CDA High School Debate Tournament

Saturday March 3, 2018  8:30 - 5:45

Darien High School

80 High School Lane   Darien, CT 06820

Any student in 9-12th grades

REGISTRATION will close Friday, March 2, 2018  5:00 PM

(If we fill up prior to this date we will announce that registration is closing early)



Karen Koh


Usual policy/cross-ex format.


The total cost including registration, participation, judging and coach expenses is $92. If you are willing and we need you to judge, you can have a portion of this fee waived by volunteering to judge. See below for details.


We are required to provide trained judges. The number of judges we need depends on the number of competitors we bring. This is the way these competitions work: If we do not provide judges, our kids cannot compete. Judging is a very big time commitment. We leave early and return late. Judges are "on" for a big part of the day. Judges also have to be prepared and willing to be trained before judging. Having said this, judging is very fun. Although it might seem intimidating the first time, people always want to do it again. In order to be as fair as possible, we distribute the judging responsibility among all those competing. Each of our competitors will be assessed a $20 judging fee for the tournament. If that competitor provides a judge, and we use that judge, the judging fee as well as the the participation fee will be reimbursed - those fees are paid for by the judging fees of the other competitors who are not providing a judge. This distributes the judging responsibility among all the debaters and ensures that everyone who wants to can compete regardless of finances. If we are short judges, we try to find non-competitor parents, or friends or neighbors to judge and offer them the fees for their services. We must provide trained judges, and to prepare them, Ann will provide materials and meet or talk to our judges prior to the competition. If we have more judges sign up than we need, fear not, there are many upcoming competitions so you will definitely get a chance!

If you have indicated you would like to judge, we will let you know if we need you within a few days after the completion of registration.


You will receive an email with details the week of the event. Mrs. Henderson will be driving and will leave her place at 6:55 AM. 

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Parents do not attend these competitions. You are warmly invited and encouraged to attend the state competitions in the spring. You are more than welcome to come judge although please realize this does not allow you to watch your own child debate.


Western business attire.  Boys wear a jacket and tie; girls wear a skirt, pants or dress and a sweater or jacket.  If you are in need of any article of clothing please let Ann know so she can put out a group email.  We have been pretty good at coming up with clothing to share.  


There will be donuts or bagels, juice, hot chocolate and coffee on arrival. For lunch, the host school will sell tickets for pizza and soda during registration between 8:00 and 8:45 AM. Students may bring their own food, and students with special dietary needs should definitely bring their own food. Most schools do not have restaurants nearby and the time for lunch is short, so students and judges should not expect to have time to go elsewhere for lunch. Some schools sell candy or baked goods during the tournament, but students may want to bring snacks for between rounds. Debaters may want to carry a water bottle prevent dry mouth during the rounds.

What to Bring

Students should have highlighters, paper and writing instruments to flow. In addition, CDA tournaments allow students to bring a dictionary, a Constitution and an Almanac.