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Invitations to events.

January 27 Tournament Invitation

On behalf of Smith Middle School and coach John Rook, the Connecticut Middle School Debate League invites you to our second tournament of the season:

  • Saturday, January 27, 2018, 9:30 am — 3:45 pm
  • Smith Middle School, 216 Addison Rd, Glastonbury, CT 06033
  • Sponsored by the English Speaking Union, Greenwich Branch

Below you will find information or the topic, registration, judges, the schedule for the day, lunch and documents available for download.

Topic

Debaters who will compete should research the topic:

This House would eliminate executive pardons and commutations.

They will debate on both sides of the motion.

Registration

Coaches should register their debaters  and judges through tabroom.com, where the tournament name is “CTMSDL Jan 27.” There is no cap on the number of teams each school may enter.  Observers are welcome.

Judges

Coaches should register one judge per every 6 debaters. Teams only bringing 3 debaters should register 1 judge. We’ll use Varsity High School debaters as judges first, but we need to have back-up judges for things to run smoothly.  Coaches should make sure their judges understand the information in the CTMSDL Handbook and our Judges’ Instructions. We’ll hold a judges’ workshop at the tournament, but these are better if the judges have a basic understanding before they arrive.  Coaches are also encouraged to bring volunteer timers, and note parents may act as timers in debate rounds.

Schedule

We will follow our usual schedule for the day:

Arrival & Registration in Cafeteria
9:30-10:00
Workshops for Debaters, Judges & Timers
10:00-11:00
Round 1
11:15-Noon
Round 2
Noon-12:45
Lunch
12:45-1:30
Round 2
1:30-2:15
Debate Game in the Auditorium
2:15-2:45
Final Round
2:45-3:30
Awards & Departure
3:30-3:45
Lunch

Debaters may pack their lunches or buy tickets for pizza and drinks between 9:30 & 10 am. Pizza will be $2 per slice and water and lemonade will be $1 each. Coffee and lunch will be provided for judges.

Downloads

The following items are available for download:

Questions or comments? Please email us .

We hope to see you all there!

Jen

December 2 Tournament Invitation

On behalf of Middlebrook School and coach Michael Panoli, the Connecticut Middle School Debate League invites you to our first tournament of this season.  The details are:

  • Date:  December 2, 2017, 9:30AM — 3:45PM
  • Location:  Middlebrook School, 131 School Road, Wilton, CT 06987
  • Sponsor:  The English Speaking Union, Greenwich Branch
  • Invitation in pdf format:  December 2 Invitation

Our announced topic is:

This House would implement year-round schooling.

Debaters should be prepared to support both sides of the motion in different rounds during the day. Please refer to the updated 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 Dec 2.” There is no cap on the number of teams each school may enter.

Coaches should register one judge per every 6 debaters. Teams only bringing 3 debaters should register 1 judge. 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 w/Rubric. We’ll hold a judges’ workshop at the tournament, but it is best if judges review this material beforehand. Coaches are encouraged to bring volunteer timers.

The day’s schedule will be as follows:
9:30-10:00      Arrival & Registration
10:00-11:00   Workshops for Debaters, and Judges & Timers
11:15-12:00  Round 1
12:00-12:45  Round 2
12:45-1:30     Lunch
1:30-2:15        Round 3
2:14-2:45        High Brow Low Brow Game
2:45-3:30        Final Round
3:30-3:45        Awards & Departure

Debaters may pack their lunches or buy tickets for pizza and drinks between 9:30 & 10 am. Pizza will be $2 per slice and water and lemonade will be $1 each. Coffee and lunch will be provided for judges.

Questions or comments? Please email Jen Posner: jen.posner@ctmsdebate.org .

October 21 Scrimmage Invitation

On behalf of Coach Cathy Emerick and Bethel Middle School, the Connecticut Middle School Debate League invites you to this season’s first event, a demonstration debate, skill-building workshop and scrimmage, on Saturday, October 21, 2107 from 9:30 am — 2:30 pm.

As previously announced, the topic will be:

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

There are a number of items that you can download for more information:

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 20.

While the focus of this event is on learning how to debate, and getting comfortable speaking in front of opponents and a judge, it is not only for brand new debaters.  However, please use discretion in deciding which debaters to bring to debate.  If your debaters have won awards in the past, they’re probably better off helping your newer debaters, rather than debating themselves.

If you have not registered on tabroom or already emailed us, please do so immediately so we know how many to plan for.  Let us know:

  1. Will your school attend? (You may change your mind over the next 2 weeks.)
  2. Roughly how many teams will you bring to the scrimmage? (You may change this number up until 6 pm on Friday, October 20.)

I look forward to seeing many of you on the 21st. Please email or call me with questions.

Jen

jen.posner@ctmsdebate.org

 

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!