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Middle School Debate

Nation's Capital Debate League

Welcome to the
Nation's Capital Debate League! 

2016-2017 School Year

tournament Dates:  
  • October 22, 2016 - Sidwell Friends School (Washington, DC) 
  • November 19, 2016 - George Washington University (Washington, DC)
  • February 4, 2017 - Norwood School (Bethesda, MD)
  • March 11, 2017 - Rachel Carson (Herndon, VA)
  • mid April - May 2017 (City Championship Tournament, George Washington University)
  • May 6, 2017 (tentative) - Regional Championship
Topics for March 11 Tournament
  • The President's executive order on immigration is unconstitutional.
  • The Dakota Access Pipeline does more good than harm.
  • The Metro should solve its budget shortfall through increased fares for riders.
  • It is morally acceptable to experiment on animals for medical purposes.

Teaching Debate and Argumentation

Date: TBD

Judge Training

Judge training before October 22 Tournament at Sidwell will be held on Tuesday, October 18 from 7 - 8:15 pm. 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 6, 2017 (tentative)

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)