Brown Rudnick

NYC Travel Debate Team 

Travel Tournaments and Practices

  • 9/9 – Travel Team/Varsity Practice and Coach Orientation
  • 9/15-9/17  – Travel Team Tournament: Yale University (Sponsored by Brown Rudnick)
  • 10/14 –  Travel Team/Varsity Practice
  • 11/11 – Travel Team/Varsity Practice
  • 12/1-12/3 – Travel Team Tournament – Princeton University & Merrimack High School Invitational (Sponsored by Brown Rudnick)
  • 12/10 – Travel Team/Varsity Practice
  • 1/5-1/7 – Travel Team Tournament – The Newark Invitational (Sponsored by Brown Rudnick)
  • 1/13-1/15 – Travel Team Tournament – Lexington Invitational (Sponsored by Brown Rudnick)
  • 1/27 – Travel Team/Varsity Practice
  • 2/16-2/19 – Travel Team Tournament – Harvard University Debate Invitational (Sponsored by Brown Rudnick)
  • 3/2-3/3 – Travel Team Tournament – Lakeland/Westchester Classic (Sponsored by Beveridge & Diamond)
  • 3/24 – 3/25 – Travel Team/Varsity Practice
  • 4/14-4/16 – Travel Team – National Debate Coaches National Debate Championships (Top 2 Public Forum Debate Teams) (Sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis)
  • 4/28-29 - Travel Team - Tournament of Champions (Kirkland & Ellis)
  • 4/20-22 – Travel Team – National Urban Debate League National Championships (Top 2 Policy Debate Teams) (Sponsored by the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues and Schoolzilla)
  • 4/28 – Travel Team/Varsity CELEBRATION!!!!!


About the Travel Team

Welcome to the New York City Travel Team! New York City debaters are the best debaters in the nation! Our students have won city, state, regional and national titles!  All students should participate in travel tournaments because it breaks every glass ceiling in terms of learning, expectations, and competition. Schools and students are always welcomed to travel on their own, but this is often unaffordable for many of our students. Therefore, the New York City Urban Debate League founded the New York City Travel Team to provide opportunities for our top debaters to travel and compete against the best in the nation.


Local debate tournaments are only the beginning!  On any given weekend there are local, regional, state, and national tournaments!  This makes debate the most rigorous academic program hands down!  You wont find any other academic program with as many academic competitions!  In fact, the Speech & Debate National Championships is the largest academic competition in the entire world with thousands of students participating.


While the costs of regional and national travel are prohibitive and prevent many students and schools from competition at a national level – our mission is to shatter these glass ceilings.  And so the NYCUDL supports a citywide travel team to provide travel opportunities to the top debaters across the city. 


There are three ways to participate on the New York City Travel Team.  


First, schools can sign up for our School Travel Program or “Travel Pool.” Each school is responsible for renting a bus during the year. In return, other schools and the NYCUDL rent buses for the rest of the year. So we provide for travel, housing, and one team meal. Schools are still responsible for tournament registration fees and judging. This helps to make travel affordable for schools. Tentatively, "Travel Pool" schools can bring up to 4 teams and 2 DOE authorized chaperones/judges.


Second, students apply to be apart of our Travel Team scholarship program. Scholarship students are expected to (a) participate in monthly Travel Team practices; (b) participate in community service events; (c) attend qualifying tournaments by our sponsors such as the Citi End of Year Debates, Kirland & Ellis Debate Invitational, Beveridge & Diamond Debates and more!  For more information on the Travel Team please contact us at


Third, most schools travel on their own. Schools complete their own travel, housing and tournament registration. This way you can bring as many debaters as possible, participate in additional opportunities (field trips of the city, college) and other events. 


Fourth, it is important to note that all our travel policies and scholarship opportunities are always dependent on funding, staffing, tournament logistics and can be changed at anytime.  Nearly all travel is done by schools on their own. The Travel Pool and Travel Scholarship programs are programs in which we try our best to provide funding for students who cannot otherwise afford travel on their own. 


Thank You to the Brown Rudnick Public Interest Foundation

There would be no NYC Urban Debate League without the incredible support of Brown Rudnick Law Firm.  Brown Rudnick supported the league in its infancy when it started with a debate team “The Great Debaters” in a single classroom in the South Bronx with the mission that debate should be accessible to all. Since then, Brown Rudnick has supported the expansion of the Great Debaters citywide and the New York City Urban Debate League was founded.  And so we have named our national awarding Travel Team after Brown Rudnick.  Our Travel Team was built to ensure that there is no glass ceiling limiting our Great Debaters so that our debaters would have access and opportunity to compete in the nation’s most prestigious and competitive debate tournaments.