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Student Registration (Completed ONCE A Season)

EVERY student must complete a registration form at the start of the debate season. This is separate from tournament registration which is conducted on Speechwire.

Tournament Pre-Registration (Completed for EVERY Tournament)

Debaters MUST be entered on SpeechWire by 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday before a tournament.

Judging Requirements

Volunteer judges are vital to our tournaments. The required number of judges per school will be calculated by rounds based on the number of registered teams. The judging obligation is 1 judge for every 2 teams (if possible, we will extend this to 3 teams).

Division Promotions*

  • ES to MS Novice–> Must be on MS Debate team

  • MS Novice to JV–> Place in top 15 teams, two times

  • JV to Varsity–> Place in top 10 teams, three times

  • HS Novice to Open–> Place in top 10 teams, 4 times

    *If students want to be promoted prior to the recommended guidelines, they are absolutely welcome to do so at their coach’s discretion.

Evidence Usage

One critical part of debating is the effective use of evidence to prove your point(s). The AUDL provides a comprehensive evidence packet for all students to use. This helps ensure all students have a high quality set of materials for debates and an effective model to help guide their own research and argument construction.

Inclement Weather Policy

Throughout the year Atlanta Urban Debate League programming and events may be impacted by inclement weather. The AUDL will only cancel programs and events if the host location cancels programs and events or if traveling to a program or event would pose a severe threat to AUDL staff safety. We will plan on holding events as planned for whomever is able to attend. You should abide by your school district’s or school’s policy on attending a program or event in the case of inclement weather. The AUDL also encourages you to put safety first—please use your best judgement when traveling during weather incidents as different parts of the state are often impacted by weather in different ways.

If your school is unable to attend a program or event when there is a threat of inclement weather, we do ask you please let us know.

If an AUDL program or event is cancelled, we will make the announcement via email to those who are invited to attend the event. We will also put an announcement on the AUDL website if possible. Please disseminate this information to your debaters, coaches, teachers, school administrators, parents, volunteers, and attendees. We want everyone in our community to be safe.