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 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 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 19th 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.


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 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 th – 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.