|In Quebec, students in grades seven to nine are eligible to compete in
junior tournaments, while any debater may compete in a senior event.
|Senior National Debating Championships – This tournament is held every
spring. The QSDA runs the Provincial Championships as a qualifying
tournament in the fall or early winter. The top school teams, usually
around six or seven, are eligible to attend the Nationals. No school
may send more than two teams to the National Championships, unless QSDA
is invited to send additional teams beyond what other provinces would
send ( such as when we host ). No team may substitute one debater for
another. Delegates qualify together as a team. If any student, and
hence the team, is unable to attend, the next team on the list will be
invited. Students may attend the Nationals as many times as they want,
and must be in a minimum of grade 9.
|CSDF Senior National Debating Seminar – This week-long workshop type
Seminar is now held in the Fall, usually in November. QSDA has adopted
an application process to select students who best žembody the spirit
of the National SeminarÓ. Four students from different schools advance
as individuals for the English category. In addition, QSDA may be
invited to send additional delegates in the Bilingual category. These
delegates must also be from different schools, although overlap with
the English category is allowed. Students may only attend the National
Seminar once and must be 14 years old as of the previous January 1.
|World Qualifiers – Three students each year are invited without
restriction to try out for the National team at the World Qualifier,
which is held during the two days before or after the National Seminar.
The delegates are chosen by a selection committee, appointed by the
QSDA board and is independent of the board and does not consist of any
coaches of the applicants. Candidates are chosen based upon their
debating experience, performance at a tryout, and their willingness to
commit to the National Debating team if selected.
|Junior National Debating Championships – Held in the spring of each
year, usually in early May, this tournament is the highest level for
junior debaters in Canada . Each province is eligible to send a
delegation of six or eight debaters. Quebec debaters qualify for this
tournament at the Junior Provincials, held in March or April. The top
debaters at this tournament are eligible to attend the Junior
Nationals. Schools are permitted to send two debaters to the Junior
Nationals. Debaters qualify as individuals, but then teams are created
and students debate primarily as teams at Junior Nationals, but the
format does change from year to year. These debaters may or may not
have been partners at the Junior Provincials, or even from the same
school, as delegates qualify individually for the Junior Nationals.
|Oxford Cup Debating Tournament (formerly the North American Championships) – This event is held in the Fall every
year in British Parliamentary format. The top two teams from different
provinces are invited to attend the Oxford Schools Championships. QSDA
holds a qualifier to select teams ( around six ) for the North
Americans. Like the National Championships, teams qualify as school
teams and no substitutions are allowed. The limit is also two teams per
|National Public Speaking Championships – This event is held in Winnipeg
at St. JohnŪs-Ravenscourt School each February. Each province sends two
or three students, selected at the Loyola Public Speaking tournament.
There are a variety of speaking events. Students can qualify for the
World Public Speaking Championships if they do well in Winnipeg.