Category Archives: Announcement

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Spring Coaches Meeting on May 25

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.

April 30 Tournament Motion Announced


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 on April 16, 2016.

Please contact us at 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.

Jen Posner

January 23 Tournament Cancelled Due to Snow

We were hoping the snow storm forecast would change but it looks like that is not going to happen. So we will not be debating tomorrow, January 23.

Unfortunately, Eastern Middle School is no longer able to host us on January 30. We have a school that should know by the end of the day today whether or not they can host us on January 30. If they cannot, we’ll reschedule for February 27 at Eastern Middle School in Greenwich. We will send an email ASAP regarding the new date and location once we are sure. I know that means extra work for you communicating with debaters and parents — sorry about that.

Enjoy the snow and the extra time to prep cases!

Please email us if you have questions or comments.

January 23 Tournament Motion

The Connecticut Middle School Debate League’s next tournament will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Eastern Middle School, 51 Hendrie Avenue, Greenwich CT, 06878. The snow date is Saturday, January 30, also at Eastern Middle School.

Our motion will be:
This House believes that the United States should curtail free speech rights in order to combat terrorism.

Teams should prepare cases in support of and in opposition to the motion. You may find this recent Atlantic Magazine article a useful introduction to the topic.

Registration will open on on January 9th.

Please contact us at with questions and suggestions. We hope to see you on January 23rd!

And a reminder: if you haven’t paid your dues yet please download the CTMSDL Dues Form 2015-16 and send your check to CAS!


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!

2015 Workshop and Scrimmage Announcement

We will hold our first event of the 2015-16 season, a demonstration debate, workshop and scrimmage, on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

This training event is our first for the 2015-16 season.  Please note the important information below.  Note that you can download a pdf version of this announcement here: Scrimmage Announcement


The motion used for the demonstration, workshop and scrimmage will be:

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

Debaters are expected to have spent time familiarizing themselves with the topic and prepared cases both for and against the motion for use in the practice round.


Our host will be the Luis Munoz Marin School, 479 Helen St, Bridgeport, and Coach Ron Rapice.


Our tentative schedule for the day is:

Arrival & Registration  9:30 – 9:45
Demo Debate by Varsity High School Debaters  9:45 – 10:15
Workshops for Debaters & Judges & Timers  10:30 – 11:15
Round 1  11:30 – 12:15
Lunch  12:15 – 12:45
Round 2  1:00 – 1:45
Debrief  2:00 – 2:30
Departure  2:30


Registration on will open approximately 2 weeks before scrimmage day and you will all receive an invitation and instructions by email.


The new CTMSDL Handbook is now available and can be downloaded here:  CTMSDL Handbook.  The Handbook explains our format, schedule and policies.  Please note some changes since last year:

  • 4 minutes of prep time are now built into each debate.
  • Each speech will have a 15 second grace period.
  • Debaters are strongly discouraged from reading pre-written speeches; the highest score they may receive if they read a pre-written speech is a 25.

Questions or comments?  Please email Jen Posner: .