Tournament Qualification

The DSABC is the BC arm of the Canadian Student Debating Federation (CSDF)

We are responsible for qualifying BC students to both National and International events.

Here you will find all of the major events that we host, and how YOU can qualify for them!

Regional / Provincial Events

BC British Parliamentary Provincial Championship

  • Crofton House School in Vancouver is the annual host of the BC British
    Parliamentary Provincial Championship.

  • This event takes place in mid to late October​.

  • The event has 2 categories: 

    • Junior (⩽ 15 years old) and Senior (> 15 years old​)

  • All paid members are welcome to attend this event. There are no pre-qualifying events.

  • This event qualifies students for the Canadian British Parliamentary Debate Championship​.

  • Note: Students must attend these tournaments with a partner from their own school​.

BC Public Speaking Provincial Championship

  • Mulgrave School in West Vancouver is the annual host of the BC Public
    Speaking Provincial Championship

  • This event takes place in mid to late November

  • The event has 2 categories:

    •  Junior (⩽ Gr. 10) and Senior (⩽ Gr. 12)

  • All paid members are welcome to attend this event. There are no pre-qualifying events.

  • This event qualifies students for the Canadian Junior and Senior Public Speaking Championships​

  • Note: Students must attend these tournaments with a partner from their own school​

BC Regional Debating Championships

  • Each of the eight debating regions in BC holds an annual regional
    debating championship .

  • These events are usually held in late January or early February​.

  • The events have 2 categories:

    • Junior (Grade 9 and Under), Senior (Any Grade)​

  • All paid members are welcome to attend these events. There are no pre-qualifying events.

  • These events qualify for the BC Provincial Debating Championship (The Law Foundation Cup)​.

  • Notes:

    • Students must attend these tournaments with a partner from their own school​.

    • To attend regionals, debaters must have participated in at least one tournament in the past calendar year
      (incl. non-DSABC events, university debates, pizza debates, etc).

BC Provincial Debating Championship (Law Foundation Cup)

  • This event is hosted by a different region of BC each year in early March.

  • The top debaters from each region are invited to this tournament.

    • The size of each region’s delegation is based upon the number
      of schools and debaters in each region, which changes annually.

  • Debaters are advanced from the Regional Championships as teams

    • No substitutions are permitted under any circumstances.

    • Teams must compete at the level they qualified from at Regionals.

  • This event qualifies for the Canadian National Junior and Senior High School Debating Championships​.

National Events

Canadian British Parliamentary Debate Championships

  • This event is hosted by a different province each year in early December​.

  • The event has 2 categories: 

    • ​Junior (⩽ 15 years old) and Senior (> 15 years old)

  • Students qualify for this event from the BC British Parliamentary
    Provincial Championship.

    • BC's allotment of spaces at this event changes year to year, but typically we are able to send: ​

      • 6 Senior teams​

      • 4 Junior teams​​

  • The top two teams at this event will attend the Oxford Union Schools Debating Championships in the United Kingdom.

Canadian Senior National Public Speaking Championships

  • St. John's Ravenscourt in Winnipeg is the annual host
    of the Canadian Senior National Public Speaking Championship

  • This event takes place in mid-February

  • Students qualify for this event from the
    BC Public Speaking Provincial Championship

    • Students must have competed in the senior category of the BC event

    • BC's allotment of spaces at this event changes year to year, but typically we are able to send: ​

      • 4 - 6 top speakers overall

  • The top 6 students at this event will represent Canada at the World's Public Speaking Championships

For more information: https://sites.google.com/site/nationalpublicspeaking/home

Canadian Senior National Debating Championships

  • This event is hosted by a different province each year in early April

  • Students qualify for this event from the Law Foundation Cup​

    • Students may be any grade level, but must advance from the
      Senior category of the Law Foundation Cup

    • Typically we are able to send 4 - 6 teams​

  • Students compete in a mix of prepared and impromptu debates using CNDF style. 
     

For more information: http://csdf-fcde.ca/debate-in-canada/senior-nationals/

Canadian Junior National Public Speaking Championships

  • West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver is the annual host of the
    Canadian Junior National Public Speaking Championship

  • This event takes place in early-May

  • Students qualify for this event from the BC Public Speaking Provincial
    Championship

    • Students must have competed in the junior category of the BC event

    • BC's allotment of spaces at this event changes year to year, but typically we are able to send: ​

      • 6 - 8 top speakers overall

For more information: https://jhspeechnationals.weebly.com/

Canadian Junior National Debating Championships

  • This event is hosted by a different province each year in late-May

  • Students qualify for this event from the Law Foundation Cup​

    • Students must have competed in the Junior category

  • The qualification breakdown for this event is as follows:​

    • Top 3 overall ranking teams​

    • Top 3 overall ranking teams in the next 3 unrepresented regions

  • Students compete in a mix of prepared and impromptu debates using CNDF style. 

 

For more information: http://csdf-fcde.ca/debate-in-canada/junior-nationals/

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