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:

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Tournament Dates for the 2020-2021 Middle School season:

Workshop – September 19
Scramble – October 24
Holiday Tournament – December 5
Winter Classic – January 30
Spring Tournament – March 13
OCDL Championship – May 15

OCDL and mspdp championship resolutions:

  • The pandemic lockdowns have done more good than harm
  • Eliminate school gifted and talented programs
  • Saudi Arabia is more an enemy than an ally to the United States
  • Amend the US Constitution to permit a recall of the President (OCDL Final Round 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.

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.