The Alberta Debate and Speech Association

              


Each year, Alberta students are given the opportunity to participate in a number of national debate competitions. There are a few notable competitions that are attended annually:

THE CSDF NATIONAL DEBATE SEMINAR
The Canadian Student Debating Federation began as a Centennial Project in 1967 when Tom Lawson, a teacher in Port Hope, Ontario organized an invitational debating tournament for Ontario students. During the next three years, increasing numbers of students from other provinces traveled to Port Hope for what had become an annual event. By 1972 all provinces were represented at the tournament, and the National (later, "Canadian") Student Debating Federation was founded.

The major mandate of the Federation is to sponsor an annual National Student Debating Seminar for students in grades 9-12 (the "Seminar" or "Nationals"). Conducting the Seminar in both official languages at various locations throughout Canada continues to be the Federation's most important activity. The purpose of the National Seminar is to promote and encourage debating and speaking activities in all Canadian schools.

At the Seminar, students from all corners of Canada meet to debate an important issue of national concern, as well as to participate in a National Youth Parliament and effective speaking events during the week. They also tour and explore the host community. The National Seminar, then, is not just a debating championship: it is an opportunity for a group of articulate young Canadians to meet each other and discover themselves, learning to deal with the issues of today while preparing to be leaders of tomorrow. For more information on qualifications and rules please go to http://csdf-fcde.ca/

NATIONAL JUNIOR HIGH DEBATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Junior National Championships is the recognized national tournament for Junior high school debaters. It is held annually and its host rotates around the country. Competitors are selected by their provincial organizations, usually at the Provincial championships. The top three teams, as selected at the Provincial Debate Tournament, shall comprise the Alberta delegation to the Junior High National Tournament. Alberta only sends students in grades 8 or 9. In some cases dependant on the host, more teams may be invited to participate

NATIONAL SENIOR HIGH DEBATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Senior National Debate Championships is the recognized Canadian championship tournament for Senior High school debaters. Competitors are selected by their provincial associations, usually at Provincial Championships. The tournament host rotates around the country. The top two teams in Senior High Open, the top two teams in Senior High Beginner and the top Senior High Bilingual team shall comprise the Alberta Delegation at the National High School Debate Championships. In some cases dependent on the host, more teams may be invited to participate.

OXFORD CUP QUALIFIER
The board shall organize a British Parliamentary tournament in order to select the representation at the Oxford Cup Qualifier Championship. The tournament will have four rounds bracketed. The delegation shall be of the top 4 teams in this tournament. This tournament will be held in May, or in June, September or October and will count as the qualifying tournament for the Oxford Qualifier.

WORLDS TEAM QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT
The board shall appoint a selection Committee that will organize a World Style Tournament in order to select the representatives from Alberta to the National Team Tryout. This tournament may be held in January, June or the beginning of September and will count as the qualifying tournament for this selection purpose only.

NATIONAL JUNIOR HIGH SPEECH CHAMPIONSHIPS
The top speakers selected at the National Speak Off, held at the Provincial Speech Tournament, shall comprise the Alberta delegation to the Junior High National Speech Tournament. The number of students travelling to Nationals is determined by the host school.

NATIONAL SENIOR HIGH SPEECH CHAMPIONSHIPS
The top speakers selected at the National Speak Off, held at the Provincial Speech Tournament, shall comprise the Alberta delegation to the Senior High National Speech Tournament. The number of students travelling to the Nationals is determined by the host school.