Current Tournament Topics

Each debate event has different debate topics! Each month we have up to six different debate topics! We offer the three most popular debate events in the nation: Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate and Parliamentary Debate. 

 

Policy Debate (High School Only)

2019-2020 Topic

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States.

 

In Policy Debate we follow the national policy debate resolution which is nominated and voted on by all high school coaches nationwide. This is an annual topic - only one topic each year! 

  •  Click here to go to the National Speech & Debate Association's Website to view the latest Policy Debate Resolution. The website lists all debate topics. Scroll down until you see "Policy Debate" and double check the year to make sure it is this year's topic.

 

Parliamentary Debate (Middle School Only)

Parliamentary Debate Coaches nominate and vote on debate topics each month. Traditionally, the new topics are announced at the end of the previous month's tournament. This gives students and coaches approximately one month to prepare on the three topics.  You can find 

 

Public Forum Debate (High School & Middle School)

In Public Forum Debate, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year we are piloting the following topic model

 

a.  Topics will be bimonthly (1 topic every two months) which the National Speech and Debate Association is also implementing. The only difference is that we will continue the bimonthly topics through the end of the school year. This gives students and coaches ample time for in-depth topic learning rather than quick topic turnaround times that could be 1-2 weeks to learn a new topic.

 

b.  Varsity/Advanced and Junior Varsity/Intermediate Divisions (both High School and Middle School) will continue to follow the National Speech & Debate Association's Topic. Click here to go to the National Speech & Debate Association's Website to view the latest public forum debate topic. The website lists all debate topics. Scroll down until you see "Public Forum Debate" and double check the month to make sure it is the month's topic. 

  • Tournament #1 (October) - Sep/Oct NSDA Topic - Resolved: The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative.
  • Tournament #2 (November) - Sep/Oct NSDA Topic -Resolved: The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative.
  • Tournament #3 (December) - November/December NSDA Topic - Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms.
  • Tournament #4 (January) - November/December NSDA Topic - Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms.
  • Tournament #5 (February) - February NSDA Topic - announced by NSDA on 
  • Tournament #6 (March - City Championships) - February NSDA Topic
  • Tournament #7 (April) - State Debate Championships Invitational  NSDA June National Championships Topic

 

c.  Beginners and Novice Divisions (both High School and Middle School) will have a "Starters Topic" that will repeat each year with a growing set of curricula materials. The Topic is "The United States should end the death penalty." 

  • Tournament #1 (October) - The United States should end the death penalty. 
  • Tournament #2 (November) - The United States should end the death penalty. 
  • Tournament #3 (December) - November/December NSDA Topic. Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms.
  • Tournament #4 (January) - November/December NSDA Topic. Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms.
  • Tournament #5 (February) - February NSDA Topic
  • Tournament #6 (March - City Championships) - February NSDA Topic
  • State Debate Championships Invitational (April) - NSDA June National Championships Topic