American PARLIAMENTARY Debate association

We are proud members of the American Parliamentary Debate Association, the oldest intercollegiate parliamentary debate league in the United States. Check out this guide on the APDA Website to learn more.

British PARLIAMENTARY debate

While our members primarily compete in APDA, members may also compete in British Parliamentary (BP). BP debate is an internationally recognized format and offers our members many more tournament possibilities. We are members of the United States Universities Debate Association (USUDA), a federation of American universities that compete in British Parliamentary debate. USUDA offers an overview of British Parliamentary Debate here.

umds member resources

Upon joining UMDS, our members have access to our Debate-a-base, a shared Google Drive folder streamlined with resources to prepare everyone for success. The Debate-a-base holds hundreds of our members’ cases,  100+ recorded APDA rounds, drills and countless guides on the fine points of debate. Additionally, we provide our members with guides to join the APDA Forum and the numerous intercollegiate debate Facebook groups and pages.