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DCUDL
OFFICE

DC URBAN DEBATE LEAGUE

PHONE: +1 202-770-3032

Washington, DC 

@2019 by The District of Columbia Urban Debate League

OUR

Debate Formats
SO many choices, so many voices

Metro DC Speech and Debate is excited about offering different debate styles to fit the preferences of students, parents, coaches and teachers.  
We are not locked into a one size fits all approach.  On the contrary, we partner with organizations to provide unique debate styles.

 

Read Below for more details. 

Presidential Debate

Our debaters debate every year in the Reagan Debate Series and this style is a specialized delivery style that takes speaking and debating to a new level! 

This style is meant for 1 v 1 debaters who have an uncanny ability to move the audience, speak with confidence and debate!

Win up to $10,000

Student Congress

Students create their own legislation and learn the process of congressional motions. This format is huge in the National Competition and our 5th graders are learning it! Watch out 2020.

One of our fastest growing styles, because students can focus on what they believe!

Public Forum

Our most popular debate format, which grew in number after its introduction in 2013.  Public forum is often 2v2 and sometimes 1v2 or 1v1.

Grades 6-12 

Half Time Public Forum

Halftime is for 5th grade teams, and they get easier topics and 2 minute constructive.speeches.  Half time is exclusive to our league!  

World Schools
Middle/High School Hybrid
American Parliamentary Debate 

World Schools Debate is a unique and dynamic form of debate, unlike any other practiced in the United States. World Schools Debate is a dynamic format combining “prepared” topics with “impromptu” topics, encouraging debaters to focus on specific issues rather than debate theory or procedural arguments. This highly interactive style of debate allows debaters to engage each other, even during speeches. This challenging format requires good teamwork and in-depth quality argumentation.

Much like college Parliamentary debate, World Schools presents "This house" will, believes, should...

This is a 3 on 3 format; some teams may be 2 person teams but speaker 1 must be speaker 3.

No teams can consist of 1 speaker. 

Model UN * new in 2017

Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral body, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making. 

At Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors of countries that are members of the UN, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. The students, better known as “delegates”, debate current issues on the organization’s vast agenda. They prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the UN’s rules of procedure – all in the interest of resolving problems that affect the world.

All the formats and styles require amazing judges and coaches.  you can do your part to help make debate a reality for hundreds of students this year!

Or if you are a debater or parent, reach out to us and get involved!

Volunteer or Join US

Metro DC Speech and Debate is excited about offering different debate styles to fit the preferences of students, parents, coaches and teachers.  
We are not locked into a one size fits all approach.  On the contrary, we partner with organizations to provide unique debate styles.

 

Read Below for more details. 

Public Forum

Our most popular debate format, which grew in number after its introduction in 2013.  Topics range by regional and current news.  This is a great entry level debate format and can last through Varsity years.

Grades 6-12 

Read more

Student Congress

Students create their own legislation and learn the process of congressional motions. This format is huge in the National Competition and our 5th graders are learning it! Watch out 2020.

One of our fastest growing styles, because students can focus on what they believe!

Lincoln Douglas Debate

Lincoln Douglas Debate is a 1-1 format that high school debate is built upon.

World Schools
Middle/High School Hybrid
American Parliamentary Debate 

World Schools Debate is a unique and dynamic form of debate, unlike any other practiced in the United States. World Schools Debate is a dynamic format combining “prepared” topics with “impromptu” topics, encouraging debaters to focus on specific issues rather than debate theory or procedural arguments. This highly interactive style of debate allows debaters to engage each other, even during speeches. This challenging format requires good teamwork and in-depth quality argumentation.

Much like college Parliamentary debate, World Schools presents "This house" will, believes, should...

This is a 3 on 3 format; some teams may be 2 person teams but speaker 1 must be speaker 3.

No teams can consist of 1 speaker. 

Model UN 

Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral body, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making. 

At Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors of countries that are members of the UN, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. The students, better known as “delegates”, debate current issues on the organization’s vast agenda. They prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the UN’s rules of procedure – all in the interest of resolving problems that affect the world.

Volunteer or Join US

All the formats and styles require amazing judges and coaches.  you can do your part to help make debate a reality for hundreds of students this year!

Or if you are a debater or parent, reach out to us and get involved!