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2016 Oxford Cup Qualifier

  • Havergal College 1451 Avenue Road Toronto, ON, M5N Canada (map)

Invitation to 2016 Ontario Oxford Cup Qualifier

OSDU Members, Coaches & Students, 

Once again it is time for the 2016 Ontario Oxford Cup Qualifier. All OSDU Members are welcome to participate in this wonderful and exciting British Parliamentary Style tournament. 


The Ontario Student Debating Union (OSDU) is pleased to invite you to the 2016 Ontario Oxford Cup Qualifier to run October 29-30, 2016.  This tournament will act as the qualifying tournament for the National Oxford Cup Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba from November 17-20, 2016. Please understand that should you qualify for this tournament, you will be expected to register in very short notice and book transportation to Winnipeg within this three week time period.


The Ontario Oxford Cup Qualifier will be hosted at:

Havergal College
1451 Avenue Road
Toronto, ON
M5N 2H9


The registration deadline for this tournament will be October 19th, 2016, at midnight (11:59 pm). Please ensure that you have completed all items on this checklist by that time.

There is a registration limit of THREE teams from the same school. There will be approximately a 56 team cap for the tournament, so please register as soon as possible.

  • Completed Online Student Registration Form

  • Any attending adults must fill out the Adult Registration Form for food service and judging reasons, no registration fee is required.

  • Cheque for $110 per team (or $55.00 per debater) made payable to “Ontario Student Debating Union” and mailed to the following address:

J. Luchak
OSDU Treasurer
4221 Longmoor Drive
Burlington, ON
L7L 5C7

  • Completed and attached the Ontario Student Debating Union 2016 Provincial Oxford Cup Qualifier Consent to Participation, Waiver of Rights Liability Release and Insurance Agreement waiver (included with the attached invitation) for each debater participating in the event, and mailed to address above (preferably with the registration cheque).  


All debaters are expected to have an adult chaperone present and registered for the event. Unchaperoned debaters will not be permitted.

All participants must have completed all of the above in order to participate in the Qualifier. Failure to do so by participants will result in disqualification of their team from the Qualifier (this is a team event – no students will be available to pair with individual participants in the event that a team participant is disqualified; ‘iron man-ning’ by participants will not be permitted for this Qualifier.) No exceptions will be permitted to these requirements.

Debate Format:

This tournament will be conducted in British Parliamentary Format. It will be composed of four impromptu rounds of debate on Saturday, followed by quarter final, semi-final, and final rounds on Sunday. There will be no prepared resolution for this tournament. We will be using 5 minute speaking times for each speech to remain consistent with the National level Oxford Cup Qualifier. All debates will take place in English only.


Saturday, October 29th, 2016
8:30 – 9:00             Student and Chaperone Registration at Havergal College

8:30 – 9:00             Judge Registration (all judges MUST be present by 9:00 am)

9:00 – 9:45             Debater and Judges’ Briefings

9:45 – 10:15             Round 1  Resolutions, Pairings, and Prep time

10:15 – 11:15              Round 1

11:15 am – 11:30        Break (snacks will be provided)

11:30 am – 12:00      Round 2  Resolution, Pairings, and Prep time

12:00 pm – 13:00     Round 2

13:00 pm – 13:45        Lunch

13:45 – 14:15              Round 3  Resolution, pairings, and prep time

14:15 – 15:15              Round 3

15:15 – 15:45              Round 4 Resolution, pairings, and prep time

15:45 – 16:30            Round 4

Students dismissed at 16:30 (4:30pm)

Sunday October 30, 2016
8:30 am – 9:15            Student and Chaperone Registration at Havergal College (all
                                   students and Chaperones/Judges MUST be present by 9:15am)

9:00 – 9:20                Round 5 Resolution, pairings, and prep time

9:20 – 10:00              Round 5

10:30                          Announcement of Semi Finalists

10:30 - 10:50              Semi Finals Resolution and Prep Time

10:50 – 11:30              Semi-Finals

11:45                           Announcement of Finalists

11:45 – 12:05              Finals Resolution and Prep

12:05pm – 12:45        Finals

12:45 – 13:15              Awards Ceremony

13:15 – 13:30              Meeting for National Oxford Cup Qualified Teams

Note: Lunch will be provided Saturday, snacks and refreshments to be provided throughout.


1)   Invitation to 2016 Ontario Oxford Cup Qualifier

2)   2016 Ontario Oxford Cup Waiver