Iowa City Middle School Tournament

2024 — Iowa City, IA/US




MAY THE 4th BE WITH YOU! Iowa City West High School and Northwest Junior High will host a middle school tournament on Saturday, May 4th! We will offer all debate events and all main speech events. All middles school programs are welcome as long as students (6th-8th) are enrolled at a middle school they are welcome to compete. High school students are encouraged to coach and judge middle school students. We're only a few parsecs away from Des Moines where this years national tournament will take place, and we hope that your team will join us on Naboo, I mean in Iowa City, to learn how to use the force!


Iowa City West High School 2901 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246

We are hosting at the high school because it is bigger and more accessible, we are under renovation again but the classrooms are not the focus of the construction.


Policy - Policy Debate is a two-on-two debate where an affirmative team proposes a plan and the negative team argues why that plan should not be adopted.

Public Forum - PF looks at current event topics. As a team event, students who compete in Public Forum need to be able to work well with a partner.

Lincoln Douglas - Lincoln-Douglas Debate typically appeals to individuals who like to debate, but prefer a one-on-one format as opposed to a team or group setting. Additionally, individuals who enjoy LD like exploring questions of how society ought to be.

Congress - Congressional Debate is like a simulation of the real United States legislature. A group of 10-25 students, called a Chamber, will compete in a legislative session. A series of bills and resolutions will be proposed by students from various schools.

Speech - There are many types of speech events, most of them are individual with Duo being the exception as a partnered event. All speech falls into three main areas, Limited Preparation, Interpretation, and Platform. Limited Preparation (Extemporaneous and Spontaneous) provides students limited time to respond to a prompt. Interpretation (Dramatic, Humorous, Program Oral, and Duo) provide students a chance to perform a script. Platform (Original Oratory, Informational) provide students the chance to write and perform a speech to persuade or inform.



Policy - Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase fiscal redistribution in the United States by adopting a federal jobs guarantee, expanding Social Security, and/or providing a basic income. (USE IOWA NOVICE CASE LIMITS MINUS TOPICALLITY AND KRITIKS)

Public Forum - Resolved: The United States federal government should ban single-use plastics.

Lincoln Douglas - Resolved: In the United States, national service ought to be mandatory.

Topic rational: These are meant to be low preparation for coaches, thereby easy to instruct new debaters. Please respect novice case limits, email if you have any specific questions.


The cost is $5 per middle school student (aka $10 for partnered events) and judging should be cheap because high school students are allowed to judge.


Policy Saturday, May 4th

9:00-10:45 Round 1 NCX

11:00-12:45 Round 2 NCX

1:30-3:15 Round 3 NCX

3:30-3:45 Semifinals NCX

4:45 Awards

5:00-6:45 Finals NCX

LD/PF Saturday, May 4th

9:00-10:15 Round 1 LD/PF

10:30-11:45 Round 2 LD/PF

12:30-1:45 Round 3 LD/PF

2:00-3:15 Round 4 LD/PF

3:30-4:45 Round 5 LD/PF

4:45 Awards

5:00-6:15 Semifinals LD/PF

6:30-7:30 Finals LD/PF

Speech Saturday, May 4th

9:30-10:30 Round 1 Speech (extemp draw 9:00am)

11:30-12:30 Round 2 Speech (extemp draw 11:00am)

1:30-2:30 Round 3 Speech (extemp draw 1:00pm)

3:30-4:30 Round 4 Speech (extemp draw 3:00pm)

4:45 Awards

Congress Saturday, May 4th

9:30-12:00 AM Session

1:30-4:00 PM Session

4:45 Awards