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 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

OCDL winter classic tournament resolutions:

  • Decriminalizing sleeping in public does more good than harm.
  • The US should boycott the 2022 Olympics.
  • 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.

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.