Tomorrow, the six debaters still in the pre-selection track for the World Schools team 2014 will travel to Stuttgart to participate in the European Open Debating Championships. How does the selection process work, what is the function of this tournament, and what is the setup of the tournament? Editor and pre-selection participant Simon Toussaint dissects these issues for you.
WSDC Selection Track
The Dutch schools debating circuit has been growing for years – both in terms of quality and quantity. One of the best indicators of our circuit’s relative and absolute strength is its track record in the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC). For years, Team Netherlands has participated in this prestigious tournament, reaching the octofinals in four occasions in the last five years. Next WSDC will take place in Bangkok, Thailand in August 2014. This long period of time has enabled the WSDC coaching team – headed by former European ESL champion Menno Schellekens – to set up an extensive selection track. The selection process started last May with the Roosevelt World Schools Academy, where 48 bright debaters got taught by some of the best student debaters, and participated in four rounds of debate. On this weekend, 16 debaters were chosen for the next selection round. These debaters then trained in weekly sessions until the Summer Holidays. Afterwards, the 6 remaining debaters continued to train weekly – and continue to do so right now. They will continue to train together until next February, when the final team of four will be chosen.
The six remaining debaters as of this moment are:
-Amy Bakx (Wolfert van Borselen Tweetalig)
-Emma van der Horst (Sint Willibrord Gymnasium)
-Emma Lucas (Stedelijk Gymnasium Nijmegen)
-Uche Odikanwa (Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest)
-Urmi Pahladsingh (Stedelijk Gymnasium Nijmegen)
-Simon Toussaint (Utrechts Stedelijk Gymnasium)
Training to become better doesn’t just mean spending every Saturday on debate while getting taught by incredibly good debaters. It also means participating in tournaments. That is why all six of us have participated in this year’s Roosevelt Open. It is also why we will participate in the European Open Debating Championships 2013, which is held from 7th – 13th of November.
The EurOpen is an annual tournament held in Stuttgart, Germany. It is an open championship, meaning that teams from outside Europe can register as well. This year’s edition, for example, will see teams from South Korea, Qatar and Canada. Additionally, many German schools send a team as well. The tournament is held in the WSDC-format (an explanation can be found here). Concretely, this means that all debates will feature six eight-minute speeches, and two four-minute reply speeches. The language will be English. Speakers can qualify as Native, ESL (English as a Second Language), or EFL (English as a Foreign Language). There will be eight preliminary rounds, with a break to octofinals. Each debate, both teams (proposition and opposition) are judged on style, content, and strategy by three adjudicators. Each of these adjudicators then decides for him/herself who won. The team that gets the majority of votes wins the debate. A team can thus have won or lost, and have collected 3, 2, 1, or 0 judges per debate. Teams are ranked primarily by their number of wins; secondarily by their number of judges; lastly by their total amount of speaker points.
There are two prepared motions:
-This House Would prohibit the sale of goods produced under conditions which harm the workers or put them at avoidable risk
-This House Believes That the European Union didn’t deserve the Nobel Peace Prize
Both motions will be debated twice (once from proposition and once from opposition), meaning that four out of eight preliminary rounds will be inpromptu. The draw is not power-ranked, so it is already available here.
Further information can be found on the organisation’s website.
SevenTwenty will maintain a live blog and will post daily impressions as well.
A song of fiery tea and icy coffee
The 13th-century castle of Nyenrode was an especially wonderful sight on the 26th of October, 2013, with the castle tower jutting out against the stormy skies of Dutch autumn, and the tall guarding oaks balancing out the greys with the red and yellow of their weary leaves. Which is why eight teams of top-ranking debaters and an excellent judging panel decided to spend the day in the coach house right next to it, doing what they do best: epic arguing, and in doing so, settling who could claim the title of Debate Masters 2013.
The adjudication panel consisted of proven and competent Maesters. Headed by Luciën de Bruin as the Grand Maester, Tomas Beerthuis, Senna Maatoug and Tjitske Zandstra set four excellent motions for the participants to battle over. The debaters were eager to do battle, but not before they poured some coffee and fresh tea down their thirsty gullets.
The first battle revolved around the question whether governments should have the right to make children’s vaccinations obligatory, even for religious minorities who oppose them. In one of the rooms, the Leideners of Casterly Rock, Wieger Kop and Bas Tönissen narrowly managed to decapitate Bonaparte’s Daniël Schut, and his teammate Marloes Boere, by arguing persuasively that the state has no right to override a religious minority’s metaphysical worldview.
The second battle took place in the former colonies, where debaters argued whether former colonizing countries should pay substantial reparations to the countries they colonized. Two wildlings from the North, Stijn de Jong and Joost Kooiman couldn’t manage to make a dent in the argumentative wall of Bonaparte in their attempt to argue that paying reparations would effectively destabilize the recipient country. Joost Kooiman however did manage to scale up the ladder of individual speaker points – eventually, he would gather enough points to vault to the top of the speakers’ ranking.
The third battle saw Bonaparte’s own version of the Red Wedding: Bonaparte’s Irene Graafsma and Jules Boog still had hopes of breaking into the finals, but unfortunately their dreams were brutally slayed in a debate on whether the state should financially incentivize higher-educated citizens to have children before their 25th birthday.
Only when finals were announced, did this reporter discover what had happened across the Narrow Sea in the other poule: Jesse Fest, the young dragon queen from Rotterdam and her faithful bearded companion, Jeroen Heun, had easily managed to defeat another two branches of the House of Bonaparte (Benjamon Mosk and Bobph Alberts, and Roel van Dongen and Josse van Proosdij) and two young ambitious little ones from Leiden, Gigi Gil and Devin van den Berg. They emerged victorious, unscathed and ready to take on their final battle.
The final battle metaphorically took place at the Dutch Parliament: the motion proposed that parliamentarians should be appointed by lottery, not by elections. In a massive clash of kings, debaters even drew their statistical swords to prove why appointments by lottery were either more or less likely to lead to better government. Eventually, after a long discussion and a split decision, the Maesters gave the win to the Jesse Fest and Jeroen Heun from House Erasmus, who can now call themselves, rightly, the Masters of Dutch Debating. At least until next year…
This article was crossposted from the German blog Achteminute. You can find the original blog post here
Shafiq Bazari and Jonathan Leader Maynard (Chief Adjudicators, Malaysia Worlds 2015) are pleased to inform the World Debating Community that applications for the positions of Deputy Chief Adjudicator (DCA) at Malaysia Worlds 2015 is now open. The submission Deadline is 31st October 2013.
This is a blog post written by Daan Welling for his blog 7 minutes and 15 seconds. The original blog post can be found here
Zoals jullie wellicht hebben gemerkt is de redactie van Seventwenty op dit moment nog niet compleet. We bestaan nu uit vier mensen, terwijl een compleet redactieteam uit acht personen (inclusief de hoofdredacteur) bestaat. Voor het jaar 2013-2014 zijn we op zoek naar vier personen die ons team willen komen versterken.
Day 7 is really, really the last day of EUDC Manchester 2013. Of course the last rounds took place yesterday, but today is departure day for most of us. We had to leace our accomodation before 11 AM. Some of us had already left in order to catch their flight back to Amsterdam. Also, some Dutch people would stay for a few more days in the UK to visit some friends or to catch the cheapest flight they could find while booking.
This EUDC the Dutch delegation did amazingly well, with Groningen in the finals being the highlight of the tournament. The Groningen team did not even expect to break, but fortunately they debated to the last. The other breaking team, Roosevelt B, did very well in the quarters. And of course we may not forget our Dutch judges. Five of them broke to the quarters, one of them (Daan WElling) judged the (Open) Finals. The Dutch delegation was really big this EUDC and we hope you’ve all had an amazing tournament. See you next year in Zagreb!
And now, finally, RESULTS!!
First of all we want to congrat Daan Welling for being the best speaker in the Debating League of Europe and the Utrecht Debating Society for being the best debating society in the league.
Several Dutch people were in the ESL Top Ten Best speakers. Bionda Merckens from Roosevelt became 8th Best ESL Speaker, while Henk van Zuilen from Groningen B became 4th and Andrea Bos from KCL A took a 3rd place. Congrats to all!!
But now, you want to know who won the ESL Grand Final. This was the team in…
Opening Opposition: Lund A!
Cambridge A has won the Open Grand Final.
Best speaker of the Open category is Sally Rooney from TCD Hist with 85 (!!) speakerpoints average.
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Day 6 is the day the Finals will take place in the beautiful Palace in Manchester City. As you’ve probably heard, Groningen is still in the run to become the next ESL European Championship in debating. After we had breakfast in the University Place, it was time for the ESL Finals to start in the luxuous Palace Hotel. Meer lezen