MSHSL 2021 Congress Section Tournament

2020 — Online, MN/US

Welcome to the Section 3AA, 4AA, 5AA and 6AA Registration page for 2020-2021 Congressional Debate Tournament to be held virtually on December 4th and 5th.

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 15th and 16th.

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 ONE pieces of legislation to for the tournament.  Legislation must be submitted by November 9th at 9:00 PM.  Schools will then have from Nov 12th to 17th 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.


Friday (In Order)


A Resolution to Amend the Constitution to Set Term Limits for Members of Congress
A Bill to Make Internet a Utility
A Bill to Decriminalize all Drugs in the United States
A Bill to reclaim the authority of congress to impose Tariffs
A Resolution to Amend the Constitution to Democratize the Supreme Court
A Bill to Lower the Age of Candidacy in the United States
A Bill to eliminate sub-minimum wages
A Bill to Ban Factory Farming
A Bill to Cease Tobacco Promotion
The Cannadis Act of 2021 (Cannabis)


Saturday (In Order)


The PBS (Prison Business Safety) Act
A Bill To Provide a Second Round of Economic Stimulus
A Bill to Tax Wealth
A Bill to Abolish the Electoral College and Switch to a Democratic Popular Vote
A Bill to prevent social media censorship
The Drug Freedom Act
A Resolution to Amend the Constitution to Preseve Justice in the Supreme Court
A Bill to Remove the Pledge of Allegiance in Public Schools
A Bill to raise taxes to fund public transportation
A Bill to Mandate Vasectomies


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.



Arthur Harris
Amanda Soczynski
Mark Thul
Elizabeth Grayden
Dan Bordwell
Andrew Tichy
Tammy Trout-McIntre
Chyenne Thibodo
Hailey Pierce-Ramsdell
Kathy Martin
Bob French
Susan Anderson
Tom Fones


Dates & Deadlines

October 6th– 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 9th – Legislation is due

  • Each school is allowed to submit ONE piece of legislation for consideration.

November 12th to November 19th – 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 20th – Legislation is released

December 2nd – Add deadline

December 4th and 5th – Tournament to be held virtually.  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 fees?


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