MSHSL 2020 Congress Section Tournament

2019 — Eagan, MN/US

Welcome to the Section 3AA, 4AA, 5AA and 6AA Registration page for 2019-2020 Congressional Debate Tournament to be held December 6th and 7th at Eagan High School

Registration:  Schools may register up to two (2) entries for the Section Tournament.  STUDENTS MAY NOT DOUBLE ENTER in Congress and other debate events.  So if a student competes in the Congress Section Tournament by MAY NOT participate in the LD, PF or Policy Section Tournament in January.

Please remember there is NO ALTERNATE process for individual events.  Please ensure students who are competing are available to debate on January 17th and 18th.

Schedule: The following schedule will be used:

Friday - December 6th 2019
Session 1 - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Dinner Break - 5:30 to 6:15 PM
Session 2 - 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Saturday - December 7th 2019
Session 3 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Lunch Break 11:00 to 11:45 AM
Session 4 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Legislation:  Schools can submit up to two pieces of legislation to for the tournament.  Legislation must be submitted by November 16th at 9:00 PM.  Schools will then have from Nov 17th to 21st to vote for their top 8 pieces of legislation.  Two packets of legislation will be produced (Friday Packet & Saturday Packet) in the order to be debated based on preference of voting.  This is a set docket tournament.

See Legislation File for order of bills to be debate.


A Resolution to Ease Economic Restrictions on Cuba
A bill to withdraw from NATO
A Bill to Ban Plea Bargaining
A Bill to Save Social Security
A Bill to Implement the Three-Strikes Law
A Resolution to Remove the Phrase Under God
A Bill to Improve Middle Eastern Medical Practices
A Bill to Implement a Carbon Tax
A bill to eliminate displays of racist ideologies
A Bill to Legalize Recreational Drugs for Medicinal Purposes
A resolution to ease sanctions on the Syrian Arab Republic
A Bill to Slow the Rise of College Tuition
A resolution to restrict access to guns
A Bill to Protect Teenagers from Vaping
The Better Future For Students (BFFs) Act
A Bill to Reduce Gun Violence in America
A resolution to create term limits for members of congress
A Bill to Nationally Prohibit Cell Phone Use While Driving
A Bill to authorize the NOAA to establish a Climate Change Education Program



A bill to abolish the death penalty
A resolution to recognize Kurdistani Sovereignty
A Bill to End the Ethical Demise of the United States Agriculture Industry
A Bill to require every United States Citizen to submit a DNA sample for a Federal DNA Database
A Bill to Send Troops Back Into Syria
A bill to mandate the vaccination of all US citizens
The Hong Kong Democracy Act
A bill to increase the NASA budget
A Bill to protect the privacy of an individual
A Resolution to Move to a Single Payer Healthcare
A resolution to privatize the US Postal Service
A resolution to place a two-year moratorium on concentrated animal feeding operations
A Resolution to Significantly Cut Military Funding
The Balanced Budget Act of 2020
A Bill to Provide a Basic Income for the Cyclically Unemployed
A resolution to Recognize the treatment of the Uighur as a genocidal act by the Chinese government.
An act to provide admission of the State of Puerto Rico into the Union
A bill to reduce election fraud
A bill to lower the federal minimum wage
A Bill to Regulate Deepfake Technologies


Rules: For the official rules and processes please see the MSHSL Website -

*NOTE: Per the MDTA Meeting and acceptance from the MSHSL we will be using Direct Questioning for ALL SESSIONS.  We are currently waiting for the MSHSL to update the PDF with those changes.


Dates & Deadlines

October 25th – Registration is open

  • Each school is allowed to send two students to the MSHSL Section Tournament in Congress.  Per the MSHSL Rules a student who competes in Congress Sections IS NOT ELIGIBLE to then compete in LD, Policy or Public Forum Sections.
  • Although registration isn’t due until December we do need to get an idea if you plan on sending students to the tournament.  So you can register TODAY and on the use the TBA Slots in Congress option.  This will allow us to plan for the correct number of judges.  With the growth of Congress these last couple of years we may reach the magic number to have four chambers at Sections.  Registering, even with TBA numbers, will allow us to plan for the correct number of judges.

November 16th – Legislation is due

  • Each school is allowed to submit two pieces of legislation for consideration.

November 17th to November 21st – Legislation Voting

  • Each school is allowed to rank vote the legislation (top 8) and we will use those votes to split and set the docket for both days.

November 22nd – Legislation is released

December 4th – Add deadline

December 6th and 7th – Tournament at Eagan High School.  Held in conjunction with JV/Novice State Tournament.


Notes & FAQ

Q. Can a student compete at Sections in Congress and then in LD/PF/Policy if they fail to qualify?

A. No.  Per MSHSL rules the student can compete in a single event.

Q. Do I need to provide judges for sections?

A. No.  They are covered by the MSHSL.

Q. What are the entry feeds?

A.  None.  They are covered by the schools registration with the MSHSL.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate in asking.