In policy debate, "topicality" helps keep the debate within the boundaries of the resolution. In this camp session, "Coach Vance" Trefethen explains what topicality is, how it is used, and how to impact it in a debate round.
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Coach Vance debated in National Forensic League debate while in high school from 1979-1982. In college, he judged at high school NFL tournaments in North Carolina. A homeschooling dad himself, he realized the growing potential and benefit of homeschool debate and switched over to coaching homeschoolers a couple years later. In 2001, he helped Chris Jeub with bringing The Blue Book to a more advanced level. He has been co-authoring Blue Book ever since.