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Middle School Debate

Nation's Capital Debate League

Welcome to the
Nation's Capital Debate League! 

2017-2018 School Year

  • October 21, 2017:  Sidwell Friends School
  • December 9, 2017:  Rocky Run Middle School
  • February 3, 2018:  Norwood School
  • March 2018:  date and location TBD
  • May 5, 2018 (tentative):  Championship Tournament
  • May 26, 2018:  City Championship at George Washington University

Teaching Debate and Argumentation

Date: TBD

Judge Training

More information coming soon.

NOTE: to judge, you must attend training. This includes current high school debaters and former NCDL debaters. You do not have to attend the training more than once.

National Championship Tournament

May 5, 2018
Location TBA

Participating Schools
  • Longfellow Middle School (Falls Church)
  • Norwood School (Bethesda)
  • NYSMITH School (Herndon)
  • Pyle Middle School (Bethesda)
  • Rachel Carson Middle School (Herndon)
  • Rocky Run Middle School (Chantilly)
  • St Louis Catholic School (Alexandria)
  • Takoma Park Middle School (Silver Spring)
  • The Lowell School (Washington D.C.)
  • Westland Middle School (Bethesda)
  • Woods Academy (Bethesda)
  • Sidwell Friends School (Bethesda) 
  • Navy Elementary School (Fairfax)