Thank you for your interest in signing up to assist at our tournaments, without you we would not have our debate tournaments. Because of our volunteers, we are the largest debate league in the nation! So thank you for supporting our mission that all schools and all students should have access to debate which is one of the most powerful academic programs for college, career and civic success. Thank you for changing the world! Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up!
(1) Judges. We always need judges. No experence required - we provide judge training.
(2) Hospitality Volunteers. Not interested in judging? Tired of judging? Interested in hospitality (serving breakfast, lunch and smiles & helping with clean up and other duties to make the tournament happen). One location is the Cafeteria to help students ("Student Hospitality"). The other location is in the Judges Room with our judges to help support them ("Judge Hospitality").
(3) Tabroom Software Pros. For the few folks who have experience with our tournament software (Tabroom.com) or if interested in training and long term commitment please email us at [email protected] if interested in volunteering to help in the Tabroom operate the Tabroom.com software!
(4) Any other interests? Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]!
- No debate experience is required.
- We have judge training at each tournament
- Breakfast and Lunch provided!
- Be Prepared! There is often substantial down time. So please bring things to stay occupied (computer, books, friends). Just be mindful that we do not have access to school WiFi. And if judging, please bring paper, pen, and a time keeping device for speeches (phone, stopwatch, timer).
- Be Flexible! Sometimes we may be short of judges! Sometimes we may have too many judges! We do our best, but please understand and we are so grateful for your patience & flexibility.
- Judges should arrive by 9am to register for Round 1. Other volunteers (Hospitality and Tabroom Volunteers) should arrive earlier ie 8:00am to help with Cafeteria, Judge Room, or Tabroom Set Up.
- More! We will add you to our newsletter, invite to our Volunteers4Debate meetings, special events and more! And if you have any ideas - sponsorships, in kind donations, hosting a debate at your company, please let us know!
Volunteer Waiver and Code of Conduct
The New York City Urban Debate League has had a long and successful history of excellence in the areas of speaking and debating. In order to maintain this high reputation, we expect our students, teachers, faculty, volunteers, staff, and all participants to conduct themselves at all times and will also abide by all competition rules as outlined by invitational tournament officials, the National Forensics League, the National Catholic Forensics League, Metro Hudson Debate, and the New York State Debate Coaches Association. Participants are also expected to follow their School and New York City Department of Education student codes of conduct. Moral and Ethical Conduct: Participants attending all NYCUDL events will continuously act in a manner that exhibits the highest standards of honor and morality. There is zero tolerance for bullying, discrimination, sexual harassment, violence, dishonorable actions, or any violations of proper behavior. We would not have a debate league without an incredible community of supporters and we would not have the opportunity to travel and debate without debate scholarships and so at no time should participants disparage volunteers, judges, hosting families and schools, the NYCUDL and NYCUDL staff, teachers and other students. Alcohol, Drugs, and other abuse: Under no circumstances will the possession or consumption of drugs or alcohol be tolerated. Waiver Parents/Guardians please read and sign for minors participating as volunteers. Adults please read and sign for participating. This permission form covers your or your child’s membership in the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) for the 2019-2020 season (June 30th, 2019 - June 30th 2020). The NYCUDL includes but is not limited to summer debate institutes, tournaments, workshops, debate nights, travel, national championship tournament, and all other NYCUDL opportunities. Please read and sign the following form. I do hereby consent that I agree to participate or my child may participate in the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL), and in consideration for the NYCUDL giving its time and supervision of such activity, do hereby personally on behalf of myself and/or my child, absolve and release the NYCUDL, its agents and volunteers from any claim of personal injuries which might be sustained by my child and/or myself while participating in such activities, or while returning home. I understand that myself and/or my child will be expected to sign and follow a code of conduct to participate in the stated activity, and that, in the event of inappropriate behavior by child and/or myself, I may be contacted and asked to pick up him/her or to leave. I am aware that my child will be supervised by their school teacher or NYCUDL staff member, but may not be in the presence of an adult at all times. I also give permission for the NYCUDL to use photographs, video, media of myself and/or child in promotional materials. I certify that my answers are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. If this application leads to a position, I understand that false or misleading information in my application or interview may result in my release. I understand that this is a temporary position.