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Scrimmages, tournaments and other activities.

November Scrimmage Results

The Connecticut Middle School Debate League is LIVE!

Special thanks to Cathy Emerick and Bethel Middle School, and John Rook and Smith Middle School in Glastonbury for hosting our first two events, practice scrimmages, on November 10 and 12.

We had 34 teams totaling 102 debaters from seven schools, some debating for the first time.  High school debaters fromGlastonbury, Greenwich, Joel Barlow, St. Luke’s, Stamford, and Westfield/Watkinson volunteered their time to provide demonstration debates and judge the middle school debaters.

The topic was:  This House Would permit schools to discipline students for internet and phone activity.

You may download a summary of the results:

Bethel Box Scores

Smith Box Scores

If you are missing any ballots or have any questions about the results, topic or event, please email us at .

Our next event will be a middle school debate tournament at the end of January.  The topic, dates and locations will be published shortly.

Scrimmage Invitation Nov. 10 and Nov. 12

On behalf of Bethel Middle School and Smith Middle School I would like to invite you to the inaugural event of the Connecticut Middle School Debate League, an introductory scrimmage. 

Bethel Middle School, November 10, 2014, 4PM to 7PM

Smith Middle School, Glastonbury, November 12 2014, 4PM to 7PM

The topic will be:

This House would permit schools to discipline students for internet and phone activity.

Students may come to debate or to observe.  Coaches and interested teachers are welcome to come and observe.  Debaters should have researched the topic and should be prepared to uphold either side of the issue.  We will be using the Middle School Public Debate Program format.  For more information download MSL Scrimmage Invitation Nov14.

Motion for November Scrimmages

The motion for the November scrimmages at Bethel and Glastonbury will be:

This House Would permit schools to discipline students for internet and phone activity.

Remember your students should be prepared to debate both sides of the motion, arguing both for and against.

We will be posting additional documents with information for students and judges shortly.

Middle School Scrimmage Announcement

The Connecticut Middle School Debate League will hold two scrimmages in November:

  • Bethel Middle School, Monday, November 10
  • Smith Middle School in Glastonbury, Wednesday, November 12

We expect schools will choose to attend one or the other, as they are located at opposite ends of the State.

These will be after school events, beginning at approximately 4PM and running until approximately 7PM.  Each scrimmage will feature a demonstration debate by experienced high school debaters from the Connecticut Debate Association, after which the middle school debaters will have two practice rounds, where they will debate in favor of the motion during one debate and against the motion in the other.

The topic will be whether or not schools should be permitted to discipline students for their conduct outside of school:  think cyberbullying, postings on social media, parties, substance abuse.  We are still working on the exact motion, but this should give you something to work with in the mean time.

The format of the debate will be the Parliamentary format used by the Middle School Public Debate Program.  You can access our short description of this debate format here, where you will also find links to other web sites with more detail.

If you wish to attend, please signify your interest by sending an email to .  We simply need your name, the name of your school and your email address (which we will add to our mailing list).  We will notify you of a more formal registration process to enter your debate team names as we get closer to the date of the event.  You may also use the email address for any questions you may have.

This is our first event for middle school students.  We look forward to a great turnout!