We are pleased to extend our invitation to the UBC Debate Society’s High School Tournament and Western Canadian Cambridge Schools Qualifier. We are excited to offer an unparalleled competitive and educational experience for new and seasoned debaters alike. Key details and dates for the tournament are listed below. You may also download the tournament invite here:

Tournament Invite

Please note: if for any reason you are unable to download the invite above or the file does not work for you, the information from the invite has been added below. Registration links have been provided below for your convenience, though you may find them in the invite as well if needed.

 


Western Canadian Cambridge Schools Qualifier

This tournament will also be held as the Western Canadian qualifier for the Cambridge Schools tournament at Cambridge University, meaning that the top three senior teams at this tournament will advance to that tournament. Both students on qualifying teams must be from the same institution, aged 19 or under, and must self-fund to Cambridge.

 


Format

Junior (Grades 8 through 10)

The junior category of the tournament will be conducted in Canadian National Debate Format, using standard junior speaking times (six-minute constructive). A written guide for CNDF has been sent to coaches along with the invitation, and UBC debaters will conduct a briefing for CNDF before rounds begin. Two prepared rounds on topic one (both sides of the motion) will take place on Friday, and two prepared rounds on topic two (both sides of the motion), as well as one impromptu round will take place on Saturday, followed by an impromptu final. After the junior final, all are invited to stay to watch the senior final. The topics for the two junior prepared rounds are:

  1. In disaster-prone areas, THW replace all state rebuilding and reconstruction efforts with direct cash transfers to affected citizens.
  2. THW not allow essential services (medical, police, etc.) to go on strike.

Senior (Grades 11 and 12)

The senior category of the tournament will be conducted in British Parliamentary style using five-minute speeches. There will be two impromptu rounds on Friday, and three impromptu rounds on Saturday followed by an impromptu semi-final and final. A written guide for British Parliamentary style has been sent to coaches along with the invitation, and experienced UBC debaters will conduct a briefing explaining how to debate in BP style before the tournament starts.

 


Registration

We will be accepting registration starting at 9PM on October 2nd and ending on October 20th at 11:59. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and each school may register as many as six teams. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all schools’ requests for teams, and therefore suggest that you register as soon as possible after registration opens. This should be done through a single email to vpexternal@ubcdebate.com. The email should include the name of the school or institution, the name and phone number of the coach and/or school sponsor(s), as well as the names, grades, categories (senior or junior), of each of the teams, and the names, phone numbers, and emails of each of their judges. Please include dietary restrictions and teams that you wish to add to the waitlist.

 

If you are missing some of the information but want to make sure that you reserve teams in time, you can send the number of teams and which categories they are in by October 13th, and we will keep your spots on hold until the 20th. If however by the 20th we do not receive all of the information required above, we will drop the teams and give those spots to waitlisted teams. We will respond to registration emails within 48 hours confirming that we have received them. Once registration closes we will send emails to schools that requested waitlisted teams letting them know whether they have been given spots by October 23rd, and we will expect confirmation of those spots by October 27th.

 


Payment

Each school, upon signing in at the tournament on Friday, must pay the registration fees of $100 per team either in cash or as a cheque made payable to “UBC Debate Society”. If you have special requests for payment or require some extra form of accommodation, please indicate this in your registration email.

 


Judging Requirement

Debate tournaments rely on having sufficient numbers of judges in order to run smoothly. As such, we require that schools provide one judge for every team they register. Every judge at the tournament will be provided with a judging guide, and a judging briefing explaining how to judge debates will be conducted prior to the beginning of rounds. Judges can be anyone who is over 18. Think of parents or guardians, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, family friends, former students, etc. Teams who do not have judges or whose judges leave will be dropped from the tournament.

 

We strongly encourage all adults present to participate in the tournament as judges. Those adults who elect not to judge and who are not coaches or chaperones representing a school will be charged an observer fee of $15 in order to allay the costs associated with providing meals throughout the two days of the tournament.

 


Meals

We will provide meals for debaters, judges and coaches, including dinner on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Vegetarian options will be available, and we will do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions or provide a discount on registration provided that we are made aware of them during the registration period.

 


Schedule

Note that this schedule is subject to change, and it should only be used as a general guideline.

Junior

Friday

3:30 pm Registration Opens

4:30 pm Registration Closes (at 4:30 sharp; anyone arriving after this time will not be allowed to compete). Dinner is served.

5:00 pm Briefings (debater and judge) begin

6:00 pm Round 1

7:45 pm Round 2

Saturday

8:00 am Registration Opens. Breakfast is served.

8:25 am Registration Closes (at 8:25 sharp; anyone arriving after this time will n ot be allowed to compete).

8:45 am Round 3

10:30 am Round 4

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Round 5

2:30 pm Junior Final

4:15 pm Senior Final

5:30 pm Awards Ceremony

Senior

Friday

3:30 pm Registration Opens

4:30 pm Registration Closes (at 4:30 sharp; anyone arriving after this time will not be allowed to compete). Dinner is served.

5:00 pm Briefings (debater and judge) begin

6:00 pm Round 1

7:45 pm Round 2

Saturday

8:00 am Registration Opens. Breakfast is served.

8:25 am Registration Closes (at 8:25 sharp; anyone arriving after this time will n ot be allowed to compete).

8:45 am Round 3

10:30 am Round 4

12:00 pm Lunch

12:45 pm Round 5

2:30 pm Semifinals

4:15 pm Finals

5:30 pm Awards Ceremony


Questions

Please direct all inquiries to vpexternal@ubcdebate.com

Sincerely,

Dena Tabyanian

Tournament Director, UBC Debate Society