The Coolidge Cup

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 2 – 4, 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 or through our online speech competition. 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.

Online Tournament: All high school students are encouraged to compete in the Coolidge Foundation’s online speech tournament. This is the most straightforward way to qualify for the Coolidge Cup National Championship tournament. To compete in the online speech tournament, click here:

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, qualifiers debate in a one-on-one format (i.e. everyone debates individually, there are no partners). Specifics on speech times and orders, as well as point scoring, will be forthcoming.

Debate Topic: TBA

Date of Championship Tournament: Monday, July 2, 2018 thru Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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. Though 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.

Lodging and Travel: While competing in the Coolidge Cup, debaters will stay at the Cortina Inn in Killington, Vermont. The Coolidge Foundation will provide a shuttle to transport students between the Coolidge State Historic Site and the Cortina Inn 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 more information.