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2020 Debate
Activity Administration:
  • Debate currently has no limitations on Start Date, First Contest Date, or Maximum Number of Contests. We encourage schools to create a schedule that works best for coaches and students.
  • Debate students are not bound by Bylaw 111 (Transfer and Residence)
  • Administrators need to verify student eligibility, but currently do not need to fill out the Eligibility Verification Form.
  • Judging:
  • All Sub-Section, Section and State Contests require MSHSL registered judges. For more information on being a judge, click here.
  • Current Judging Certification Clinics will be posted on this page under NEWS.
  • Having qualified judges is important to the integrity of the contests. It is getting harder and harder to get out of school to judge contests and Spring is such a busy time that sometimes contests need to be scheduled on weekdays. If it helps, we have a letter of support you could give your administration to participate in weekday contests.
  • Current Rules:
  • Current Rules and Policies are posted accessible from this page. See Rules and Policies link below.
  • If coaches have any questions regarding rules, selection placement, or other issues they are encouraged to contact Amy Doherty as early as possible.
  • Contact Information:
     Amy Doherty - Tournament Director, adoherty@mshsl.org
  • Admission to the State Tournament is free.
  • Media can contact Amy Doherty for more information in advance or at the site.
  • Tournament Related Files

    Section Tournaments
    (B indicates a Bracket is available)
    Sec. Date Site B
    3 December 6-7, 2019
    January 10-11, 2020 (PF,
    LD, Policy
    Eagan High School (Congress)
    TBD (PF, LD, Policy)
    4 Congress: Dec 2-3, 2019
    PF, Policy, LD: Jan 12-13,
    To Be Determined
    5 2019-2020
    Congressional: Fri Nov
    29, Sat Nov 30
    LD Policy and Public
    Forum: Fri Jan 10 and Sat
    Jan 11
    Congressional: Eagan
    LD, Policy, Public Formun: TBD
    6 2019-2020
    Congressional: Fri Nov
    29, Sat Nov 30
    LD Policy and Public
    Forum: Wednesday, January 8, Thursday, January 9
    Congressional: Eagan
    LD, Policy, Public Forum: TBD