Tournament Date Name Location Tournament Times
Sept. 23rd MDTA Jamboree Wayzata High School 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
Sept. 30th Rosemount Rosemount High School
Oct. 6-7 UofM Invitational University of Minnesota – Humphrey School of Public Affairs Fri: 4-8:30 PM

Sat: 8AM-5PM

Oct. 27-28 Rosebowl TBD Fri: 4-8:30 PM

Sat: 9 AM-4 PM

Nov. 3-4 Farmington Farmington High School
Nov. 10-11 Tamar Kaplan Invitational TBD Fri: 4:30-8:30 PM

Sat: 9:30AM-4:30PM

Nov. 18 UMBrooks University of Minnesota – Humphrey School of Public Affairs 10 AM-5:30 PM
Dec. 1-2 JV / Novice State Eagan High School
Dec. 9 UDL City Championship Washington Technology Magnet School Fri: 3:30-8:00 PM

Sat: 9 AM-4:30 PM

Jan. 5-6 MSHSL Sections TBD

Key Materials – High School

Materials for Rookie/Novice

Materials for JV/Varsity

  • Open Evidence – This site has a lot of evidence on this year’s topic. You can find camp files and other uploaded files sorted by argument and argument type. Great for starting research or finding new arguments to try!

  • HS Debate Wiki – You can find what arguments other teams are using plus their cites on this website! It’s a great place to look at what the most successful teams are running or just browse around to find something that interests you. If you are in varsity you should upload your argument citations to this page also!

Games, Resources, & More

Curriculum – Middle School

Primary Coaching Resources

Guide to the MS Evidence Packet

Speaker Point Rubric

In a debate round, judges will score each debater individually on their presentation, quality of arguments, responsiveness to their opponents’ arguments, and use of evidence. This is the rubric that judges will use to assign those scores.

You can use the rubric to get a sense of which division is appropriate for a students. Debaters who are getting mostly 1’s should be in the Rookie Division. Students receiving mostly 1’s and 2’s should be in the Novice Division. Students who are receiving mostly 2’s and 3’s should be in the JV Division. Students who are receiving mostly 3’s and 4’s should be in the Varsity Division.

Argument Limits

This Argument Limits Document outlines which arguments will be allowed in which divisions, and contains a link for each type of argument to the relevant portion of the Guide to the Evidence Packet. Both coaches and students are responsible for knowing which arguments are allowed in their division.

How to Use or Modify Evidence

Because evidence is the basis of a good debate, it is helpful to make sure students are using the evidence in the same way. To keep every debate clear and balanced for the students, we have developed this Anatomy of Evidence Document with the guidelines and conventions of evidence use in policy debate.


To learn more about how you can get your workplace involved in supporting the Minnesota Urban Debate League, email Amy Cram Helwich, Executive Director: cramhe@augsburg.edu

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