Registration closes: October 7th


Fall Semester: September 7th - January 18th


Middle School Debate Club: Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm


Click here to sign up for Fall 2019 MS Debate Club


High School Debate Club: Saturdays, 12:00pm-3:00pm


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The New York City Debate Club meets on Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm (Middle School) and 12:00pm-3:00pm (High School) at our Office (25 Broadway, 9th Floor) during the Fall and Spring Semesters for 5th – 12th grade students.  All students participating in Debate Club are eligible to participate in our tournaments. Debate Club is for new debaters, intermediate debaters and advanced debaters. Our students have won local, city, regional and national tournaments. Our instructors are among the top debaters and coaches in the city.  For students who cannot attend some or all practices in person we also offer virtual support as well (topic materials, debate handbooks, email/phone support, and more).  There is a registration fee of $500.00/semester for debate club which helps to cover the cost of the instructors, facilities, tournament registration, supplies and snacks. Scholarships are available. 




Registration for the semester is $500.00 (click below for details and to register). This includes our weekly practices, monthly tournaments, breakfast and lunch at tournaments and other special debate events during the year (Debate Night, Girls Debate League, Workshops and more). 

Refunds. All payments are Non-Refundable. Credit can be applied to another NYCUDL Debate Clubs, Summer Debate Institutes and/or provided up to 1 year from the date of the event for next year's Debate Club.

Monthly Payment Plans. We are transitioning to a new registration system. This will be an option shortly - we'll update this page as soon as it's available -  thank you for the patience. 



Financial Need Scholarships are available for 8th-12th grade students from Title I schools. For more information, see our scholarships page.





Click here for the Middle School Debate Club Practice Schedule


Click here for the High School Debate Club Practice Schedule



* Dates and locations are subject to change. Always contact us at or our Debate Club weekly emails for any changes.  We tend to have 2-3 practices each month and a Tournament. There are NO high school debate club meetings on Middle School Tournaments (all high schoolers should learn to judge - that is the best practice - 5 hours as a debate judge will teach you more than a semester or even year's worth of debate classes). 


* Location. We have two offices. Our primary office is 25 Broadway, NY, NY 10004 for Debate Club. If we have more than expected turnout, we may change to our larger location which is less than 5 minutes walk away at 85 Broad Street. But tentatively we are planning for 25 Broadway. 




 The NYC Urban Debate League is the nation's largest and most successful debate league in the nation. Click here to view our national awards! We are the only year round debate program in the nation that includes tournaments nearly every weekend, summer camps all summer, debate nights, girls debate league, workshops, debate field trips and countless other events!  But what is most unique about our program is that we are the only nonprofit debate program in NYC where all proceeds go back to NYC students and schools. All proceeds go to scholarships for NYC youth so that schools and students have access to debate. This passion that drives our mission makes us the best.  


“The New York City Urban Debate League is a program that empowers underserved students while immersing them in public speaking, research techniques, civics, law and ethnic studies.  Along with countless debating trophies, the program boasts years of data showing that their alums have higher grade point averages, high school graduation rates, college acceptances and number of scholarships than their peers.” – Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the First Lady of the United States, and the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, honoring us with the National Arts and Humanities Award for one of the top after school programs in the nation in the arts and humanities


NY Urban Debate with FLOTUS (2)

 Click here for Video of us winning the White House Youth Award as one of the nation's top after school programs!