The Great Communicator Debates

National Urban Debate League Online Debate Tournament Qualifier

with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is partnering with the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues to host the Great Communicator Debates NAUDL Online Qualifier on Saturday, May 5, 2018.  This is an ONLINE Tournament! 
$50,000 in scholarships are available to competitors.
RESOLVED: The United States should shift the power of congressional redistricting away from state legislatures. 
View the Reagan Foundation's topic resources online here. 

 School Sign Up

 Only NYCUDL Registered Schools and Coaches can sign up since this is a National UDL Tournament

Please review the tabs to the side for specific information.                             

This is an online tournament.

Registrants will receive an email with additional details in the week leading up to the tournament. Please download Zoom on the device you plan do debate or judge from and read through the Zoom FAQ prior to May 1.

Only debaters who attend urban debate league school may compete in this event. 

Overview for the entire Great Communicator Debate Series can be found at the Reagan Foundation.



Volunteer to Judge


Since this is an online tournament. Judges can participate from anywhere! 




The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series was founded to develop engaged, informed, and conscientious citizen leaders by hosting a national series of high school debates. The debates search for students who can effectively use logic, evidence, and personality to communicate their ideas, just as Ronald Reagan did throughout his life.  Competitors who qualify for the National Championship receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Southern California. The three day trip will include a private tour of the library, dinner under the wings of Air Force One, and a chance to meet an extraordinary group of young leaders.  And over $50,000 in scholarship awards are available to winners. Engaging in civil discourse is a hallmark of American democracy, and this debate series encourages you to join the conversation on issues our country faces.


Thanks to the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) for this exciting opportunity for Urban Debate League Schools across the nation.  All NYCUDL members schools are invited to a national online debate tournament on May 5th.  This will be a qualifying tournament for the National Great Communicator Championships.  The top two debaters from the National Urban Debate League Online Tournament will receive a travel scholarship award to Calfornia with their chaperone for a 3 day trip, tour, dinner under the wings of Air Force Once, and National Championship Tournament with over $50,000 in scholarship awards!  Additionally,  the Debate Team of each of the 2 UDL Finalists receives $500 just for qualifying to the National Championships! 


National Championship Awards

Champion: $10,000

Runner-up: $7,500

3-4: $5,000 each

5-8: $2,500 each

9-16: $1,500 each 


$500 each - Debate Team of each of the 2 UDL Finalists receives $500