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The Daily New York City Debate Blog

All the news of scholastic debate in New York City!  The New York City Urban Debate League is the nation’s largest debate league and home to some of the most successful debaters in the nation.  We serve every community in New York City with our Bronx Debate League, Brooklyn Debate League, Harlem Debate League, Manhattan Debate League, Queens Debate League, Girls Debate League, and more! Our mission is every school in New York City should have a debate team and every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities.

Bronx/Manhattan Middle School Tournament Results

Thank you to the Anderson School and Computer School for hosting our January middle school tournament for Manhattan and Bronx schools.  24 schools, 263 students, and 128 judges attended the tournament!  Thank you to all our judges, volunteers, staff, teachers,... read more


Thank you to Intelligence Squared for hosting us on January 11th the topic whether policing is racially biased.  “In 2014, the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, set off a wave of protests and sparked a movement targeting racial disparities in criminal... read more

High School Tournament Results!

29 schools, 243 students, 115 judges! Thank you for making this our largest high school tournament ever! Wow!  Thank you everyone for making this tournament possible! Incredible!  Thank you to the Institute for Collaborative Education for hosting the tournament.... read more

Debater of the Year Application

Apply for the Urban Debater of the Year Award! Win up to $2000 in college scholarships!  Automatic bid to the National Association of Urban Debate League Championships! Applications are due on February 17th! More information below! Urban Debater of the Year Flyer 2017... read more

School Sweepstakes Awards!

Below are the updated Sweepstakes Standings for high schools and middle schools as we close out the school year.  Thank you and congratulations to all schools for participating in debate – the most rigorous academic program. Click here for Middle School... read more

Happy Holidays from the NYC Urban Debate League!

Happy Holidays! The Riverdale Press recently featured the Bronx Debate Team of IN-Tech High School….”Being part of the debate team has inspired Kamilah to become more interested in academics and to enjoy the reading and research that goes along with... read more

December Travel Team Mamaroneck High School

    Thank you to Mamaroneck High School for hosting the first Mamaroneck Invitational. The NYC Travel Team not only competed but swept top awards at the tournament including top team and top speaker awards! Click here for tournament results... read more

December Scrimmage Tournament @ PS/MS 129

    Thank you to John H. Finley Campus School, PS/MS 129M for hosting our first Harlem Scrimmage of the year and congratulations for starting a debate program! Thank you to all attendees and judges for our first scrimmage! Click here for Scrimmage Photo... read more

December Travel Team Princeton University

The NYC Travel Team competed at Princeton University this month and congratulations to all our debaters and coaches for incredible work. Thank you to Princeton University for hosting us. Learn more about the NYC Travel Team by clicking here... read more

12/11 Fall Elementary Tournament Results @ PS 161

    First elementary school tournament of the year! Thank you to Mr. Beattie and PS 161 for hosting and making this tournament possible! The debate topic for the day was “This House would ban zoos.” Inspirational day to see elementary students... read more

Calvin Coolidge Debate Invitational!

Thank you to the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, William C. Bryant High School, and 32 high schools, 170 students, 63 volunteer citizen judges, not to mention parents, guests, family members, teachers and staff who made the 2016 NYC Coolidge Cup Qualifying... read more