Is previous debating experience required to join the team?
No. If you have not debated previously, we can train you. With just a few practice sessions, you can jump right into a public debate on a topic of interest. If you want to compete against other schools, you can learn the basics of policy debate and participate in the novice division at intercollegiate tournaments. Debaters with high school experience may find the transition to college debate easier to navigate, but many of our most successful competitors come to Pittsburgh from small schools without policy debate programs.