• Congressional Debate is a mock legislative assembly competition where students draft bills (proposed laws) andresolutions (position statements), which they and their peers later debate and vote to pass into law.  While coaches aren’t always required to submit legislation to meets, it gives their students the right to an authorship speech, introducing the bill or resolution to the chamber.   In advance of the meet, a docket of submitted titles or full legislative text are distributed to participating schools, so students may research and prepare themselves for the debate.  Many meets allow students to caucus in committee(s) to determine the agenda, wherein they strive to select topics that will yield even and engaging debate, as well as balancing authorship privileges among the schools participating in the chamber.  


    Congress Guide

    Research Sources

    NSDA Bill Template  Template without NSDA logo

    Resolution Template

    Resolution Amendment Template



    2019 Spring Congressional Debate Packet