MSHSL Congress Section Tournament
2022 — Eagan MN, MN/US
Welcome to the Section 3AA, 4AA, 5AA and 6AA Registration page for 2022-2023 Congressional Debate Tournament to be held in-person at Eagan High School on December 2nd and 3rd.
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 13th and 14th.
Schedule: The following schedule will be used:
Friday - December 2nd, 2022
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 3rd, 2022
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for the tournament. Legislation must be submitted by November 9th 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 All Prisoners to Vote
2. A Bill to Forgive Student Loans Based on Income
3. A Bill to Subsidize the Production of Electric Vehicles
4. A Bill to Reinstate Sanctions On Iran for Human Rights Abuses and Support for Russia’s Invasion
5. A Bill to Withdraw all US troops from Saudi Arabia
6. A Bill to Legalize Psilocybin Mushrooms
7. A Bill to Bolster Research of New Drugs With Firm Acquisitions
8. A Resolution to Recognize Palestine as a State
9. A Bill to Provide for the Solvency of Social Security
Saturday (In Order)
1. A Bill to Establish an Affordable Housing Agency to Assist low-income Citizens
2. A Bill to Increase the Federal Minimum Wage
3. A Bill to Remove Fossil Fuel Subsidies
4. A Bill to Enact Universal Healthcare in the United States
5. A Bill to Return Hawaii
6. A Resolution to Convert the United States to the Metric System
7. A Bill To Condemn Iran's Morality Police
8. A Bill to Subsidize Research Funds for Alternative Medicine
Rules: For the official rules and processes please see the MSHSL Website -https://www.mshsl.org/sites/default/files/2021-09/2021-2022-debate-rules-and-policies.doc
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 9th – 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 20th – Legislation is released
November 30th – Add deadline
December 2nd and 3rd – 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.