The English-Speaking Union

Middle School Debate 2018-2019

East Coast High School Public Debate Program

hspdp 2017-2018 winners

Welcome to the East Coast High School Public Debate Program!

2018-2019 School Year

Tournament Dates:
  • November 10, 2018 at West End Secondary School
  • December 15, 2018 at the Wilberforce School in Princeton, NJ
  • February 9, 2019 at Hackley
  • March 16, 2019 Jose Marti Freshman Academy
  • April 28, 2019 Championship in California

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Debate Topics, MARCH 16, 2019:
  • The US Federal Government should legalize recreational marijuana.

  • Governments should maintain strict policies of no-contact/no-interference with isolated indigenous peoples.


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.

Time Activity
8 – 9 am  Registration
9 - 9:30 am General Assembly and Welcome
9:30 - 11:00 am Round 1 
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Round 2
12:30 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 pm Round 3
2:30 - 4:00 pm Round 4 
4:00 - 4:30 pm Break/Coaches Meeting
4:30 - 4:45 pm Awards
4:45 - 5:15 pm Public Debate Finals

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