Participating in debate is easy! All you have to do is contact us to express your interest, and we’ll connect you with our supportive network of educators. We encourage local circuits of schools to hold invitational contests throughout the fall semester, and will provide support staff to help launch debates in your part of the state! For more information on formats/categories of debate, see our Learn to Debate page.


WISDAA will offer online Debate festivals: one in February and two in March. They will run from about 4:30-8:30pm. These are meant to be opportunities for students to practice and build their skills among students from other schools. 

Qualification for the State Festival, April 21-22, 2023 at UW-Madison/online will be determined by participation over the season (minimum participation in two festivals):

  • Congress point average

Watch this page for more details and a button to register online.

To learn more about how this works, attend an open house webinar listed to the right.

Contest Dates

Open House Webinars

State Debate Festival

  • April 21-22, 2023
  • UW-Madison + online