Middle School

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 the nation’s two largest debate formats of public forum debate and parliamentary debate. Each month we host a parliamentary and a public forum debate tournament.

2020-1 Middle School Tournament Dates

October 10
November 14
December 5

January 9
January 30
March 13 (MS Cities)
April 10 (MS States)

Saturday Debate Tournaments

The New York City Middle School Debate League offers online middle school debate tournaments every month to league member schools.

There are 3 rounds of debate for each student.

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.

NYC Middle School Debate League – Public Forum and Parliamentary Debate Tournaments

Tentative Schedule

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

9:00am – Registration Closes

10:00am – Round1

11:30am — Round 2

1:30 — Rond 3
3pm — awards

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 write 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. The National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Middle School National Championship includes the event of Public Forum Debate.

Parliamentary Debate/World Schools Debate

Parliamentary Debate is the largest and most popular debate format in the world as well as at the American collegiate level. Students learn more debate topics than any other debate format and unlike other debate formats – topics are determined by teachers and students.  Parliamentary emphasizes extemporaneous and impromptu debate skills with limited preparation times and having to “think on your feet.” The National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Middle School National Championship includes the event of World Schools.

Upcoming Tournaments

November 14 Middle School Tournament

Public Forum Participants can select either of these topics Resolved: Schools should remove school resource officers JV/Open Topic Resolved: The United States federal government should enact the Medicare-For-All Act of […]

December 5 Middle School Tournament

Novice: December-January League Topic JV & Open: November-December NSDA Topic or League topic (coaches can choose) Parliamentary Debate Topics to be announced Registration

January 9th Middle School

Public Forum League topic or November-December NSDA topic (coaches can choose) Parliamentary Debate Topics to be announced

January 30th Middle School

Pubic Forum League topic or February NSDA Topic (coaches can choose) Parliamentary Debate Topics to be announced

March 13 Middle School Cities

Public Forum February NSDA Topic or League topic (coaches can choose) Parliamentary Debate Topics to be announced