Hurricane Debate Institute

Summer Speech and Debate Camps
University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

June 10 - June 28, 2013

Questions? Please call 305-281-2705 or email

The University of Miami Debate Team invites Middle School and High School students of all experience levels to participate in the 21st Hurricane Debate Institute offering instruction and practice in: Middle School Speech and Argument Skills, High School Speech and Argument Skills, Public Forum, Policy Debate, Student Congress, and Lincoln-Douglas.

Institute Philosophy

We believe that no other educational activity is as rewarding as participation in debate. Debate and competitive speaking are fun and exciting. Debaters learn best by debating. Speakers learn best by speaking. We work to create a comfortable environment where students can learn by doing, with the guidance of caring and experienced instructors. Our focus at the UM camp is to engage personal development of logic, research abilities and independence that will create an effective debater and public speaker that can effectively communicate in any given situation.



Cale Halley

Cale Halley is currently an assistant coach at the University of Miami and is pursuing his Master's Degree. He is also the Head Coach at Ransom Everglades, an extremely nationally competitive debate team. Cale competed in Lincoln Douglas debate and Public Forum while in high school, before continuing to do three years of Policy debate at the University of Oklahoma. Cale also coached multiple high school teams in all formats.

Leandra Lopez

Leandra Lopez is a policy debater at the University of Miami. As debater in college, Leandra has reached multiple elimination rounds including Octofinals at the American Debate Association tournament, Naval Academy tournament and the West Point tournament in varsity, as well as Semifinals in the American Debate Association National Championship in JV. Leandra also coaches for Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, the only all-girls nationally competitive policy debate team in the country. Leandra has worked at debate institutes for the last two summers; institutes include the Capitol Classic and the HDI. She has taught public speaking and public forum. Leandra also competed in Congress debate at the Fairchild Challenge as a high school debater.

Randall Martinez

Randall Martinez is currently attending graduate school, and is the debate coach at Lake Mary Preparatory. Randall coached successful LD programs for the last 8 years at Christopher Columbus, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy and Celebration High School. Within those years, Randall has coached multiple students to finals at the University of Florida, Harvard, FFL State tournament, and late elimination rounds at the Glenbrooks and the New York City invitational. Randall has also qualified students year after year to the FFL State Championship, CFL Nationals, NFL Nationals and the prestigious Tournament of Champions. Randall graduated with his B.S. from the University of Central Florida.

Lauren Sisak

Lauren Sisak is a policy debater Wake Forest University. This past year, she debated in elimination rounds at the Liberty tournament. In high school, Lauren debated all four years at Carrollton school of the Sacred Heart, reaching multiple elimination rounds at national level tournaments and receiving a bid to the Tournament of Champions. She also competed in the Fairchild Challenge in Student Congress.

David Steinberg

Professor Steinberg is the Director of Debate for the award-winning UM Debate Team since 1990 and faculty advisor for Delta Sigma Rho - Tau Kappa Alpha National Honorary Society. Involved in competitive debate since 1971, Steinberg has coached debate at Middle Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee, Penn State University, George Mason University, and Towson State University. He is a past President of the Cross Examination Debate Association and co-author of the best-selling textbook Argumentation and Debate: Critical Thinking for Reasoned Decision Making, now in its 12th Edition. Steinberg has taught public speaking to university students as well as corporate managers for 30 years, and has been a cub scout den leader and YMCA sports coach.

Patrick Waldinger

Patrick Waldinger is currently the Debate Coach at Boston College. Patrick attended high school at Cathedral Prep, where he debated and twice broke at NFL Nationals. Patrick went on to debate in college at Catholic University, earning many accomplishments including winning the 2003 American Debate Association National Championship and qualifying twice for the National Debate tournament. Before coaching at Boston College, Patrick attended graduate school at Wake Forest where he was an assistant coach and helped his teams reach late elimination rounds at the NDT. Patrick has eight years of experience teaching at debate institutes, including the Capitol Classic, Wake Debate Workshop and the SDI at Michigan State. Patrick is a professor at Boston College in Communication Department. He also taught Public Forum at the HDI last summer.

Dates and Tuition

Week 1- June 10- June 14
Week 2- June 17- June 21
Week 3- June 24- June 28

Times- 9:00am to 5:00pm

Tuition depends on the specific program the student is participating in. Click on the hyperlinks above to access information about tuition.

Aftercare will be available from 5:00pm-6:00pm for $50 per week.

Students Will Receive

Packet of instructional materials including evidence, cases, and negative briefs as well as debate theory and "how to debate" manual

Written assessments of skills and improvement

HDI T-Shirt

Certificates of successful institute completion

Lunch and snacks daily

Application, Deposit and Deadline

Please complete the following application along with a non-refundable $200. If there are issues with meeting this deadline, please email or call Leandra Lopez at 305-281-2705.

Balance will be due on the first day of camp. The deposit will be deducted from the balance due.


Applications can be emailed to They may be faxed to 305-284-5216. The mailing address is also available below.

Deposits - Please write all checks to: UM Debate. We also accept all major credit cards by phone or in person, please contact Leandra Lopez at 305-281-2705.

Mail applications and deposits to:

David L. Steinberg
Box 248127, University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL 33124