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.

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 Results

On Saturday, we wrapped up the CT Middle School Debate League’s 2015-16 season with a tournament at Smith Middle School.  One hundred and seventy three students from eighteen schools debated the motion:

THW provide a path to citizenship for immigrants living illegally in the US.

The Final Round was St. Luke’s vs. St. Luke’s.  The team of Ruth Mercedes, Marco Volpitta and Laura Mercedes on Proposition prevailed over Kaitlyn Necakov and Amelie Warneryd on Opposition.

Marco Volpitta from St. Luke’s School earned the first place speaker award.  Katrina Thunhorst from Bethel Middle School placed second and Kendall Kennedy from Classical Magnet School was third.

Thank you to the English Speaking Union, Greenwich Branch for sponsoring the League and for sending Robert Whitby, Kathleen Whitby and Natalie Pray to judge and time.

Thank you to John Rook and Antoinette Kuslik and Smith Middle School for hosting us.

And a huge thank you goes to our judges including sixteen High School debaters.

You can download the following results files:

You can also find results at the tabroom.com tournament entry under the Results tab.

Please contact us at Connecticut Middle School Debate with questions and comments and suggestions.

 

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.