The English-Speaking Union

Middle School Debate

East Coast High School Public Debate Program

hspdp 2017-2018 winners

Welcome to the East Coast High School Public Debate Program!

click to REGISTER for 2021-2022

2021-2022 School Year

  • Saturday, November 13, 2021 (Online) at 11am EST                
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 (Online) at 11am 
  • Saturday, February 12, 2022 (Location TBD)
  • Saturday, March 12, 2022 (Location TBD)
  • Championship Tournament April 2022 (Date &  Location TBD) 
The pre-announced topics for the December 11th Tournament are:

- End Presidential Executive Privilege!

-  CRISPR/Cas9 will do more harm than good.

past Topics From CHAMPIONSHIP APRIL 17, 2021

 All currently illegal drugs should be legalized, regulated, and taxed.

-  The US federal government should regulate cryptocurrency.

Impose term limits on the US Congress

- Cancel culture does more good than harm.

- Abolish the CIA!

Additional impromptu topics will be selected from current events & enduring ethical controversies

Tournament Format & Schedule:

The tournament will consist of four rounds.

Two of the rounds will cover two pre-announced topics (usually announced about four weeks prior to the event) and two rounds will include two extemporaneous motions for debate.  Impromptu topics, drawn from current events and notable public policy issues, are announced twenty minutes prior to debates.  Pre-announced and impromptu topics can be in any round order.

Rounds three and four are power-matched and at some tournaments (time permitting) we will have a final public debate between the top two teams on a third extemporaneous topic.

Please note: the timing of the East Coast tournaments will start at 11am and the West Coast tournaments will start at noon. 

Time Activity
11am – 12 pm Registration
12 - 12:30 pm General Assembly and Welcome
12:30 - 2pm  Round 1 
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Round 2
3:30 - 4:00 pm Snack
4:00 - 5:30 pm Round 3
5:30 - 7:00 pm Round 4 
7:00 - 7:30 pm Break/Coaches Meeting
7:30 - 7:45 pm Awards Announced
7:45 - 8:15 pm Public Debate Finals

Looking for more debate opportunities in the New York Metro Area? Check out Rutgers University Debate Union.