Debate Contests

Season Overview

Participating in debate is easy! All you have to do is contact us to express your interest, and we’ll connect you with our supportive network of educators.  We encourage local circuits of schools to hold invitational contests throughout the fall semester, and will provide support staff to help launch debates in your part of the state! For more information on the accessible Public Forum Debate format, see our Learn to Debate page.

The Fox Valley region (Appleton) is an example of a local circuit that holds regular contests (listed to the right). Some special dates in 2017-18 include (registration is usually due on the Wednesday immediately before a Saturday event):

  • September 16 – Waupaca – Season Opener with focus on introducing debate and discussing what a good resolution looks like.  We’ll ask teams to create resolutions for the next weekend.  We’ll also have some fun pop-up debates to practice argumentation and get everyone excited to debate.  This day will be great for newbies and we’ll still have fun activities for experienced kids.
  • September 23 – Hortonville – Impromptu debate tournament where students practice putting cases together to debate at least two rounds.  Please bring judges for this tournament, but you don’t need to assign teams.  We can pair students that morning (experienced with novices), and they will have time to write a Pro and Con case before debating each side.  Teams should bring  resolution ideas.
  • November 18 – Hortonville – If your debater earned an award during a past season (or want to give it a try, s/he should try debating solo (“superman”).


Upcoming Debate Dates
  • Debate Tournament
    November 18, 2017
    Hortonville High School 155 Warner St, Hortonville, WI 54944, United States

  • Debate Tournament
    December 2, 2017
    Waupaca High School 2325 King Rd, Waupaca, WI 54981, United States

  • State Debate Contest
    December 9, 2017
    University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901, USA

WHSFA State Festival

December 9, 2017: will use the December National Speech & Debate Association Public Forum topic (announced November 1, so your team can start brainstorming ideas and writing cases through the month of November).