entity or party) and the action or inaction of SDI.

We, SDI, also assume no responsibility for any preexisting medical condition or for any medical situation that might arise during coaching.

ONLY PAYMENT IN ADVANCE SECURES A SPOT OR A BRIEF

This should be self-explanatory.

CONFIDENTIALITY CLAUSES

  1. All instruction and instruction material, and all Briefs, whether presented in a formal coaching session or in any other format by SDI, is the intellectual property of SDI, except if amended in accordance with the contract below.
  2. A student who receives SDI coaching or Briefs or both agrees to abide by a 72-month Confidentiality Clause, starting from January 1, 2018 and ending January 1, 2024.
  3. Except as amended in Item #4, a student who receives SDI assistance may not teach or in any way whatsoever share anything he observes via this coaching, whether as an independent contractor or employee of another organization or volunteer of another organization. This prohibition clause includes any and all techniques, information and knowledge that is taught in SDI coaching or Briefs. This ban on teaching and sharing extends through January 1, 2024.
  4. There are the following exceptions to the confidentiality clause (Item #3). He or she may only teach or share or both if (1) SDI certifies him or her to work in a future SDI program, (2) SDI grants him or her express written permission to teach or share in another (non-SDI) setting, including other partnering (including a partner or partners on a school forensics team), tutoring, schools, governments or businesses. (If SDI grants permission to share vis-à-vis a partner on a forensics team, then SDI retains the right to require the partner or partners to agree to these same Confidentiality Clauses.)
  5. If SDI grants written permission to a student to teach or share or both in a non-SDI setting what he observed via SDI coaching or Briefs, then SDI also has the option and right to require this student to pay an observation fee of $4000 or more. Furthermore, this student would only have the right to teach or share or both in a non-SDI setting after 48 hours had passed since SDI had received the confidentiality fee.
  6. SDI sells its Briefs to Schools, Groups and Individuals. Its Briefs are copyrighted and may not be circulated beyond the contracting School, Group or Individual without the express written permission of SDI. (Sometimes a solo homeschool family will purchase a Brief. SDI may advise them to find and may even help them find one or more other homeschool families that would be willing to enter into a “Group” for the purpose of using the same Brief.)
Terms And Conditions Of December 1, 2017
SPECIFICS

What follows are Terms and Conditions, dated December 1, 2017, for the six SDI Debate Team Services–High School Consulting, High School Briefs, Middle School Consulting, Middle School Briefs, Special Coaching and SDI League. Most of these terms and conditions are the same for all six services. Each of the six services also involves language particular to it. This service-particular language is found below in the following order:–

High School Boot Camp I
Start Of Boot Camp II
High School Boot Camp II
High School Briefs
Middle School Boot Camp I
Middle School Boot Camp II
Middle School Briefs
SDI Briefs And Our Pledge Bank
Season, Episodic and Surge Coaching
SDI Debate League

SAFETY FIRST

Very deliberate safety procedures are in place. SDI instructors are not permitted to coach unless they have undergone appropriate background checks; we ourselves have an internal review and safety training. Our staff are all adults, 18 years and up. Student attendance is frequently taken. Students remain in a group, under adult supervision, and are not permitted to wander. Alcoholic beverages and non-prescription drugs are prohibited during coaching. Anyone found in possession of prohibited items will be dismissed immediately and all tuition will be forfeited. There is no toleration of inappropriate behavior or what looks to be inappropriate behavior. The technology that we use (GoToMeeting and GoToTraining) gives us, the SDI staff, exclusive control of the video and audio. In the event that an instructor deems a student’s conduct or attire to be inappropriate, the student will be removed from participation at once. There is no pro-rated refund of that portion of the coaching that is subsequently missed. SDI reserves to itself the right to remove the student in question from future coaching, as well, and in the event of total removal, tuition and all camp payment will be forfeited to SDI.

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

Our Senior Instructor is without equal in the forensics community. And he interacts frequently with all the students that we coach. There are situations wherein he is the sole instructor. In other situations, he oversees several instructors and coaches too. One way or other, students receive a great deal of his time. Furthermore, he trains his assistants in advance of coaching.

THREE COACHING MODES

There are three coaching modes. It can be done exclusively remotely and ONLINE. It can take place ON SITE. It can entail a mixture—some ONLINE and some ON SITE.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP I

Those who have completed an SDI 2017 Summer Debate Camp have, in effect, completed the SDI Boot Camp. For everyone else, it is probably new.

Boot Camp I is devoted to technique and learning important skills toward becoming an expert in your own right. 4 to 8 debaters and 1 instructor participate. It divides into two blocs. The first bloc divides approximately equally between lecture and laboratory time. The lectures are typically pre-recorded. Our Senior Instructor delivers all the lectures. A lecture lasts about 30 minutes and is followed by a laboratory of about 30 minutes and back and forth lecture and laboratory alternate for most of the Camp.

The second bloc of Boot Camp I is abbreviated scrimmage and critique. The abbreviated scrimmage may take about half the amount of time that an official scrimmage takes. Example. High school Public Forum typically officially runs 34 minutes, including time outs. The Boot Camp abbreviated version runs about 18 minutes.

An instructor is present (online or on site) throughout the laboratory and scrimmage. The scrimmage “hour” may actually be longer than 60 minutes, at the instructor’s discretion.

Boot Camp I that is devoted to Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Congress or UN spans 7 hours. 3 hours are lecture; 3 hours are laboratory; and “1” hour is scrimmage and critique. The contents of the lectures and laboratories may be the same whether dealing with Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Congress or UN—or Policy. The scrimmage revolves around a resolution that is particular to either the PF, LD, Congress or UN Format, however.

Boot Camp I that is devoted to Policy spans 9 hours. 4 hours are lecture; 4 hours are laboratory; and “1” hour is scrimmage and critique. The extra hour of lecture and extra hour of laboratory is not found in Boot Camp I. The scrimmage revolves around a resolution that is particular to Policy.

Several days, typically about one week, are commonly devoted to Boot Camp I. It is highly recommended that a pause of half a day or longer is built in between the first bloc and second (final) block of Boot Camp. This pause should enable the competing teams enough time to research and prepare for the actual, abbreviated scrimmage. (The first bloc can be done in a single day or spread out over successive days or spread out over a longer period.)

One more word about the abbreviated scrimmage. If the Boot Camp is focused upon a 2 vs 2 debate format (eg PF), then the second bloc consists of a single scrimmage. If the Boot Camp is focused upon a 1 vs 1 format (Lincoln-Douglas), then, if there are 4 debaters in the Camp, there are 2 abbreviated scrimmages and 2 General Critiques.

START OF BOOT CAMP II

Boot Camp I is meant to stand alone. If your school wants to hold both Boot Camp I and II, we recommend that the Introduction to Boot Camp II take place toward the end of Boot Camp I, that is, that it take place right before the scrimmage of Boot Camp I.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP II

Boot Camp II is devoted to what SDI calls Strategic Knowledge. This camp enables debaters to maximize the information-side of the forensics experience. It improves competitiveness but also and more importantly greatly enhances what debaters learn about the world. It introduces debaters to the systematic exploration of relevant history, major competing social-science perspectives and major competing solutions to issues facing America today. It also enables the participants to hone their technique, especially technique learned in Boot Camp I.

Boot Camp II is best taken in conjunction with Boot Camp I or by those who have completed Boot Camp I.

Like Boot Camp I, Boot Camp II does not involve a great many, billable classroom hours. The time frames are not the same, however. Whereas Boot Camp I is meant to span about a week, Boot Camp II is meant to span about a month.

It is the custom on the forensics circuit to have a tournament every month or thereabouts during the academic season. Boot Camp II is designed to coincide, more or less, with one of these monthly cycles. Having said that, it is still better to start Boot Camp II in advance of a monthly cycle.

The first phase of Boot Camp II is the vital introduction to the public-policy conventional wisdom and non-conventional wisdom. This phase is the same regardless of the debate format in question—whether your debate team competes in PF, LD, Policy, Congress or UN. This divides into (1) two hours of pre-recorded lecture, care of our Senior Instructor, and (2) one hour of follow-up Seminar, including plenty of opportunity to ask questions, led by an SDI senior-level instructor. These first three hours do not focus upon a single debate resolution or topic. Instead, they address the forensic experience in general terms.

The second phase of Boot Camp II is the application of its first phase. For all supported debate formats except Policy, this second phase coincides precisely with a typical debate cycle and revolves around a specific debate resolution or topic. For Policy, this second phase coincides with a month in the season-long contest that involves the one debate resolution. Regardless of the format being supported, two billable hours are provided in the first week, one billable hour are provided in each of the next two weeks and two billable hours are provided in the fourth week or last few days preceding the monthly tournament.

HIGH SCHOOL BRIEFS

SDI High School Briefs cover Public Forum, Congress and Policy. There is this gathering of “inclusive” arguments via the mountaintop view of the social sciences, especially public policy, relevant history and the major competing perspectives and sources of information. They range over the conventional and non-conventional wisdoms.

They are best utilized in the aftermath of taking Boot Camps I and II. They are designed to stand alone, however.

What are the particulars of our Briefs? They are released every month in staggered fashion. The initial monthly release comes on the eleventh day of the month. (New PF debate resolutions always appear on the first of the month. The new annual Policy debate resolution always appears in the summer preceding the academic debate season.) There is a second monthly release that comes out on the 15th of the month.

The aforesaid initial release is SDI’s own set of arguments. The aforesaid second release is a dissection of typical monthly arguments that, by that time, are beginning to circulate on the forensics circuit. The initial release draws from the combination of conventional and non-conventional wisdoms. The second release examines what has presumably been drawn by others from the conventional wisdom only.

Each SDI Brief further subdivides as follows. The initial release contains (1) our Senior Instructor’s topical analysis and (2) arguments that are categorized by perspectives, sources and our own unique formula. The second release contains dissections and is organized not unlike the initial release. Our Senior Instructor oversees all the Briefs.

SDI Briefs come out six times a year. They appear in September, November, December, January, February and March.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOT CAMP I

Those who have completed an SDI 2017 Summer Debate Camp have, in effect, completed the SDI Boot Camp, and then some. For everyone else, the instruction is probably new.

SDI Middle School Boot Camp I involves the same structure—hours, lectures, laboratories and scrimmages—as the High School version. But the content is different, that is, suited to the younger audience.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOT CAMP II

SDI Middle School Boot Camp II involves the same structure—hours, lectures, laboratories and other assistance—as the High School version. But the content is different, that is, suited to the younger audience.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BRIEFS

SDI Middle School Briefs cover Public Forum, Congress and Policy. All the particulars of the High School Briefs apply to the Middle School Briefs, except that the latter are an order of magnitude less involved. In short, both are experience-level appropriate.

SDI BRIEFS AND OUR PLEDGE BANK

It is expensive to generate the SDI High School and Middle School Briefs. In order to launch the Briefs, we are making good use of what some call a “PLEDGE BANK.” Once a modicum of subscriptions for a Brief have been purchased, SDI will launch that Brief. Those who subscribe via our Pledge Bank will be kept informed as capital accumulates. The goal is to launch both Briefs at the start of the Fall 2018 Season. If a Brief launches a bit later, then that Brief will span the remaining months of the 2018-2019 academic season and the cost will be pro-rated (including the refund of the appropriate portion).

For the time being, those who subscribe to a Brief are, in effect, placing their payment in ESCROW.

SEASON, EPISODIC AND SURGE COACHING

SDI provides season-long, episodic and surge coaching. Surge coaching anticipates a tournament. Episodic coaching can be for any of a variety of purposes, whether assisting in technique or knowledge.

Our coaching can consist of any combination of Senior Instructor, Deputy-Senior Instructor(s) and Junior Instructor(s). Each instructor corresponds to a particular billable hour. The idea is to discuss options and come up with the very best fit for your needs.

SDI DEBATE LEAGUE

The SDI League provides the best of both worlds; it is integrated into the preexisting forensics circuit; on occasion, it utilizes its own debate resolutions or topics and even its own formats. The circuit tends to promote the conventional wisdom, including via its chosen resolutions, topics and formats. The SDI League enables its participants to explore more of the world, including via its more inclusive resolutions, topics and formats. Where formats are concerned, our League takes measure to encourage the use of not only secondary sources but also original sources.

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

Online Coaching takes place via GoToMeeting or GoToTraining split screen. (Links to sessions will be emailed to you; you do not need your own online account.) The instructor manages visibility. It is possible that debaters will scrimmage online or compete in tournaments online or both. One again, GoToMeeting is utilized.

Additional coaching and research support is provided via Google Documents.

PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN OBSERVATION

A parent or legal guardian is always welcome to observe an online or on-site session. They must possess the appropriate security clearance, however. SDI can provide such a clearance for about $35.

An observer may only use the very same screen that their student (son or daughter) is using, unless prior written permission has been obtained from SDI. Whether the observing parent or guardian is actually rendered visible on the GoToMeeting screen is at the discretion of the SDI staff. We ask that parents or guardians remain silent during session, unless SDI specifically asks them to contribute. The input of parents or guardians is welcome, offline, however.

Aside from the actual debaters, and that debater’s parent or legal guardian, no one else is permitted to observe a camp session in any form. SDI staff have the right to search, via internet camera, the room or space in which the session takes place.

ATTIRE

A modicum of dress up is encouraged during session. Dress shirt and tie for men, and dress-up blouse or dress for women, is encouraged.

PROPRIETARY RIGHTS AND LIMITATION OF RIGHTS

Instruction staff have the right to use electronic recording (audio or video) devices and to record the coaching sessions. All rights to such a recording that involve formal lecture (i.e., a SDI instructor or instructors addressing the students or taking and responding to questions) are exclusive to SDI. The portion of such a recording that features students in other settings, including debate, may only be used by SDI for promotional purposes, eg, on its website, unless a parent or guardian in question provides SDI with written permission. SDI reserves the right to use any and all electronic recordings of coaching for its own internal purposes, that is, coaching of its staff or private briefings of supporters or potential donors.

No other electronic recording of SDI coaching may be made without the prior written approval of SDI. It goes without saying that students that SDI coaches or any other third parties are prohibited from circulating a recording of SDI coaching in whole or part, nor may they sell a recording.

SDI may take photos of debaters during session and has the right to use them for promotional purposes.

Those students or others who participate in SDI coaching sessions may take hand-written notes. But he or she may not then use these notes to instruct someone else (other than a team partner) nor may they sell these notes to someone else. SDI reserves to itself the right to determine in advance who is an aforementioned team partner.

Testimonials from students and parents (or legal guardians) are welcomed. SDI has the right to publish such testimonials.

Full attribution (student’s first and last names) may not be published by SDI nor any other third-party without the written consent of the parent or legal guardian in question. SDI retains the option of publishing the student’s first name and the initial of the first letter of the last name. (Typically, SDI exercises this option when making attribution.)

CONTINGENCIES, INCLUDING REFUNDS, WAIT LIST

Statesman Debate Institute (SDI) intends to do everything it can to ensure safe, instructive and enjoyable coaching.

In the event that SDI has to cancel a coaching session or sessions–because of unforeseen circumstances or force majeure affecting the instruction staff or hosting or insufficient number of registered students—registration monies will be promptly returned.

A great deal of planning goes into our coaching. Regrettably, registration monies are non-refundable in all circumstances other than those already mentioned, unless an alternate is willing to take your place in a timely fashion as judged by SDI.

What does a “prompt” or “immediate” refund mean? A refund will be provided within 14 days of a cancellation by SDI.

CANCELLATION POLICY

All payments are nonrefundable, except for reasons specified in the above section. If, for some reason, a student who has been registered, cannot or does not want to attend coaching, and if written notice of cancellation is received within three weeks of the start of coaching, then full credit is available through June 1, 2019, and assuming coaching has availability through June 1, 2019. If written notice of cancellation is received less than three weeks before the start of the coaching in question, then the following schedule applies through June 1, 2019. 85% of full credit is available up to 10 days prior to the coaching that you registered for. 60% of full credit is available up to 5 days prior to the date of the camp that you registered for. Any remaining credit must be used by June 1, 2019. (If SDI coaching is not made available in the academic year 2018-19, then SDI retains 20% of the credit. Example, someone cancels more than 3 weeks before the start of coaching. SDI would retain 20% of full—100%–credit.)

CANCELLATION INSURANCE

Third parties, including www.aplusplans.com or www.insuremytrip.com, may enable you to insure all or part of your debate participation. Costs are affordable. If you want such insurance, make sure you acquire it before making camp payment.

HOW TO PREPARE

There may be or may not be homework assignments. Be sure to inquire about homework before the start of coaching.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Emergency numbers are exchanged. We request emergency contact information. We supply a way for you to reach us, too, in the event of an unforeseen mishap. And our emergency number is supplied several days before camp, thus eliminating the risk of an out of date number.

WAIVERS

SDI is not responsible for any damage or damages that may befall either a student that it coaches or an observer of a coaching session. This waiver includes the action or inaction of that student or parent or both, the action or inaction of another student or another student’s parent or both, the action or inaction of a third party (including GoToMeeting, GoToTraining. or other internet entity or party) and the action or inaction of SDI.

We, SDI, also assume no responsibility for any preexisting medical condition or for any medical situation that might arise during coaching.

ONLY PAYMENT IN ADVANCE SECURES A SPOT OR A BRIEF

This should be self-explanatory.

CONFIDENTIALITY CLAUSES

  1. All instruction and instruction material, and all Briefs, whether presented in a formal coaching session or in any other format by SDI, is the intellectual property of SDI, except if amended in accordance with the contract below.
  2. A student who receives SDI coaching or Briefs or both agrees to abide by a 72-month Confidentiality Clause, starting from January 1, 2018 and ending January 1, 2024.
  3. Except as amended in Item #4, a student who receives SDI assistance may not teach or in any way whatsoever share anything he observes via this coaching, whether as an independent contractor or employee of another organization or volunteer of another organization. This prohibition clause includes any and all techniques, information and knowledge that is taught in SDI coaching or Briefs. This ban on teaching and sharing extends through January 1, 2024.
  4. There are the following exceptions to the confidentiality clause (Item #3). He or she may only teach or share or both if (1) SDI certifies him or her to work in a future SDI program, (2) SDI grants him or her express written permission to teach or share in another (non-SDI) setting, including other partnering (including a partner or partners on a school forensics team), tutoring, schools, governments or businesses. (If SDI grants permission to share vis-à-vis a partner on a forensics team, then SDI retains the right to require the partner or partners to agree to these same Confidentiality Clauses.)
  5. If SDI grants written permission to a student to teach or share or both in a non-SDI setting what he observed via SDI coaching or Briefs, then SDI also has the option and right to require this student to pay an observation fee of $4000 or more. Furthermore, this student would only have the right to teach or share or both in a non-SDI setting after 48 hours had passed since SDI had received the confidentiality fee.
  6. SDI sells its Briefs to Schools, Groups and Individuals. Its Briefs are copyrighted and may not be circulated beyond the contracting School, Group or Individual without the express written permission of SDI. (Sometimes a solo homeschool family will purchase a Brief. SDI may advise them to find and may even help them find one or more other homeschool families that would be willing to enter into a “Group” for the purpose of using the same Brief.)
Terms And Conditions Of December 1, 2017
SPECIFICS

What follows are Terms and Conditions, dated December 1, 2017, for the six SDI Debate Team Services–High School Consulting, High School Briefs, Middle School Consulting, Middle School Briefs, Special Coaching and SDI League. Most of these terms and conditions are the same for all six services. Each of the six services also involves language particular to it. This service-particular language is found below in the following order:–

High School Boot Camp I
Start Of Boot Camp II
High School Boot Camp II
High School Briefs
Middle School Boot Camp I
Middle School Boot Camp II
Middle School Briefs
SDI Briefs And Our Pledge Bank
Season, Episodic and Surge Coaching
SDI Debate League

SAFETY FIRST

Very deliberate safety procedures are in place. SDI instructors are not permitted to coach unless they have undergone appropriate background checks; we ourselves have an internal review and safety training. Our staff are all adults, 18 years and up. Student attendance is frequently taken. Students remain in a group, under adult supervision, and are not permitted to wander. Alcoholic beverages and non-prescription drugs are prohibited during coaching. Anyone found in possession of prohibited items will be dismissed immediately and all tuition will be forfeited. There is no toleration of inappropriate behavior or what looks to be inappropriate behavior. The technology that we use (GoToMeeting and GoToTraining) gives us, the SDI staff, exclusive control of the video and audio. In the event that an instructor deems a student’s conduct or attire to be inappropriate, the student will be removed from participation at once. There is no pro-rated refund of that portion of the coaching that is subsequently missed. SDI reserves to itself the right to remove the student in question from future coaching, as well, and in the event of total removal, tuition and all camp payment will be forfeited to SDI.

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

Our Senior Instructor is without equal in the forensics community. And he interacts frequently with all the students that we coach. There are situations wherein he is the sole instructor. In other situations, he oversees several instructors and coaches too. One way or other, students receive a great deal of his time. Furthermore, he trains his assistants in advance of coaching.

THREE COACHING MODES

There are three coaching modes. It can be done exclusively remotely and ONLINE. It can take place ON SITE. It can entail a mixture—some ONLINE and some ON SITE.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP I

Those who have completed an SDI 2017 Summer Debate Camp have, in effect, completed the SDI Boot Camp. For everyone else, it is probably new.

Boot Camp I is devoted to technique and learning important skills toward becoming an expert in your own right. 4 to 8 debaters and 1 instructor participate. It divides into two blocs. The first bloc divides approximately equally between lecture and laboratory time. The lectures are typically pre-recorded. Our Senior Instructor delivers all the lectures. A lecture lasts about 30 minutes and is followed by a laboratory of about 30 minutes and back and forth lecture and laboratory alternate for most of the Camp.

The second bloc of Boot Camp I is abbreviated scrimmage and critique. The abbreviated scrimmage may take about half the amount of time that an official scrimmage takes. Example. High school Public Forum typically officially runs 34 minutes, including time outs. The Boot Camp abbreviated version runs about 18 minutes.

An instructor is present (online or on site) throughout the laboratory and scrimmage. The scrimmage “hour” may actually be longer than 60 minutes, at the instructor’s discretion.

Boot Camp I that is devoted to Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Congress or UN spans 7 hours. 3 hours are lecture; 3 hours are laboratory; and “1” hour is scrimmage and critique. The contents of the lectures and laboratories may be the same whether dealing with Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Congress or UN—or Policy. The scrimmage revolves around a resolution that is particular to either the PF, LD, Congress or UN Format, however.

Boot Camp I that is devoted to Policy spans 9 hours. 4 hours are lecture; 4 hours are laboratory; and “1” hour is scrimmage and critique. The extra hour of lecture and extra hour of laboratory is not found in Boot Camp I. The scrimmage revolves around a resolution that is particular to Policy.

Several days, typically about one week, are commonly devoted to Boot Camp I. It is highly recommended that a pause of half a day or longer is built in between the first bloc and second (final) block of Boot Camp. This pause should enable the competing teams enough time to research and prepare for the actual, abbreviated scrimmage. (The first bloc can be done in a single day or spread out over successive days or spread out over a longer period.)

One more word about the abbreviated scrimmage. If the Boot Camp is focused upon a 2 vs 2 debate format (eg PF), then the second bloc consists of a single scrimmage. If the Boot Camp is focused upon a 1 vs 1 format (Lincoln-Douglas), then, if there are 4 debaters in the Camp, there are 2 abbreviated scrimmages and 2 General Critiques.

START OF BOOT CAMP II

Boot Camp I is meant to stand alone. If your school wants to hold both Boot Camp I and II, we recommend that the Introduction to Boot Camp II take place toward the end of Boot Camp I, that is, that it take place right before the scrimmage of Boot Camp I.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP II

Boot Camp II is devoted to what SDI calls Strategic Knowledge. This camp enables debaters to maximize the information-side of the forensics experience. It improves competitiveness but also and more importantly greatly enhances what debaters learn about the world. It introduces debaters to the systematic exploration of relevant history, major competing social-science perspectives and major competing solutions to issues facing America today. It also enables the participants to hone their technique, especially technique learned in Boot Camp I.

Boot Camp II is best taken in conjunction with Boot Camp I or by those who have completed Boot Camp I.

Like Boot Camp I, Boot Camp II does not involve a great many, billable classroom hours. The time frames are not the same, however. Whereas Boot Camp I is meant to span about a week, Boot Camp II is meant to span about a month.

It is the custom on the forensics circuit to have a tournament every month or thereabouts during the academic season. Boot Camp II is designed to coincide, more or less, with one of these monthly cycles. Having said that, it is still better to start Boot Camp II in advance of a monthly cycle.

The first phase of Boot Camp II is the vital introduction to the public-policy conventional wisdom and non-conventional wisdom. This phase is the same regardless of the debate format in question—whether your debate team competes in PF, LD, Policy, Congress or UN. This divides into (1) two hours of pre-recorded lecture, care of our Senior Instructor, and (2) one hour of follow-up Seminar, including plenty of opportunity to ask questions, led by an SDI senior-level instructor. These first three hours do not focus upon a single debate resolution or topic. Instead, they address the forensic experience in general terms.

The second phase of Boot Camp II is the application of its first phase. For all supported debate formats except Policy, this second phase coincides precisely with a typical debate cycle and revolves around a specific debate resolution or topic. For Policy, this second phase coincides with a month in the season-long contest that involves the one debate resolution. Regardless of the format being supported, two billable hours are provided in the first week, one billable hour are provided in each of the next two weeks and two billable hours are provided in the fourth week or last few days preceding the monthly tournament.

HIGH SCHOOL BRIEFS

SDI High School Briefs cover Public Forum, Congress and Policy. There is this gathering of “inclusive” arguments via the mountaintop view of the social sciences, especially public policy, relevant history and the major competing perspectives and sources of information. They range over the conventional and non-conventional wisdoms.

They are best utilized in the aftermath of taking Boot Camps I and II. They are designed to stand alone, however.

What are the particulars of our Briefs? They are released every month in staggered fashion. The initial monthly release comes on the eleventh day of the month. (New PF debate resolutions always appear on the first of the month. The new annual Policy debate resolution always appears in the summer preceding the academic debate season.) There is a second monthly release that comes out on the 15th of the month.

The aforesaid initial release is SDI’s own set of arguments. The aforesaid second release is a dissection of typical monthly arguments that, by that time, are beginning to circulate on the forensics circuit. The initial release draws from the combination of conventional and non-conventional wisdoms. The second release examines what has presumably been drawn by others from the conventional wisdom only.

Each SDI Brief further subdivides as follows. The initial release contains (1) our Senior Instructor’s topical analysis and (2) arguments that are categorized by perspectives, sources and our own unique formula. The second release contains dissections and is organized not unlike the initial release. Our Senior Instructor oversees all the Briefs.

SDI Briefs come out six times a year. They appear in September, November, December, January, February and March.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOT CAMP I

Those who have completed an SDI 2017 Summer Debate Camp have, in effect, completed the SDI Boot Camp, and then some. For everyone else, the instruction is probably new.

SDI Middle School Boot Camp I involves the same structure—hours, lectures, laboratories and scrimmages—as the High School version. But the content is different, that is, suited to the younger audience.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOT CAMP II

SDI Middle School Boot Camp II involves the same structure—hours, lectures, laboratories and other assistance—as the High School version. But the content is different, that is, suited to the younger audience.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BRIEFS

SDI Middle School Briefs cover Public Forum, Congress and Policy. All the particulars of the High School Briefs apply to the Middle School Briefs, except that the latter are an order of magnitude less involved. In short, both are experience-level appropriate.

SDI BRIEFS AND OUR PLEDGE BANK

It is expensive to generate the SDI High School and Middle School Briefs. In order to launch the Briefs, we are making good use of what some call a “PLEDGE BANK.” Once a modicum of subscriptions for a Brief have been purchased, SDI will launch that Brief. Those who subscribe via our Pledge Bank will be kept informed as capital accumulates. The goal is to launch both Briefs at the start of the Fall 2018 Season. If a Brief launches a bit later, then that Brief will span the remaining months of the 2018-2019 academic season and the cost will be pro-rated (including the refund of the appropriate portion).

For the time being, those who subscribe to a Brief are, in effect, placing their payment in ESCROW.

SEASON, EPISODIC AND SURGE COACHING

SDI provides season-long, episodic and surge coaching. Surge coaching anticipates a tournament. Episodic coaching can be for any of a variety of purposes, whether assisting in technique or knowledge.

Our coaching can consist of any combination of Senior Instructor, Deputy-Senior Instructor(s) and Junior Instructor(s). Each instructor corresponds to a particular billable hour. The idea is to discuss options and come up with the very best fit for your needs.

SDI DEBATE LEAGUE

The SDI League provides the best of both worlds; it is integrated into the preexisting forensics circuit; on occasion, it utilizes its own debate resolutions or topics and even its own formats. The circuit tends to promote the conventional wisdom, including via its chosen resolutions, topics and formats. The SDI League enables its participants to explore more of the world, including via its more inclusive resolutions, topics and formats. Where formats are concerned, our League takes measure to encourage the use of not only secondary sources but also original sources.

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

Online Coaching takes place via GoToMeeting or GoToTraining split screen. (Links to sessions will be emailed to you; you do not need your own online account.) The instructor manages visibility. It is possible that debaters will scrimmage online or compete in tournaments online or both. One again, GoToMeeting is utilized.

Additional coaching and research support is provided via Google Documents.

PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN OBSERVATION

A parent or legal guardian is always welcome to observe an online or on-site session. They must possess the appropriate security clearance, however. SDI can provide such a clearance for about $35.

An observer may only use the very same screen that their student (son or daughter) is using, unless prior written permission has been obtained from SDI. Whether the observing parent or guardian is actually rendered visible on the GoToMeeting screen is at the discretion of the SDI staff. We ask that parents or guardians remain silent during session, unless SDI specifically asks them to contribute. The input of parents or guardians is welcome, offline, however.

Aside from the actual debaters, and that debater’s parent or legal guardian, no one else is permitted to observe a camp session in any form. SDI staff have the right to search, via internet camera, the room or space in which the session takes place.

ATTIRE

A modicum of dress up is encouraged during session. Dress shirt and tie for men, and dress-up blouse or dress for women, is encouraged.

PROPRIETARY RIGHTS AND LIMITATION OF RIGHTS

Instruction staff have the right to use electronic recording (audio or video) devices and to record the coaching sessions. All rights to such a recording that involve formal lecture (i.e., a SDI instructor or instructors addressing the students or taking and responding to questions) are exclusive to SDI. The portion of such a recording that features students in other settings, including debate, may only be used by SDI for promotional purposes, eg, on its website, unless a parent or guardian in question provides SDI with written permission. SDI reserves the right to use any and all electronic recordings of coaching for its own internal purposes, that is, coaching of its staff or private briefings of supporters or potential donors.

No other electronic recording of SDI coaching may be made without the prior written approval of SDI. It goes without saying that students that SDI coaches or any other third parties are prohibited from circulating a recording of SDI coaching in whole or part, nor may they sell a recording.

SDI may take photos of debaters during session and has the right to use them for promotional purposes.

Those students or others who participate in SDI coaching sessions may take hand-written notes. But he or she may not then use these notes to instruct someone else (other than a team partner) nor may they sell these notes to someone else. SDI reserves to itself the right to determine in advance who is an aforementioned team partner.

Testimonials from students and parents (or legal guardians) are welcomed. SDI has the right to publish such testimonials.

Full attribution (student’s first and last names) may not be published by SDI nor any other third-party without the written consent of the parent or legal guardian in question. SDI retains the option of publishing the student’s first name and the initial of the first letter of the last name. (Typically, SDI exercises this option when making attribution.)

CONTINGENCIES, INCLUDING REFUNDS, WAIT LIST

Statesman Debate Institute (SDI) intends to do everything it can to ensure safe, instructive and enjoyable coaching.

In the event that SDI has to cancel a coaching session or sessions–because of unforeseen circumstances or force majeure affecting the instruction staff or hosting or insufficient number of registered students—registration monies will be promptly returned.

A great deal of planning goes into our coaching. Regrettably, registration monies are non-refundable in all circumstances other than those already mentioned, unless an alternate is willing to take your place in a timely fashion as judged by SDI.

What does a “prompt” or “immediate” refund mean? A refund will be provided within 14 days of a cancellation by SDI.

CANCELLATION POLICY

All payments are nonrefundable, except for reasons specified in the above section. If, for some reason, a student who has been registered, cannot or does not want to attend coaching, and if written notice of cancellation is received within three weeks of the start of coaching, then full credit is available through June 1, 2019, and assuming coaching has availability through June 1, 2019. If written notice of cancellation is received less than three weeks before the start of the coaching in question, then the following schedule applies through June 1, 2019. 85% of full credit is available up to 10 days prior to the coaching that you registered for. 60% of full credit is available up to 5 days prior to the date of the camp that you registered for. Any remaining credit must be used by June 1, 2019. (If SDI coaching is not made available in the academic year 2018-19, then SDI retains 20% of the credit. Example, someone cancels more than 3 weeks before the start of coaching. SDI would retain 20% of full—100%–credit.)

CANCELLATION INSURANCE

Third parties, including www.aplusplans.com or www.insuremytrip.com, may enable you to insure all or part of your debate participation. Costs are affordable. If you want such insurance, make sure you acquire it before making camp payment.

HOW TO PREPARE

There may be or may not be homework assignments. Be sure to inquire about homework before the start of coaching.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Emergency numbers are exchanged. We request emergency contact information. We supply a way for you to reach us, too, in the event of an unforeseen mishap. And our emergency number is supplied several days before camp, thus eliminating the risk of an out of date number.

WAIVERS

SDI is not responsible for any damage or damages that may befall either a student that it coaches or an observer of a coaching session. This waiver includes the action or inaction of that student or parent or both, the action or inaction of another student or another student’s parent or both, the action or inaction of a third party (including GoToMeeting, GoToTraining. or other internet entity or party) and the action or inaction of SDI.

We, SDI, also assume no responsibility for any preexisting medical condition or for any medical situation that might arise during coaching.

ONLY PAYMENT IN ADVANCE SECURES A SPOT OR A BRIEF

This should be self-explanatory.

CONFIDENTIALITY CLAUSES

  1. All instruction and instruction material, and all Briefs, whether presented in a formal coaching session or in any other format by SDI, is the intellectual property of SDI, except if amended in accordance with the contract below.
  2. A student who receives SDI coaching or Briefs or both agrees to abide by a 72-month Confidentiality Clause, starting from January 1, 2018 and ending January 1, 2024.
  3. Except as amended in Item #4, a student who receives SDI assistance may not teach or in any way whatsoever share anything he observes via this coaching, whether as an independent contractor or employee of another organization or volunteer of another organization. This prohibition clause includes any and all techniques, information and knowledge that is taught in SDI coaching or Briefs. This ban on teaching and sharing extends through January 1, 2024.
  4. There are the following exceptions to the confidentiality clause (Item #3). He or she may only teach or share or both if (1) SDI certifies him or her to work in a future SDI program, (2) SDI grants him or her express written permission to teach or share in another (non-SDI) setting, including other partnering (including a partner or partners on a school forensics team), tutoring, schools, governments or businesses. (If SDI grants permission to share vis-à-vis a partner on a forensics team, then SDI retains the right to require the partner or partners to agree to these same Confidentiality Clauses.)
  5. If SDI grants written permission to a student to teach or share or both in a non-SDI setting what he observed via SDI coaching or Briefs, then SDI also has the option and right to require this student to pay an observation fee of $4000 or more. Furthermore, this student would only have the right to teach or share or both in a non-SDI setting after 48 hours had passed since SDI had received the confidentiality fee.
  6. SDI sells its Briefs to Schools, Groups and Individuals. Its Briefs are copyrighted and may not be circulated beyond the contracting School, Group or Individual without the express written permission of SDI. (Sometimes a solo homeschool family will purchase a Brief. SDI may advise them to find and may even help them find one or more other homeschool families that would be willing to enter into a “Group” for the purpose of using the same Brief.)