Browse or download the 2019/2020 Chicago Debate Core Files,
as well as other important Core Files supplements below.
2019-2020 Chicago Debate Core Files
The 201-2020 Chicago Debate League Core Files are available for download (two formats, same files):
Chicago Debate League High School Core Files
Chicago Debate League High School Core Files PDF (we recommend this one for printing)
Chicago Debate League High School Core Files Word (we recommend this one for editing, instruction or paperless debate)
Chicago Middle School Debate League Core Files
Chicago Middle School Debate League Core Files PDF (we recommend this one for printing)
Chicago Middle School Debate League Core Files Word (we recommend this one for editing, instruction or paperless debate)
SY2019-20 Core Files Teacher’s Resources
Core Files Teacher’s Manual
Chicago Debate League High School Core Files Argument Outlines
These outlines are the exact argument labels (called “tags”) found in the Chicago Debate Core Files with all of the evidence removed. The outlines can be used to teach and learn the Core Files arguments first before delving into the more complex textual evidence.
Chicago Middle School Debate League Core Files Argument Outlines
These outlines are the exact argument labels (called “tags”) found in the Chicago Middle School Debate League Core Files with all of the evidence removed. The outlines can be used to teach and learn the Core Files arguments first before delving into the more complex textual evidence.
2019-2020 Argument Limits
Chicago Debate League High School Argument Limits
Note that the argument limits for some of the conferences have changed throughout the course of the year. Make sure you are using the most up to date version of your conference’s limits as you prepare for tournaments. Reach out to your Chicago Debates program officer with any questions.
Blue and Silver Conferences
Red and Maroon Conferences
Chicago Middle School Debate Argument Limits
Grant Park Conference
Chicago River Conference
Lake Michigan & Navy Pier Conferences
Printing and Filing
Core Files Printing Vendors
This year we are working with a few print vendors.
For those who need a CPS vendor code to pay for the Core Files, please contact Riverside Graphics, Clyde Printing, or Crossmark. For those who can pay by check or credit card or do not need a vendor code, you may contact any of the below vendors.
How many copies should I order?
At a minimum, each school will need one copy for every pair of 2 students who will compete together at tournaments and at least 2-3 extra copies as backup and for coaches to keep at practice and for tournaments.
Riverside Graphics (CPS Vendor #18443):
1 set of CDL High School Core Files: $30
1 set of CMSDL Middle School Core Files: $20
Shipping Cost: $35 per order
Shipping up to 15 sets within the Chicago Area = $35
Please make sure schools are aware of the following:
1.) Please have orders directed to email@example.com.
2.) NO order will be processed until payment has been arranged. As an approved vendor (#18443), we can accept official CPS Purchase Orders, checks, cash and major Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Discover).
3.) Orders are only accepted through the participating schools. No orders from individuals will be accepted, i.e., no having individual parents order one copy for each child.
4.) Please allow 3-5 days from receipt of the PO. Items are due to ship UPS Ground unless other arrangements are made.
We suggest that schools do not wait until the last minute. These orders are printed on demand and are processed in the order they are received, although we are well equipped to move them out as quickly as possible.
Crossmark (CPS Vendor #33451):
Contact Crossmark Printing Inc. by email or phone to request copies of the core file. firstname.lastname@example.org, 708-429-9704
- Specify High School or Middle School Core Files (number of sets)
- Include Delivery Address and Coaches Name
- Provide Method of Payment
Sets are $29/each for High School, $17/each for Middle School. Please note: Delivery is $5.25 per core file up to 10 Core Files – please contact for orders larger than 10 Core Files. Delivery will take two to three days from the date of the provision of method of payment.
Clyde Printing (CPS Vendor #37678):
5 Middle School Core Files, shrink wrapped, and delivered $77.00
10 Middle School Core Files, shrink wrapped, and delivered $142.00
30 Middle School Core Files, shrink wrapped, and delivered $379.00
5 High School Core Files, shrink wrapped and delivered $108.00
10 High School Core Files, shrink wrapped and delivered $200.00
30 High School Core Files, shrink wrapped and delivered $558.00
Delivery to the school is included in all pricing.
Middle School Core Files – $10.01/copy
High School Core Files – $14.08/copy
Shipping rates to be determined at time of delivery.
Shipping through UPS
CDL HS Manuals -1 sided -B/W -3 HD & shrink wrapped 361 Originals
1 set $ 76.00
5 sets $ 310.00
Delivery is extra
CMSDL Manuals -1 sided -B/W -3 HD & shrink wrapped 257 Originals
1 set $ 37.00
5 sets $ 116.00
Delivery is extra
Chicago Debate Core Files File Folders
In order to be prepared to compete, each Chicago Debate team needs to have an evidence box, within which is a set of Core Files, properly filed.
We recommend using basic manila file folders, which are easy and cheap and you may already have around your school.
Some teams prefer accordion (or expanding) files to file folders. Here is a solid accordion file option. Note that this won’t fit your entire Core Files, but would work well if you selected one affirmative out of the options in the Core Files.
Core Files Filing Labels
High School file folder labels (for Avery 5160)
Middle School file folder labels (for Avery 5160)
If you plan to use our Core Files labels, order the Avery 5160 labels to print them out on!
Chicago Debate Core Files Evidence Boxes
Consider getting a box for each team of 2 students to carry their evidence to and from tournaments.