Debate Club

Debate Club

We are offering a second quarter Debate Club for new participants. Debate Club, open to students in grades 3-11, will meet virtually in our easy to use online classrooms from 9:30-11:30 on the following Sundays.

The price is $345.00

November 8
November 15
November 22
December 6
December 13 Tournament.  This tournament will be held between Debate Club students.


Registration is closed as of September 18th at 4:30 PM


Debate Club, which is now open to students in grades 3-11, will meet virtually in our easy to use online classrooms from 9:30-11:30 on the following Sundays (please note the move from Saturday to Sunday).





September 20
September 27
October 4
October 18
October 25 (Debate Club: Tournament 1) Debate Club is 9:30-12:30 on this day.
November 8
November 15
November 22
December 6
December 13 (Debate Club: Tournament 2) Debate Club is 9:30-12:30 on this day.

Debate Club helps participants (grades 3 and above) hone key speaking and debating skills.

By joining NYC Urban Debate League Club, debaters will improve the following:

  • Public Speaking Skills & Confidence
  • Critical Thinking & Analytical Reading Skills
  • Research & Writing Skills
  • Overall Debate Skills


The registration fee of $625 helps to cover the cost of the instructors, administration and technology.  Most importantly, Debate Club tuition supports our mission to expand access to debate to underserved schools and students. All payments are non-refundable. 


Why Debate Club for my Child?

  • Practice Public Speaking Skills in a fun environment. #1 Fear in America is public speaking! Public Speaking is essential for school, college, career, and community.
  • College Preparedness.  Study after study shows debate increases every Academic Skill (Reading, Writing, Researching, Critical Thinking, Listening) and every Academic Subject (Current Events, Philosophy, Civics, Political Science, Economics). Click here to learn more about the academic benefits of debate.
  • Gain Confidence. “Hello, I am 12 years old, and I am a debater.  When I got my first trophy it was amazing.  I felt like a queen.  That trophy was the first trophy I have ever gotten in my life.  That trophy changed my life forever.  I was nervous when I got it too.  I just want to say thank you, thank you for everything. – Anissa P., 6th Grade, Great Debater. Read more student testimonials.
  • Build Leadership Skills. “Maybe you could be a mayor or a senator or a Supreme Court justice, but you might not know that until you join the debate team.” – President Barack Obama. Click here to learn more about debaters throughout history.
  • 21st Century Skills. “Competitive debate is one of the great equalizers of educational opportunity.  In a number of respects, competitive urban debate is almost uniquely suited to building what’s been called the ‘Four C’s’ of 21st century skills—critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. And to that list I might add a fifth ‘C’— for civic awareness and engagement.” – US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, honoring our debaters in Washington D.C.
  • Fun! Participate in fun, competitive, educational debate rounds every month!
  • Community.  The NYC Urban Debate League is like no other debate league in the nation. We build an incredible vertical community of adult debaters, alumni debaters, college debaters, high school debaters and middle school debaters who all work together.  Learn more.  Learn from Parents how we build an incredible community for students.
  • Year Round Opportunities. In addition to our Fall and Spring Semester Debate Club, we also offer Summer Debate Programs. Learn more.
Debate Club Registration Q2 2020

Student Information

Grade Level *
Please indicate any debate experience, awards, accomplishments. Any specific debate events you are interested in? Have you participated in Debate Club before?

Parent/Guardian Information

Permission Slip

Parent/Guardian Consent

Permission to participate in the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL).

I do hereby consent that my child may participate in the stated activity, and in consideration for the NYCUDL giving its time and of such activity, do hereby personally on behalf of my child, absolve and release the NYCUDL, its agents and volunteers from any claim of mental, emotional or physical personal injuries which might be sustained by my child while participating in such activities, or while returning to his/her home and/or participating in online NYCUDL run events. I agree that I am fully responsible for my child during NYCUDL online events.

Media Consent.

I, hereby grant permission to the NYCUDL, or persons contracted by the NYCUDL, to take photographs and/or video/audio recordings of my child in connection with his/her participation in the NYCUDL for the 2020-2021 school year. In addition, and without limiting any other provision of this Consent, for the purposes of a documentary series in development by Made-By-Hand, LLC in connection with the NYCUDL, I also give unrestricted permission to Made-By-Hand, LLC and its assigns to record and edit photographs, video, sounds, voice, and media of my child in connection with his/her participation in the NYCUDL for the 2020-2021 school year for the documentary project currently titled "Up for Debate" without limitations, in perpetuity, and in all media.

Furthermore, I grant permission to the NYCUDL to publish in print, electronic, or video format the likeness or image of my child obtained during the 2020-1 school year for public relations, educational, or any other lawful purposes. I further agree that my child’s name and identity may be revealed in connection with the likeness or image. I authorize the use of my child’s likeness or image without compensation to my child or me. All negatives, positives, prints, digital reproductions, and video recordings shall be the property of the NYCUDL barring the recordings by Made-By-Hand, LLC and its assigns in which case, Made-By-Hand, LLC will retain ownership.

Online Rules

I acknowledge that the NYCUDL aims to provide a positive learning experience for all participants via an advanced academic program for mature elementary, junior high and high school students. I agree to respect the rights and feelings of other NYCUDL students and staff. These rules are not meant to be exhaustive and the NYCUDL is not a “sanctuary” for conduct that violates state and/or federal law.

I acknowledge that the NYCUDL staff and volunteers are here to provide meaningful learning experiences and will not be distracted by students who are unable to engage responsibly with others. As a result, I understand that students who violate NYCUDL communal norms may be temporarily or permanently restricted from participating in an activity or activities. Remove students will not receive any refund of fees.

Rules of Conduct

1. Attendance at all classes is required if participating in a direct instructional program.
2. Although students are at home, they are expected to dress in a manner appropriate for an educational setting. Clothing will be deemed inappropriate if it is disturbing to other students or in any way interferes with the educational process. Students are prohibited from wearing clothing and accessories that: have slogans, comments or designs that are obscene, lewd or vulgar; advertise alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or illegal drugs; are directed against or intended to demean individuals based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, religion, etc. Students wearing clothing deemed inappropriate will be asked to change such clothing.
3. The password students are given to enter are confidential and should never be shared with anyone
4. Any other technological location references to the room should not be shared with anyone.


Your credit card will be charged the tuition fee. *