Middle School City Championships  Registration Click here to register

 

The City's middle school debate league is the largest middle school debate program in the nation.  And so in 2012 we founded the city's first middle school debate championships where every city school is invited to send their top 2 debate teams in each division and each debate event in the events of Parliamentary Debate, Public Forum Debate, Student Congress, and Policy Debate.

 

We thank our Sponsor of Signature Bank that makes the City Championships possible. 

 

Sponsor: Signature Bank

Dates: March 10th - 11th

Location: PS 161 (Manhattan)

Qualifications: 

  • Each school in New York City is invited to send their top two debate teams in each division and each debate event. Team selection is up to the coach (ie your top overall debate teams, hosting a school tournament, other).  So for example we offer Public Forum Debate Novice Divsion, Public Forum Debate Advanced/Varsity/Open Division.  So schools can send 2 teams in each division for a total of 4 teams. Similarly, for Parliamentary Debate.  If we offer Novice and Varsity Divisions then teams can send up to four parliamentary debate teams. So between both events (Public Forum and Parliamentary Debate), schools can send a total of eight teams. 
  • All students participating must have attended at least two NYCUDL tournaments. We offer tournaments from October - February so there are at least five opportunities before the City Championships.  

Tournament Invitation

On behalf of the New York City Urban Debate League and PS 161 Pedro Albizu Campos, you are cordially invited to the NYCUDL Middle School City Championship Tournament for two days of exciting, fun and intense debate.

 

We will offer three debate formats: Public Forum Debate, Parliamentary Debate, and Congressional Debate.

 

Judges’ training will be available for individuals interested in judging Public Forum, Parliamentary and Congressional Debate.  

 

All questions, concerns and/or issues about the tournament should be directed to:

 

Tournament Manager: Courtney Kaufman – 917-774-6539 or  courtney@debate.nyc

 

Looking forward to seeing you all,

 

Aubrey Semple – Program Director, New York City Urban Debate League  

 

Courtney Kaufman – Tournament Manager, New York City Urban Debate League

 

Registration

Registration will take place on Tabroom.

 

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • All participants are required to have competed in two (2) UDL sponsored tournaments during the debate season to compete . THE CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE DIVISON IS AN EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE.
  • Students must have submitted their NYCUDL consent form.
  • All students competing in the City Championship MUST be representing their ENROLLED MIDDLE SCHOOL located in one of the five boroughs in New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn or Staten Island).  NO INDEPENDENT ENTRIES ARE ALLOWED.
  • All teams/schools areREQUIREDto attend both days of the tournament until the end of the preliminary debates or when the team is eliminated from the tournament. Teams/schools are not allowed to attend only 1 day of the tournament
  • Each school can send up to two (2) teams per division in Public Forum and two (2) in Parliamentary debate.
  • Each school can send up to four (4)students in Congressional Debate.

 

THE TOURNAMENT HAS THE RIGHT TO REJECT TEAMS/SCHOOLS FROM COMPETING IF THEY DO NOT MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS.

 

There will be TWO divisions (Novice and Open) offered at the City Championship tournament for Public Forum and Parliamentary debate,

 

There will be ONE Open division offered at the City Championship tournament for Congressional Debate, Open.

 

A student MUST enter in the Open division for Public Forum or Parliamentary Debate if:

  1. The student has competed in a previous season of debate (in or outside of the NYC Urban Debate League).
  2. If the student wishes to compete in Open.

A student MUST enter in the Novice division for Public Forum or Parliamentary Debate if:

  1. All members of the team are first-year debaters.
  2. A student competed in at most one (1) tournament in a previous season.

Students MAY NOT double enter in multiple events.

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES IS 5 PM ON THE MONDAY OF THE TOURNAMENT WEEK. 

 

If a school registered for the tournament and does not provide teams on the registration, the registration will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted, therefore making the school ineligible to compete. This rule applies to the judge requirement (see judging section)

 

Each school MUST provide one judge for every two (2) teams competing (for all divisions that are registered for).

 

We will offer judge training for new/inexperienced judges.

 

Judges must check in on the morning of the tournament on BOTH Saturday and Sunday.

 

ALL JUDGES ARE REQUIRED TO STAY IN THE TOURNAMENT UP TO THE FINAL ROUND OF ALL EVENTS. 

 

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE 

Public Forum Debate

Day 1 – Saturday

8:00am – Registration Opens / Breakfast

9:00am – Registration Closes

9:45am – Coaches report to registration to confirm pairings for Round 1

10:30am – Round 1 (Preset)

11:30am – Round 2 (Preset)

12:30pm– Lunch

1:45pm – Round 3 (Preset)

3:00pm – Round 4 (Power match from Round 1-3)

 

Day 2 – Sunday

8:00am – Schools check-in

9:00am – Round 5 (Power match from Round 4)

10:30am - Awards

11:30am – Octafinals (Novice) / Quarterfinals (Open)

1:00pm – Lunch, announcement of teams clearing to elimination rounds  

2:00pm – Quarterfinals (Novice) / Semifinals (Open)

3:00pm – Semifinals (Novice) / Finals (Open)

4:00pm – Finals (Novice)

 

Parliamentary Debate

Day 1 – Saturday, March 11th, 2017

8:00am – Registration Opens / Breakfast

9:00am – Registration Closes

9:45am – Coaches report to registration to confirm pairings for Round 1

10:30am – Round 1 (Preset)

11:30am – Round 2 (Preset)

12:30pm – Lunch

1:45pm – Round 3 (Preset)

3:00pm – Round 4 (Power match from Round 1-3)

 

Day 2 – Sunday, March 12th, 2017

8:00am – Schools check-in

9:00am – Round 5 (Power match from Round 4)

10:30am - Awards Ceremony

11:30am – Octafinals (Novice) / Quarterfinals (Open)

1:00pm – Lunch, announcement of teams clearing to elimination rounds 

2:00pm – Quarterfinals (Novice) / Semifinals (Open)

3:30pm – Semifinals (Novice) / Finals (Open)

4:30pm – Finals (Novice)

 

Congressional Debate

Day 1 – Saturday, March 11th, 2017

8:00am – Registration Opens / Breakfast

9:00am – Registration Closes

9:15 am – Congress participants meeting (Overview on rules and format and Q&A)

9:30 am – 1st Session

Noon – Lunch

12:45 pm – 2nd Session 

3:00 pm – Announcement of participants of the Supersession

 

Day 2 – Sunday, March 12th, 2017

8:00 am – Schools check-in

9:00 am – Congress participants meeting (Overview on rules and format and Q&A) 

9:15 am – Supersession*

Noon – Lunch

 

* Top speakers will advance to the supersession

High School State Championships Registration Click here

 

 

The High School City Championships is the culminating tournament for all NYC high school debaters. It is hosted in March after our regular season (September - February) ends.  Unlike our other tournaments it is a two-day tournament featuring elmination rounds on the final day. Thanks to the incredible support of NYC, our high school program is the largest urban debate league in the nation. 

 

Dates: March 17th -18th

Location: Institute for Collaborative Education (Manhattan)

Qualifications: 

  • Each school in New York City is invited to send their top two debate teams in each division and each debate event. Team selection is up to the coach (ie your top overall debate teams, hosting a school tournament, other).  So for example we offer Public Forum Debate Novice Divsion, Public Forum Debate Advanced/Varsity/Open Division.  So schools can send 2 teams in each division for a total of 4 teams. Similarly, for Policy Debate.  If we offer Novice and Varsity Divisions then teams can send up to four policy debate teams. So between both events (Public Forum and Policy Debate), schools can send a total of eight teams. 
  • All students participating must have attended at least two NYCUDL tournaments. We offer tournaments from October - February so there are at least five opportunities before the City Championships. 

Tournament Invitation

On behalf of the New York City Urban Debate League and the Institute of Collaborative Education, you are cordially invited to the NYCUDL High School City Championship Tournament for two days of exciting, fun and intense debate.

 

We will offer two debate formats: Public Forum Debate and Policy Debate.  

 

Judges’ training will be available for individuals interested in judging Public Forum and Policy Debate.   

 

All questions, concerns and/or issues about the tournament should be directed to:

 

Tournament Manager: Courtney Kaufman – 917-774-6539 orcourtney@debate.nyc

 

Looking forward to seeing you all,

 

Aubrey Semple – Program Director, New York City Urban Debate League  

Courtney Kaufman – Tournament Manager, New York City Urban Debate League

Topics 

Public Forum:

We will follow the NSDA March National PF Topic and Resolution.

 

Policy Debate

We will follow the NSDA National Policy Topic and Resolution.

 

Important Dates 

To submit teams into Tabroom: Wednesday of the Tournament. 

 

Check-in / Day of tournament registration: Saturday,  by 9am of the day of the tournament. 

 

Registration

Registration will take place on Tabroom.

 

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • All participants are required to have competed in two UDL tournaments during the debate season to be eligible for competition.
  • Students must have submitted their NYCUDL consent form.
  • All students competing in the City Championship MUST be representing their ENROLLED HIGH SCHOOLlocated in one of the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn or Staten Island). NO INDEPENDENT ENTRIES ARE ALLOWED.
  • All teams/schools are REQUIRED to attend both days of the tournament until the end of the preliminary debates or when the team is eliminated from the tournament. Teams/schools are not allowed to attend only 1 day of the tournament (e.g. attend Saturday but not Sunday or vice-versa).
  • Each school may send up tot two (2) teams per division in Public Forum and Policy Debate

 

THE TOURNAMENT HAS THE RIGHT TO REJECT TEAMS/SCHOOLS FROM COMPETING IF THEY DO NOT MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS.

 

There will be TWO divisions (open and novice) offered at the City Championship tournament for Public Forum and Policy Debate.

 

There will be a beginner’s division breakout round for beginner debaters that do qualify for elimination rounds in Novice PF.

 

A student MUST compete in the open division for Public Forum or Policy Debate if:

  1. The student has competed in a previous season of debate (in or outside of the NYC Urban Debate League).
  2. If the student wishes to compete in open.

 

A student MUST enter in the novice division for Public Forum or Policy Debate if:

  1. All members on the team are first year debaters.
  2. A student competed in one (1) tournament in a previous season.

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES IS 5PM ON THE MONDAY OF THE TOURNAMENT WEEK.

 

If a school registered for the tournament and does not provide teams with their registration, the registration will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted, therefore the school will be ineligible for competition. This rule applies to the judge requirement as well (see judging section)

 

Late Arrival Policy 

Once check-in closes at 9:00am for all events, late arrivals will forfeit the first round and may debate Round 2. During round 1, late arrivals should observe and flow debate.

 

For Day 2, teams that fail to start their debates on time (15-minute waiting period will be enforced), a forfeit will be administered.

 

We must emphasize these rule to have an efficient, timely and well-managed tournament.

 

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Beginner Public Forum

Saturday – 

10:00am – Round 1 (Preset)

11:00am – Round 2 (Preset)

1:15pm – Round 3 (Preset)

2:30pm – Round 4 (Power match from Round 1-3)

 

Sunday – 

9:00am – Round 5 (Power match from Round 4)

10:30am – Awards, Announcement of Elimination Rounds 

11:00am – Semifinals

1:30pm – Finals 

 

Novice Public Forum

Saturday – 

10:00am – Round 1 (Preset)

11:00am – Round 2 (Preset)

1:15pm – Round 3 (Preset)

2:30pm – Round 4 (Power match from Round 1-3)

 

Sunday – 

9:00am – Round 5 (Power match from Round 4)

10:30am – Awards, Announcement of Elimination Rounds 

11:00am – Partial Octafinals (If necessary) / Quarterfinals

1:30pm – Quarterfinals

2:45pm – Semifinals

4:00pm – Finals

 

Open Public Forum

Saturday – 

10:00am – Round 1 (Preset)

11:00am – Round 2 (Preset)

1:15pm – Round 3 (Preset)

2:30pm – Round 4 (Power match from Round 1-3)

 

Sunday – 

9:00am – Round 5 (Power match from Round 4)

10:30am – Awards, Announcement of Elimination Rounds 

11:00am – Partial Octafinals (If necessary)

1:30pm – Quarterfinals

2:45pm – Semifinals

4:00pm – Finals

Policy Debate 

Novice Policy Debate

Saturday – 

10:00am – Round 1 (Preset)

12:30pm – Round 2 (Preset)

3:30pm – Round 3 (Power match from Round 1-2)

 

Sunday – 

9:00am – Round 4 (Power match from Round 3)

10:30am – Awards, Announcement of Elimination rounds

11:00am – Semifinals

1:45pm – Finals 

 

Open Policy Debate – NAUDL National Qualifiers

Saturday – 

10:00am – Round 1 (Preset)

12:30pm – Round 2 (Preset)

3:30pm – Round 3 (Power match from Round 1-2)

 

Sunday – 

9:00am – Round 4 (Power match from Round 3)

10:30am – Awards, Announcement of Elimination rounds

11:00am – Semifinals

1:45pm – Finals 

 

Judging

Each school MUST provide one judge for every two (2) teams competing in all divisions that are registered for,

 

We will offer judge training for new/inexperienced judges.

Judges must check in on the morning of the tournament on both Saturday and Sunday.

 

ALL JUDGES ARE REQUIRED TO STAY AT THE TOURNAMENT UP TO THE FINAL ROUND OF ALL EVENTS.  

 

CONDUCT POLICY

We expect that all judges will pay attention to the debates they are judging and will work to provide a fair decision based on the arguments presented in the debate.

 

We also expect judges to behave in a way that is appropriate in a high school environment. Any judges that exhibit behavior inconsistent with this expectation will be removed from the tournament at the tournament director’s discretion.

Unless there is a violation of the conduct policy by the judge or the team(s) in the debate, the tab room views the judge’s decision regarding all arguments made in the debate as final. If the tabroom determines that a judge or the team(s) violate a conduct policy expectation, the tabroom may alter the decision in a way that it feels is fairest for the debaters involved.

 

Late Arrival Policy

 

Once check-in closes at 9:00am for all events, late arrivals will forfeit the first round and may debate Round 2. During round 1, late arrivals should observe and flow debate.

 

For Day 2, teams that fail to start their debates on time (15-minute waiting period will be enforced), a forfeit will be administered.

We must emphasize these rule to have an efficient, timely and well-managed tournament.

 

Awards / Speaker Points

We will provide awards for the top 20 speakers in all events, participants of elimination rounds as well as certificates for teams with winning records that did not advance to elimination rounds.

We will utilize the following tiebreaker structure to determine teams advancing to elimination rounds:

  • 1st – Preliminary win/loss records
  • 2nd - Total points
  • 3rd – Ranks
  • 4th – Opponent wins

We will utilize the following tiebreaker structure to determine top speakers:

  • 1st – Total points
  • 2nd – Ranks
  • 3rd – Preliminary win/loss records
  • 4th – Opponent points
  • 5th – Opponent ranks
  • 6th – Opponent win/loss records

For Public Forum, we will clear winning records, up to 16 teams in novice and 8 teams in open

 

For Policy Debate, we will clear winning records, up to 8 teams in novice and 4 teams in open.

 

Finalists in Policy Debate will receive an invitation to debate at the NAUDL National Championships in Chicago, IL. The tournament has the right to select the next highest ranked team from a school different from the one receiving the invitation to attend the tournament, if necessary.

 

If two teams from the same school are scheduled to debate each other, we will ask the coach to select a team to advance to the next round.

 

Speaker points will be on a scale of 25-30 points in Public Forum and Policy debate. Half points are allowed but 1/10th points are NOT allowed. Ranks will be on the scale of 1-4 in Public Forum and Policy Debate. Debater cannot have the same rank but can have the same speaker points.