Debate Club

Debate Club

Spring 2024 Registration is Open!

What? Debate Club is a fun way for students to hone critical thinking and public speaking skills during the school year. Students are placed in labs with other debaters of their same age and experience level where they practice debate skills and prep cases on current, politically relevant topics. Each session concludes with personal reflection and a fun tournament.

*All proceeds from Debate Club goes toward our debate programs in Title 1 schools across the city. We hire Debate Club staff based on registration numbers. For these reasons, we cannot offer refunds once tuition has been paid. Thank you for your understanding, and your contribution to our mission!

Who? Students in 3rd-11th grade

Where? Debate Club meets virtually in our online classrooms.

When? Sunday mornings from 9:30-11:30 during the school year.

Questions? E-mail

Mar 17
Mar 24
Mar 31 – Easter (off)
Apr 7
Apr 14
Apr 21
Apr 28
May 5 – Tournament #4
May 12 – Mothers Day (off)
May 19 – Last Session

*All proceeds from Debate Club goes toward our debate programs in Title 1 schools across the city. We hire Debate Club staff based on registration numbers. For these reasons, we cannot offer refunds once tuition has been paid. Thank you for your understanding, and your contribution to our mission!


Keep Debating through the Summer! Read More & Sign Up for Summer 2024.


Why Debate Club?

  • Practice Public Speaking Skills in a fun environment. The #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 strengthens performance in every academic Subject (current events, philosophy, civics, political science, economics). Click here to learn more about the academic benefits of debate.
  • 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 will 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.  Hear from parents how we build an incredible community for students.
  • Year Round Opportunities. In addition to our fall, winter, and spring Debate Club sessions, we also offer Summer Debate Programs. Learn more.
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Student Information

Registering For *
Grade Level *
If you know what formats you've learned before, (ex: public forum, parli, etc), please let us know that as well.
Ex: Another student you'd like to be placed with, a skill you're hoping to improve on, etc

Parent/Guardian Information

Permission Slip

The fee for Debate Club covers the cost of instructors and online classrooms. All of the profits of Debate Club after these expenses go toward supporting students in historically underserved communities who don't have access to debate programs. Since Debate Club acts as a fundraiser in this way, we do not offer scholarships and all payments are non-refundable.

Parent/Guardian Consent
Permission to participate in the NYCUDL. I do hereby consent that my child may participate in the stated activity, and in consideration for the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) giving its time and supervision of such activity, do hereby personally on behalf of my child, absolve and release the NYCUDL, its agents and volunteers from any claim of personal injuries which might be sustained by my child while participating in such activities.

Student Code of Conduct.
I understand that my child will be expected to sign and follow a code of conduct to participate in the stated activity, and that, in the event of inappropriate behavior by my child, I may be contacted and asked to pick up him/her.

Media Consent.
I, as the parent or legal guardian of the minor named below, hereby grant permission to New York City Urban Debate League, Inc. (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 New York City Urban Debate League for the 2022-2023 school year.

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 2022-2023 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.

Online Rules

The NYCUDL Institute should be a positive learning experience for all participants. Our aim is to provide an advanced academic program for mature elementary, junior high and high school students. All participants agree to respect the rights and feelings of other workshop students and staff. These rules are not meant to be exhaustive. It goes without saying that the institute is not a “sanctuary” for conduct that violates state and/or federal law.

Our staff is here to teach and will not be distracted by students who are unable to work responsibly with others. Therefore, students who violate our communal norms will be expelled from the workshop. Expelled students will not receive any refund of tuition.

Minor Offenses that unreasonably inconvenience other students or staff members will be dealt with through consultation. Staff will first consult with the student about his or her behavior. If that consultation fails to correct the problem, staff will consult with parents. Should that fail to correct the problem, the student will be expelled. Minor offenses include, but are not limited to, lateness to scheduled activities, roll-calls, or room-checks; refusal to participate in scheduled academic activities, such as practice debates and lab drills; any electronic harassment or cyberbullying of others; disrespectful speech or affect directed to staff and/or inappropriate use of networked classroom space.

Rules of Conduct

1. Attendance at all classes is required.

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.

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. *