The English-Speaking Union

Middle School Debate

East Coast High School Public Debate Program

hspdp 2017-2018 winners

Welcome to the East Coast High School Public Debate Program!

click to REGISTER for 2021-2022

2021-2022 School Year

west coast league online events:

The East Coast League is invited to join: 

  • Saturday, September 11, Teacher and Student Workshop
  • Saturday, October 2, Novice Workshop and Tournament (morning workshop, and 2-3 debates)
  • Sunday, October 24, Tournament #1 
  • EAST COAST TOURNAMENT DATES:
    Saturday, November 13, 2021 (Online )
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 (Online)
  • Saturday, February 12, 2022 (Location TBD)
  • Saturday, March 12, 2022 (Location TBD)
  • Championship Tournament April 2022 (Date &  Location TBD) 
  • REMINDER: EACH SCHOOL MUST PROVIDE ONE JUDGE FOR EVERY TWO TEAMS.
TOPICS from 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP APRIL 17

 Impose term limits on the US Congress

- Cancel culture does more good than harm.

- Abolish the CIA!

Additional impromptu topics will be selected from current events & enduring ethical controversies


Tournament Format & Schedule:

The tournament will consist of four rounds.

Two of the rounds will cover two pre-announced topics (usually announced about four weeks prior to the event) and two rounds will include two extemporaneous motions for debate.  Impromptu topics, drawn from current events and notable public policy issues, are announced twenty minutes prior to debates.  Pre-announced and impromptu topics can be in any round order.

Rounds three and four are power-matched and at some tournaments (time permitting) we will have a final public debate between the top two teams on a third extemporaneous topic.

Please note: the timing of the West Coast tournaments will  in all likelihood start at noon and the East Coast tournaments will start at 11am. TBA

Time Activity
11am – 12 pm Registration
12 - 12:30 pm General Assembly and Welcome
12:30 - 2pm  Round 1 
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Round 2
3:30 - 4:00 pm Snack
4:00 - 5:30 pm Round 3
5:30 - 7:00 pm Round 4 
7:00 - 7:30 pm Break/Coaches Meeting
7:30 - 7:45 pm Awards Announced
7:45 - 8:15 pm Public Debate Finals

Looking for more debate opportunities in the New York Metro Area? Check out Rutgers University Debate Union.