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Middle School Debate

Nation's Capital Debate League

Welcome to the
Nation's Capital Debate League! 

2017-2018 School Year

Tournament Dates
  • October 21, 2017:  Sidwell Friends School (3825 Wisconsin Ave., Washington, DC 20016)  Register here
  • December 9, 2017:  Rocky Run Middle School
  • February 3, 2018:  Norwood School
  • March 17, 2018:  Rachel Carson Middle School
  • May 5, 2018 (tentative):  Championship Tournament
  • May 26, 2018:  City Championship at George Washington University
Debate Topics for October 21:
  • Ending net neutrality is good for America.
  • Students should be allowed to film/record their instructors without permission.
  • Expansion of section 8 vouchers does more good than harm.
  • The federal government should withhold funds for sanctuary cities.

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)
  • The Lowell School (Washington, D.C.)
  • Westland Middle School (Bethesda)
  • Woods Academy (Bethesda)
  • Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.) 
  • Navy Elementary School (Fairfax)
  • Potomac School (McLean)
  • Georgetown Day School (Washington, D.C.)
  • St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School (Washington, D.C.)
  • St. Mark Catholic School (Vienna)