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Virtual High School Junior Round Robin Debate Tournament

12 Jun 2020

We are excited to welcome you to the Inaugural Virtual High School Junior Round Robin Debate Tournament! This tournament will be hosted on Discord, from Friday, June 12 to Saturday, June 13, and will be free of charge. It will feature five impromptu preliminary rounds of high school British Parliamentary format, followed by a straight break to open finals. The first three preliminary rounds will be open adjudication, while rounds four to five are closed. No doubt due to self-isolation and cancelled plans, this tournament is set to feature an excellent judging pool of experienced university debaters and high school seniors. Please note that this tournament is independently-ran and unaffiliated with any institution.
Registration and Eligibility
All students currently enrolled in 10th grade or under, or those with less than two years of debating experience may attend. Further, all teams will be independent and unaffiliated with an institution. Please note that this tournament will take place in a round-robin format: each team will debate against every other registered team exactly once in preliminary rounds. As such, it will be capped at 16 teams. Registration will open via a Google Forms link at 4 pm on Sunday, May 17, 2020, and will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. However, we encourage more experienced teams to register, given the nature of round-robin. When the team cap is filled, we will announce participating teams through this Facebook page.
We encourage experienced high school debaters, university debaters, and members of the debate community at large to adjudicate at our tournament to ensure high quality judging for all participants. The adjudicator registration form can be found at this link: https://forms.gle/yngfdMcVPdk3zXZf7, and the registration deadline is Monday, June 8. In true round-robin fashion, we hope to feature two independent panels of adjudicators per room.
Schedule (EDT)
Friday, June 12, 2020
4:30 PM: Registration (HARD DROP at 4:45 PM)
4:45 PM: Equity, Debater, and Judges’ Briefings and Q&A
5:00 PM: Round 1 (Open adjudication)
6:45 PM: Dinner Break
7:30 PM: Round 2 (Open adjudication)
Saturday, June 13, 2020
9:30 AM: Registration (HARD DROP 9:40 AM)
9:45 AM: Round 3 (Open adjudication)
11:30 AM: Round 4 (Closed adjudication)
12:45 PM: Lunch Break
1:45 PM: Round 5 (Closed adjudication)
3:00 PM: Break announcement
3:30 PM: Finals
5:15 PM: Awards
During the tournament, a Google Form will be published for anonymous equity complaints. Debaters who feel they have been personally attacked by another participant due to their race, ethnicity, religion, colour, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or other factors of their personal identity, are encouraged to seek redress. We are committed to providing an educational and safe learning environment for all debaters.
CA Team: Amanda Plotnik (Hart House), Josh Cohen (Dawson), James Yang (upcoming Hart House), Hannah Zhao (upcoming McGill)
Tournament Director: Hannah Zhao
Tabs + Equity: Joseph Wu (upcoming McGill)
All information and updates for this tournament will be posted on this Facebook event page. Our tournament briefings, Discord guide, and CA introductions will be released shortly. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our tournament organizers Hannah Zhao, James Yang, and Joshua Cohen on Facebook. We look forward to a great tournament!


12 Jun 2020


United States