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14th Annual Thornhill Debate Tournament

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14th Annual Thornhill Debate Tournament

OSDU Members, Coaches and Students, 

The OSDU Board has received information about the following NON-OSDU EVENT debating opportunity that it wishes to bring to your attention: 

"Dear Debaters, Coaches and Judges,

The Thornhill Secondary School Debate Society is thrilled to welcome you to the 14th Annual Thornhill Debate Tournament. The tournament will take place at Thornhill Secondary School (167 Dudley Ave., L3T 2E5) on Friday, November 10th and Saturday, November 11th.

We believe that this tournament will prove a valuable experience for debaters of all levels looking to perfect their debating skills and form long-lasting connections with fellow debaters; and we hope that you will join us for this exciting event.

Included in this document, please find registration forms, important details regarding the format and schedule of the tournament, and other noteworthy information. We encourage you to fill out the registration details as soon as possible to reserve your school room at our tournament.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at

Alyssa Rusonik & Shaurya Guleria
Tournament Directors
Ritika Chaudhary
Staff Advisor

Tournament Information


Each team is guaranteed five rounds of debate (two on Friday and three on Saturday, including a hidden quarter-final), with additional semi-final and final rounds on Saturday, based on team performance in the preliminary rounds.

All rounds will be debated in Canadian Parliamentary Style. A prepared resolution will be debated on Friday evening, with each team having the opportunity to be both Government and Opposition in successive rounds. The resolutions for the three remaining rounds will be straight/impromptu. Teams will receive the resolution and their position (Government or Opposition) 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the round in order to prepare their arguments.

Prepared Resolution:
This house supports South Korea and Japan in obtaining nuclear weapons in opposition to North Korea’s continued proliferation.

The Thornhill Debate Society is pleased to announce that we will provide all attendees of our tournament with three meals: dinner (on Friday), and breakfast and lunch (on Saturday). Though beverages will also be available throughout the tournament, we encourage all participants to bring their own reusable water bottles and make use of Thornhill’s numerous water fountains. Any dietary restrictions or allergies should be noted on the registration form (on subsequent pages).

The registration fee is $100 per team ($50 per debater). This includes five guaranteed rounds of debate, as well as three meals and beverages. Registration information and payment must be sent to the tournament directors no later than Friday, October 27th, 2017. Team slots must be reserved by October 8th, 2017. Please see the attached registration form.

Please note that as per Thornhill Secondary School policy, schools must have staff supervision to be able to attend this tournament. Any schools without supervision will not be allowed to participate.

Cheques must be made out to Thornhill Secondary School, andmay be sent through regular or courier mail before the registration deadline to:

Thornhill Secondary School Debating Union
c/o Ms. Chaudhary
167 Dudley Ave.
Thornhill, Ontario
L3T 2E5



Friday, November 10th, 2017
4:00-5:15pm           Registration for debaters and judges
5:15-6:15pm            Dinner
6:15-6:45pm           Briefings for judges and debaters
                               Round One and Two Pairings

7:00-8:00pm         Round One (Prepared Resolution)

8:15 -9:15pm           Round Two (Prepared Resolution)

Saturday, November 11th, 2017
8:00-9:00am         Breakfast
9:00-9:30am         Briefing for judges and debaters
                               Resolution/pairings for Round Three
9:30-9:45am          Preparation time for Round Three

9:45-10:45am        Round Three

10:45-11:00am       Resolution/pairings for Round Four
11:00-11:15am         Preparation time for Round Four

11:15am-12:15pm    Round Four

12:15-1:15pm           Lunch

1:15-1:30pm           Resolution/pairings for Round Five
1:30-1:45pm          Preparation time for Round Five

1:45-2:45pm         Round Five (Hidden Quarters)

2:45-3:00pm        Break for debaters and judges
                             Announcement of semi-final pairs
3:00-3:15pm         Preparation time for Semi-Finals

3:15-4:15pm          Semi-Finals

4:15-4:30pm         Announcement of the finals pair
4:30-4:45pm        Preparation time for the Finals

4:30-5:45pm        Finals

5:45-6:15pm         Awards Ceremony

NB: All resolutions on Saturday will be impromptu with a new motion every round.

There is a limit of ten teams per school. However, if your school wishes to bring more teams, please contact the tournament directors and your requests will be accommodated to the best of our ability. Each school must bring at least one judge for every two teams. Judges may be teachers, administrators, parents, debate coaches or experienced/graduated debaters. Our aim is to provide panel judging in as many rounds as possible, but that can only be done with judging contributions from your respective debating communities. It is preferable that parents of debaters who do not have prior judging experience act solely as spectators, not as adjudicators, in order to avoid bias. We ask that you please rank your judges from 1-5 in the appropriate box in the table below (5 being an incredibly experienced judge; 1 being a relatively inexperienced judge) to help us with the organization of rounds."

FILES: 14th Annual Thornhill Debate Tournament Invitation