The Coolidge Cup

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The Coolidge Foundation is setting out to find the top debaters in America. The Coolidge Cup is national debate tournament sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. Debaters qualify through various preliminary competitions for a chance to compete in the Coolidge Cup Championship Tournament, held in President Coolidge’s historic village, the picturesque town of Plymouth Notch, Vermont on July 1 – 5, 2018. The overall Cup champion will receive the $7,500 Robert L. Luddy-Coolidge Cup scholarship. 

2016 Coolidge Cup winner, Zoe Lovelace


Championship Tournament Details

Eligibility: To compete in the championship rounds of the Coolidge Cup, debaters must qualify either through a designated preliminary competition including a Coolidge Foundation sponsored regional tournament. Additionally, the Coolidge Cup utilizes an invitational system through which winners at other major tournaments are invited to compete. All Coolidge Cup competitors must be in grades 9-12 during the 2017-2018 school year.

Prizes: The overall Coolidge Cup champion will receive the $7,500 Robert L. Luddy-Coolidge Cup Award. A total of $10,000 will be awarded to the top finishers.

Debate Format: The Coolidge Cup is format neutral, meaning that the debate format is structured in such a way that debaters with experience in all different formats of debate are able to compete against each other effectively. In the Cup Championship tournament, debaters will debate in a one-on-one format. Specifics on speech times and orders, as well as scoring, will be forthcoming.

Debate Resolution & Brief: Resolved: For the United States, socialism would be a better economic system than capitalism for promoting the well-being of the average person. Download the brief.

Dates: Debate rounds will be held on Monday, July 2, 2018 thru Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (Travel days for debaters are Sunday, July 1st and Thursday, July 5th.)

Location: The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth Notch, Vermont

Cost: All lodging, dining, and local transportation costs for debaters will be covered by the Coolidge Foundation. The Coolidge Foundation will also cover the travel costs to and from the tournament for qualifiers. Although the Coolidge Foundation is not able to cover the cost of travel for parents or debate coaches, we greatly encourage them to attend the event. (More information for parents and coaches is available on our FAQ page.)

Lodging and Travel: While competing in the Coolidge Cup, debaters will stay at the Best Western Inn & Suites Rutland-Killington in Vermont. The Coolidge Foundation will provide a shuttle to transport students between the Coolidge State Historic Site and the hotel each day. On July 1st, representatives from the Coolidge Foundation will meet debaters at Boston’s Logan Airport and shuttle them to Vermont. On July 5th, the shuttle will transport students back to Boston’s Logan Airport. Qualifiers will receive additional details.

Want to Volunteer to be a Debate Judge? The Coolidge Foundation highly values the idea of the “citizen judge,” as we believe that good debating and good communication should be aimed at making a logical case that any person can understand. To register to judge, visit this page.

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