John C. Adams Memorial
Intramural Debate Tournament

April 25th, 2021

Tournament Information

Who Can Compete?

All students are eligible to compete: the only requirements is that teams consist of two people. Sign up as a team, or individual and we'll match you with a partner.

Competition Format

Each round will involve two teams, paired based on win-loss record. Fifteen minutes prior to each round, we will announce a resolution. Teams will randomly be assigned sides and will have 15 minutes to prepare. After three preliminary rounds, the top four teams will advance to semi-finals, and compete for the right to debate in front of our celebrity judges. The full set of rules can be found here .


We are very excited to host Tamar Gendler, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy; and David Blight, Sterling Professor of American History. Preliminary rounds and the semifinals will be judged by members of the Yale Debate Association, the most successful team in North America.


The Adams Cup will take place on April 25th, 2021. The entire tournament will be held over Zoom—detailed logistics will be sent to all competitors before the tournament.

Check-in: 10:30 AM EDT
Briefings 11:00
Round 1 11:30
Round 2 1:00
Round 3 2:30
30 minute break!
Semis 4:30
Finals 6:00

We reserve the right to adjust start/end times to account for unforeseen delays.