The English-Speaking Union

Middle School Debate

Nation's Capital Debate League

Welcome to the
Nation's Capital Debate League! 

Click to sign up your school for 2020!

2019-2020 School Year

Tournament DateS:
  • October 20, 2018 at Sidwell Friends School, in Washington, D.C.
  • December 8, 2018 at Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church, VA
  • February 2, 2019 at Norwood School in Bethesda, MD
  • March 16, 2019 at Rachel Carson Middle School in Herndon, VA
  • May 25, 2019: Championship Tournament at George Washington University in Washington, DC

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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.

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.)
  • Roberto Clemente Middle School (Germantown)
  • St. Mark Catholic School (Vienna)
  • St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School (Washington, D.C.)
  • Blessed Sacrament School (Washington, D.C.)
  • Reagan Middle School (Haymarket)