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"So Chuck pressed to get me to join the debate team, a group whose legacy is rich with unathletic adolescents whose competitive fire is channeled into argument instead of physicality. He invested plenty of hope and resources into my becoming one of his star debaters for a nationally competitive team." ("Winning It for Chuck: One Sports Illustrated Writer’s Plea to Cheer for the Dodgers in the World Series" and Honoring the Legacy of Chuck Ballingall, Damien HS Debate Coach -
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Dear Friend,

Happy Halloween Everyone!  This month was such an incredible TREAT!  3 Tournaments, 85 schools, 914 debaters, 1300+ debate rounds, 455 volunteers, teachers, and family members during the month of October to kick off the start of the debate season! Thank you for everyone making this possible! Thank you to all our Great Debaters, Great Judges and Volunteers, Great Teachers and Coaches, Great Parents and Guardians, Great Staff.  Incredible and historic.  So have a Happy Halloween... and get ready for our November Tournaments!! Complete October results below! 

10/7 - NYC Middle School Tournament #1 - 28 schools, 245 students, 133 adults. Click here for complete results!

10/21 - NYC High School Tournament #1 -31 schools, 306 debaters, 154 adults. Click here for complete results!

10/28 - MSQI Tournament #1 - 26 schools, 363 debaters, 168 adults. Click here for complete results!

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11/1 - Bronx Scrimmage
11/2 - Harlem Debate Scrimmage
12/1-12/3 - Travel Team Tournaments (Princeton University & Mamaroneck HS)
12/9 - DYCD Tournament #1
1/5-1/7 - Travel Team Tournament (Newark Invitational)
1/13 - Travel Team Tournament (Lexington HS)
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Register for this Saturday's (11/4) Girls Debate League Workshop at New York University! Click here!

Saturday, November 4th, 2017 will be our second all girls debate league workshop at New York University! Our workshop will focus on confidence in debate! Girls will partake in activities to nurture their self-confidence and apply to every debate round. This workshop is for all debate formats and all ages. So sign up now for an incredible day of debates, workshops, guest speakers, and fantastic breakfast and lunch and more! 10am-3pm.

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Public Forum Debate Workshop on the November Topic!

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On Thursday, November 9, afterschool, we are hosting a workshop on public forum debate, focusing specifically on November's topic: The United States should require universal background checks for all gun sales and transfer of ownership.

With guest speaker Stefan Bauschard, debate guru and the co-founder of Millennial Speech and Debate, along with activities designed to directly prepare students for public forum debate, this workshop will be a fantastic way to prepare for the November high school and middle school tournaments.  And refreshments provided! 

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Debate Educators Conference (11/7)

Debate Con is for NYC Debate Educators and by NYC Debate Educators. This event is free for all debate educators, coaches, and teachers. The purpose of the conference is to help coaches grow and learn from one another, share best practices, as well as build collegiality in the NYC and greater debate community. We will have tracks for all levels of debate instructors from beginners who have never coached debate to advanced instructors who have coached debate for over a decade. Breakfast and lunch provided and on Chancellors Professional Development Day!

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October Tournament Results

Thank you for everyone who participated in our October Tournaments! What a way to kick off the debate season!

10/7 -  NYC Middle School Tournament #1Click here for complete results!

10/21 - NYC High School Tournament #1 -. Click here for complete results!

10/28 - MSQI Tournament #1 Click here for complete results!

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Youth Leadership Council Meeting (11/14/17)

The Debate Youth Leadership Council is intended to encourage the participation of high school and middle schools students in the debate league - beyond participation in tournaments - and getting involved in helping to lead the debate league, improve programming, supporting new students and new schools, feedback on how the league can be improved, creating and participating in new initiatives, and getting involved in additional opportunities such as debate nights, scholarship opportunities and more.

Click here to sign up for our November meeting!

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Debate Volunteers Always Needed! 

At each tournament we need at least 50 volunteer judges to make that tournament happen - in addition to volunteers helping in Tabroom, tournament operations, cafeteria and more! Without your support, our city's debate league is not possible. So consider signing up for a debate tournament. No experience needed. Judge training, breakfast, lunch and an inspiring day of Great Debaters is provided! 

Click here to volunteer at a tournament!

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NYC Debate Club 

For students without debate teams at their school and/or interested in additional debate coaching we offer a debate club that meets at our office every Saturday from 10:00am-12:00pm or students can also sign up virtually for online resources and online debate training.

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