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

October 15th Workshop:

PF/Parli: Lab Middle School, 333 W. 17th St, NY, NY 10011

#1 November 5th:

PF: In-Tech Academy, 2975 Tibbett Ave, Bronx, NY 10463

Parli: PS 161, 499 W. 133rd St, NY, NY 10027

#2 December 3rd

Sites: TBA

#3 January 7th (Online)

#4 February 4th (Online)

#5 March 11th

Sites: TBA

#6 Championship Tournament April 1st-2nd

PF: PS/MS 5, 564 Jackson Ave, Bronx, NY 10455

Parli: TBA

Past Tournaments