Worlds Cup Debate Tournament

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Northwest University Eagle Intervarsity
Worlds Cup
Five rounds of Worlds Style British Parliamentary Debate
Junior and Open DivisionsIn Kirkland, Washington
Martin Luther King weekend January 13 and 14, 2012
Tab by Jacob WittTraining by Jason SandfordTournament Director Gary Gillespie

Friday, January 13
12:30 – 3:00 Registration Health and Science Fireplace lobby
1:00 -- 2:30 PM BP Training with Jason Sandford
1:00 – 2:30 PM
3:00 – 4:00 PM Round One
4:00 – 6:00 PM Round Two
6:00 – 7:00 PM Light dinner provided
7:00 – 8:30 PM Character debate round one and two

Saturday, January 14
8:00 – 8:30 AM Coffee
8:30 – 10:30 AM Round Three
10:30 – 12:30 PM Round Four
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch in Kirkland
1:30 – 3:30 PM Round Five
3:30 – 5:30 PM Semi-finals both divisions (30 minutes prep time), impromptu during prep time.5:30 PM Snacks5:30 – 7:00 PM Final Round (30 minutes prep time), impromptu during prep time.

7:00 – 7:15 PM Awards

BRITISH-PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE (J, O)The BP division will use the WUDC rules [except that internet research will be allowed during prep time] with a 7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7 format and 20 minutes to prepare (including walk time). The topics will be centrally announced and they will vary per round. Students can use any printed materials during preparation time, but internet access and electronic access to computer files is not allowed. All topics will be drawn from recent issues of THE ECONOMIST and the Editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal. WUDC rules can be found at
Impromptu2 to 4 minutes. During prep time for semi-finals and finals, contestants will be given two word topics. The first word or phrase will be given at the start of the speech. One minute into the speech a second word or phrase will be given. The contestant must incorporate the second word with the first before the speech is concluded. 30 minutes will be allotted for this event, so contestants speak on a first come scenario (meaning that all who wish to enter may not get a chance). 4-TEAM CHARACTER DEBATE (O)1. This experimental debate format is modeled LOOSLEY on BP debate rules. 2. Topics will NOT be serious in nature. In addition to a motion for the round, contestants on each side (government and opposition) will also draw the names of two “characters” (celebrities, political figures, cartoon characters, comic book heroes, etc.) who they must portray throughout the debate. 3. Judges will be instructed to base their decisions in the rounds on how well each of the sides portrays their particular characters. The focus of this event is on how well contestants can debate in a style that is consistent with their particular characters. Performance skills, creativity, and an ability to work well with your partner are the most important criteria.4. Students may make use of any and all outside resources during their preparation time. Consulting with coaches and teammates is permitted. Contestants can use limited notes and basic props. 5. Time limits: 2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2 with 15 minutes prep time prior to the beginning of the debate.6. Points of information are permitted at any time during the debate. Each side is allowed to ask up to two questions during each of the other team’s constructive speeches. 7. Three person debate teams are not permitted.8. Open division.
From: Gary Gillespie