Oh- and also respect your debate coach. They take time out of their weekends, away from their families, so you can compete. Sometimes they aren’t even paid (as was the case with my coach). You might not like your coach, you might disagree with them, but coaches make just as much as a sacrifice as you do, so respect them.
don’t keep them up until 2 in the morning the night before the tournament because you didn’t do any prep and then be a dick when they tell you that you’ve made terrible life decisions because they have to go to bed because they have to be up in two hours to drive halfway across Los Angeles county where they will work a 14 hour day (no overtime) probably judging shitty rounds (uncompensated) and then despite coming back with a pile of trophies, they get chastised because they didn’t take enough pictures mainly because they’re a debate coach not a fucking photographer and whenever try to do so, you fuckers think it’s funny to flip off the camera or cover your faces.
not talking about personal experience or anything