Category Archives: Events

Scrimmages, tournaments and other activities.

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 28 Tournament Results

The Connecticut Middle School Debate League held another successful tournament at Middlebrook School in Wilton,  One-hundred sixty-six students from 17 schools debated the motion:

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

Proposition prevailed in 55% of the rounds.

The team of Concordia Zito, Laney Goral, and Aiden Gilles from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts repeated their December performance, winning the Final Round on Opposition.

The full results are:

Results may also be found on tabroom.com under the entry for the tournament.

Thanks go to Middlebrook Coaches Michael Panoli and Michael Wallace and the Wilton High School debaters and parents who helped out and judged; the English Speaking Union, Greenwich Branch for sponsoring us and their Vice President Robert Whitby for judging; our amazing judges including 18 high school and college students; and all of the coaches and parents whose hard work and support allow Middle Schoolers in Connecticut to debate competitively.

Our next tournament will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Eastern Middle School in Riverside, Greenwich, CT. The motion will be released by the end of February.

If you have any comments or questions, please email us.

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

 

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 Results

On Saturday, December 3, 2016 Smith Middle School in Glastonbury hosted the CT Middle School Debate League’s largest tournament to date. 183 students from 17 schools debated the motion:

This House would make voting in US elections compulsory.

Proposition prevailed in 54% of the 102 debates held over three rounds. The team of Concordia Zito, Laney Goral, and Aiden Gilles from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts won the Final Round on Opposition.

The full results are available for download:

Box Scores

Teams

Speakers

Side Report

Thank you to the English Speaking Union, Greenwich Branch for sponsoring us. Thank you to John Rook and Antoinette Kisluk and the entire Smith Middle School community for hosting us. Thank you to our 39 judges including several High School Varsity debaters and ESU Greenwich Branch Vice President Robert Whitby. Thank you to all of the coaches and parents who make the League work. And thanks to Everett Rutan for tabulating results.

Our next tournament will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Middlebrook Middle School in Wilton, CT. The motion will be released by the end of the week.

If you have any comments or questions, please email us.

Jen Posner
CT Middle School Debate League

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

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 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 .

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:  http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/us/how-much-homework-is-too-much.html
If you would like to host an event, join the league or any other matter, please email us at Connecticut Middle School Debate.

2016-17 Schedule–Updated and Dues Form

Here is our tentative schedule for the 2016-17 school year (updated):

 We have four events–a scrimmage and three tournaments–planned.  The dates are firm, the locations will be reconfirmed after the school year begins.
  •  Scrimmage:  Saturday, Oct 15, 9:30—2:30, Bethel Middle School, Bethel, CT
  • Fall Tournament: Saturday, Dec. 3, 9:30—2:30, Smith Middle School, Glastonbury, CT.
    • (snow date:  Saturday, Dec. 17, if needed)
  • Winter Tournament: Saturday, Jan 28, 9:30—2:30, host needed
    • (snow date:  Saturday, Feb. 25, if needed)
  • Spring Tournament: Saturday, Apr 22, 9:30—2:30,Eastern Middle School, Greenwich, CT.
You can download the CTMSDL Calendar in pdf form.
 You may also download the CTMSDL 2016-17 Dues Form.  Dues for the year are $50 and payable to the Connecticut Association of Schools.
We are always looking for hosts and new members.  If you would like to host an event, join the league or any other matter, please email us at Connecticut Middle School Debate.