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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Dates for the 2022-2023 SEASON:
OCDL Workshop – September 17
Tournament Dates for Middle Schools:
Scramble Tournament – October 22
Holiday Tournament – December 10
Winter Classic – February 4
David Anderson Tournament – March 18
OCDL Championship – May 13
OCDL David anderson tournament resolutions:
- Make Washington, DC the 51st state
- Qualified immunity for police should be abolished
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.