Providing quality debate opportunities to students across Orange County and beyond, the Orange County Debate League offers 5 middle school tournaments (open to students in grades 5 through 8) each year. Schools must pay annual dues to participate, but paying dues allow the school to participate in all 5 tournaments.
Information regarding our middle school tournaments can be found below. Should you have questions regarding the tournaments, please contact us questions: email@example.com.
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Tournament Dates for the 2019-2020 Middle School season:
Workshop – September 21
Scramble – October 19
Holiday Tournament – December 14
Winter Classic – February 1
Spring Tournament – March 14
OCDL Championship – May 9
February 1st resolutions:
– Daylight savings time should be permanent.
– Managed retreat plans are bad for coastal communities.
October 19th resolutions:
– Ban Horse Racing.
– Ride-share drivers are NOT contractors.
Guidelines and OCDL Rules of Judging:
Each tournament will be 4 rounds and follow a modified parliamentary format. Download the OCDL middle school debate guide here to learn about modified parliamentary debate.
The OCDL asks all teams to provide one judge per two teams attending the tournament, with a minimum requirement of 1 judge. Judges provided by each school must be certified. Lay judges will be NOT be allowed. Formal training and certification is offered at each tournament and workshop.