Category Archives: Invitation

Invitations to events.

January 28 Tournament Invitation

On behalf of Middlebrook School and coach Michael Panoli, the Connecticut Middle School Debate League would like to invite you to our second tournament this season to be held at Middlebrook School, 131 School Road, Wilton, CT, on Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 9:30 am — 3:45 pm, sponsored by the English Speaking Union, Greenwich Branch. (Please park behind the school near the playground.)

Debaters who will compete should research the topic:

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE’VE ADDED “THE POSSIBILITY OF” TO THE MOTION TO MAKE IT MORE CLEAR.

They must be prepared to uphold both sides of the motion. Please refer to the CTMSDL Handbook for information on our format and rules. Observers are welcome.

Coaches should register their debaters through tabroom.com. Download our tabroom.com instructions for more information. On tabroom.com the event name is “CTMSDL Jan 28.” There is no cap on the number of teams each school may enter.

Coaches should register one judge per every 2 teams they register. We’ll use Varsity High School debaters as judges first, but we need to have back-up judges. Coaches should make sure their judges understand the information in the CTMSDL Handbook and our Judges Instructions. The day’s schedule will be as follows:

Arrival & Registration…………………………9:30 – 10:00

Workshops……………………………………10:00 – 11:00

Round 1………………………………………..11:15 – 12:00

Round 2………………………………………..12:00 – 12:45

Lunch……………………………………………12:45 – 1:30

Round 3…………………………………………..1:30 – 2:15

Final Round……………………………………….2:45 – 3:30

Awards & Departure……………………………..3:30 – 3:45

How you purchase pizza this time is your choice — coaches may collect money ($2 per slice, $1 per drink) and place a team order OR individuals may buy their own.

Please email us as soon as possible to let us know if you plan to attend, or with any questions or comments.
I’ll see you on the 28th,

Jen

 

December 3 Tournament Invitation

On behalf of Smith MIddle School and coaches John Rook and Antoinette Kisluk, the Connecticut Middle School Debate League invites you to attend this season’s first competitive tournament on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Smith Middle School in Glastonbury, CT from 9:30 am — 3:30 pm.  This event is sponsored by the English Speaking Union, Greenwich Branch.

All of the information you need is in the attached Tournament Invitation. Please note the new pizza ordering procedure we are trying.

Please help us plan by registering your teams on tabroom.com earlier rather than later and emailing me to let us know: 1. Do you plan to attend? and 2. Roughly how many 3 person teams will you be bringing? You will not be held to either answer.

I look forward to seeing many of you soon. As always,  email me with your questions, concerns, and suggestions.

Jen

October 15 Scrimmage Invitation: Updated with Judge Instructions

Middle School Demonstration and Scrimmage

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 9:30 — 2:30

Bethel Middle School, 600 Whittlesey Drive, Bethel, CT

On behalf of Bethel Middle School and Cathy Emerick, coach, 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.

Observers are welcome.  Debaters who will scrimmage should research the topic:

This House would not assign homework.

They must be prepared to uphold both sides of the motion.  Please refer to the CTMSDL Handbook for information on our format and rules.

Coaches should register their scrimmage debaters through tabroom.com.  Download our tabroom.com Instructions for more information.  On tabroom.com the event name is “CTMSDL Oct 15.”  There is no cap on the number of teams each school may enter.

Coaches should also register one judge per every 6 debaters who will scrimmage.  We’ll use Varsity High School debaters as judges first, but we need to have back-up judges.  Coaches should make sure their judges understand the information in the CTMSDL Handbook and the Judges Instructions.  We will also provide a judges’ workshop at the scrimmage.

The day’s schedule will be as follows:

Arrival & Registration  9:30 – 9:45
Demo Debate by Varsity High School Debaters  9:50 – 10:30
Workshops for Debaters, and Judges & Timers  10:45 – 11:45
Round 1  12:00 – 12:40
Lunch  12:45 – 1:15
Round 2  1:30 – 2:10
Debrief  2:15 – 2:30
Departure  2:30

 

Debaters may pack their lunches or buy tickets for pizza and drinks when they arrive.  Pizza will be $2 per slice and bottles of water and lemonade will be $1 each.  Thanks to the generosity of the CTMSDL’s sponsor, The English Speaking Union, Greenwich Branch, lunch will be provided for judges.

You may download a pdf version of the October Scrimmage Invitation for printing.

Questions or comments?

Please email Jen Posner:  jen.posner@ctmsdebate.org .

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 Invitation

On behalf of Smith Middle School in Glastonbury and Coach John Rook, the Connecticut Middle School Debate League invites you to compete in our next tournament, on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 9:30 am — 3:00 pm.

Debaters should come prepared to both propose and oppose the motion:

This House would provide a path to citizenship for immigrants living illegally in the US.

The following items are available for download:

Registration opens on tabroom.com on April 14.  There is no cap on the number of teams a school may enter.  Observers are welcome and do not need to register.  Registration will not close until the tournament begins so you may make changes to your entries on Saturday morning, if needed.

Please note that tickets for pizza and drinks will be sold between 9:30 and 10:00 am, not during lunchtime.  Please let me know if you have any debaters who would prefer gluten-free pizza.  Thanks to our sponsor, the English Speaking Union, Greenwich Branch, we will provide judges with pizza and drinks.

Please email to let us know if you plan to attend so we can recruit enough High School debaters to judge.  (You may change your mind before tournament day!)

We look forward to seeing many of you again on the 30th.

January 30 Tournament at Hamden Hall

We are pleased to announce that we will hold our winter CT Middle School Debate League tournament on Saturday, January 30th, 2016, from 9:30 am — 3:00 pm at Hamden Hall Country School, 1108 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. We owe a huge thank you to Hamden Hall and Coach Beth Richter for graciously agreeing to host us on short notice.

Debaters should come prepared to both propose and oppose the motion they were scheduled to debate yesterday:

This House believes that the United States should curtail free speech rights in order to combat terrorism.

The new tournament name on tabroom.com is CTMSDL Jan 30.  If you registered for the Jan 23 tournament, you should find your information in the new tournament and you should edit teams and judges as necessary.  Please contact us if you have any trouble registering on tabroom.com.  Remember that we need schools to register 1 judge per every 6 debaters.  Observers are welcome and do not need to register.  Registration will close at 6 pm on Friday, January 29.  Attached are instructions for judges and timers.  Please refer to our website, ctmsdebate.org, and the CTMSDL Handbook for information on our format and rules.

The following are available for download:

Please note that tickets for pizza and drinks will be sold between 9:30 and 10:00 am, not during lunchtime.  Thanks to our sponsor, the English Speaking Union, Greenwich Branch, we will provide judges with pizza and drinks.

Please respond  email us to let us know if you plan to attend so we can recruit enough High School debaters to judge.  (You may change your mind before tournament day!)

We hope to see you on the 30th in Hamden.  Please email with questions or comments.

 

January 23 Tournament Invitation

On behalf of Eastern Middle School and Coach Bruce Johnson, the CT Middle School Debate League invites you to compete in our next tournament, on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 9:30 am — 3:00 pm. Our snow date will be the following Saturday, January 30,at the same location.

Debaters should come prepared to both propose and oppose the motion:

This House believes that the United States should curtail free speech rights in order to combat terrorism.

You may download the full invitation . It includes directions for registering for the event, the day’s schedule, and information about teams’ judging burdens and lunch.

Observers are welcome and do not need to register. There is no cap on the number of teams a school may enter. You may begin registering teams and judges on tabroom.com now. Registration will close at 6 pm on Friday, January 22.

You may also download:

Please note that tickets for pizza and drinks will be sold between 9:30 and 10:00 am, not during lunchtime. Thanks to our sponsor, the English Speaking Union, Greenwich Branch, we will provide judges with pizza and drinks.

Please  email us to let us know if you plan to attend so we can recruit enough High School debaters to judge. (You may change your mind before tournament day!)

We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd!

November 21 Tournament Invitation

On behalf of Classical Magnet School and TJ Noel-Sullivan, Director of the Hartford Debate League, the Connecticut Middle School Debate League would like to invite you to this season’s first competitive tournament, on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 9:30 am — 2:30 pm.

Debaters should come prepared to both propose and oppose the motion:

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

There are two documents available for download:

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 tabroom.com now.  Registration will close at 6 pm on Friday, November 20.

Please refer to our website, ctmsdebate.org, and the CTMSDL Handbook for information on our format and rules.  Schools need not have paid their $50 dues to the CTMSDL to attend.  (We ask that you pay dues by December 31, 2015.  Thank you to the schools that have already paid.)

Please email Jen Posner to let us know the following so we can plan for the event:

  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 tournament? (This number may change a lot over the next 2 weeks, we just need a rough count now.)
  3. Any questions or comments you may have.

We look forward to seeing you on November 21!

 

 

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 tabroom.com, 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 tabroom.com 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 ( jen.posner@ctmsdebate.org . )

CT Middle School Debate League

203-984-4902

May 2 Tournament Registration

Registration is now open for the May 2 tournament at Bethel Middle School.  There will be three rounds of debate for all students followed by a public final round between the top two teams.

As previously announced the motion will be:

This House would require police to wear body cameras when on duty.

Debaters should prepare their cases prior to the tournament and will be expected to argue both for and against the motion.  This is the same topic the high school league used at their January tournament.  You can download the CDA January packet and use it to get your debaters started on their research.

You register through the www.tabroom.com, a free website for the debate community.  We use this system for all our events.  Download our tabroom.com Instructions for more information.  On tabroom.com the tournament name is “CTMSDL May 2”.