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April 25th High School Debate Tournament!

by admin | Apr 19, 2015 |

High School Debate League, Queens Debate League


NYCUDL April HS Debate Tournament

WC Bryant High School 


On behalf of the New York City Urban Debate League and Queens Debate League, you are cordially invited to the NYCUDL April HS Debate Tournament on April 25th for a day of exciting, fun and intense debate excitement.


We will offer three debate formats: Public Forum, featuring 4 rounds of debate of public forum debate and 3 rounds of policy debate and world/parliamentary debates.


Judges’ training will be available for individuals interested in judging public forum, policy, and parliamentary debates.


All questions, concerns and/or issues about the tournament should be directed to:


Tournament/Program Director: Aubrey Semple –semplenyc@gmail.com


Looking forward to seeing you all,


Program Director-Tournament Host – Aubrey Semple / New York City Urban Debate League 

Executive Director – Erik Fogel / New York City Urban Debate League



Registration will take place on speechwire.com.


If you have any questions or issues regarding registration, please email the program director, Aubrey Semple atsemplenyc@gmail.com




Once registration is closed on Wednesday April 23rd at 5pm, you may still drop or change the names of your entries and judges, but you may not add any additional names.

Judging Assignment

Each school must provide one judge for every four teams competing.


There will be judge training for new/inexperienced judges.  Providing a judge for training may also count toward fulfillment of your judging assignment. 


Judges must check in on the morning of the tournament by 9:00am, the latest.



Public Forum:

April 2015 Topic – ISIS/ISIL – Resolution – Resolved: Committing United States ground combat troops to fight ISIL is in the best interest of the United States.


Policy Debate

NSDA 2014-2015 Topic: Oceans – Resolution: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.


Parliamentary/Worlds Debate

  • THBT the use of unmanned military drones abroad is a legitimate exercise of national defense.
  • THW replace human employees with machines when possible.
  • Impromptu topic



Once check-in closes (at 9:00am) – late arrivals will forfeit the first round and will debate round 2 (even if only late by a few minutes).  During round 1, late arrivals should observe and flow debates.


We must emphasize this rule in order to have an efficient, timely and well-managed tournament.  Please oblige to this request. 




Speaker points will be on the scale of 30 points.


We will provide awards for top speakers, top teams and sweepstakes for top schools.  Sweepstakes will be calculated based on the school’s top 5 team entries.




Check-in / Day of tournament check-in: Saturday, April 25th , by 9:00AM


Last Day to Add Team Entries on Speechwire: Wednesday, April 23rd, by 5:00PM




SATURDAY –April 25th, 2015


8:30am - 9:30am - Registration and Breakfast

9:00am - Registration Closes


Policy Debate Schedule

10:00am - Round 1

12:00pm -Round 2

2:00pm - Lunch

3:00pm - Round 3 (Power Matched)

5:00pm - Workshops

6:00pm - Awards

6:30pm - Departure


Public Forum Debate Schedule

10:00am - Round 1

11:00am - Round 2

12:00pm - Round 3

1:00pm - Lunch

2:00pm - Round 4 (Power Matched)

3:00pm – Round 5 (for undefeated teams)

5:00pm - Workshops

6:00pm - Awards Ceremony

6:30pm - Departure


Parliamentary / Worlds Debate Schedule


10:30am – Round 1 – Prep Time Starts: 10:10am

12:00pm – Round 2 – Prep Time Starts: 11:40am

2:00pm – Round 3 – Prep Time Starts: 1:40pm

5:00pm – Workshops

6:00pm – Awards

6:30pm – Departure




Location: W.C. Bryant High School

Address: 48-10 31st Avenue Queens, NY 11103  


Public Transportation:


Take either the Queens local R or M trains to 46th Avenue (Walk south-east on Broadway towards 48th Street. Turn left onto 48thStreet and walk towards 31st Avenue. The school will be on the right)



Take the Q18 Bus to 54th Street/31st Avenue.

(Walk west on 31st Avenue towards Strippoli Square/54th Street)


Other nearby bus routes: Q101, Q104, Q66

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