Join Us

Come to our information meeting on Tuesday, September 10 to learn more about the team! The meeting will be at 7pm in Machmer E33. 

There are two ways to be a part of UMass Parliamentary Debate: The Competition Team and the Club Team. Anyone can join the Club Team by attending our regular practices, but the Competition Team requires an application at the beginning of the semester.

Prior experience is not needed in order to gain acceptance onto the competition team; we are looking individuals who are driven to do well with the team!

Members of the Competition Team can:

– Travel to other colleges to compete in tournaments

-Attend social events with local debate teams

-Gain membership to the American Parliamentary Debate Association

-Network with hundreds of other students in the American Parliamentary Debate Association

-Run for a position on the Executive Board

Required for joining the Competition Team:

-Acceptance onto the team through our application process

-Attend at least 2 tournaments each semester

-Develop at least 2 debate cases per semester

-Can’t have more than 2 unexcused absences from meetings per semester. If you have a regular scheduling conflict (i.e. a class on Thursday nights) please talk to us so we can try to make accommodations for you.

Individuals who have previously competed with UMass Parliamentary Debate need to fill out an application as well.

Scroll down to see the timeline for our 2019 application process. Please note that applications are due Wednesday, September 11 at 11:59pm. 

Club Team

If you are not accepted on to the Competition Team this semester, you have a busy semester, or you simply do not feel ready to be a part of the Competition Team, the Club Team is for you! Individuals are welcome to come to practices, learn about debate, and develop their skills.

Fall 2019 Competition Team Application Process

9/6: Activity Expo & Release of Application

9/10: Informational Meeting

9/11: Applications Due at 11:59pm

9/12: Applicant Interviews

9/16: Applicant Interviews