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Unmatched Excellence


We provide high-quality products for the high school debate community. Coaches and students nationwide have trusted Victory Briefs for 25 years. That's why thousands of students have attended the Victory Briefs Institute, and why our briefs are written and used by champions.

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Unmatched Excellence


We provide high-quality products for the high school debate community. Coaches and students nationwide have trusted Victory Briefs for 25 years. That's why thousands of students have attended the Victory Briefs Institute, and why our briefs are written and used by champions.

Store

The Victory Briefs Store provides topic analyses (including high-quality evidence), textbooks, and files for Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum.

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News & Opinion

Briefly is the go-to source for what's happening in the debate community. Briefly is the place to find tournament results, opinion and advice pieces by the brightest debate minds, and much more. 

Summer Institute

The Victory Briefs Institute is the nation's most successful camp for Lincoln-Douglas debate. Since 2001, over 5000 students have attended VBI. Our alumni have amassed success on a level no other summer program can touch. 

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Store


The Victory Briefs Store provides topic analyses (including high-quality evidence), textbooks, and files in Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum

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Store


The Victory Briefs Store provides topic analyses (including high-quality evidence), textbooks, and files in Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum

New briefs for the September/October 2014 LD and PF topics have been released! 

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Victory Briefs Institute


The Victory Briefs Institute (VBI) is the nation's largest and most successful camp for Lincoln-Douglas debaters. Since 2001, over 5000 students have attended VBI. Our alumni have won every major national championship multiple times. In fact, every debater who finished as a quarterfinalist or higher at last year's Tournament of Champions attended VBI as a student.

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Victory Briefs Institute


The Victory Briefs Institute (VBI) is the nation's largest and most successful camp for Lincoln-Douglas debaters. Since 2001, over 5000 students have attended VBI. Our alumni have won every major national championship multiple times. In fact, every debater who finished as a quarterfinalist or higher at last year's Tournament of Champions attended VBI as a student.

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Destination Debate

Last year, VBI served nearly 400 students—by far the most of any LD institute in the country. 

It's no secret why debaters flock to VBI: our commitment to provide the highest-quality and most individually-tailored curriculum to all students. Regardless of your competitive aspirations or level of experience, there's a place for you at VBI - that's why so many debaters attend VBI two, three, and even four times during their LD careers. Come join us. 

Stay Tuned for 2015 VBI Locations & Dates!

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Introducing - Briefly


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Introducing - Briefly


Briefly (vbriefly.com) is the go-to source for what's happening in the debate community.

News: Briefly provides live updates and results, announcements, invitations, field reports, and more from every major tournament in the country.

Opinion:  Briefly will frequent feature articles from the most influential and talented coaches in the country; on topics ranging from the the latest controversies to practical advice for debaters.  

If you would like to submit an article to Briefly, you can do so here.

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Team


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Team


Chris Theis and Jake Nebel, co-owners of Victory Briefs, are arguably the most successful Lincoln-Douglas debaters of all time. Their championship titles include the Tournament of Champions (twice), the Greenhill Round Robin (twice), the Greenhill Invitational (twice), the St. Mark's Heart of Texas Invitational (twice), the Iowa Round Robin (twice), the Glenbrooks Invitational (twice), the Emory Invitational (twice), the Montgomery Bell Academy Round Robin and Demonstration Debate (twice), Harvard, the New York City Invitational, the Bronx Round Robin, the Blake Tournament, the Victory Briefs Round Robin, and the Florida State Tournament. 

Chris and Jake debate the 2009 MBA Demo Round.

Chris and Jake debate the 2009 MBA Demo Round.

The Nebel/Tarsney/Theis lab (2012)

The Nebel/Tarsney/Theis lab (2012)

They have passed their recipes for unprecedented success onto their students in Minnesota, California, Florida, and Texas. Chris's and Jake's students have won the Tournament of Champions, the NDCA National Championship, the Dukes & Bailey Cup, the Glenbrooks, Harvard, the Harvard Round Robin, the New York City Invitational, Emory (three times), the Texas State Tournament, the Hockaday Invitational, the Colleyville Invitational, the Newark Round Robin, the Kandi King Round Robin, the Minneapple, the Greenhill Invitational, the Greenhill Round Robin, the Loyola Invitational, and the Damus Hollywood Invitational. 

Chris and Jake both attended VBI as students and have served VBI as instructors and curriculum directors. Their lab students have won two NFL/NSDA National Championships, three TOC Championships, and nearly every other major tournament. They have taught over 52 weeks of summer debate camp. 

 

Mike Bietz

Mike Bietz

Jake and Chris are advised by Mike Bietz, the director of the Harvard-Westlake School Debate Team in Los Angeles. Mike is the only Lincoln-Douglas coach in history to have students win both the Tournament of Champions and NFL/NSDA Nationals in the same season. He is one of only 3 coaches to ever coach two NFL/NSDA National Champions and one of only 2 to do it at two different schools. In addition, he has coached 2 NFL/NSDA Semifinalists, 2 TOC Semifinalists, and 2 NDCA Semifinalists. 

Mr. Bietz is a trusted leader in the debate community. He has directed VBI for over 12 years. He is a former President of the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA), a long-time member of the Tournament of Champions (TOC) Advisory Committee, and a winner of the Blake School Tournament Coach of the Year award, the Bronx High School of Science Coaching Award, and the Minnesota State High School League Debate Coach of the Year award.