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The Debate League for New York City

With debate practices everyday, debate tournaments every weekend, summer debate institutes from the first day of summer to the last day of summer, and community debate leagues throughout New York City including the Bronx Debate League, Brooklyn Debate League, Manhattan Debate League, Queens Debate LeagueHarlem Debate League, and the Girls Debate League – we are the largest and most successful citywide debate league in the nation. The New York City Middle School Debate League is the largest middle school debate league in the nation. The New York City High School Debate League is one of the most successful debate leagues in the nation.  The New York City Elementary School Debate League is the first debate league of its kind in the nation. 


About Us

Our Mission: Every school should have a debate team. Every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities for college, career, and civic success.

The New York City Urban Debate League prepares students in the United States' largest school system to develop college, career, civic, and 21st century learning skills through academic debate.

The Latest New York City Debate News!

Featuring the Bronx Debate League, Brooklyn Debate League, Manhattan Debate League, Harlem Debate League, Queens Debate League, Girls Debate League and more!  Learn all the recent news about New York City’s middle school and high school debate leagues!

Bronx Debate Championships Coming Up!

The Bronx Debate Championships Saturday, April 16th – Preliminary Rounds (PS/MS 15) Monday, April 19th – Final Rounds (Bronx Defenders) Thank you to PS/MS 15 School for Environmental Studies and Coach Ms. Weems for hosting the 2016 Bronx Debate... read more

Harlem After School Debate League Series Kicks Off!

Attention all schools in Harlem! The Harlem Debate League kicks off the first after school tournament series on February 24th with a Demo Debate at A. Philip Randolph Campus HS!  The tournament is a series of debate matches over the next several months on Thursdays... read more


If you missed our newsletter, check out these summer debate institute opportunities!  All NYCUDL debate institutes are free!  Girls Debate League members are also eligible for free summer debate scholarships at the Women’s Debate Institute, Bella Azbug... read more

Brooklyn Borough Champions!

On Thursday, April 21st we celebrated with the first Brooklyn Championships at Borough Hall! Congratulations to all participating teams. Thank you to Debra Newman, coach, teacher and former lawyer for making this event possible!  Congratulations to our semifinalists... read more


  The NYCUDL was honored to attend this week’s Democratic primary debate at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard! The 9th debate saw Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, both with significant ties to New York, sound off on guns, Wall Street, minimum wage, carbon... read more

Manhattan Borough Championships Results!

Thank you to Manhattan schools for participating in the first Manhattan borough championships tournament! Shout outs to the following schools: Anderson School, Hunter, Yorkville East, Equity Project, Bard High School, Birch Waten Lenox School, School for Global... read more

Manhattan Debate Championships Coming Up!

The Manhattan Debate Championships Saturday, April 23rd – Preliminary Rounds (NEST+M) TBA – Final Rounds Manhattan Thank you to NEST+M and Coach and Alumni, Danite Arefaine, for hosting the 2016 Manhattan Debate Championships! Huge congratulations to... read more

Verizon and AOL Debate Invitational!

Verizon/AOL Debate Invitational!   Wednesday, March 30th A huge thank you to Verizon and AOL for hosting a wonderful Debate Invitational Tournament! In addition to the demo debate, students were treated to a tour of the AOL offices and Huffington Post Live... read more

Queens Debate Championships Coming Up!

The Queens Debate Championships Saturday, April 16th – Preliminary Rounds (Hunter’s Point MS) TBA – Semifinals & Final Rounds (Queens Borough President Office) Queens Thank you to Hunters Point Community Middle School, and Coaches Bart... read more

Queens Debate League Featured in the News!

MS 202, Robert Goddard School’s Debate Team featured in the Queens Chronicle. MS 202 tied for 1st Place at our March 5th tournament in the Bronx featuring over 30 schools and 300 students! Congrats to MS 202 and congrats to all 300+ debaters! Article Link... read more

Queens Debate League Makes History!

Queens Debate League Makes History in Far Rockaway! → JANUARY 23, 2016 Our debate tournament and the KAPPA VI Eagles were profiled in the January 22nd issue of The Rockawave!  Click here for the full article!  We’re excited to see debate participation and access... read more

Welcome to the world of debate! The most rigorous academic program since Ancient Greece! We offer programs for all students, all year.

We work with students in elementary through high school, during the school year and the summer.

All we do is win.

At tournaments, our students don’t just beat the competition. They gain valuable experience that makes them better scholars, professionals and civic leaders.


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Whether you're a debater, alum, coach, judge, teacher, principal or family member, we have resources to help you make the most of the League.

We're in the news.

In national and local outlets, on the airwaves, in print and on the Web, the word is out: NYCUDL is making an impact on students’ lives, and helping students make an impact on the world around them.