School or Community Based Organization Membership Registration (2019-2020 Debate Season)

About the New York City Urban Debate League


Thank you for your interest in registering for the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL). We offer a year round program which includes: monthly middle school tournaments, monthly high school tournaments, teacher professional development workshops, debate curriculum, debate center practices, student workshops, debate night invitationals, summer debate institute scholarship opportunities, debate field trips, girls debate workshops & tournaments, high school travel team financial assistance, Financial Literacy Tournament, and other year round debate programming and special events. While we cannot guarantee physical outreach to your school by staff because we have a small team, your team is always welcome to practice with our coaches at our weekly NYC Debate Center sessions. 


Our program was honored by the White House, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities as one of the top after school programs. We are the largest urban debate league in the nation. 


Please complete this registration form with your school, contact information, and agreement to our membership policies and procedures. Additionally, please note that membership for Title I schools is $599.00 for the school year and for non-Title I, charters, private, non NYCDOE schools, and national circuit programs $999.00 for the year. These fees help us to partially cover the costs of hosting monthly tournaments (student meals and student awards). The benefits and savings to a school are up to $10,000 (curriculum, workshops, summer camps, coach support, meals, waived national membership fees, travel scholarship opportunities and more). See below for complete benefits. 


You can contact us at erik@debate.nyc or call us at 917-455-1079 if you have any questions or need any additional information. Thank you again for your interest in joining the New York City Urban Debate League!


League Membership Benefits

  • Debate Tournaments. Monthly high school and middle school tournaments. 
  • Tournament Meals. We provide breakfast and lunch to students, coaches, parents and families and judges at each of our local tournaments, as well as workshops, summer camps and other programs. 
  • Travel Debate Team. Scholarship Opportunities for high school teams to travel and compete at regional, national, and championship tournaments.
  • Debate Curriculum. Schools have access to debate lesson plans, topic briefings, and debate curriculum. 
  • Current Events Curriculum. We have an incredible partnership with District Administration Magazine's "Top 100 Products" to deliver a weekly discussion-based current events curriculum to every NYCUDL school member - weekly current events reading (differentiated reading levels), weekly debate and discussion activities, quizzes, games, powerpoint, and more. All aligned to the Common Core. Subscribers receive 34 issues during the school year. Every issue contains two components: A discussion guide (written on three levels), and images that go along with each story. Educators use these two components to lead weekly discussions with their students. Each issue contains national and international stories every week, as well as developments in science, the arts, sports, and more. It also includes regular features such as “This Week in History”and “Country of the Week” to reinforce geography, history and civics. And bonus! Our weekly Kahoot current events trivia game that our Debate Club uses! 
  • National Urban Debate League Membership. As the only urban debate league in the state of New York, schools have access to numerous opportunities including curriculum, scholarship opportunities, National Urban Debate Championships opportunities and more. 
  • Financial Literacy Debate. We host an annual spring tournament in partnership with financial institutions to support financial literacy. Complete with workshops, curriculum, and a culminating tournament. 
  • Outreach and School Support. We have borough coordinators who can support your debate program.
  • Workshops. We have monthly workshop opportunities and drop in Saturday Debate Club opportunities.
  • NYC Debate Center. We have drop in hours at our weekend Debate Center at our office.  Expert coaching, practice debates, 1-1 professional development, and any other support is provided. 
  • Summer Debate Institutes. We host the largest and longest summer debate program in the nation with several weeks of debate institutes at Hunter College, Silberman Graduate School and other locations. Scholarships are available to school members. Breakfast and lunch included. 
  • Summer Tournament Season. While most debate leagues end during the summer, we have a summer debate season with at least 3 summer debate tournaments. 
  • Girls Debate League. We started the first girls debate league in the nation with monthly debate education opportunities for young women including workshops, all-girls tournaments, summer debate programs and more. 
  • Debate Nights. We partner with law firms and other corporate firms to host after school debate nights for students to learn about career and college opportunities. 
  • High School Student Service Opportunities. High School varsity debaters are eligible to judge at middle school tournaments. This is helpful for college admissions, community service hours, as well as to develop own debate skills. 
  • NYCUDL E-Newsletter.  Our weekly newsletter is the largest debate newsletter in the nation with year round publishing on all local, regional and national debate opportunities.
  • Middle School Debate League. Our middle school debate program is the largest middle school debate program in the nation with over 100 schools participating.
  • High School Debate League. Our high school debate league is the largest high school debate program in the nation and also one of the most successful.
  • New York State Debate Championships. Each year we are honored to host the New York State Debate Championships. This tournament is open for high school and middle school students. 
  • Alumni ChapterOur alumni stay involved with the urban debate league for life!  Our alumni meet regularly, volunteer regularly as judges and tournament and coach volunteers. And most of our staff are all alumni of our program. 
  • Coolidge Cup Qualifier. Each year we partner with the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation to host one of our most unique tournaments which includes full scholarships to the Coolidge Presidential Leadership Summer Program for Varsity debaters and the opportunity to compete for over $10,000 in scholarships. 
  • Technology Debates. Each year we partner with Tech Duels for a special debate evening of debates on technology.  Technology prizes (Amazon Kindles, etc) are awarded to the winners. 
  • Debate Events. We are one of the few urban debate leagues in the nation to support multiple formats of debate including Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, Parliamentary Debate, and Student Congress. 
  • Scrimmages. Each semester we organize scrimmages by borough where students and schools participate in practice debates.