ESSD Middle School Invitational Online

2020 — Online, NY/US

ESSD Middle School Invitational National Speech & Debate Association, April Topic

RESOLVED: The United States should remove nearly all of its military presence in the Arab states of Persian Gulf.


On behalf of the Early Scholars Speech & Debate Society, welcome!

Online Venue Start time:

Registration and the online debate space will open at 8:00 AM Eastern Time on Saturday April 18th. Tournament staff will be available to answer questions and help troubleshoot technology.

Orientation for judges will begin at 8:30 AM. Please click the link to the Zoom web conference room hosted by Early Scholars: ESSD Invitational

Troubleshooting Zoom:

  • All competitors and judges must have access to reliable Wi-Fi, a device with a microphone and webcam, and a quiet place to debate.
  • Please Test your device before the tournament using

  • If you experience issues start with theZoom FAQ.


Check-in will open at 8:00 am on Saturday, April 18th.

Check-in will close at 8:50 am. You must be checked in with the tournament on Zoom by 8:50 AM to be included in the Round 1 pairings.



We will offer two divisions in Public Forum: Novice (1st yr debater) and Open (2+ yrs).

Entry fees & Judge Obligations


Judges-  one volunteer judge for every 3 teams. 


 PF Novice --First year debaters

9:00 Round 1

11:00 Round 2

1:30 Round 3

 PF Open

10:00 Round 1

12:00 Round 2

2:00 Round 3


4:00pm: Award Ceremony Announcements: Live Broadcast via Youtube: Awards will be mailed


For questions and comments, contact Erin Jacques, PhD