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NYC Great Debaters Weekly!

Sign up Now for the 2018-2019 Debate Season!

Dear Friend,  

Middle School Tournaments! High School Tournaments! MSQI Tournaments! Travel Tournaments!... oh my! Our Tournament Calendars are live! Join the largest citywide debate league in the nation! Schools can sign up for the season by clicking here! And if your school does not have a debate team, click here to sign up for Debate Club! Interested in volunteering and judging! Please click here to sign up for our 2018-2019 Tournaments to Judge! So save the date! Actually... save many dates!  30+ Debate Tournaments this Season! Final message!.... Last couple days to sign up for the Queens Debate Institute which starts Monday! Click here to register!  Contact your coach or for summer debate camp scholarships if you are a member student! Welcome everyone to the 2018-2019 Debate Season! - Erik,


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Sign up for the 2018-2019 Debate Season! 
2018-2019 Tournament Calendar is LIVE! 
Register Now for Tournament #1!

Our 2018-2019 Tournament Calendar is up! Click here for our High School Tournament Calendar! Click here for our Middle School Tournament Calendar! Sign up now for Tournaments #1! Click here for our Travel Team Calendar! Click here for our MSQI Calendar! Thank you MSQI for an incredible and historic partnership! Thank you to all schools for hosting tournaments! We could not have a debate league without you! And all participating schools, you can sign up now to join the city's debate league by clicking here! 

Debate Club
Sign Up for NYC Debate Clubs!
September 15th is First Day!

The New York City Debate Club meets on Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm (Middle School) and 10:00am-1:00pm (High School) at our Office (25 Broadway, 9th Floor) during the Fall and Spring Semesters debate practices for 5th – 12th grade students.  All students participating in Debate Club are eligible to participate in our tournaments. Debate Club is for new debaters, intermediate debaters and advanced debaters. Our students have won local, city, regional and national tournaments. Our instructors are among the top debaters and coaches in the city. Debate Club is a great option if you do not have a debate team at your school, or if interested in additional practices, and if you are one of our middle school alumni and interested in continuing in high school debate!  Click here to sign up!


NYC Travel Team Begins! Register for the Bronx Science Invitational and Yale University! 

New Debate Season! New Travel Team! New Travel Tournaments! See our Travel Calendar by clicking here! Registration is open for Yale University (9/14-16th) and for Bronx Science (10/12-14th)! Register ASAP because these tournaments are some of the top in the nation and registration closes quickly with wait lists! The NYCUDL kicks off the Travel Program on September 8th at our office for the first Travel Team practice and Coaches meeting for those interested in Travel this year! Coaches please contact us at or check out the latest edition of the coach newsletter for more information on the new Travel Team. But if interested in competing at Bronx Science or Yale University, you should register your teams now!  Click to register!

Former Debaters

Former New York Debaters Raise $1 Million Dollars for their Start Up Thanks to Debate Skills!

"Debate gave me some very valuable skills when it came to pitching my company and fundraising. Some of the skills needs to persuade judges apply pretty well to persuading VCs to invest." Congrats to former HS Champion Policy Debaters, Akshay Ramaswamy & Chetan Rane who used their debate skills to go to Stanford University and just raised $1 million in seed money for their start up! Akshay graduated from NYCUDL member school Lakeland High School! And also shout outs to Lakeland HS Director of Debate and NYCUDL Board Member, Stefan Bauschard! Check out the interview! - 

maspeth high school

Last weekend to Sign up for the Queens Summer Debate Institute! August 13th-24th!

The Queens Debate Institute (QDI) is located at Maspeth High School.  Like our other debate institutes, QDI’s greatest strengths are derived from the community.  Our partnerships with local Queens colleges such as St. John’s University which has one of the nation’s leading debate programs as well as other college debate teams – bring some of the greatest debate instruction and coaching.  QDI offers all forms of debate and is the perfect place for debaters to jump start the upcoming debate season!  So join us at QDI by clicking here! 


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