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: info@ocdl.org.

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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. 
– Impromptu.

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.

Judging Requirement:

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.