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Girls Tournament & State Champs Prep on March 30th! State Champs the Weekend After!

by Erik Fogel | Mar 17, 2019 9:56:38 PM |

High School Debate League


Hi Everyone!   Lots of exciting things coming up!!!


1.  HS City Championships Tournament Photo Albums! Click here!

2.  HS City Champs Final Rounds of PF on Tuesday! Click here!

3.  March 30th Girls Debate Mini Tournament & Workshop!! Read more below or register here!

4.  April 6th & 7th NY State Championships Invitational! Click to register! Reminder this is not a UDL league tournament but a state wide invitational with all proceeds going to support Summer Camp scholarships! So there are registration fees like every debate invitational. But great tournament for great cause!!!!!!!!!!


Key Dates


March 19th

 HS City Champs Final Round, Awards Night & Dinner HS City Champs Final Round, Student Awards & Dinner for the Fin Lit Debates. Click here to sign up! 

March 30th

Girls Debate Tournament & Prep & Workshop for the Middle School States Tournament! 

Girls Debate Tournament & Prep & Workshop for the Middle School States Tournament!


Click here to register


March 31st

HS Overnight National Summer Debate Institute Scholarship Application for National Debate Forum Camp and Victory Briefs Institute Click here to apply! 
April 6th-7th  High School State Champs HS State Championships @ WC Bryant HS. Click here to register. Fee wavier applications are due by March 22nd for NYC DOE Title I schools. Click here.


Key Notes


1. March 19th!!! Sign up for the High School City Championships Final Rounds, Dinner, Citibank Financial Literacy Awards Night.  March 19th. Click here to RSVP!


On March 19th we celebrate all participants of the Citi Financial Literacy Debates and High School City Championships!!!!  Final Rounds!  Dinner! Desserts!  Awards! and More!!! Click to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hs-city-championships-final-rounds-financial-literacy-awards-night-tickets-56727538595


2.  Girls Debate Tournament  (March 30th!! Celebrating Women's History Month). click here to register! 


This tournament is sponsored by the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) focuses on the personal growth, development, leadership and debate building for girls and young women in the tri-state area. 
Tabroom Registration will start running tomorrow March 15th, 2019 at 9 A.M. 
TIME: 8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
RULES: Students will participate in a tournament of 2 rounds and workshops. Those who obtain a 2-0 for the day will receive a bid that can be used for states.
Resolved: The United Nations should grant India permanent membership on the Security Council.
Limit: 4 Teams in total per school (1 judge for every two teams registered) Schools must provide at least one judge
8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.
Registration/Breakfast/Judge Training
9:00 A.M. - 9:45 P.M.
Guest speaker/lecture
9:45 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
Head to rounds
10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Round 1
11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Lunch & Activity
12:30 P.M. -  12:45 P.M.
Head to rounds
12:45 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Round 2
1:30 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Trivia Activity & Raffle
2:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.
Awards Ceremony & Pictures
2:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Cleanup and Dismissal
On Friday March 15th, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. Registration will open and promptly close on Monday March 25th, 2019 at 5:00 P.M.
Space for the tournament is limited, we don't expect to have more than 100 students to fit in the space, if that does occur than it will either be double flighted tournament OR two rounds occurring in the same space at the same time.
Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm of this tournament. I look forward to seeing you all on March 30th. 



3. April 6th - 7th! Sign up for the State High School Debate Championships! 


State Champs registration is through "bids" - at least 2 winning record tournaments... with the same partner!! More info and bid list on our State Champs website - https://www.debate.nyc/the-new-york-state-debate-championship.   Reminder this is an "invitational tournament" and so there are fees with this tournament! See below - 


Fees: There are fees associated with this tournament because it is an "invitational" tournament and fundraiser for debate camp scholarships!  School fee: $50; Entry fee: $40/team (Parliamentary, Policy and Public Forum); Congressional Debate: $20/entry. Hired judge fee: $150; Drop fee: $25/team. All proceeds go to funding scholarships for our summer debate institutes. All NYC Title I public schools are eligible for a limited number of scholarships to attend debate camps. So thank you for supporting a good cause! 


Fee example for those who are new to "Invitational Tournaments."  Every school is charged a "school fee" for attending. This is $50.00 - no matter if you have 1 debater attending or 500 debaters attending.  And then every school is charged based on each "team" registered whether one or two persons on the team.  The team fee is $40.00/team. So if you bring 1 team, that would be $40 (1 team) +$50 (school fee) for a total of $90.00. If you bring 5 teams that would be $40 X 5 teams = $200 + School Fee of $50 = Total of $250.00.  Also note you should bring your own judges but if you cannot find judges we can fulfill your judge obligation for a total of $150.00 which is the amount of a hired judge.


4.   High School States Championships Bids Updates!!! 

At City Championships, each high school can send two teams per division and per event!  Totally up to you what teams!!! Have your own mini tournament! Select based on overall record!!  or other method!  For State Champs however, it is through "bids" - at least 2 winning record tournaments... with the same partner!! More info and bid list on our State Champs website - https://www.debate.nyc/the-new-york-state-debate-championship


5.  National Summer Public Forum Debate Institutes  Scholarship Applications Rolling Deadline until March 31st! Click here to apply!


The New York City Urban Debate League will have a limited number of scholarships to overnight summer debate camps. Scholarship criteria is based on (a) performance - these are some of the top debate camps in the nation and so applicants should have an excellent debate record; (b) financial need - scholarships are needs based. If needed, we may ask for supporting financial documentation. (c) service/leadership - we are looking for debaters who actively play leadership and service roles in the urban debate league ie volunteering, judging, Travel Team practices. (d) UDL Tournament participation. We are looking for debaters who have attended nearly every local UDL high school tournament this year. (e) Academics - students should have a minimum of a 3.00 average unless exceptional circumstances. Only Varsity high school debaters should apply. Students must attend a NYCUDL school in good standing.

1. Financial Needs Based. Student is attending a NYCDOE Title I public school and/or NYC Title I student. Parent Tax returns may be asked.
2. Participation and Success in local UDL tournaments.
3. Academics and Grade Point excellence. Transcript will be required.
4. Service, Community and Leadership Excellence. Looking for not just excellent debaters, but excellent human beings!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications and acceptance are ROLLING. So please apply as quickly as you can. Our deadline is March 31st but please apply well before that date since we will be awarding scholarships throughout the month of March.

NATIONAL DEBATE FORUM (2 Scholarships should be Available)
July 28 - August 6, Simpson College, Des Moines, Iowa
Regular Price - $1800
Scholarship Covers Board, Meals, Tuition, Airfare

VICTORY BRIEFS DEBATE INSTITUTE (2-3 Scholarships should be Available)
Dates and Locations TBA
Regular Price - $2995

1. Scholarship Recipients are expected to volunteer at one of our summer camps to "pay it forward" and share camp knowledge by teaching at a middle school camp. The best way to learn is to teach and so we expect scholarship recipients to help share their skills with future generations of debaters.
2. Attendance. If accepted we expect that you attend otherwise another student could have received the scholarship.
3. UDL Tournament Participation

These scholarships are through the respective debate camps and so if they change the policies, so must we. So please be aware that these are scholarships thanks to the respective camps, but as such that they can change any time. So please stay in touch with the individual camps.






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