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Urban Debate National Championship 2020

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General information

This is a High School tournament in Texas.

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Congratulations on qualifying for the 2020 Urban Debate National Championship

  • Here is a list of teams entered in the tournament
  • Tournament updates will be communicated on this page, through the our tournament app and via Speechwire Live.
  • Judge Philosophies are being compiled and will be posted before the event.

Students, coaches and followers at home can get tournament updates using the text or email features of Speechwire Live

Coaches are invited to to particiapte in a judge training session during Round 1.  Please contact lukehill@urbandebate.org if you are interested.

UDNC Code of Conduct

The Urban Debate National Championship, hosted by the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues showcases the best urban debaters from across the country. At the tournament, we celebrate the continued growth of urban debate and seek to display wide array of both geographical and argument diversity. In recognition of this, the Code of Conduct seeks to provide a useful baseline of expectations for all participants to ensure a rewarding experience for all. The following Code is applicable throughout the tournament weekend, in all venues, including online and on social media.

Violations of the code of conduct should be reported to the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director and an advisory committee of League Directors will decide the appropriate action including, but not limited to forfeiture of rounds or removal from the tournament. Debaters, educators, schools, and leagues recognize debate as a powerful, educational activity built upon the ideals of respect, community, and civil discourse. All actions and decisions during a tournament seek to promote these ideals, and ensure a positive learning environment for all participants, judges, and observers.

1. Debaters represent their school. All relevant rules and regulations of their local school district will apply during their time at the tournament and related events.

2. Debaters should be good competitors. It is the duty of each debater to participate honestly and fairly. Debaters should respect all competitors, coaches, judges and audience members.

3. Bullying and behaviors which belittle, degrade, demean, or otherwise dehumanize others are not permitted. These actions are not in the best interest of the activity because they interfere with the goals of education and personal growth.

4. Debaters should respect the educational role that judges provide the activity. Debaters who engage in a dialogue with a judge after a round should maintain a respectful demeanor. Discussions should focus on understanding the decision of the judge and improving the debater’s performances in future rounds. Remember the post round is an opportunity to learn, not deliver your final rebuttal.

5. Debaters should not plagiarize. Claiming another's written or spoken words as one's own is plagiarism, a very serious offense against responsible scholarship. Evidence used in a debate should be properly attributed to the author verbally during the debate. Debaters should be able to provide, within a reasonable time, complete documentation of all evidence presented. Documentation includes: name of author(s), source of publication, full date, page numbers and author(s) credentials when available in the original when challenged. Evidence that is not attributed adequately should be disregarded by judges.

6. Debaters value communication and should present arguments at a rate that can be understood by their assigned judge. Debaters should not “clip” cards. All evidence entered in the debate should be clearly marked as to what parts of the evidence were and were not presented during the round for review by opponent and judge.

Manager contact information

Luke Hill
Email address: lukehill@urbandebate.org
Phone number: 312-427-0389

Mailing address

200 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1040
Chicago, IL 60604

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