COMPETITION PROCEDURE

COMPETITION PROCEDURE
World School Debating Championship
  • Registered as a team of 3 members and 1 reserved member to join the competition.
    Teams in a debate there are: one team proposes the motion for debate, the other team
    opposes it.
  • Each school can send a team up to 5 people but only 3 speak in any given debate, there
    are two teams in each debate and each one is allocated a side of the motion.
  • All contestants must pass the Cambridge English Placement Test
    at least B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference
    (Cambridge English: B1 Preliminary [PET]), at least overall band
    scores 5.0 of IELTS Test or English speaking country. Before eligible to
    join First Preliminary round.
  • Motion for the competition will be annouce officially at least a week before the competition
    and we will post in our website and our Facebook page.
  • Each rounds are impromptu, with the topic revealed to both teams one hour prior to the
    start of the debate. Where the preparation time allowed for an impromptu debate is longer
    than half an hour, only the members of the team may take part in the preparation.
  • Each speaker gives an 8 minutes-long speech that supports their side of the motion in
    accordance with their various speaker role; for example, the first speaker must contextualise
    the debate, set the definitions and provide substantiated arguments for their side of the debate.
    And 4 minutes for reply speeches.
  • The first and last minutes of each of the main speeches is referred to as protected time.
    This means that no interruptions to the speech are permitted. During the rest of the speech,
    debaters from the other team may attempt to interrupt the speaker with short questions or
    comments called points of information.
  • After the main speeches, the debates moves on to the reply speeches that are given by either
    the first or second speaker of each team with the opposition going first. No points of information
    are permitted during this speech. Reply speeches last 4 minutes and are supposed to give a biased
    overview of the debate by indicating why the main arguments of the debate fall on their side in
    order to help the judges decide who to vote for.
  • During a debate, if a speaker declares that they are unable to make their speech, another speaker
    from that team who was announced by the chairperson as speaking in that debate may give a
    speech in substitution.
  • If a substitute speech is given in accordance with this rule, judges shall award that speech the
    lowest possible score within the Marking Standard in the Judging Schedule, regardless of the
    quality of the speech.
  • The marks for a substitute speech shall not be used in the calculation for any individual
    speaker rankings or awards.
  • However, if a substitute reply speech is given by the first or second speaker of the team,
    and judges shall award that speech the appropriate score in accordance with the Judging
    Schedule.
  • Giving speech less than 5 minutes or more than 8 minutes will subtract 10 points. Each
    speakers are provided 15 second more to conclude the speech after the final bell rang.
  • If contestants are absent or late arrival when the time of competition will start, they
    will be marked as absence and eliminate from the competition automatically.
  • Don’t use visual aids. 5 points will be subtracted from the final score by the adjudicators
    if visual aids are used. If you have questions about what constitutes a visual aids, please
    contact to our organising committee for more detail information.
  • Dont’ give too much personal information: 5 points will be subtracted. and don’t make
    physical contact with the adjudicators or audiences.
  • Dont’ base your speech on criticism of an individual or on controversial political issues
    or you will be terminated immediately from the competition.
  • The decision of panel of adjudicators will be the final result. The constructive feedback
    can be given after the competition.
  • In each First and Second Preliminary round will be eliminated half of the total number of
    contestants in each category. The top 4 in each category will go to the Semi-Final round,
    and there will be only top 2 in each category from Semi-Final round go forward to the
    Grand Final round.
  • From the First Preliminary round to Grand Final round, all contestants are require to cover
    themselves drinks, meals and transportation.
  • In First and Second Preliminary round, each debate is eliminated half team and keep
    knock-out for Semi-Final round until there are two left team standing for a Grand Final.
  • Every team divided into group and each group contain 4 teams to compete each other
    in a group and eliminate for the top scorer team in a group to go to the next round.
  • A team may not debate more than three times in a day in the preliminary rounds unless
    the team agrees prior to the first day of debates at the Championships.
  • At least a week before the first day of debates at the championship, there will be the draw for
    the teams participating in the championship.
  • All teams who would have debated against the team that has withdrawn are taken to have won
    the debate by forfeit if they win at least a majority of their other debates, but are otherwise
    taken to have lost the debate by forfeit.
Debating Category
  • Registered as a team of 3 members and 1 reserved member to join the competition.
  • All contestants must pass the Cambridge English Placement Test
    at least B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference
    (Cambridge English: B1 Preliminary [PET]), at least overall band
    scores 5.0 of IELTS Test or English speaking country. Before eligible to
    join First Preliminary round.
  • Motion for the competition will be annouce officially at least a week before the competition
    and we will post in our website and our Facebook page.
  • Topics will be provided 30 minutes before starting each competition.
    The topics in each round will be analyzed and announced by the team of adjudicators.
  • Each speakers will have 7 minutes; follow up 5 minutes whips speech from one
    represent member of the team. And there will be no question and answer session
    from the team of adjudicators. But can raise by another side of the opposition team.
  • All debates shall be contested between 2 teams, an affirmative and a negative, and will follow
    the rules identified in the tournament rulebook.
  • Giving speech less than 3 minutes or more than 7 minutes will subtract 10 points. Each
    speakers are provided 15 second more to conclude the speech after the final bell rang.
  • If contestants are absent or late arrival when the time of competition will start, they
    will be marked as absence and eliminate from the competition automatically.
  • Don’t use visual aids. 5 points will be subtracted from the final score by the adjudicators
    if visual aids are used. If you have questions about what constitutes a visual aids, please
    contact to our organising committee for more detail information.
  • Dont’ give too much personal information: 5 points will be subtracted. and don’t make
    physical contact with the adjudicators or audiences.
  • Dont’ base your speech on criticism of an individual or on controversial political issues
    or you will be terminated immediately from the competition.
  • The decision of panel of adjudicators will be the final result. The constructive feedback
    can be given after the competition.
  • In each First and Second Preliminary round will be eliminated half of the total number of
    teams. The top 4 teams will go to the Semi-Final round, and there will be only top 2 teams
    from Semi-Final round go forward to the Grand Final round.
  • From the First Preliminary round to Grand Final round, all contestants are require to cover
    themselves drinks, meals and transportation.
  • All debating members of the team must be eligible and the team should represent that
    institution. Composite and Swing teams will not be allowed to participate in, or break into,
    the finals series
  • There are no questions from the judges, but some questions can be raised by opponent team.
    Each team can have one reserved candidate and must register in advance. The reserved
    candidate will not be received any award unless he/she replaces any member of a team to the
    final competition.
  • Any team of debating competition (without a reserved candidate) whose member(s) gives up
    or leaves the competition will be automatically dropped out, no any other replacement
    member can join at this stage, except a reserved member is confirmed since the registration
    and they should meet the requirement of the championship.
Bell:
First ring (Single toll)
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one minute has passed
Second ring (Single toll)
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one minute is left
Third ring (Double toll)
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the time has finished