November 21 Tournament, Dues and Online Resources


  • DUES for 2015-16
  • ONLINE RESOURCES, including debate videos!

November Tournament

We’ll hold the first competitive tournament of the 2015-16 season on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Classical Magnet School in Hartford.  We’ll have one open division of Parliamentary Debate using the MSPDP format described in our CTMSDL Handbook.  Debaters should prepare cases on both sides of the motion:

This House would establish a program to revive extinct species and restore them to the environment.

The day will begin at 9:30 and end at 2:30.  We’ll have three rounds of debate (the first two will be randomly paired, the third will be power-matched) followed by a public final round between the top two teams, and an awards ceremony.

We’ll notify schools when registration opens on, approximately two weeks before November 21.


Dues to participate in the CTMSDL for the 2015-16 season have been set at $50.  Please send a check, made out to CT Association of Schools, to CAS, 30 Realty Drive, Cheshire, CT 06410, attention Cheryl Novicelli, by December 31, 2015. Please iInclude this CTMSDL Dues Form 2015-16 with your check to make sure the dues are applied to your school’s membership.

Please note:  you do not need to pay dues before the November tournament; we simply ask that you try to pay by year-end.

Online Resources

You can find videos and some helpful resources regarding the MSPDP format here:

Please contact us at with questions.  Hope to see you on November 21st!

Scrimmage Results

The Connecticut Middle School Debate League’s 2015-16 season is off to a great start. One hundred and three debaters from thirteen schools scrimmaged today at Luis Munoz Marin School in Bridgeport. They did a fabulous job debating both sides of the motion:

This House would lower the voting age for all US elections to 16.

Many thanks go to Miriam Perez, debate coach at Luis Munoz Marin School, and Ron Rapice, head of the Bridgeport Public School Debate League, for hosting and organizing today’s event. We are also grateful for the sponsorship of the English Speaking Union, Greenwich Branch. President Natalie Pray and member Kathleen Whitby acted as timers, and Director Robert Whitby judged. Impressively, eleven High School debaters from six schools volunteered their time to judge rounds. Thank you!

Coaches and students can download the full results, Scrimmage Box Scores, and the Scrimmage Side Report (the percentage of Proposition wins).  They can also be found on under the entry for the event.  If you are missing any ballots, please email us.

Our next event will be a tournament at Classical Magnet School in Hartford on Saturday, November 21. We’ll release the motion for that tournament within a week.

If you have any questions or comments, please email at email us .


Invitation to October 17 Scrimmage

On behalf of Luis Munoz Marin School and Ron Rapice of the Bridgeport Public School Debate League, the Connecticut Middle School Debate League would like to invite you to this season’s first event, a demonstration debate, skill-building workshop and scrimmage, on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 9:30 am — 2:30 pm.

You may download and print a pdf copy of the Scrimmage Invitation.  It includes directions for registering for the event on, the day’s schedule, and information about teams’ judging burdens and lunch.

Please note that observers are welcome and there is no cap on the number of teams a school may enter.  You may begin registering your teams on now.  Registration will close at 6 pm on Friday, October 16.  Schools need not have paid their $50 dues to the CTMSDL to attend.  Look for an email explaining how to pay dues after the scrimmage.

Please refer to the CTMSDL Handbook for information on our format and rules.   You may also download Judge’s Instructions for information on how the rounds should be adjudicated and scored.

Please respond to this email to let us know the following so we can plan accordingly:

  1. Will your school attend?  (You may change your mind over the next 2 weeks.)
  2. Roughly how many debaters and adults will you bring to the scrimmage?

(This number may change a lot over the next 2 weeks, we just need a rough count now.)

  1. Roughly how many observers (students and adults) will you bring?  (This number may also change.)

I look forward to seeing many of you on the 17th.  Please email or call me with questions.

Jen Posner ( . )

CT Middle School Debate League