NEW YORK PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE LEAGUE
The First Student-Run High School Debate League
ABOUT THE NEW YORK PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE LEAGUE
Founded by Horace Mann, Dalton, and Stuyvesant students in 2016, the New York Parliamentary Debate League (NYPDL) runs monthly debate tournaments in the parliamentary style for high school students in the tri-state area.
ABOUT PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE
Parliamentary debate is a style of debate that involves only fifteen minutes of preparation, no outside sources, and speeches that range from four to eight minutes long. Within the duration of a single parliamentary debate tournament, debaters can have topics ranging anywhere from issues of international relations to complex moral dilemmas, making parliamentary debate a style of debate that emphasizes rhetoric, logic, and knowledge of current events. This intriguing, fun, and challenging style has led to Parli becoming the most widespread debate event at the collegiate level and internationally.
September 27-28 2019
Introductory Tournament at Trinity
Our first tournament of the season! It is open to debaters of all levels, including those who have never done parliamentary debate before. This tournament will serve as a great way to teach new members about the parliamentary debate style and help already experienced debaters improve.
October 25th-26th, 2019
The Friends Seminary Invitational
Come one, come all! This parliamentary debate tournament, which will take place at the newly renovated Friends Seminary School, is open to all levels of debaters, including those who have never done parliamentary debate before.