Middle School State Championships Registration Click here to register

 

Up to 2011, New York State has never had a Middle School State Championships Tournament for debaters.  The majority of other states had a statewide debate championships for middle school students. New York State even had a state championships for high school students. So in 2011, the New York City Urban Debate League, schools, teachers and community partners organized to create the first Middle School State Championships for NYC youth.  Today, this is now one of the largest statewide middle school championships in the nation. 

 

Middle School State Championships Bid List Click here

Dates: April 21st - April 22nd

Location: In Tech Academy Middle School (Bronx), 2975 Tibbett Avenue, Bronx NY 10463 

Teams that are qualified:

 

Click the button below for our google spreadsheet of teams that have qualified to the NY State Middle School Championships. Please email us at info@debate.nyc any questions or if you would like to list your NY State Tournament to be added to the bid list. 

 

Middle School State Championships Bid List Click here

 

Tournament Fees

 

SCHOOL FEE: $50.00

EVENT FEE: $40.00/team (Parliamentary & PF) / $25.00/person (Congressional Debate)

HIRED JUDGE FEE: $150.00/judge

DROP FEE: $25.00/team*

 

If you need assistance with the fees, please contact Erik Fogel, Executive Director at erik@debate.nyc

 

Schools that drop teams/individuals in any event will be forced to pay a drop fee, which will be reflected on your school invoice. Drop fee must be paid prior to the tournament.

 

DROP DEADLINE (Teams / Individuals): Thursday, April 20th, 2017

 

Teams that need hired judging will be subjected to hired judge fee. If you need to request for hired judging, you must reach out to tournament director, Aubrey Semple at aubrey@debate.nyc

 

Checks should be made payable to the New York City Urban Debate League.

 

Online Registration

Registration will take place on tabroom.com

 

 

General Requirements

  • Students can qualify to the tournament in the following ways. (THE CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE EVENT IS AN EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE)

    1. Must have had a winning record (e.g. 2-1 record in a 3 round preliminary tournament or 3-1 in a 4 round preliminary tournament) at two separate tournaments, hosted in the state of New York.

    2. Reached the elimination round at a tournament that offers elimination rounds

For events that require a partner (Parliamentary/PF/Policy), all members of particular partnerships must meet these qualification standards.

  • Students can also qualify to the tournament via the at-large process. Each registered school can register ONE at-large team in each event. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DOES NOT MEAN TWO AT-LARGE ENTRIES IN EACH LEVEL OF EACH EVENT.

    • For example: a school can register 1 at-large in either Novice or Open Parliamentary and PF but NOT both.

  • All students competing in the State Championship must be representing their ENROLLED MIDDLE SCHOOL in the state of New York. NO HYBRID TEAMS ARE ALLOWED AT THE STATE TOURNAMENT.

  • All teams/schools are required to attend both days of the tournament until the end of preliminary debates (or when teams are eliminated from the tournament). Teams/schools are NOT allowed to attend only 1 day of the tournament (e.g. Saturday but not Sunday or vice-versa). Failure to abide by this rule will prevent your school from participating in future NYCUDL Middle School State Championships.

  • FAQs.  What is the bid list and "bids." Students must receive two "bids" at any tournament in the state of New York. Students receive a "bid" when they have a winning record at any tournament.  A winning record is when they have won the majority of their rounds ie 2-1 (in a 3 round tournament), 3-2 (in a five round tournament. After having a winning record in at least TWO New York State tournaments, students are qualified for the tournament. 
  • FAQs.  What is a "wild card" or "at large" team.  Eery school is alloted "1 Wild Card" which means one team that does not have to have 2 bids and can automatically qualify for States. This rule ensures that every school is representated at the State Championships 'Tournament, new schools that do not have the opportunity to compete in at least two tournaments, and for debaters that should have the opportunity to participate in States but may not necessarily meet the bids requirement. 

 

Debate Divisions

 

There will be TWO divisions offered at the State Championship Tournament for Parliamentary, and Public Forum, Novice and Open.

 

A “NOVICE” debater is defined as a first year middle school debater (in any league). A Novice teams must be comprised of ALL novice debaters.

 

A “OPEN” debate is typically a 2nd or 3rd year debater but under a coach discretion, a 1st year debater can be “bump up” to Varsity.

 

Coaches can bump a novice debaters to the varsity level but CANNOT bump down a varsity debater.

 

It is permitted for a student who competed in only 1 tournament in a previous season to compete as a Novice debater.

 

In Congressional Debate, we will offer ONE divisions: Open

 

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

 

Judging Requirements

 

All teams are REQUIRED to provide judges as follows:

  • 1 judge, separate from any other judges, for every 2 middle school Parliamentary teams.

  • 1 judge, separate from any other judges, for every 2 middle school PF teams.

  • 1 judge, separate from any other judges, for every 2 middle school Policy Teams.

  • 1 judge, separate from any other judges, for every 4 middle school Congressional participants.

There will be judge training for new/inexperienced judges. Providing a judge for training may also count toward fulfillment of your judging assignment.

 

Judges must check in on the morning of the tournament by 9:00am on Saturday and will be responsible for being at the tournament on time on Sunday.

 

JUDGES ARE REQUIRED TO STAY IN THE TOURNAMENT UP TO THE FINAL ROUND OF THE EVENT

 

 

Schedule (Last Year)

 

Day 1 - Saturday, April 22nd, 2016 

8:00am - Registration / Breakfast opens 

9:00am - Registration closes

 

Day 2 - Saturday, April 22nd, 2016 

8:00am - 8:45am - Breakfast check-in 

 

Public Forum 

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 

10:00am - Round 1 (Preset) 

11:00am - Round 2 (Preset) 

Noon - Lunch 

1:00pm - Round 3 (Preset) 

2:30pm - Round 4 (Power matched) 

 

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 

9:00am - Round 5 (Power matched) 

10:30am - Awards & Announcement of elimination rounds

11:00am - Elimination Round #1 

12:30pm - Lunch 

1:00pm - Elimination Round #2 

2:30pm - Elimination Round #3 

4:00pm - Elimination Round #4

 

Parliamentary 

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 

10:00am - Round 1 (Preset) 

11:00am - Round 2 (Preset) 

Noon - Lunch 

1:00pm - Round 3 (Preset) 

2:30pm - Round 4 (Power match) 

 

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 

9:00am - Round 5 (Power match) 

10:30am - Awards & Announcement of elimination rounds 

11:00am - Elimination Round #1 

12:30pm - Lunch 

1:00pm - Elimination Round #2 

2:30pm - Elimination Round #3 

4:00pm - Elimination Round #4 

 

Congress 

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 

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

9:15am - 1st Session 

11:45am - Lunch 

12:30pm - 2nd Session 

 

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 

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

9:15am - Supersession 

11:30am - Awards 

 

High School State Championships Registration Click here

 

 

The New York State Debate Championships is one of the largest debate championships in the nation. It is also the only debate-only statewide championships in New York State and the only State Championships featuring policy debate. The top debate teams in the state are invited to attend a two day tournament featuring policy debate and public forum debate.  Today, our tournament is one of the largest statwide high school championships in the nation. 

 

2018 High School State Championships Bid List Click here

Dates: April 7th - April 8th

Location: W.C. Bryant High School (Queens)

Teams that are qualified:

 

Click the button below for our google spreadsheet of teams that have qualified to the NY State Middle School Championships. Please email us at info@debate.nyc any questions or if you would like to list your NY State Tournament to be added to the bid list. 

 

2018 High School State Championships Bid List Click here

 

Tournament Fees & Meals

 

School Fee: $50/school

Team Fee: $40/team (Policy & PF)

Student Fee: $25/person (LD)

HIRED JUDGE FEE: $150.00/judge

DROP FEE: $25.00/team*

 

If you need assistance with the fees, please contact Aubrey Semple (aubrey@debate.nyc)

 

2 meals per day will be provided for coaches, judges and students as part of your school fee.

 

The tournament will provide:

Saturday: Breakfast and Lunch

Sunday: Breakfast and Lunch

 

General Requirements:

 

Students can qualify in two ways:

  1. Earn a winning record at a one-day tournament (e.g. if a tournament offers 3 rounds, 2-1 would be considered a winning record; 4 rounds, 3-1).
  2. Reached eliminations at a multi-day tournament, hosted in the state of New York.

For events that require a partner (Policy & PF), both partners must meet these qualification standards.

 

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

 

A student MUST enter in the Open division for all events 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 all events 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 OF THE MONDAY OF THE TOURNAMENT.

 

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)

Judging

Each school MUST provide one judge for every two (2) teams competing (for LD and Policy) and one judge for 3 entries in PF) 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.  

 

CONDUCT POLICY

We expect that all judges will pay attention in 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 middle school environment. Any judges that exhibit behavior inconsistent with this expectation can and will be removed from the tournament by the tournament director at his 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.

Topics

Public Forum:

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

 

Policy Debate

We will follow the NSDA National Policy Topic and Resolution.

 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

We will follow the NSDA April 2017 National LD Topic and Resolution.

Late Arrival Policy

Once check-in closes at 9:00am for all events, late arrivals will forfeit the first round and will debate Round 2 (even if only late by a few minutes). During round 1, late arrivals should observe and flow debate.

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

 

We must emphasize this 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 and 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.

 

For Lincoln-Douglas, we will clear winning records, up to 8 teams in Novice and 4 teams in Open.

 

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 the on the scale of 25-30 pts for all events. Half points are allowed but 1/10th are NOT allowed. Ranks will be on the scale of 1-4 in all events. Debater cannot have the same rank but can have the same speaker points.

 

IMPORTANT DATES 

To submit teams into Tabroom: Wednesday of the week of the Tournament.

 

Check-in / Day of tournament registration: Saturday, 9:00am

 

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

ALL EVENTS

Day 1 – Saturday

8:00am – Registration

9:00am – Round 1 (Preset)

11:00am – Round 2 (Preset)

1:00pm – Lunch

1:30pm – Round 3 (Power matched)

4:00pm – Round 4 (Power matched)

6:00pm – Dinner

7:00pm – Dismissal

 

*Round 5 will be posted online and will be available on-site, 7:30am on Sunday.

 

Day 2 – Sunday

 

8:00am – Round 5 (Power matched)

10:00am – Awards and announcement of teams clearing to elimination rounds

11:00am – Elimination Round #1

1:00pm – Elimination Round #2

3:00pm – Elimination Round #3

5:00opm – Elimination Round #4

 

We will accelerate the schedule for PF and LD by using single flights if there are enough judges to do so.