NYCUDL Girls Debate Tournament

2018 — Young Women's Leadership School, NY/US



Young Women's Leadership School of Queens

 150-91 87th Rd, Jamaica, NY 11432

January 27th 2018


Get ready to put your debate skills to the test! Join us for our first all-girls debate tournament of 2018!  From abolitionists, Civil Rights Movement organizers, to Suffragettes – women have always been debaters. The Girls Debate League tournament strives to continue that history! This tournament is sponsored by Humanities New York Action Grant. We are thankful for the support of Humanities New York over the years. 


Debaters will participate in 2-3 debate rounds from their respective debate format and topic. They will have the opportunity to participate in competitive debate while enhancing their community of supportive young women. With keynote speakers, a trophy celebration, and creative activities throughout the day, this is a tournament you do not want to miss!


**Breakfast and lunch will be provided**



NYCUDL registered middle school and high school debaters. Teacher/Coach/Parent chaperone required. All participants must have completed the NYCUDL Permission Slip for the season. Click below if you have not yet completed!


High School Permission Slip


Middle School Permission Slip


Debate Topics (We are following the regular January debate topics)


Parliamentary/Worlds Debate

Prepared Motion: This House would remove the statue of limitations for sexual assault.

Student Selected Impromptu Motion: Click here to nominate topics.

Teacher Selected Impromptu Motion: Click here to nominate topics.


Public Forum Debaters

Public Forum National Topic - Resolved: Spain should grant Catalonia its independence.


Policy Debaters

Topic – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.)


**This tournament is open only to individuals who identify as female. Individuals who identify as female are also welcome and encouraged to volunteer as judges**


Schedule (Tentative)


8:30am - Breakfast

9:00am - Registration 

9:30am - Opening Ceremony & Guest Speaker

10:00am - Round 1

11:00am - Round 2

12:00pm - Round 3 

1:00pm -  Lunch

1:30pm - Spoken Word Contest 

2:00pm - Champion Rounds (Seeded, 1st v. 2nd, 3rd v. 4th..)

3:00pm - Demo Debate

3:30pm - Awards Ceremony

4:00pm - Departure