MSHSL Congress Section Tournament

2021 — Eagan, MN/US

Welcome to the Section 3AA, 4AA, 5AA and 6AA Registration page for 2021-2022 Congressional Debate Tournament to be held in-person at Eagan High School on December 3rd and 4th.

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 14th and 15th.

Schedule: The following schedule will be used:

Friday - December 3th 2021
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 4th 2021
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 10th at 9:00 PM.  Schools will then have from Nov 12th to 16th 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)

1. A Bill to Allow Prisoners to Vote
2. A Bill to Enact Universal Healthcare in the United States
3. A Bill to Make the Minimum Training of Police Officers to 60 weeks
4. A Bill to Strengthen the Right to Repair
5. A Bill to Prevent Social Media Censorship
6. A Resolution to Promote Peace Between Armenia and Azerbaijan
7. A Bill to Increase SNAP Benefits
8. A Resolution to Grant Legal Personhood to Natural Ecosystems
9. A Bill to Eliminate Christopher Columbus Day as a Recognized US Holiday

Saturday (In Order)

1. A Bill to Give Puerto Rico Representation
2. A bill to end Qualified Immunity
3. A Bill to Provide Taiwan with Military Equipment
4. A Bill to Reform Housing in America
5. A Bill to Ban the Death Penalty for Individuals Under the Age of 22
6. A Resolution to Ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
7. A Resolution To Support Extension and Refundability of the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit
8. A Bill to Abolish Space Force
9. A Bill To Cease Requirement Of The Pledge Of Allegiance In Schools

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




Dates & Deadlines

October 23rd– 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 10th – Legislation is due

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

November 12th to November 16th – 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 19th – Legislation is released

December 1st – Add deadline

December 3rd and 4th – Tournament to be held in-person at Eagan High School


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?

A. Yes, an entry fee will be assigned to your school and invoiced to your Activities Director.  You have no specific action to take.

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