Middle School

Middle School Open 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 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.

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 three rounds of debate for each student. We hope to return live as soon as possible.

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

Typical Tournament Schedule

8:00am – 9:00am – Registration

9:30–Round 1

11:15 – Round 2

1:30 — Round 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

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

#7 Championship Tournament April 9-10

Public Forum Topic:

Resolved: ACT & SAT scores should be eliminated as criteria for college admissions. 

Parli Topics: 

This House believes college athletes should be paid

This House would abolish the Olympics.

This House would expand the Supreme Court.

Past Tournaments

#6 March 12 

Public Forum Topic

In the United States, the benefits of increasing organic agriculture outweigh the harms.

Parli Topics

  • This House would bring extinct creatures back to life
  • This House would pay college athletes
  • This House believes the USA should mirror the EU’s prohibition on the future production of combustion engines

#5 February 12 

Public Forum Topic

On balance, the benefits of domestic fracking outweigh the harms

Parli Topics

  • This House believes mandatory school uniforms are beneficial for students and schools
  • This House believes its unethical to eat meat
  • This House believes the USA should mirror the EU’s prohibition on the future production of combustion engines

#4 January 8

Public Forum Topic

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should raise the minimum wage to $15 for all workers in the United States

Parli Topics

  • This House believes a government should have the right to spy on its citizens
  • This House believes its unethical to eat meat
  • This House would legalize gambling

#3 December 11

Public Forum Topic

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should raise the minimum wage to $15 for all workers in the United States

Parli Topics

  • This House believes prisoners should have the right to vote in a democracy
  • This House would implement a Junk Food tax
  • This House would legalize gambling

#2 November 13

Public Forum Topic

Resolved: ACT & SAT scores should be eliminated as criteria for college admissions.

Parli Topics

  • This House believes social media does more harm than good.
  • This House would implement a Junk Food tax
  • This House would implement Open Borders

#1 October 23

Public Forum Topic

Resolved: ACT & SAT scores should be eliminated as criteria for college admissions.

Parli Topics

  • This House believes social media does more harm than good.
  • This House believes large cities are the best option for raising children.