State Finals

Two-hundred debaters from 30 schools competed in our State Finals tournament at Amity Regional High School. In an excellent Varsity final round, the Ridgefield High School team of Max Cummings and Paul Kim on Affirmative defeated the Hamden High School team of Kayla Johnson an Aakshi Agarwal in a 4-1 decision. In the Novice division, the St. Luke's School team of Warneryd and Volpitta took top honors. Our thanks to Amity for hosting.

You may view or download the complete State Finals Results, as well as the resolution package. If you are missing ballots, please contact me, and we will see if we can find them.

If you have any questions or comments, please email us: CDA Tournaments.

CDA Coolidge Cup Qualifier Invitation

Registration is open for the 2017 CDA Coolidge Cup Qualifier. This tournament is open to Sophomore and Junior debaters from any school. The top four debaters will win scholarships to the Coolidge Presidential Debate and Policy Institute this summer, and a chance to compete for more than $10,000 in scholarships and prizes in the final round of the Coolidge Cup on July 3-4. For more information please read or download this Coolidge Invitation.

Registration is open and is done through tabroom.com, a free service to the debate community hosted by the National Speech and Debate Association. There are instructions available on-line, and CDA has written brief instructions for using tabroom to help guide you through the process.

We would appreciate an email as soon as possible if you plan to attend with an estimate (which we will not hold you to) of numbers. If you have any questions, please email CDA Coolidge Inquiry.

March 4 Tournament Results

Thirty-seven schools and 402 debaters attended tournaments at Darien, Farmington and Guilford. Thanks to coaches Dennis Cummings, Joel Nick and Gianna Abbagnaro for their hospitality.

The topic was:

Resolved: Student loans should be limited to those students and amounts that are highly likely to be repaid in full.

The final round at Darien was won by The Dalton School team of Rappaport and Gordon on the Negative over the Ridgefield team of Chauhan and Hadar.

The final round at Farmington was won by the Shepaug Valley team of Marchese and Getzel on the Affirmative over the Simsbury team of Kurian and McDermott.

The final round at Guilford was won by the Hamden team of Agarwal and Johnson on the Negative over the Immaculate/Daniel Hand team of Hunnicut and Reynolds.

Congratulations to all our trophy winners and 3-0 teams.

You may view or download the complete March Results, as well as the resolution package. If you are missing ballots, please contact me, and we will see if we can find them.

If you have any questions or comments, please email us: CDA Tournaments.

February 4 Tournament Results

Four-hundred fifty-three debaters from 38 schools attended our February tournaments at Daniel Hand High School, Glastonbury High School and Wilton High School. Thanks to coaches Martin Glasser, Jenna Bach and David Wallace for their hospitality.

The topic was:

Resolved: Internet sites should be required to remove fake news.

The final round at Daniel Hand was won by the Warde team of Lee and Luther on Negative over the Hamden team of Agarwal and Johnson in a 2-1 decision.

The final round at Glastonbury was won by the Pomperaug team of Pelletier and Gibson on Negative over the Westfield-Watkinson team of Cook and Gibson in a 2-1 decision.

The final round at Wilton was closed out by the Ridgefield teams Cummings and Kim and Suryawanshi.

Congratulations to all of our trophy winners. You may view or download the complete February Results, as well as the resolution package.

If you have any questions, email CDA Inquiry and we will do our best to answer you.


Middle School Debate

The Connecticut Middle School Debate League has a full schedule set for the 2016-17 school year, including a scrimmage in October and three tournaments during the rest of the year. For more information see the Middle School Debate web site.



Other Debate News

Coolidge Cup Qualifier, April 1, 2017

There will likely be a qualifying tournament for the Coolidge Cup for interested Sophomore and Junior debaters on Saturday, April 1 at E.O.Smith High School in Storrs. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

Tri-State East Coast HSPDP Tournament, April 8, 2017

The Tri-State East Coast High School Parliamentary Debate Program will hold its final 2017 tournament on April 8 at Norwalk Community College. This is a parliamentary style tournament with three-person teams. For more information go to TriState HSPDP tournament or email Stephen Fitzpatrick.

Yale Osterweis Tournament, April 9, 2017

The 2017 Yale Osterweis Tournament will likely be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Yale University in New Haven. A formal announcement and invitation will be posted when available.



Last updated March 19, 2017.