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Our Commitment

We offer debate and argumentation programs for young people in Greater Boston, with a commitment to serving students of color and other students who have been denied these educational opportunities. We tailor our programs to address the educational inequities they experience, and strive to create inclusive learning communities where all participants are welcome and supported in achieving the transformative, lifelong benefits of debate.

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Tournaments & Events

Tournament season is ramping up and we are in need of volunteers to help judge the fantastic BDL debaters at our first in-person tournament of this season.

Help us kick-off the school year right and register as a judge! We have many opportunities just around the corner – check them out below!

Friday and Saturday
November 5 & 6

Middle School Tournament 1
In-person, Boston Latin Academy*

Friday and Saturday
November 12 & 13

High School Tournament 1
In-person, Suffolk University*

Saturday
December 4

Middle School Tournament 2
In-person, Boston Latin Academy*

Saturday
December 11

High School Tournament 2
In-person, Brighton High School*

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Saturday
February 5

Middle School Tournament 3
In-person, Suffolk University*

Saturday
February 12

High School Tournament 3
In-person, Suffolk University*

Saturday
March 12

Middle School Tournament 4: City Finals
In-person, Boston Latin Academy*

Friday and Saturday
March 18 & 19

High School Tournament 4: City Finals
In-person, Suffolk University*

Saturday
March 25

City Championship
In-person, Location to be Announced*

*Events scheduled as in-person may be held virtually following guidance from the CDC and Boston Public Schools. 
For more information on virtual volunteering, visit: bostondebate.org/volunteer

Judge Shifts

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Middle School Saturdays (T1 Only)

3:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Middle School Fridays (T1 Only)

8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Middle School Saturdays (T2, T3, T4)

3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

High School Fridays (T1, T4)

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

High School Saturdays (T1 Only)

Shift 1:    7:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Shift 2:   12:30  PM – 5:30 PM

High School Saturdays (T2, T3, T4)

Judge Training

Training is required for all first time judges.
Asynchronous versions are available at bostondebate.org/volunteer

Saturday
October 8

Judge Camp
Virtual, a half-day intensive training for new and returning judges

Tuesday before Tournaments
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

New Judge Training
In-person, 30 minutes before each shift

Wednesdays
December 1:    4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
February 2:    4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
March 3:    4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Immediate and Advanced
Judge Training

Virtual training

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