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The Peel Debates 2017

  • North Park Secondary School 10 North Park Drive Brampton, ON, L6S 3M1 Canada (map)

Invitation to The Peel Debates 2017

Dear OSDU Members, Coaches & Students, 

OSDU is happy to pass on the following invitation to the Iroquois Ridge Debate Tournament on April 21 & 22, 2017:

"Dear Debaters, Coaches and Judges,

        The North Park Secondary School Debate Club is pleased to invite you to The Peel Debates (6th annual) on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at North Park Secondary School. This tournament is open to all students regardless of their past experience.

The tournament, which will follow the Canadian National Parliamentary Format (CNDF), consists of 5 impromptu rounds for all debaters.  However, in the interest of time, the constructive speeches in the first three rounds will be 6 minutes long and the rebuttals 3 minutes. For rounds four and five, which are the final rounds, the constructive speeches will be 8 minutes long and the rebuttals will be 4 minutes.   In order to assist debaters, there will be open adjudication for the first TWO rounds only, which includes commentary and disclosure of the winner of the round.  It does not include scores.  The final three rounds will be closed adjudication.

A lunch, which consists of catered food, will be provided. Beverages and snacks will also be available throughout the tournament. Any dietary restrictions or allergies should be noted on the registration form.

The registration fee is $60 per team ($30 per debater), which includes food, trophies and paper costs. Registration information must be sent online no later than Monday, 13 May 2017. Please see the registration link below.

You may pay by cash or cheque at the door. You may also mail a cheque, made out to North Park Secondary School, to the following address:

Mr. J. Luchak                   
10 North Park Drive
L6S 3M1

North Park SS
Brampton, Ontario                                     
905-456-1906 x751

There is a limit of three teams per school (six debaters). However, it may be possible to bring a fourth team if space permits.  Also, we are very much welcoming teams that do not have a school debate club, but we are not allowing hybrid teams. In other words, if you do not have debate club in your day school, both team members still need to be from the same day school.

Each school must bring one judge per team. Judges may be teachers, administrators, debate coaches, parents 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. 

I hope to see you there!

James Luchak
Tournament Director

Order of the Day

8:30 – 9:00 am              Arrival and Registration

9:00 – 9:30                    Briefing for Judges and Debaters

 9:30 – 9:45                    Pairings and Resolution for Round 1

9:45 – 10:15                    Round 1 (6:00 minute speeches)

10:15 – 10:30                   Open adjudication

11:00 – 11:15                     Pairings and Resolution for Round 2

11:15 – 11:45                     Round 2 (6:00 minute speeches)

11:45 – 12:00                   Open adjudication

12:30 – 12:45                   Pairings and Resolution for Round 3

12:45 – 1:15                      Round 3 (6:00 minute speeches)

                                       Closed adjudication

1:15 – 2:15                        LUNCH

2:15 – 2:30                      Pairings and Resolution for Round 4

2:30 – 3:15                      Round 4 (8:00 minute speeches)

                                       Closed adjudication

3:45 – 4:00                    Pairings and Resolution for Round 5

4:00 – 4:45                    Round 5 (8:00 minute speeches)

                                       Closed adjudication 

5:00 - 5:30                     Presentation of Awards"


FILE: Invitation to The Peel Debates 2017