Category Archives: Announcement

Announcement of an upcoming event but without a formal invitation or sign up instructions

January 27 Topic Announced

We are happy to announce the motion for the CTMSDL’s next tournament coming up on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Smith Middle School in Glastonbury, from 9:30 — 3:45:

This House would eliminate executive pardons and commutations.

Debaters should prepare to argue both for and against the motion. During three rounds they will be on each side at least once.

We’ll send out an invitation and open Tabroom for registration two weeks prior to the tournament (around January 13th).

As always, please contact me with questions and concerns.

Happy prepping, happy holidays, happy winter break!


December 2 Tournament Motion Announced

The Connecticut Middle School Debate League’s next event will be a tournament on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Middlebrook Middle School in Wilton, CT, from 9:30 — 3:30.

The motion will be:

This House would implement year-round schooling.

Debaters should prepare to  argue both for and against the motion.  During the three rounds they will be on each side at least once.

We’ll send out an invitation and open Tabroom for registration the week before Thanksgiving.

This could be a very large tournament so please email me at and let me know if you plan to come (or if you know you won’t be coming).

(If you aren’t currently a member, but are interested in joining the league, or attending one of our tournaments as an observer, email me at the address above. )

Happy prepping!


Information Packet for October 21 Scrimmage

On September 23 the Connecticut Debate Association, our high school debate league, used the following resolution at their Novice Scrimmage:

Resolved:  Every citizen should complete one year of national service.

CDA debates include a packet of articles to provide background on the topic.  As this resolution is similar to the middle school scrimmage topic, we thought coaches might find it useful, either for their own education, or, after review, to pass on to their students.  It complements the brief prepared by Eliza Posner that was previously made available to you.

You may download the packet here:  CDA National Service Packet

Email us if you have questions.

October 21 Scrimmage Motion Announced

Our first event of the year will be a scrimmage on October 21 at Bethel MIddle School.  Debaters will see an exhibiition round by experienced debaters and have two practice rounds, one on each side of the motion.

Our motion for the Scrimmage will be:

This House believes that (THBT) National Service should be compulsory in the United States.

Debaters should research and prepare Proposition (for) and Opposition (against) cases that they will use in their practice rounds at the Scrimmage.

As agreed at the Spring Coaches’ Meeting, we have prepared a short brief discussing the topic and outlining basic cases for and against.  Debaters may use these directly, or may further research the topic to deepen these arguments or to develop new ones.  The brief may be downloaded here in Word Format or in PDF Format.

If you have any questions, please email us.

2017-18 Calendar and Dues

The school year is about to begin and our middle school debate calendar is just about set.  We will begin with a scrimmage in October and tournaments in December, January and April.  The details are:

  • Scrimmage:  October 21, Bethel Middle School, Bethel
  • Fall Tournament:  December 2 (snow date Dec. 16), Middlebrook Middle School, Wilton
  • Winter Tournament:  Jan. 27, 2017 (snow date Feb. 10), Smith Middle School Glastonbury
  • Spring Tournament April 21, 2017, Eastern Middle School, Greenwich

You may download a pdf version of calendar for printing.

Dues for 2017-18 will be $50 per school, the same as last year.  The league does not charge any tournament fees.  Dues are paid to the Connecticut Association of Schools.  Please down load either a Word Version or PDF Version of the dues notice and payment instruction.

Please email us if you have questions.




Judges’ Workshop on August 14

It’s August already! That means our CT Middle School Debate League Judges’ Workshop is coming up:

  • Monday, August 14
  • 9:00 am — 2:00 pm
  • CAS (CT Association of Schools)
  • 30 Realty Drive, Cheshire, CT , 06410

Anybody who might ever want to judge a CTMSDL debate round is welcome and encouraged to attend — coaches, parents, teachers, school administrators, high school debaters — we have space. Coaches, please forward this invitation to those who might judge for you this year.

We’ll provide lunch for everybody and reimburse coaches for mileage.

Our schedule will be as follows:

  • 9:00 – 10:00 tournament-style Judges’ Workshop plus flowing instruction
  • 10:00 – 11:30 live debate with discussion after every speech and after the debate
  • 11:30 – 12:00 lunch
  • 12:30 – 1:30 2nd live debate with discussion after every speech and after the debate
  • 1:30 – 2:00 discussion and/or watching a MSPDP Championship Debate

Experienced judges who have attended many Judges’ Workshops are welcome to come to the 9:00 –10:00 portion or start the day at 10:00.

Everyone attending should download and review the Judge’s Instructions, even if you’ve judged before, so it is fresh in your mind.

Please RSVP by email so we have a count and can set the room up. Also please include any any questions, concerns, ideas, suggestions, etc.


April Tournament Motion Announced

The motion for our April 22 tournament will be:

This House would colonize Mars.  

The tournament will be held at Eastern Middle School, 51 Hendrie Avenue, Riverside, Greenwich, CT 06878, on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Thanks to Eastern Middle School and Coach Bruce Johnson for hosting.

As always, please email us with questions and concerns.

Have fun learning some science! See you in April!


January Motion Announced

The next CTMSDL tournament will be held at Middlebrook School, 131 School Road, Wilton, CT 06897 on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Our snow date is February 25. Thanks to Middlebrook School and Coach Michael Panoli for hosting.

The motion will be:

This House would eliminate life without parole sentences for all adults.

If your school hasn’t paid dues yet, please send a check along with the Dues Form to CAS.

As always, please email with questions and concerns.

See you in January!

December 3 Tournament Topic Announced

The CT Middle School Debate League’s first competitive tournament of the year will be held on Saturday, December 3 at Smith Middle School in Glastonbury. The motion will be:

This House would make voting in US elections compulsory.

Please remember that Proposition teams may narrow the topic as long as they still give Opposition teams enough grounds upon which to argue. This year we’ll award trophies to the top five teams and speakers and 3-0 teams will earn pins. We’ll send out an invitation the week before Thanksgiving.

Dues Reminder

We ask participating schools to please pay $50 dues before the end of the calendar year. (Schools may attend one event before paying dues.) The CTMSDL 2016-17 Dues Form has directions regarding whom to make the check out to and where to send it. If you’ve already paid dues, thank you!

Middle School Debate Handbooks

Coaches, if you purchase a copy of Speak Up! or Speak Out!, the League will reimburse you — just send me your receipt. Here are links:

October 15 Scrimmage Topic Announced

The scrimmage will be held at Bethel Middle School, Bethel, CT.
We’ll start the 2016-17 year with a scrimmage.  We’ll have a demonstration debate, a workshop to introduce new students to debate, followed by 2 rounds of debate.  No awards will be given and we won’t have a final, public debate between the top 2 scoring teams.  We’ll have a judging workshop so we encourage teams to bring as many volunteer judges as possible who can then judge at future tournaments.
The motion for the scrimmage will be:
This House Would Not Assign Homework. 
Remember to have your debaters define terms, including the House.  The first Proposition speaker should explain exactly what is meant by homework — i.e. for students in which grades and when?  Opposition cases should be flexible enough to handle different definitions of homework.  We don’t think your debaters will have any problem finding enough research on this topic; you’ve probably seen it in the news lately:
If you would like to host an event, join the league or any other matter, please email us at Connecticut Middle School Debate.