Okay, I tried not to coach a team this year but it didn't quite work out that way, and really I'm glad it didn't! We have a few others who have joined us for some training, discussions, start/stops, and coaching feedback off and on, but it's very "low key" this year.
Here are the kids at our first tournament of the year. We have a Skype member (and his siblings by default), as well as two local friends and my own girls. The Michiana Christian Speech and Debate team had a great time at the WI national open and our family went on to also compete at the KY qualifier. We're busy preparing for several more tournaments this year.
Speech and Debate is a worthwhile effort on your own but with a team it takes on added dimension. You know the verse, "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up." Ecc. 4:9-10 It's true.
Friends (and team members) can...
*help you create your case
*find the flaws in your case
*help you create voices and gestures for your interpretations
*discuss ideas for cases and speeches with you
*and really JUST PLAIN OLD ENCOURAGE YOU and "lift you up", it's true!
Plus the fact that when you have a team there are more people to cheer for and support when they do well in their events. Oh, and more people to play games with in between rounds!
Same is true in life. Who is on your team? Who is there to lift you up? Guess what? When you invest in others they tend to invest in you. Need a friend? Be a friend?
Just another one of the many reasons to get your kids involved in Speech and Debate! Check out ncfca.org (the league we compete in) for more information and to connect to someone in your area.