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General Information

We are pleased to be hosting the UBC Debate Society’s 2017 Spring High School Tournament. 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:

  • Tournament Dates: Saturday, April 8th
  • Location: UBC Main Campus
  • Registration Fee: $100 per team ($120 without judge)
  • Registration Dates: Opens March 6th and closes April 1st
  • Team Cap: 6 teams per school
  • Judging Requirement: One judge per two teams


Junior Tournament

Saturday 8:00 AM Registration/Breakfast

Registration at: Buchanan A 102, 1866 Main Mall

9:15 AM Briefings Begin
10:00 AM Round 1
11:15 AM

12:00 PM

Round 2


1:15 PM Round 3
2:45 PM Round 4
4:15 PM

5:00 PM

5:45 PM

6:00 PM

8:45 PM

Round 5


Finalists Announced



Senior Tournament
Saturday 8:00 AM Registration/Breakfast

Registration at: ANGU 098, 2053 Main Mall

9:15 AM Briefings Begin
10:00 AM

11:45 AM

Round 1

Round 2

1:15 PM Lunch
2:30 PM Round 3
4:00 PM

5:30 PM

6:45 PM

7:15 PM

7:30 PM

8:45 PM

Round 4

Round 5


Finalists Announced




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 five rounds followed by a final after dinner. All rounds will use impromptu topics. A written guide to British Parliamentary debate will be provided by email prior to the tournament, and experienced UBC debaters will conduct a briefing explaining how to debate in BP style before the tournament begins.

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 guide to CN style will be provided by email prior to the tournament, and UBC debaters will conduct a briefing on how to debate in CN style before rounds begin. Two prepared rounds will take place on each of the topics below, followed by a fifth round on an impromptu topic. After the junior final, all are invited to stay to watch the senior final. The topics for the prepared rounds will be:

  • Topic One: This House would ban homeschooling 
  • Topic Two: This House should implement a guaranteed minimum income for those living in poverty


We will be accepting registration on our website beginning at noon on March 6th  up until 11:59pm on April 1st. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and each school may register six teams until our total team cap is reached. 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. Any additional spots that remain after registration has closed will be made available to waitlisted teams. Schools that would like to register more than six teams should indicate this when they register.

Each school upon signing in at the tournament must pay the registration fees of $120 per team either in cash or as a cheque made payable to “UBC Debate Society”.

Click here to register

You can also email the Tournament Director at to arrange another payment method, if necessary.

Judging Requirement

Debate tournaments rely on having sufficient numbers of judges in order to run smoothly. As such, we request that schools provide one judge for every two teams they register. Teams that supply this requirement will receive a reduction of the registration fee by $20 per team. 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. Schools that have concerns about their ability to meet the judging requirement are urged to contact the Tournament Director at as early as possible. The earlier we are made aware of concerns, the more we can do to address them.

Lastly, to ensure the tournament can run smoothly, please ensure that the judges can stay for the duration of the tournament. Teams will be charged an additional fee of $20 if their judge does not stay for all necessary rounds.

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 tournament.

Drop Policy

Any teams who wish to withdraw their registration while the registration period is still open can send an email to in order to drop out of the tournament. However, once the registration ends at 11:59pm on April 1st, we will be unable to provide refunds on registration fees.


We will provide meals for debaters, judges and coaches, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 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.


Please direct all questions to

Sincerely, Sophie Thornton

Tournament Director, UBC Debate Society