MJDL Tourney 1

2021 — Sudbury, MA/US

Welcome to the first Massachusetts Junior Debate League Tournament. It will take place online on May 8, 2021.

Schedule

Round

Time

Judge Training (REQUIRED)

8:00 AM EST

Debater Meeting (REQUIRED)

8:30 AM EST

Round 1

9:00 AM EST

Round 2

11:00 AM EST

Round 3

2:00 PM EST

Round 4

4:00 PM EST 

 

Modified Public Forum Format 

At this tournament, we will be using a Modified Public Forum format.

Speaker

Speech

Time

Notes

A

Constructive

3 Min

Try not to have more than 2 contentions

A

1st Cross

3 Min

Team 1 asks the first question

B

Rebuttal

3 Min

No Frontlining

B

2nd Cross

3 Min

Team 1 asks the first question

A

Summary

2 Min

New evidence ONLY in response to rebuttal

A+B

Grand Cross 

2 Min

Team 1 asks the first question; all speakers

B

FF

2 Min

No new evidence or arguments

N/A

Prep Time

5 Min

 

This format will help make debating more accessible and less daunting to middle schoolers. Once we have more people in attendance, we may create a Varsity Middle School division with a full Public Forum Format and a Novice division with this Modified Public Forum format.

 

Registration Fees

There will be a school fee of $20, but no individual fee per competitor.

Checks should be made out to Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School

Checks should be mailed to:

Nancy Goldstone

Speech and Debate Team

Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School

390 Lincoln Road

Sudbury MA 01776

If the fee impedes your school’s ability to attend, please do not hesitate to reach out to noahbuttner@gmail.com. We are open to waiving the fee if necessary. 

Judging

All judges should be Public Forum debaters with either 2+ years of experience or have debated 5+ tournaments in the varsity division. Judges should be able to give comprehensive feedback to debaters after the round. If you are unsure about whether you are qualified to judge, please reach out to ariashi15@gmail.com or jishnujag@gmail.com with any questions.