The Presidential

The Presidential Information

Registration is free, though we recommend a $5 donation to Doctors without Borders.

Each candidate must provide a judge in order to compete. Please contact us if this is not feasible.

Topic areas will be announced the week before the tournament begins.

All candidates will compete in six preliminary rounds, approximately 15 minutes each.

The top four high school candidates qualify, earn travel stipends, and gain free room & board to the 2021 Coolidge Cup.

Rounds will follow a variation of the presidential debate format:

The Presidential Format



The moderator asks an opening question relating to the topic area. The question may range from requesting a holistic opinion on how to secure America’s future to specific inquiries about a current event. All references will be of common knowledge, but candidates who keep up with news will excel.



Each candidate has two minutes to give a leading statement regarding their position on the subject. Their views do not have to conflict, but they must argue that as President, they would address the problem better than the opposing candidate.


Open Discussion

After the leading statements, candidates will share ten minutes to debate for the vote. The moderator may or may not interject with questions regarding the policies presented by each side. This portion is loosely structured and how candidates decide to allocate time is largely strategic.

Competition Details


1. Climate Change

2. COVID-19 & Reopening

3. Technology Regulation

4. Police Reform

5. Drug Use

6. LGBT Rights

Octofinals*: Immigration

Quarterfinals: Health Care

Semifinals: Foreign Policy

Finals: Education

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All rounds will be posted on our Tabroom. Be sure to bookmark the website as it will be essential to the tournament!