Coolidge Cup Online Debate Tournament

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Coolidge Cup online tournament! The top 4 placers from the online competition will be invited to compete in the Coolidge Cup Championship Tournament taking place July 2-4, 2018 in historic Plymouth Notch, Vermont.

To compete in the online tournament please record a five-minute video of either an opening affirmative or negative statement for the resolution: “A significant tariff on imported goods from Mexico is a good policy for the U.S. economy.” Competitors should then upload their video to YouTube and fill out the online submission form on this page. You must be a high school student to compete.

DEADLINE: Friday, May 4, 2018

Video Requirements

  • Props may not be used, nor can videos be edited in a way that unfairly enhances them (i.e., music, pictures, etc…).
  • Videos may not exceed 5:00 minutes, no exceptions.
  • Title of the video on YouTube should include your name and your position on the resolution (affirmative or negative).
  • Inappropriate language that would make your video unsuitable for general audiences will disqualify your entry.
  • Contestants may not wear awards or medals from previous competitions.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Content 
    – Clearly articulated opinion in response to the Competition Resolution
    – A compelling argument that an educated citizen would understand
    – Use of evidence contained in the debate brief, which can be found by CLICKING HERE.
  • Style
    – Student’s volume, pitch, rate of pronunciation, and articulation — note: rapid talking or “spreading” will be counted against you
    – Use of eye contact, facial expressions, gesturing, posture
    – Structuring of speech appropriately with an introduction, body, and conclusion


The top four placers from the online competition will earn the right to compete in the Coolidge Cup Championship Tournament taking place July 2-4, 2018 in President Coolidge’s historic village, the picturesque town of Plymouth Notch, Vermont. Qualifiers earn a free trip to Vermont to compete. More than $10,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded to the winners of the 2018 Coolidge Cup — including a $7,500 scholarship for the overall winner.


Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are high school students and who have received permission in writing from a parent or legal guardian. All students are required to upload a signed Media Release along with their entry. The Media Release can be found by CLICKING HERE.


Coolidge Cup Online Submission

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