Debate to Educate International Junior World School Styles

2023 — NSDA Campus, US

Debate to Educate International Junior World School Styles

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Debate to Educate is a non profit organization whose mission is to make debate accessible and empowering on a world-wide scale. By creating a global community united in the spirit of competition and exploration, we aim to build a more empathetic and knowledgeable generation of learners and leaders everywhere. Our tournaments are available to middle school/ junior high school students everywhere.

We will match competitors in ANY time zone, so that all debaters may compete at a reasonable time between Saturday, March 11th and Sunday March 12th. Click here to view our schedule and learn how we make this tournament possible!

Our tournament will be practicing an altered version of World School Styles, aimed to be accessible to junior high school students. All debates will be in English. We will be offering both novice and open WSS. Teams are not required to be from the same school. Each team may consist of 3-5 debaters.

  • Novice teams must have an average age of under 13 years old. They must be in their first or second year of competitive debate, and they must have no history of placing in the top 3 teams of any debate tournament prior to March 11th. Each speaker may present their case for 3-5 minutes without points being deducted, and they are not required to accept POIs.

View our novice motions here

  • Open teams must have an average age of under 15 years old. Each speaker should speak for 5 minutes in order to avoid time penalties. Each speaker is required to accept a minimum of 2 POIs.

View our open motions here

Our motions will be released on February 11th. The novice league will receive a list of 5 possible motions, while the open league will receive a list of 10 possible motions. Each round will announce a motion from the list 30-60mins in advance, allowing teams to prep. Our goal for this list is to encourage debaters to examine the world around them in a wholistic manner by providing a diverse range of topics to prepare for. '

We are asking for a donation of $50 per team whenever possible, though our first goal is accessibility. If your team will require a fee waiver to participate, simply email, and we will accommodate you!

All competitors will be first waitlisted, so that they may be asked to sign our release form. This is automatic, and it does not reflect your standing in our tournament. We will try to accommodate all teams that register.