Coolidge Cup Qualifier for Debate in Dallas

There are several ways to earn an invitation to compete in debate at the Coolidge Cup. One way to try to earn an invitation is to compete in the Coolidge Cup Qualifier for Debate in Dallas, which is an in-person tournament run by the Coolidge Foundation in partnership with the Southern Methodist University Debate Program. The top 12 finishers at this tournament will earn an invitation to the 2023 Coolidge Cup. Details are below.

Date:       Saturday, December 3, 2022
Time:       All day (about 8:30am to 5:00pm)
Format:     1v1 Coolidge Debate Format
Location:   Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX
            Check in at Dallas Hall
Eligible:   All U.S. high school students grade 9-12
Cost:       Registration is free
Register:   Register with the form below or via Tabroom
Deadline:   Please register by Monday, November 28th at 11:59pm ET
Judge Reqs: Each competitor should bring one judge
Attire:     Business Professional 
Schedule:   Tentative Schedule for the Day (TBA)
Rules:      Coolidge Debate Rules (1v1 Format)



The resolution for this tournament will be announced in the fall.

Research Brief

The research brief for this tournament will be posted here in the fall, after the resolution is announced. The purpose of the brief is to help you get started on your case preparation. You are welcome and encouraged to use the brief as a starting point and build upon it by doing your own research and case-writing. You are not limited to the arguments and sources in the brief.

Tournament Structure

One day; four rounds. Since the goal is to identify the top 12 students in order to award bids to the 2023 Coolidge Cup, there is no need to narrow the field all the way down to a single champion. Thus we will not do outrounds.

Format and Style

Students will compete in the Coolidge 1v1 Debate Format. This is the same format that is used at the Coolidge Cup. If you are new to debating in this league, we highly recommend you review our Debate Guide, which provides information about this particular format, style, and rules.

Bids to the Coolidge Cup

This tournament is a qualifier for the 2023 Coolidge Cup, which will be held in July 2023.  The Coolidge Cup is an expenses-paid national invitational speech and debate tournament sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. It is held in President Coolidge’s historic hometown of Plymouth, Vermont, and takes place each year during the week of the Fourth of July. More than $15,000 in scholarship prize money is awarded to the top finishers. Learn more about the Coolidge Cup.


To ensure that we have enough judges to run the tournament smoothly and efficiently, each competitor is asked to supply one judge (e.g., a parent, grandparent, teacher, coach, etc.). Since we also recruit volunteer community judges, we expect that the overall judge burden will be low. The parent, teacher, or coach that you bring may only have to judge one or two rounds. Experience with debating or judging is not necessary. To judge, please register through (if you have an account and are familiar with that website). Or fill out our judge registration form here.


If you have any questions about the tournament, the Coolidge Cup, or about judging, please contact Coolidge Foundation Debate Director Jared Rhoads (


  • Competitor Information

    Please enter the following information about you.
  • If you think it might help us, feel free to include any tips on how to pronounce your name. Put accented syllables in all-caps. (E.g., KATH-rin BASS-it)
  • What high school do you attend? (Or if homeschool, write Homeschool.)
  • What grade are you in for the 2021-2022 school year?
  • If you have a debate coach, what is his or her name?
  • If you have a debate coach, what is his or her email address?
  • Parent / Guardian Information

    Please enter the following information about your parent or guardian.
  • Permissions

  • I consent to my child or ward’s participation in the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation Coolidge Debate Program. I realize that there are risks of bodily harm inherent within the program activities. I hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, its employees, volunteers or agents for any loss or damage through personal injury or otherwise whether or not the loss or damage is caused by negligence of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, its employees, volunteers or agents, and claims arising from any accident or sickness to my said child or ward while participating in the said program.
  • I hereby grant permission to the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation to use my child or ward's photograph, video, or image on its World Wide Web site or in other official printed publications without further consideration, and I acknowledge the Foundation's right to edit or treat the photograph or video at its discretion. I also acknowledge that the Foundation may choose not to use my photo or video at this time, but may do so at its own discretion at a later date.


Students competing outdoors at the 2018 Coolidge Cup in Plymouth, Vermont, July 2018