Tournaments (2016-2017)

The heart of Dallas Urban Debate’s programming is the debate tournaments held on weekends throughout the school year. Tournaments provide debaters an opportunity to put their advocacy, research, and critical thinking skills to the test by competing with teams from other DISD schools in an effort to convince a judge of their position. By practicing, winning or losing, reworking their position, adding new evidence or creating different arguments, debaters discover a paradigm for learning about any subject, however simple or complex. 

We host 3 kinds of events each semester: workshops, “regular season” tournaments, and “championship” tournaments. Workshops are designed to introduce new students to debate and experienced students to advanced debate concepts. We host 2 regular season tournaments each semester, allowing coaches to bring students of all commitment levels to an event. Our championship tournaments are longer and more rigorous affairs – and as such, are recommended for students who are most engaged.

Transportationto request a bus through the Student Activities Department of Dallas ISD (at no cost to your school), you must fill out a “Transportation Request Form” and email it to 21 days prior to the tournament. These forms can be found on the Student Activities forms page

Registrationto register your teams, visit the link associated with each tournament. For Dallas Urban Debate tournaments, you must register your teams at least 14 days in advance. If your teams are not registered by the deadline, Dallas Urban Debate will not take your teams. If you need help registering, contact our Programs Coordinator – Please note: Non-DUDA tournaments will have their own registration deadlines (often at least 4 weeks prior to the event). 

Schedules: you can find tentative schedules for upcoming events here. Final schedules will be provided to registered schools as each event nears.

Varsity Disclosure: as explained in the 2016-17 Rules & Regulations, HS Varsity teams MUST disclose their 1ACs a week prior to DUDA tournaments by emailing them to


DUDA High School

- Workshop 1 (September 17th at Seagoville HS)

- Tournament 1 (October 1st at Thomas Jefferson HS)

- Tournament 2 (November 5th at Thomas Jefferson HS)

- Fall City Championships (December 9th and 10th at Thomas Jefferson HS)

- Workshop 2 (January 14th at Bryan Adams)

- Tournament 3 (January 28th at Bryan Adams)

- Varsity City Championships (February 10-11th at SMU)

- Novice/JV City Championships (March 3-4th Bryan Adams HS)

- Earth Day Debates (April 21-22nd TBD)

DUDA Middle School

- Workshop 1 (October 8th at Jesuit College Prep) – Registration

- Tournament 1 (October 29th at Lang MS)

- Tournament 2 (November 12th at Lang MS)

- Fall City Championships (December 3rd at Lang MS)

- Workshop 2 (January 21st at Lang MS)

- Tournament 3 (February 25th at Lang MS)

- Tournament 4 (April 1st at Lang MS)

- Spring City Championships (April 29th at Lang MS)

Non-DUDA (Varsity Only)

Note: These tournaments are optional opportunities for experienced Varsity debaters to participate outside of Dallas Urban Debate events against schools from beyond Dallas ISD. Some of these tournaments must be qualified for during the school year.

- Texas Forensic Association State – Qualifiers Only (March 9-11th at Plato West)

- Urban Debate National Championships – Qualifiers Only (April 15-17 in Chicago)