October 25 Tournament Invitation

On behalf of AITE, Joel Barlow High School and Farmington High School I would like to invite you to our first tournament of the year on Saturday, October 25. Please email us as soon as possible indicating whether you are coming and providing an approximate number of teams. We need an estimate of the number of attendees in order to prepare for the tournaments. We would like to have a first count by Thursday evening, October 16. You may download a more detailed invitation with information about Novice eligibility and qualifying for State Finals.

All CDA registrations this year will be done through tabroom.com, a free service to the debate community hosted by the International Debate Education Association and used by many tournaments nationwide. CDA has written brief instructions for using tabroom to help guide you through the process. Registration opens on Monday, October 13 at 8AM, but you may create an id for your school and enter your student and judge names at any time.

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

Novice Scrimmage Results

We had 158 Novice debaters from 26 schools, as well as 47 Varsity debaters as judges and 15 observers at our fifth annual Novice Scrimmage. Out thanks to Aaron Johnson, the Greenwich High School Debate Team and Greenwich High School, and to Marty Leftoff, the Simsbury High School Debate Team and Simsbury High School for their hard work in hosting this event. The topic was, "Resolved: The West should provide direct military aid to the Ukraine.". We would also like to thank our exhibition round debaters, Greenwich and Joel Barlow at Greenwich and Simsbury and E.O.Smith at Simsbury.

The description, schedule, packet and results can be downloaded from Novice Scrimmage Results page.

Welcome to the 2014-15 Season!

All CDA coaches should have received an email with administrative information for the new year. If you did not, or if you are interested in joining CDA this year, please email us at CDA 2014-15 Season.

We still have opennings in our calendar for tournament hosts. If you are interested in hosting, please download the 2014-15 Calendar or out Guide to Hosting. Questions or offers to host please Email Us.

We especially need hosts for the Novice Scrimmage on September 27!

Our web site has been rolled over for the new season. You can download our tentative 2014-15 Calendar and the 2014-15 Dues Form. The CDA Brochure has been updated to reflect our latest numbers. The Schedule, Training Material, and Past Years' Results pages have all been updated to reflect the new year.

Please mark the following dates on your calendar:

  • September 18 is our Fall Coaches meeting, at 7PM, dinner provided. We have a number of issues to finalize, including the calendar changing to Parliamentary format for the 2015-16 season. Please try to attend.

  • September 19-22 Yale Invitational in New Haven. For more information see Other Debate News: Yale Invitational below.

  • September 27 is our first planned event of the year, our Novice Scrimmage. Novices see a demonstration debate and get two practice rounds, one on each side of the issue. Varsity debaters get to judge. This will be our fifth year holding the scrimmage, and we expect it to be well-attended.

    However, we have a problem--No Novice Scrimmage Hosts! If you can host the scrimmage on Septermber 27 please email us ASAP at CDA 2014-15 Schedule.

  • See the Other Tournaments page for information on the Bickel and Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum debate competition.

Middle School Debate

We are planning on launching a middle school debate program this year. We hope to have a training session for new coaches, an training session and/or scrimmage for middle school debaters, and two additional competition events. If you are interested in being a part of the CDA Middle School League or know someone who is, please email us at CDA Middle School League.

State Finals Results

174 debaters from 29 schools competed in this year's State Finals at Wilton High School. Thanks to coach Allison Hujar, the Wilton Debate Team and Wilton High School for hosting us for the fifth consecutive year.

The topic forced debaters to change perspective, as they were required to debate from the point of view of Russian citizens: Resolved: We (Russia) should actively seek to reincorporate those former Soviet territories with a substantial Russian population. Students seemed to welcome the challenge and appreciate the relevance of the subject.

The Varsity final round saw the Greenwich team of Nick Abbott and Rebecca Murray on Affirmative win the State Championship on a 4-1 decision against the Fairfield Warde team of Brandon Campbell and Sara Murphy.

In the Novice division, the Ridgefield team of Margaret Comer and Kate Lindenburg won top honors.

You may view or download the complete March 22 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.

Other Debate News

Yale Invitaional--September 19-22, 2014

The Yale Invitational is Connecticut's only national circuit National Forensic League tournament, with a full range of speech events. CDA volunteers will be running tab for the Parliamentary Debate division for the fifth year. It's a great chance to try your skills against a national field. Registration opens on August 1. See Yale Tabroom for more information.

Last updated October 12, 2014.