Yale wins the 2011 North American Championships.
The Yale Debate Association, or YDA, is the most successful collegiate debate team in the United States, and currently the top-ranked team in the world. Over the past ten seasons, the YDA has won the American Parliamentary Debate Association's Team of the Year award four times, more than any other school: in 2008, 2007, 2003, and 2001. The team also boasts the 2009, 2007, 2003, and 2001 National Champions, the 2011, 2009, 2007, and 2006 North American Champions, and in 2006, the first team from the United States to reach the final round of the modern World Championships. Most recently, the YDA was crowned Club of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 -- a prestigious award highlighting consistency of each member on the team.
One of the oldest college debate teams in the U.S., the Yale Debate Association celebrated its centennial in October 2008. Past members range from President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft to publisher and journalist William F. Buckley and 2004 Presidential candidate John Kerry.
In addition to competing in dozens of tournaments around the country and the world each year, the YDA hosts several tournaments here at Yale. In the fall, we invite debaters from across the world to the Yale IV, an international collegiate competition in the British Parliamentary debating style, and draw over 1,000 high school students from across the United States to the Yale Invitational, our high school tournament. In the spring, we host the Osterweis Tournament, a free charity tournament for New Haven area high school students, and the Adams Cup, an intramural debate competition between Yale's residential colleges.
You can download the YDA's Fall 2011 newsletter by clicking here.
The YDA Welcomes the Class of 2016:
Ben Della Rocca
Streaming recordings of YDA rounds are now available here.
You can download the Fall 2011 YDA newsletter here.
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