JOIN US

Update for Fall 2021

We will be recruiting new members the week of 9/5 and starting practices the week of 9/12. New members will not have to choose between club team and competition team (see below) until late-September.

Fall 2021 New Member Requirements

  • Attend an info session and our demo debate
    • Info sessions: 9/7 and 9/8 Machmer E-33 at 6:55pm
    • Demo debate: 9/9 Campus Center 803 at 6:55pm
    • If you are not able to attend both an info session and the demo debate, please email UMassParliDebate@gmail.com
  • Attend as many practices as you can between 9/14 and 9/27
    • To RSVP, please fill out a Google Form at the bottom of E-Board emails by 10am the morning of the practice
  • Fill out an application form due before practice on 9/27 to select Competition Team or Club Team
    • Will be released closer to
  • Meet with E-Board during practice on 9/30 for a brief interview

Competition Team

Competition Team Perks

  • Travel to other universities around the northeast to compete in tournaments
    • Until at least 10/22/21, all APDA tournaments will be online
  • Run for a position on the Executive Board or become an Equity Officer (after at least one semester of experience on the team)
  • Work in small groups with our nationally ranked coach, Sandy Greenberg

Competition Team Requirements

  • Varsity (at least 2 semesters with UMDS)
    • Application
      • Re-apply by 9/9/21
    • Equity
      • Sign our Code of Conduct
      • Attend an equity workshop on 9/21 or 10/5
    • Tournaments
      • Judge at least one APDA tournament in Fall 2021
      • No limit on debating at tournaments, but the more you debate, the more you’re expected to judge
    • Case writing
      • Develop at least 1 thoughtful outline of a case for novices by early October
    • Attendance
      • No more than 2 unexcused absences 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.
  • Novice (1st academic year with UMDS)
    • Application
      • Apply by 9/27
      • Attend interview night on 9/30 or arrange alternate time to meet
    • Equity
      • Sign our Code of Conduct
      • Attend an equity workshop on 9/21 or 10/5
    • Tournaments
      • Debate at least one APDA tournament in Fall 2021
      • No limit on debating at tournaments
    • Case writing
      • Complete the case outline from a varsity by mid-late October
    • Attendance
      • No more than 2 unexcused absences 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.

Club Team

If you are not accepted onto Competition Team this semester, you have a busy semester, or you simply do not feel ready for Competition Team, Club Team is for you! Individuals are welcome to come to practices, learn about debate, and develop their skills. Club Team gives everyone the chance to be a part of the UMDS community, regardless of time commitment or comfort level.

  • No attendance requirements or expectations
    • Come to practice when you can!
    • All we ask is you fill out a Google Form by 10am the morning of to indicate you’ll be there
  • No APDA or BP tournament participation
    • You’re still welcome to debate at UMDS “mini-tournaments”
  • Sign the Code of Conduct and consider attending our team equity training and wellness events
  • Write at least one case a semester so you can participate in practices