I jotted these thoughts down last year after the CFL and NFL National tournaments to offer some pointers to the LD circuit crew on both of these tournaments this year. That's the group focusing on the "national circuit", the collection of tournaments where the competitors earn bids to the coveted springtime Tournament of Champions (TOC) in Lexington. There are probably several hundred kids that would call themselves circuit debaters. Circuit debate is at one end of the debate spectrum. I guess the term "style" might be the best description of the spectrum, but I'm not sure that's a perfect fit. The other end is usually called "traditional" debate. You'll have to indulge me as I toss the entire LD debate world into one of these two bins.