What better way to hone communication skills than to participate in debate competitions? As part of the debate team, you will learn to support your viewpoints and spot fallacies in argument — useful skills in a wide range of careers and situations.

Through the years, Ball State’s debate team has become one of the most competitive teams in the region and the nation. The team sponsors speaker forums and audience debates as well as visits from international debate teams. The Ball State debate program competes in the National Educational Debate Association (NEDA).

I can’t imagine my life without [the Ball State Debate Team]. We work together, but we play together too… Some of the people I’ve met on this team will be my friends forever.

Carrie McMurray, ‘10
NEDA All American Debater

Want to Join?

Contact the director of debate, Mike Bauer, for more information on how to be involved with the debate team.

Contact Director

Meet the Current Team

2017 Debate Team

In March 2017, the Ball State Debate Team won the National Educational Association National Championship – the ninth time Ball State has walked away with the award in the last ten years. The first place award was just one of 17 that went to the team during this competition. 

Debate has given me a lot of direction in what I want to do with the rest of my life. It allowed me to express myself in a way I didn’t know that I could. As I prepare for grad school, debate has opened up a lot of doors that I didn’t even know were there. When it all comes down to it, debate changed my life.

Lindsey Dixon, ‘10
NEDA All American Debater

Recent Debate team awards

Award

Year

National Champion Team Sweepstakes, National Educational Debate Association

2016

1st Place, Indiana State Debate Tournament

2016

National Champion Team Sweepstakes, National Educational Debate Association

2015

2015

2nd Place, Indiana State Debate Tournament

National Champion Team Sweepstakes, National Educational Debate Association

2014

2013

Second Place Team Sweepstakes, National Educational Debate Association

National Champion Team Sweepstakes, National Educational Debate Association

2012

2011

National Champion Team Sweepstakes, National Educational Debate Association

2010

National Champion Team Sweepstakes, National Educational Debate Association
I've enjoyed the chance to represent my teammates and my school, sort of like an athlete. As a debater, I had to work on keeping my thoughts short and concise, making my thoughts relate to an audience of average people, and showing that audience why they should care about what I'm saying… debating has helped me to sharpen the skills I'll need for the career I hope to have.

R.J. Crace, '10
NEDA All American Debater