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BC Qualifiers

Dear Coaches and Competitors:
The DSABC is pleased to invite you to attend our annual 
BC Qualifiers Tournament. Three students from this competition will be chosen to represent our province at the Team Canada Tryouts in 2024. This tournament will be held online to ensure we have access to high-quality Worlds judging.

Event Information:
Host Platform: Zoom Videoconferencing

Date: February 2nd-3rd, 2024

Registration & Fees:

  • Student Registration Form: Complete this form to confirm your attendance.

    • Deadline: December 20th, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

  • Registration Fee: $50 per student

Debate Format:
Students will compete in the World School Debating Championship (WSDC) Format. All rounds will be impromptu with 45 minutes of preparation time.
 Adjudicators will have significant WSDC experience.


All twenty-four students will compete in the first three preliminary rounds. They will be randomly paired with different debaters each round and will debate in each speaker position once. After the first three rounds are complete, the top twelve students will be announced. These debaters will participate in an additional three rounds. They will once again debate each speaker position once. After all rounds are complete, the top 3 students, based on their results from across all six rounds, will be invited to compete at the the National Team Tryout. 

Students will be adjudicated on both speaker score and individual ranking in each room. Students who place in the top 12 of both ranking systems will automatically advance to rounds 4-6. Students who place in the top 12 of only one ranking system, but not the other, will be discussed among the adjudicators and selected using a holistic assessment of both rankings and performance in each speaker position. The same process will take place to determine the top 3. 

While a briefing will be sent to students ahead of time, we recommend that students familiarize themselves with the style prior to the tournament. For more information, please visit:

Chaperone & Observer Policy:

  • All students are required to have a school-approved "chaperone" reachable by phone at all times. The DSABC accepts no liability for any student left unsupervised at any DSABC-sponsored event, whether online or in-person.

  • A chaperone can be a coach, teacher sponsor or parent/guardian who is authorized by their child’s school and is willing to take on all chaperone-related responsibilities.

  • All adults acting as chaperones are expected to uphold the DSABC Code of Ethics.

  • No observers will be permitted at this event.

Online-Specific Details:

  • The Zoom Meeting will be password-protected for the security of all participants. Screen-sharing will be disabled at all times. Any individual found in the Zoom Meeting who is not registered as a competitor or judge will be removed from the meeting immediately and without warning.

  • All participants (and judges) must have access to a device with a working microphone and camera for the duration of the tournament. 

  • Students will not be permitted to use any external resources throughout the event. All notes must be written on paper, and students will be expected to keep their cameras and microphones on during preparation time.

  • During rounds, students will be able to communicate with their teammates via a monitored Zoom chatroom created by the tournament organizers. All students must have the Zoom app downloaded on their device and updated to access this feature.

  • Any student found cheating will be disqualified from the tournament.


Friday, February 2nd, 2024
3:45-4:00 - Debater Registration on Zoom

4:00-4:15 - Announcements
4:15- 5:00 - Judge Registration and Preparation for Round 1
5:00- 6:30 - Round 1 and Feedback

6:30-7:00 - Dinner Break

7:00-7:45 - Preparation for Round 2

7:45-9:15 - Round 2 and Feedback

Saturday, February 3rd, 2024
8:45-9:00 - Debater Registration on Zoom                    
9:00-9:45 - Judge Registration and Preparation for Round 3                                                 
9:45-11:15 - Round 3 and Feedback                                                  
11:15-12:00 - Lunch Break and Judge Discussion

12:00-12:15 - Announcement of the Top 12             

12:15-1:00 - Preparation for Round 4                                                                                   
1:00-2:30 - Round 4 and Feedback   

2:45-3:00 - Break
3:00-3:45 - Preparation for Round 5        
3:45-5:15 - Round 5 and Feedback
5:15-5:45 - Dinner Break
5:45-6:30 - Preparation for Round 6
6:30-7:30 -
Round 6
8:00 - Advancing students announced 


Tournament Contacts:

Monitored by Anna Saint and Gabrielle Wong

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