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SDS 2022-23 Tryout Information now available!

Interested in Joining SDS? Tryouts information is now available here!

If you're curious to learn more about debate and SDS, come to our demo debate on Tuesday October 4th at 5:30 @ Meyer Green or feel free to get in touch with Karen Cho at

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Thanks for your interest in joining the Stanford Debate Society's traveling team!  

SDS holds tryouts to join the competitive traveling team once annually at the beginning of each academic year which take place at the end of fall quarter week 1/2, immediately after the activity fair.  Our next tryouts will take place in Week 2 of Fall Quarter (week commencing October 3rd) for the 2022-23 travel team. 

Come meet with SDS!

Tryouts for the SDS travelling team will commence in Week 2 of Fall Quarter! If you are curious about what debate is like or interested in joining SDS, please take a look our schedule of events to come chat to us and find out more information about the team below!

SDS Public Debate and Showcase | Tuesday October 4th 5:30 - 7:30pm @ Meyer Green Lawn

SDS Table at the Fall Activities Fair | Friday October 7th 4:00 - 7:00pm @ White Plaza 

Tryouts Information 2022-23

SDS tryouts are designed to assess your potential to debate regardless of your experience through a simple three step process. 

Step 1: Background/info sheet, complete on your own before step 2: You will fill out an info sheet asking you about various things about yourself, why you want to debate, and your debate experience to date.

Step 2: Written tryout, you sign up in advance for one of several sessions.You'll get two topics you could debate about, and you'll be asked to write arguments for and against both of the topics. There is also a quick multiple-choice section to help us understand how you think about arguments. SDS will be holding written tryouts sessions at these times: 

Session 1: Wednesday October 5th, 6:30-8pm on Zoom 

Session 2: Thursday October 6th, 6:30-8pm @ Building 200-034

Session 3: Friday October 7th , 6:30 - 8pm @ Building 200-034

Step 3: *If invited (based on part 2 results)  In-person oral tryout, you sign up for a time-slot in advance: We'll give you an outline you can imagine summarizes an opponent's speech, and you'll have 5 minutes to prepare a 5-minute speech in response, which you'll then give in front of the selection committee. 

Oral tryouts will take place throughout the day on Saturday October 8th, and Sunday October 9th @ Building 300-300

If you have questions about tryouts or about the team, please take a look at our FAQs about tryouts below

Tryout FAQs 

Please check out the about section of the website for information about SDS, our community and life as a part of the travelling team! 

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