NYCUDL Open MSHS Tournament 1

2023 — New York, NY/US

Hello coaches,

Executive Director Amisha Mody Mehta and staff of the NYCUDL invite you, your students, and chaperones to the NYCUDL’s MS/HS Tournament #1. Middle and High School Public Forum will be a LIVE event at In-Tech HS in the Bronx (2975 Tibbett Ave, Bronx, NY 10463).

We are incredibly excited to bring you the first in-person league debate tournament of the year! This tournament is only open to NYCUDL league members. Information on league membership can be found here.

Tournament Schedule

The resolutions are as follows.

Public Forum:

League topic (HS and MS): Resolved: The United States should establish a universal mandatory national service program.

National topic (HS only): Resolved: The United States federal government should forgive all federal student loan debt.


Round 1 & 2: This House would establish a mandatory national service
program in the United States.

Round 3: Extemp Round- topic released 20 minutes before the round.

We offer the following divisions:

MS PF Novice (league topic)
MS PF Junior Varsity (league topic)
MS PF Varsity (league topic)

MS Parli Novice
MS Parli Junior Varsity
MS Parli Varsity

HS PF Novice (league and National topics)
HS PF Junior Varsity (League and National topics)
HS PF Varsity (League and National topics)

Division Qualifications:

Novice: Debaters entering their first year of debate or have debated less than 6 rounds previously.

Junior Varsity: Debaters entering their second year of debate.

Varsity: Debaters who are entering their third or more year of debate.

To enter this tournament, your school must be a member of the NYCUDL. All requirements and fees can be found on our website. We require that an adult coach or sponsor complete the paperwork and function as the primary contact for the team and the league.

Permission Slips: Once your school has registered, have your students complete the permission slip form. That link can be found here.

Judging: Our judging obligation is one judge for every two teams.

This is within division. If you have 3 novice PF teams and 1 advanced team, you will need 3 judges. High school students may judge MS debate. Adults that have graduated from high school may judge high school debate.

The NYCUDL has a small pool of judges that we will hire out to schools. This pool is not large and is first come-first serve. If you are requesting judging from the NYCUDL, you must email with your request. If you enter your request on tabroom, you must still email Emily or your request will not be considered complete.

Upon school entry, all teams will be placed on a waitlist. In order to be removed from the waitlist, the following criteria must be met.

•Your school must be a league member with completed paperwork.
•Students must have completed permission slips.
•Your judging obligation just be met.
•You must have an adult that will be present for the day of the tournament.
•Your students must be linked on

If you have any questions, please reach out to your outreach coordinator.