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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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.