We are pleased extend to you this invitation to the second annual UBC Debate Society Summer High School Tournament. We are excited to offer an unparalleled competitive and educational experience for new and seasoned debaters alike.

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.


Key details and dates:

This year the summer tournament will offer two unique features – firstly, there will be no judging requirement and secondly the tournament will provide training sessions by experienced UBC debaters on both days. More information below:

  • Tournament Dates: Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th
  • Location: UBC Main Campus
  • Participation Fee: $140 per team
  • Registration Dates: Opens June 12th and closes 11:59 pm August 12th



This tournament will have one division open to all grades that will use British Parliamentary (BP) style with 5 minute speeches and 30 seconds protected time. A written guide to BP style will be provided by email to registrants and we will have a briefing on BP the morning of the first day of the tournament.

All rounds will be impromptu with 15 minutes of preparation time. An email will be sent to coaches and registrants ahead of the tournament to reveal the broad topic areas of the impromptu rounds.

There will be 5 preliminary rounds of debate with 3 rounds on Saturday and 2 rounds on Sunday. After the last preliminary round on Sunday, the top 8 teams will progress to semi-finals, and the top 4 teams from the semi-finals will progress to the final.




8:00-9:00 am Registration Period & Breakfast

9:00 am Debater & Judge Briefings

10:00 am Round 1

11:45 am Training Session 1

12:30 pm Round 2

2:00 pm Lunch

3:15 pm Round 3


8:30 am Breakfast

9:00 am Rolecall

9:15 am Round 4

11:00 am Training Session 2

1:30 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Semi-Finals

3:30 pm Finals

5:00 pm Awards & Closing



We will be accepting registration through the following form (https://goo.gl/forms/NPCt4tBvs0Ke5Zvi2). Registration will open June 12th and close 11:59 pm on August 12th. As the tournament is providing all judges, teams will be put on a waitlist and will be informed they are able to attend (first come first serve) as we obtain judges. There are no team caps for schools and hybrids will be allowed to compete.

Payment will be collected the day of the tournament – please bring cash or a cheque (make cheques payable to “UBC Debate Society”). Teams which have not paid by the end of registration period the morning of the first day of the tournament will not be allowed to compete.

Please email ubcsummertournament2017@gmail.com if you wish to pay in-advance or have questions.



Unlike other tournaments, UBC Summer HST will have no judging requirement for teams. The tournament organizers will provide all judges for the tournament.

However, teams that can supply a highly qualified judge will be eligible for a $50 discount (as a team) and will be moved to the top of the waitlist. Volunteer judges may apply using this form (https://goo.gl/forms/bNGqMr26P1AyiKSZ2).

Judges will be asked to give a detailed description of their experience as a debater, judge, and/or coach. Judges must demonstrate significant experience to qualify. We will respond to judge registrations as we receive them and inform the applicant and their team when we have made a call.



Any teams who wish to withdraw their registration can send an email to ubcsummertournament2017@gmail.com to be removed from the tournament registrants.



We will provide meals for debaters, judges and coaches, including breakfast and lunch on both days. 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.


Important Dates Summary

  • June 12th – Registration opens
  • August 12th – Registration closes (11:59pm)
  • August 19th and 20th – Tournament Dates



The tournament email is ubcsummertournament2017@gmail.com – please direct all inquiries here.


Yashwant Parmar

Tournament Director