Middle School City Championships
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
Locations: PS 161 and Hamilton Grange Middle Schools (Manhattan).
- Day #1 (Saturday): Parliamentary Debate and Student Congress is at PS 161. 499 W 133rd St, New York, NY 10027. Public Forum Debate is at Hamilton Grange School: 500 W 138th St, New York, NY 10031.
- Day #2: All Debate Events at PS 161, 499 W 133rd St, New York, NY 10027
- Our Awards Ceremony will recognize the top speakers in each event with Speaker Medals and Gavels. Top Teams will receive Plaques.
- 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.
- Volunteers are needed to judge and help throughout both days! If you can judge on Saturday or Sunday please complete our Judge Registration Form. Judges should arrive between 8:30am-9:00am. Judge training, breakfast and lunch is provided. Click here to sign up!
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.
You can find instructions on how to list teams' qualifications here: https://tinyurl.com/
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: Jessica McIntosh – 347-440-5658
Looking forward to seeing you all,
Aubrey Semple – Program Director, New York City Urban Debate League
Jessica McIntosh – Tournament Manager, New York City Urban Debate League
Registration will take place on Tabroom.
- 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:
- The student has competed in a previous season of debate (in or outside of the NYC Urban Debate League).
- If the student wishes to compete in Open.
A student MUST enter in the Novice division for Public Forum or Parliamentary Debate if:
- All members of the team are first-year debaters.
- 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.
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.
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.