THE NEW YORK CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL DEBATE LEAGUE

 

The New York City Middle School Debate League is the largest middle school debate league in the nation.  We have also built several other local and regional parliamentary debate leagues. We offer nearly every debate format including public forum debate, parliamentary debate, policy debate and public speaking.  We host at least two middle school tournaments each month including workshops, a middle school debate club that meets every Saturday, and summer debate camps in each of the boroughs.

  Saturday Debate Tournaments The New York City Middle School Debate League offers middle school debate tournaments nearly every Saturday. Registration ends at 9:00am and the tournament concludes between 4:00pm-5:00pm.  There are 3-4 rounds of debate for each student. Breakfast and lunch is included.  An Award Ceremony concludes the day where every student receives a participation certificate and their ballot/feedback from each round, and top debate teams, speakers, and schools are recognized. Additionally, our middle schools are welcome to compete in the high school division as well.   The Travel Team In addition to our local NYC middle school debate tournaments, we offer a Travel Team so that our top debaters have the opportunity to travel and compete at some of the most prestigious and competitive national and regional tournaments including Harvard University, Yale University, Georgetown University, Princeton University and other top tournaments. The NYC Travel Team travels and competes each month.   Summer Debate Institutes Our programs accelerate in the summer! From the first day of summer to the last day of summer, the New York City middle school debate league offer summer debate institute opportunities for middle school students at our Brooklyn, Bronx, Harlem, Queens, and Manhattan Debate Institutes. Each debate institute concludes with a debate tournament as well.  

NYC Middle School Debate LeaguePublic Forum and Policy Debate Tournaments

8:00am - 9:00am - Registration and Breakfast

9:00am - Registration Closes

9:00am - Opening Ceremony

9:30am - Prep Rooms

10:30am - Round 1

11:30pm - Lunch

12:30pm - Round 2

1:30pm - Round 3

2:30pm - Round 4 Final Rounds & Workshops

3:30pm - Awards Ceremony

4:00pm - Departure

 

NYC Middle School Debate League Parliamentary Debate Tournaments

8:00am - 9:00am - Registration and Breakfast

9:00am - Registration Closes

9:30am - Opening Ceremony

10:30am - Round 1

11:30pm - Lunch

12:30pm - Round 2

1:30pm - Round 3

2:30pm - Round 4 Final Rounds & Workshops

3:30pm - Awards Ceremony

4:00pm - Departure

 

Public Forum Debate Division

Public Forum Debate is one of our newest debate formats and now one of our largest debate formats in the NYC Middle School Debate League.  Each month a topic is voted on by coaches across the country. Students devote a month to study, research and writing on that topic.  The focus is more on persuading your audience - rather than the heavy evidence focus of policy debate.  Public Forum Debate is also unique in that it was founded to be easily accessible for the "public" so that any one can serve as a "citizen judge" and any student can be a debater.

  Parliamentary Debate New York City Urban Debate League coaches first brought parliamentary debate to New York City by partnering with Claremont College. Founding members included Bronx Prep Charter School.  Since then parliamentary debate has expanded in New York City and has multiple leagues.  In 2013, the New York City Urban Debate League was awarded a grant to make parliamentary debate accessible to all and so now it is offered at all our tournaments and is now one of our largest debate programs.   Policy Debate Division Our most historic and most successful debate division is policy debate.  Policy Debate is the oldest debate format in the United States and one of the largest and most competitive debate events at the college level.  Our middle school policy debaters have continued on to become national and collegiate champions.  The Policy Debate division follows the annual high school policy debate resolution.  Students for one year research and write policy solutions to a national or international public policy. Policy debate is considered one of the most rigorous and evidence based debate events and students basically earn the equivalent of a master's degree on that year's topic.
Middle School Tournament Calendar