CT Middle School Debate League Scrimmage


Smith Middle School, 216 Addison Rd, Glastonbury, CT 06033

Middle School Debaters in Grades 5-8

Registration is closed*

(*If interested, please email us at: Admin@WestfieldAcademy.net)



Karen Koh

This scrimmage will be the first event in the Connecticut Middle School Debate League. Once we have a list of who will attend, teams made up of 3 debaters each, will be assigned. Once teams are assigned, the team members should get to work preparing both the Proposition and the Opposition cases.  Note, this is a scrimmage and not a tournament. 

Scrimmages include a demo round and a workshop and there are no awards or rankings. The purpose of a scrimmage is to improve your debating, to meet other middle school debaters from around the state and to have fun. This scrimmage is open to all our debaters up to eighth grade. New debaters are strongly encouraged to participate.

Judging and Observing


Judge’s Instructions

HS Debaters 10th grade and over may volunteer to judge at this scrimmage. Ninth graders are welcome to observe. Please email Admin@WestfieldAcademy.net with interest and indicate if you would like to judge or observe.


Arrive & Check In: 9:30 - 9:45

Demo Debate: 9:45 - 11:15

Round 1: 11:15 - 12:00

Lunch: 12 - 12:30

Workshop: 12:30 - 1:30

Round 2: 1:45 - 2:30

Debrief & Depart: 2:30 - 2:45


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Parental Attendance

Parents do not attend these competitions unless they are judging or chaperoning. We would love to train you and have you come as a judge!  Judging is very fun.  Parents who do it usually want to do it again.  Many parents become "regulars" and come to really enjoy these days. You are warmly invited and encouraged to attend the state competitions in the spring to see your child debate.


Debaters may pack their lunches or buy tickets for pizza and drinks when they arrive. Pizza will be $2 per slice and lemonade will be $1. 


The participation fee for each student is $56. We are required to provide trained judges. Some of our older debaters will be asked to volunteer to judge for us. Please register here: