Age Range: College / university

Penn Worlds Schools Tournament 2021

The Penn Debate Society is delighted to welcome you to our 2nd online World Schools Tournament, to be hosted from Friday, April 9th to Sunday, April 11th. The tournament will feature three prepared and three impromptu rounds of world schools-style debate, followed by a break to quarterfinals (depending on the size of the tournament).
Our tournament will feature high-quality judging from independent adjudicators and the members of the Penn Debate Society, which include alumni of World Schools Team USA, India, Canada, South Africa, Pakistan, Philippines, Korea, Thailand, Hungary, Botswana, and Malaysia.

Registration and Fees

Registration will open on March 15th. Early bird registration will close on March 22nd. Registration will close on April 2nd.
Early bird registration fees will be $20.00 per team member. Thereafter, regular registration fees will be $30.00 per team member. Teams will be able to make payment via check or credit card payment through Eventbrite. Fee waivers are available for teams in need, so please contact Tvisha Malik ([email protected]) if you would like to request one.

Location

At this time, we expect the tournament to be held on Discord and Zoom.

Rules and Regulations

The Penn World Schools Tournament will be conducted in the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) Style. As per the WSDC guidelines, all teams must consist of at least 3 debaters and no more than 5 competitors. Teams are not limited to being of a single school or nationality.

Eligibility

  • All speakers in a team are from the same institution.
  • All speakers in a team must be 19 years of age or younger in April 2021.
  • All speakers must neither be enrolled in a university or equivalent post-secondary learning institution nor be attending university varsity debating training in April 2021.
  • Novice eligibility shall be defined as competing at three tournaments (including the UPenn World Schools Online Tournament 2021) or less.

Judging Requirement

Schools will be required to bring 1 judge for every 2 teams (rounded down, so schools with 5 teams require 2 judges). Missing judges will incur a fee of $30 per day missed. For example, a judge that did not show up for any rounds on all 3 days would owe $90 in fees. We also encourage members of the WSDC community writ large to judge at our tournament to make the experience as rewarding as possible for all participants. The link for judges registration will be announced in a future post.

Contact

For more information, you can contact our Tournament Director at [email protected] or our President (Shreyoshi Das) at [email protected]

Harvard College World Schools Invitational 2021

Results

Place Entry School State Round Round
1st Eton Armstrong & Battula & Chang & Robson Eton Finals Finals
2nd TeaCan Chang & McKellar & Ni Team Canada BC Finals Finals
Semifina USA Gold NSDA Team USA TX Semifinals Semifinals
Semifina NSDTea Soysal & Perin & Murray & Richards & Patel NSDA Team USA TX Semifinals Semifinals
Quarterf TeaEng Manoj & Hussain & Factor & Chau & Dallas Team England Quarterfinal Quarterfinal
Quarterf USA Red NSDA Team USA TX Quarterfinal Quarterfinal
Quarterf BOW Lafferty & Paliwal & Zhang & Bansal & Gopal BOW CT Quarterfinal Quarterfinal
Quarterf FDTAca Chu & Lu & Lu & Oh & Yue FDT Academy (HS) BC Quarterfinal Quarterfinal
Welcome to the 6th Annual Harvard College World Schools Invitational! Our team registration process and IA applications are now open. Forms will close on March 5th, 2021.

HELP DESK:

https://harvard.zoom.us/my/wsthelpdesk

GA LINK FOR ALL BRIEFINGS:

The dates for the invitational are March 19th-21st, 2021. We hope to see you there!

Our tournament offers:

High-Quality Judging:

The majority of our judge pool is composed of former WSDC Champions, WSDC National team members, out-round WSDC judges, highly successful British Parliamentary collegiate debaters, and other members of the Harvard College Debating Union who come from highly successful domestic and international backgrounds.

High-Quality Competition:

We frequently have multiple national teams attend our tournament as they prepare for the upcoming World Schools Debating Championship in the summer.

High-Quality Training:

Every year we host multiple workshops on the WSDC format and other important issues that come up in debate; these formats will be led by members of our organizing and CA team, all of whom are immensely qualified WSDC debaters.

Prepared motions:

We are excited to announce the prepared motions for the 2021 Harvard College World Schools Invitational!!

  • Rounds 1 and 2: THBT the US government should nationalize Facebook and Twitter.
  • Round 3 Impromptu Motion: THW include socioeconomic rights (e.g. rights to healthcare, water, and housing) in constitutions
  • Rounds 4 and 5: THS the West imposing economic sanctions on Myanmar.
  • Round 6: This House supports restrictions on free speech that glorifies right-wing populism.
  • Triples: THS a global wealth tax.
  • Double Octofinals: THR the celebration of athletes that have a win-at-all-costs mentality.
  • Quarterfinals: THP an increase of power of labour unions over comprehensive improvements in labour laws (e.g. raising the minimum wage, extending parental leave).
  • Semifinals: THW allocate resources towards adapting to climate change, rather than mitigating/preventing climate change
  • Finals: THBT parents should push their kids to achieve, even if that comes at the expense of their child’s happiness.

Competition Rules and Procedures:

The Harvard College World Schools Invitational will be in the World Schools Debating Championships style. All rules and formats on tournament procedure will follow the WSDC handbook.
In following the spirit of WSDC, all teams will be of 3-5 students. All speakers in a team must be 19 years of age or younger in March 2021. Hybrid teams (i.e. teams with debaters from multiple schools) are allowed, as are independent teams not affiliated with an institution. Novice eligibility shall be defined as competing at three tournaments (including the HCWSI 2021) or less.

Registration:

Debaters: All registration will be done through Tabroom at (http://hcwsi.tabroom.com). The team cap is 6 teams per institution and a maximum of 4 waitlist teams per institution. Waitlisted teams will be contacted if there is space after the initial registration closes on March 5th. Once you submit the registration, please confirm by sending us an email at [email protected] We will use this to double-check that participants have submitted information correctly into Tabroom. Feel free to ask for instructions on how to register over Tabroom through this account.
Independent Adjudicators: IA applications here https://forms.gle/E5gfPGmH6GaAuhRJ7

Contact:

Please feel free to email the tournament director, Vivian Zhang, and Tab Director, Andy Wang, at [email protected] for any questions.

Fees:

$30 USD/debater, sent via check to the address on the invoice after registration. If you are unable to fulfill the judging requirement specified below, please include missing judge fees in the payment.

Eligibility:

All speakers in a team must be 19 years of age or younger in March 2021
All speakers must neither be enrolled in a university or equivalent post-secondary learning institution nor be attending university varsity debating training in March 2021
An eligibility check will be done on each team interested in competing for a berth at HCWSI in the month prior to the event

Judging Requirement:

One judge is required for every two teams per school (rounded up, so schools with 5 teams require 3 judges). A missing judge fee is applied at a rate of $100 per day for teams that fail to meet their judging obligation. For example, a judge missing for each day of the tournament will be expected to pay $300.

Schedule:

  • Fri, Mar 19th
    9am EST – Registration
    10am EST – Briefing
    11am EST – Round 1 (prepared)
    12:30pm EST – Lunch
    1:30pm EST – Round 2 (prepared)
    3pm EST – Round 3 (impromptu)
  • Sat, Mar 20th
    10am EST – Round 4 (prepared)
    11:30am EST – Round 5 (prepared)
    1pm EST – Lunch
    2pm EST – Round 6 (impromptu)
    5:15pm EST – Break announcement
    5:30pm EST – Triples
  • Sun, Mar 21st
    9:30am EST – Double Octofinals (impromptu)
    12:00pm EST – Lunch
    1:00pm EST – Octofinals (prepared)
    2:30pm EST – Quarterfinals (impromptu)
    5:00pm EST – Dinner
    5:30pm EST – Semifinals (impromptu)
    8:00pm EST – Finals (impromptu)
    10:30pm EST – Awards

Debate It Europe Online Tournament 2020

Join “DEBATE IT EUROPE”, an international online debate tournament about the future of Europe and EU national regions.
REGISTRATION for teams of 3 is now open at this link:
http://bit.ly/debateitregistration. The registration deadline is Sunday, October 4, at 23:59 CET (UTC+1).
WHO? | “DEBATE IT EUROPE” is for young people between 16–24 years who are interested in public affairs, passionate about Europe’s futures, and up for the challenge of debating peers from around the continent.
HOW? | The event will feature 2 rounds of preliminary debate, randomly seeded, with the best two teams advancing to the grand final. The debates will be in the World Schools Format (https://betterdebatemanual.wixsite.com/…/role-of-speakers)
WHEN? | The tournament takes place on Saturday, 10 October 2020. (Detailed schedule to follow.)
WHERE? | Debates will happen online, on Zoom. We will require every participant to have Zoom pre-installed and encourage everyone to have it on their phone as a backup. A full guide about technical details and troubleshooting will be on the week before the tournament. (Guide to Zoom system requirements: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-
us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux)
WHY JOIN? | The winning team of the tournament will receive an Eurail pass for each member for summer 2021. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to travel around and discover Europe!
Questions? Email us at: [email protected]
Results for the Grand Final
Prop: Hungary vs Opp: Canada
https://www.facebook.com/signiteurope/videos/859734774766132