Until the new Public Debate Program website is completed, some Middle School Public Debate Program and Youth Public Debate Program (dedicated 5th/6th grade debate programming) information will be listed here.
All participating Youth, Middle School and High School Public Debate program US schools, regardless of location or league affiliation, pay annual membership dues. The membership fee for 2016-17 is $25.00. There are additional league dues. Annual membership dues and league registration fees (payable to Claremont McKenna College from select leagues) are due no later than December 1, 2016.
If a school participates in a league with Claremont McKenna College as fiscal agent, annual league registration fees for 2016-17 programming are $5oo.00. This means that total participation fees for these schools for 2016-17 are $525.00 ($25 annual membership dues and $500 annual league registration fees). [In 2015-16, the following leagues paid registration fees to Claremont McKenna College – YPDP/Golden West Debate League, Pacific Coast Debate League, Los Angeles Debate League, Rancho California Debate League, and Inland Valley Debate League].
If a school participates in any other league, please contact the league president for information on annual league registration fees.
In general, there are no additional tournament fees for league events, with the following exceptions – tournaments providing lunch (optional payment for the lunch package), inter-league tournaments (hosts may charge a fee for any school/team from another league), and championship tournament fees for qualifying teams.
2016-17 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP INVOICE – PAID BY ALL MSPDP AND YPDP SCHOOLS IN THE US
All participating US schools, regardless of location or league affiliation, US schools pay annual membership dues to the Public Debate Program.
2016-17 LEAGUE REGISTRATION FEES INVOICE – PAID BY ALL LEAGUES SUPPORTED DIRECTLY BY CLAREMONT McKENNA COLLEGE
2016-17 CHARTER AND PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT
RULES CHANGES AND CLARIFICATIONS BEGINNING 2013-14
In brief, rules changes include (1) speaking time is changed for rebuttal speeches to 4 minutes (previously 3 minutes) and (2) students making a verbal attempt for a POI may only use one word to make the request – “Information.” Non-verbal requests (simply by standing) are still permitted. More detail on the rules changes and additional rules clarifications are included in the attached document.