Workshop Main Events

Desert Ridge Academy
October 7, 2023
9am - 2pm

Topic: A hotdog is a sandwich

Workshop Sessions

There are workshop sessions for new debaters and returning debaters. They include an introduction to debate, debate strategies, the speaker rubric, debate basics, and more.

Coaches Training

We have a boat load of new debate materials and resources to share with new and experienced coaches.

Judges Training

Ever wonder what it felt like to become an esteemed judge? Well anyone who is 18+ can go through training and rein verdicts upon middle and high school debaters. Every school is required to bring at least one judge per 1-2 debate teams they have at a tournament.

Judges Training

We need judges to run our events and tournaments. In fact, every school is required to bring at least one certified judge for every two debate teams that sign up. You don’t need to have any experience with debate, just an open heart and willingness to learn. 

An in person judges training will take place at the workshop otherwise, volunteers can register online and can soon take an online judges training course. However, we suggest doing both if you have the time! You’ll become a rockstar judge before you even realize it. 

Workshop Flyer

Download our event flyer. You must be registered with NGD to view. 


We need volunteers to help run the snack bar, help setup, and take everything back down again at the end of the event. If you are able to lend a hand please register yourself as a volunteer and let us know how you can help! 

Workshop Schedule

This schedule will show you everything happening at the Workshop and when it is happening. It will be available the Monday before the event. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! We all start somewhere. We welcome all levels of practice so you’ll feel right at home in our community.

It is important that we have adequate information such as emergency contacts, health concerns, and more so that we can help keep everyone safe at our events. Legal affidavits are agreed to during the registration process and we intend to better our program by tracking every debaters progress. Registration is not required prior to attending the workshop this year (2022)

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit  that is funded by local grants and micro donations. We do not charge for debate opportunities as long as we can afford too. 

There is no debate when it comes to our health and safety. In the case of a local outbreak, our events will likely be held virtually. 

Normally, yes! As long as CDC permits. We ask that everyone in attendance act and dress respectfully. Check out the event schedule and arrive on time; audience members may not be allowed in once the debate starts. 

NGD is fueled by volunteers so yes! There are lots of ways to volunteer and many that do not require any knowledge of debate. Sign up as a volunteer or reach out for more info.