With the exception of, BUDL tournaments are only open to students and teachers from BUDL member schools, with the following exceptions:

  • any team may from a non-member school may compete in the Varsity division (see below)
  • joint events sanctioned by BUDL administration
  • teams from other urban debate leagues
  • emerging debate programs (see below)

 

BUDL’s policy on cultivating emerging debate programs:

  • Students and teachers who are members of emerging debate programs may compete in BUDL tournaments by registering in advance and paying a $25 per team entry fee (this covers lunch and hosting costs).
  • Emerging debate programs will be defined by schools that have either: all staff new to debate or have not had a debate team for more than 3 years.
  • These schools must cover their judging obligations (1judge for each 2 teams).
  • Outside schools may compete only if the tournament can support additional teams.
  • Emerging debate teams may compete in JV or Varsity divisions, but may not compete in the Novice division.

 

BUDL’s policy on non-member school competition:

  • BUDL novice and JV divisions are only open to students and teachers from BUDL member schools (exception: emerging debate programs above).
  • In the varsity division, students from programs outside the BUDL may compete by registering in advance and paying a $25 per team entry fee (this covers lunch and hosting costs).
  • These schools must cover their judging obligations (1judge for each 2 teams).
  • Outside schools may compete only if the tournament can support additional teams.