Oregon Middle School Speech and Debate League


Who are we?

We are a non-profit organization that strives to develop and elevate public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership skills in middle school students through speech and debate clubs and competitive events.

Coming Tournament


When: Mid-November

Where:Lake Oswego Junior High

Address:2500 Country Club Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

About the Event

The goal of the tournament is to give middle school students the opportunity to compete in a welcoming and educational environment.  Each student can enter one debate format and one individual event (IE). If you have students who are only participating in IEs, they can enter both IE events. The events are loosely based on high school events. The times are reduced from the high school criteria, and students may present from note cards, papers, or electronic notes. Students will not be able to access the Internet during a round.  Thanks to all the volunteers who made the tournament happen, there is no fee associated with this event. However, if you’d like to donate to help cover food for judges, facility cost, and cost of certificates, it would be much appreciated.  Lunch and snack will be offered for purchase. All proceeds will be used to support the tounaments. This will be a fun event with an emphasis on positive recognition and encouragement for all participants. We hope you can join us. 


Schedule of Events  9:30 - 10:30 Sign in, Judge Orientation 

10:30 - 11:00 Round 1 Debate

11:15 - 11:45 Round 1 Individual Events

11:45 - 12:30 Lunch Break 

12:30 - 1:00 Round 2 Debate 

1:15 - 1:45 Round 2 Individual Events

2:00 - 2:30 Final round of Debate 

 2:45 - 3:15 Final Round of Individual Events 

3:30 - 3:45 Awards Ceremony

Individual Events

Impromptu: Given three words, the student chooses one, prepares for 1 minute, and then speaks for 1- 3 minutes.  

Tall Tale: Given three words, the student has 1 minute to prepare a 'larger-than-life' 3-minute short story that smoothly incorporates all three words. 

Prose: The student provides an oral interpretation of a short story, parts of a novel, or other published work of prose. Timing is strictly followed: 2-3 minutes including an introduction. Students over or under time are docked one rank in the round.

Debate Events

Public Forum Debate: 2-person team. Teams prepare original cases with evidence for both sides. Sides are assigned each round. We will follow these times (in minutes): 3-3-2-3-3-2-2-2-3-2-2. There's also a 2-minute prep in round.

Parliamentary Debate: 2-person team. Teams will be assigned a side (Proposition or Opposition). The judge reveals a common-knowledge topic to both teams. The teams prepare their cases in 10 minutes using only pen, paper, and a dictionary. During the debate, each student gets to speak, and the opponent can stand to ask a question after the first 30 seconds but before the last 30 seconds. No questioning or new arguments in the rebuttals. This debate includes a time to set the case, a time to build counterarguments, and a time to rebut and summarize.


Each student can enter one debate format and one individual event (IE). If you have students who are only participating in IEs, they can enter both IE events. Please register your teams by October 31st.

(Registration currently not open yet)

For questions and comments, please email OMSSSL2017@gmail.com Thanks, Oregon Middle School Speech and Debate League, The Tournament Committee

Fall Workshop


When: Every Saturday, Sep. 14- Nov. 9

Where: TVFR 60

Address: 8585 NW Johnson St, Portland, OR 97229

About Our Workshops

Join us in our workshops where students learn applicable public speaking techniques, as well as basic debate strategies. Students are able to participate in different speech and debate events. Workshops are taught by high school debaters.


Our fall workshops will provide beginner and advanced levels. 

Beginner Group: Sep. 14, 28 Oct. 12, 26 Nov 9

In these workshops, we will go over all speech and debate topics, allowing the students to determine what events fit them best. We will start by teaching the basics of public speaking and then move on to speech structure and basic debate strategy.

Advanced Group: Sep. 21 Oct. 5, 19 Nov. 2

In the advanced workshop, we will discuss specific debate strategy and create cases for current and past NSDA topics. 

Sign Up

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Feel free to contact us with questions at  OMSSSL2017@gmail.com 

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