WUDL Travel Team

The Washington Urban Debate League takes students to regional competitions to face the best and brightest from around the region and the nation. These trips are designed to allow students who have worked hard and excelled at the local level to test their skills against students from other cities and explore the wide world of debate. They are also an opportunity for students to showcase their skills for and network with college coaches and learn about scholarship opportunities. 

To attend travel tournaments, WUDL students must attend extra practices and do extra research to prepare for these rigorous tournaments. We practice and travel as a single team, representing the WUDL, so the WUDL Travel Team is a great way to get to know students from around the league. 

The WUDL travel schedule fluctuates from year to year, but we generally attend the following competitions each season.

  • Georgetown Day School Invitational:

    • Georgetown Day School, Washington D.C.​

  • "Big Bronx" Invitational

    • Bronx Science High School, Bronx, New York City, New York

  • NYC Fall Face-Off ​

    • Mameroneck High School,        New York​

  • Bishop Guild Invitational​

    • Samford University, Birmingham Alabama​

  • Lexington Invitational​

    • Lexington High School,     Lexington, Massachusetts​

  • Pennsbury Falcon Invitational

    • Pennsbury High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Westchester Invitational ​

    • Westchester High School,          New York

  • Urban Debate Middle School National Tournament​

    • Moves around the country

  • Urban Debate National Championship,

    • Moves around the country

As with all WUDL programs, trips are 100% free!


18 WUDL students from 6 different schools, along with coaches and volunteers at the Georgetown Day Invitational. 


18 WUDL students from 5 schools, along with their coaches at the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational. Kenmoor VJ finished 11th in JV. 

8 WUDL students from 4 schools and their coaches at the first WUDL travel tournament ever, the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational in 2016. Paola Almendarez and Anya Chiu have the first winning record at a travel tournament in league history (JV)

8 WUDL Students from 4 schools and their coaches at the Westchester Classic. Stuart Hobson's Dash Thompson won the league's first award ever at an outside competition, 7th speaker in the JV Division.


10 WUDL students from 4 schools and their coaches at the NY Fall Face-Off. 

One element of our travel program is the Burke Foundation External Camp Scholarship. The WUDL will sponsor a limited number of students to attend out of league summer debate institutes each summer. If interested, please complete the application on the right. 

In their own words:


"I did not know what I expected to gain from the Georgetown Debate Institute, but I can say with certainty that I have leveled up as a debater. Not only did I develop my debating skills, expand my knowledge substantially, and learn extensively about the water topic, but I created bonds and met incredible debaters—which ultimately made the experience for me. Thank you for awarding me the Burke Scholarship. I honestly can’t say how grateful I am for the opportunity. Though debating has been a passion of mine for a while now, GDI has shown me how to immerse myself deeper into the activity. "

-- Emmanuel, Varsity Debater, Flowers