Law Foundation Cup

(BC Debate Provincials)

Dear Participants, Judges, Volunteers, and Coaches,


​Congratulations on your qualification to the BC Provincial Debating

Championship, the Law Foundation Cup. ​The DSABC is pleased to invite

you to attend this prestigious event.


Event Information:
Venue: Zoom VideoConferencing

A technical guide for participants will be sent out 1 week prior to the event

Date: Friday, February 26th - Saturday, February 27th 2020

Registration and Fees:

  • Registration will be open until Friday, February 19th at Midnight

  • Attendance will be FREE thanks to the generous support of our sponsor, the BC Law Foundation

Registration Links
Participants and Judges | Register Here |
This form is for members with qualifying teams to register their teams and judges.

Extra Adults| Register Here |
This may include: extra judges, spectating students/family & non-judging chaperones.

Volunteers | Register Here |
This form is for student volunteers who wish to act as moderators/timekeepers.
This a great opportunity for young debaters to come and watch high-level debate!
It also makes the judge’s job much easier and we always round UP volunteer hours!

 

Judging Expectations:

  • All schools are expected to provide one judge per team.

  • Grade 12 students with significant debate experience may act as judges in the junior category.

  • Judges must be fluent in English and comfortable with following fast-paced speeches using high-level vocabulary.

  • Delegations failing to provide appropriate judges without first alerting the tournament organizer may be subject to disqualification, prohibition from advancement to Nationals, or other appropriate sanctions.

 

Tournament Format:

  • Senior Debaters (Grades 10,11,12)

    • 2 rounds of unbracketed prepared debate in Cross-Examination Style 

    • 3 rounds of bracketed impromptu debate in Canadian National Debate Format

    • Impromptu Senior Final in CNDF for the top 2 teams

  • Junior Debaters (Grades 6,7,8,9)

    • 2 rounds of unbracketed prepared debate in Cross-Examination Style 

    • 3 rounds of bracketed impromptu debate in Canadian National Debate Format

    • Impromptu Junior Final in CNDF for the top 2 teams

The grand finals will run concurrently due to time-constraints.

 

Prepared Rounds

  • Junior: BIRT victims be allowed to accept compensation in lieu of punishing a defendant

  • Senior: BIRT illegally obtained evidence be made admissible in court

Debate Information

  • Students will argue both sides of the prepared motion and will be guaranteed both a different opponent each round and that they will not oppose teams from their own school.

  • Once bracketing begins in round 3 there will be no protections and pairings will be based solely on win/loss record and average team score. This may result in repeat pairings and/or same-school matches.


Impromptu Rounds

  • All impromptu rounds will have different topics with 30 minutes of preparation time.

  • Topics will be relevant to local or national politics, current events and policy discussions, and/or prevalent social or moral issues

Advancement and Qualification

  • Students must participate in the same teams and categories as in their regionals

  • Teams competing in the Junior Category are eligible for qualification to the Junior Debate Nationals

  • Teams competing in the Senior Category are eligible for qualification to the Senior Debate Nationals

  • Any Grade 10 student who places in the top 50th percentile of the senior category will advance to the BC Qualifiers for a chance to attend the Canadian National Team Tryouts. Remaining spots at this event will be given to juniors in ranked order until we have 24 qualifiers (6 spots are reserved from each category)

 

Chaperone Policy

  • Students are required to have a chaperone on the call at all times. 

  • 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

    • Including risk management, health, and tournament-related decisions. 

  • The chaperone can also act as a judge to satisfy a team’s judging requirement. 

  • Senior students are not considered chaperones. 

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

Preliminary Schedule

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Friday

4:00-4:30pm

4:30-5:30pm

5:30-6:30pm

6:30-7:15pm

7:30-8:30pm

 

Saturday

8:30-9:00am

9:00-10:00am

9:30am

10:00-11:00am

11:15pm

11:45-12:45pm 

12:45pm

2:00pm

2:30-3:30pm

3:45pm

4:15-5:00pm

5:15-6:00pm

Online Registration in Main Zoom Room

Judge Briefings (mandatory for all judges)

Round 1

Dinner Break

Round 2 

 

Online Registration in Main Zoom Room

Judges’ Briefing (mandatory for new judges

Topic & Pairings released to debaters

Round 3 

Topic & Pairings released to debaters

Round 4 

Lunch Break and DSABC General Meeting

Topic & Pairings released to debaters

Round 5 

Judges are free to leave after round 5

Finalists announced / Motion released

Public Junior and Senior finals 

Award Ceremony