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 2021-2022 Middle School season:
Workshop – September 25
Scramble – October 30
Holiday Tournament – December 11
Winter Classic – February 5
Spring Tournament – March 26
OCDL Championship – May 14
MSPDP tournament (April 30-May 1) resolutions:
- NATO does more HARM than GOOD.
- The US should establish a program of de-extinction for the Christmas Island Rat.
- Minors should not be tried as adults.
- It should be illegal to make false claims about official US election results.
OCDL CHAMPIONSHIP tournament resolutions:
- NATO does more HARM than GOOD
- The US should establish a program of de-extinction for the Christmas Island Rat
- Minors should not be tried as adults (Final Public Round Topic)
- Impromptu topic
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.