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!

New York City’s First Debate Educators Conference!

Thank you to over 50 debate educators joining us for the inaugural Debate Con! New York City’s first debate educators conference! Thank you to Aubrey Semple, Militza Diaz, Meagan Kowaleski, Eric DiMichele, Andrew Dale White Geathers, and Katie Vitale for... read more

MSQI Debate Championships!

We shout out the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) Championships! Click here for Tournament Photo Album!  Thank you to the Highbridge Green School for hosting!  The Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) is the New York City Department of... read more

Celebrating our Bronx Borough Champions!

This weekend for the first time the Boroughs of the Bronx and Queens hosted their Championship Debate Tournaments. Thank you to all schools and students for participating in this historical event! Thank you to New York State Senator Rivera for presenting at the Bronx... read more

Congratulations to Sekou Cisse!

Congratulations to Success Academy High School Debater Sekou Cisse. Sekou reached the final rounds of the Byram High School Debate Invitational yesterday and the Round Robin! Sekou was Top Speaker of the Round Robin (only top teams are invited), UNDEFEATED in... read more

Harlem Debate Coach Featured in the Daily News!

Congratulations to Success Academy Harlem East math teacher, debate coach, & 2016 Excellence Award winner, Jun Yoon. As the Harlem East debate coach, he led scholars to first place in NYCUDL’s fourth tournament of 2016, a tie for second place at the NYCUDL... read more

New York City’s First Debate Educators Conference!

Thank you to over 50 debate educators joining us for the inaugural Debate Con! New York City’s first debate educators conference! Thank you to Aubrey Semple, Militza Diaz, Meagan Kowaleski, Eric DiMichele, Andrew Dale White Geathers, and Katie Vitale for... read more

New York City’s First Debate Educators Conference!

Thank you to over 50 debate educators joining us for the inaugural Debate Con! New York City’s first debate educators conference! Thank you to Aubrey Semple, Militza Diaz, Meagan Kowaleski, Eric DiMichele, Andrew Dale White Geathers, and Katie Vitale for... read more

Girls Debate Tournament Results!

Congratulations to all the participants of our Spring Girls Debate Tournament! Thank you to the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute and Silberman Graduate School. Thank you to all our incredible speakers and workshops! The topic was on Title IX and the day featured... read more

Why Debate

Principal Testimonials “When you think about a great high school experience, you think about a student competing on a debate team, or a robotics team, or in a Google science fair context, while having a great course of study. Those things exist in our society... read more

Elementary School Tournament Results!

Thank you so much to Erin Jacques, Tyler Beattie, PS 11, and Alain Beugoms for making this tournament possible! The topic for the tournament was “This House would implement year-round school.” Thank you everyone for an incredible day and we cannot wait to... read more

Congratulations to Sekou Cisse!

Congratulations to Success Academy High School Debater Sekou Cisse. Sekou reached the final rounds of the Byram High School Debate Invitational yesterday and the Round Robin! Sekou was Top Speaker of the Round Robin (only top teams are invited), UNDEFEATED in... read more

Morgan and Lewis Debate Invitational!

Thank you to Morgan & Lewis for hosting the Harlem Debate Championships! Congratulations to all participants and winners! Shout outs to PS 161, Columbia Secondary, Tyler Beattie and Ari Selman for making everything possible! Click here for Facebook Tournament... read more

New York City’s First Debate Educators Conference!

Thank you to over 50 debate educators joining us for the inaugural Debate Con! New York City’s first debate educators conference! Thank you to Aubrey Semple, Militza Diaz, Meagan Kowaleski, Eric DiMichele, Andrew Dale White Geathers, and Katie Vitale for... read more

New York City’s First Debate Educators Conference!

Thank you to over 50 debate educators joining us for the inaugural Debate Con! New York City’s first debate educators conference! Thank you to Aubrey Semple, Militza Diaz, Meagan Kowaleski, Eric DiMichele, Andrew Dale White Geathers, and Katie Vitale for... 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.

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