We are debating in-person!
Per Dallas ISD policy, all events will uphold precautions and preventions to ensure safety for students and staff.
Download the calendar here.
This calendar includes registration deadlines for each event. You must register your teams on Tabroom by Thursday of the week before the event (9 days in advance).
Instructions for Tabroom can be found here. If you are a new coach, contact Gabe.firstname.lastname@example.org - we will set up your account for you. DUDA will also host a training early on October 16th to ensure you are prepared for the process.
If you fail to register by the published deadline, we cannot guarantee space for your students. After the deadline passes, we have to make logistical arrangements for the number of teams entered - which means we can only take late entries as other teams drop out.
Information about events
Debate tournaments are the heart of Dallas Urban Debate programs, and are typically held on Saturday throughout the school year. Tournaments provide debaters an opportunity to put their advocacy, research, and critical thinking skills to the test by competing with teams from other DISD schools in an effort to convince a judge of their position. By practicing, winning or losing, reworking their position, adding new evidence or creating different arguments, debaters discover a paradigm for learning about any subject, however simple or complex.
We host 4 types of events each semester:
Workshops - which introduce students to debate skills and strategies;
Scrimmages - which give students a low-pressure opportunity to hone their arguments and strategies before competition begins in earnest;
Tournaments - which are the core of our programs, and pit pairs of students from different schools against each other to advocate for their beliefs in a competitive setting;
Championships - which are longer and more rigorous than tournaments, and have qualification requirements. Students are allowed to engage in their own research at these events, and we strive to bring in unique, topic-expert judging. Year-long awards will also be given at these events.