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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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:
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: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/us/how-much-homework-is-too-much.html
Our coaches’ meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 25 from 4-6 pm at CAS, 30 Realty Drive, Cheshire. This is our primary business meeting of the year where we set the calendar and policy for the 2016-17 season.
An agenda will be sent out to all coaches prior to the meeting. If you have any items you feel we should discuss, please email us at Connecticut Middle School Debate with your questions, comments and suggestions.
We welcome interested parties from non-member schools. While this is primarily a business meeting, it is also an opportunity to meet current coaches and to get a feel for what the Connecticut Middle School Debate League is all about.
The motion for the April 30th Connecticut Middle School Debate League tournament will be:
This House would provide a path to citizenship for immigrants living illegally in the US.
The tournament will be held at Smith Middle School, 216 Addison Road, Glastonbury, CT. (Please note this is a location change. We will not have a tournament at Wamogo this year.)
Teams should prepare cases in support of and in opposition to the motion. We think you’ll have no problem finding plenty of research on the topic. To get started, you might check out Debatepedia and (if your school subscribes to Infobase) Facts on File’s Issues & Controversies websites — they’ve both covered this topic.
Registration will open on Tabroom.com on April 16, 2016.
Please contact us at email@example.com with questions.
Finally — a reminder: if you haven’t paid your dues yet, please send the 2015-16 Dues Form and your check to CAS.
Thanks! We look forward to seeing you in the spring.