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Middle School Debate

East Coast High School Public Debate Program

Welcome to the East Coast High School Public Debate Program!

2017-2018 School Year

Tournament Dates

  • February 10, 2018:  Hackley School, 293 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown, NY Register here
  • March 17, 2018
  • late April:  National Championship (Claremont McKenna College, California)

Topics for February 10 Tournament
  • The First Amendment should not protect hate speech. 
  • Artificial intelligence does more good than harm.
  • Two additional rounds of impromptu topics will be selected from current events and other enduring ethical controversies.
Registration closes February 7 at 6:00pm

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.