Prague Debate Spring

'Smart Tournament'

World Schools Style

22-25 March 2019

Come to the 6th Year of Prestigious Debate Tournament in Prague

You may look forward to 6 basic and 4 elimination rounds, spectacular socials including a sightseeing boat cruise, good Czech as well as international food, and debaters and judges from all around the globe - 34 nations have participated so far:

Argentina, Bosnia, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Tunisia, UAE, USA - and the Czech Republic, of course.

Our Official Team Cap is 50, possibly extendable to 90. Our Schedule allows for one extra elimination round to be added.

The Tournament is called 'Smart' because it provides you with options. You can choose accommodation and social events according to your preferences as shown in the Registration section. Also, you can opt for additional debate training as described below.

Special Training Opportunities

We would like PDS19 to be a very attractive training opportunity for all - national as well as novice teams. Therefore, we offer to facilitate spar debates and workshops before the Tournament (Wednesday & Thursday afternoons). Please email us if you are interested.

Also, there will be four prepared basic rounds - two motions debated both sides. These will demand rather intense thinking than extensive research, thus bringing the learning benefit of preparation without the burden of time-consuming data digging.

Confirmed Members of PDS'19 Chief Adjudicator Panel: Miha Andric

See current updates as well as photos from previous years on our Facebook.

Tentative Schedule

Fri 22 March
15:00
Registration & Opening Ceremony
(Assembly Room)
15:30
Judges Briefing
(Assembly Room)
15:30
Motion Announcement
(Assembly Room)
16:30
DEBATE ROUND 1
(Impromptu)
18:30
DEBATE ROUND 2
(Prepared)
19:30
Dinner
& Feedback
22:00
Sightseeing Boat Cruise
(Optional)
Sat 23 March
9:00
Roll Call & Coffee - Teams
(Assembly Room)
9:30
Motion Announcement
(Assembly Room)
10:00
Roll Call & Coffee - Judges
(Assembly Room)
10:30
DEBATE ROUND 3
(Impromptu)
12:30
Lunch
13:30
DEBATE ROUND 4
(Prepared)
15:30
DEBATE ROUND 5
(Prepared)
!CLOSED!
17:00
Coffee Break
& Tournament Group Photo
17:30
DEBATE ROUND 6
(Prepared)
19:30
Dinner
& Country Expo + Break Announcement
(Optional)
Sun 24 March
9:00
Roll Call & Coffee - Teams
(Assembly Room)
9:30
Motion Announcement
(Assembly Room)
10:00
Roll Call & Coffee - Judges
(Assembly Room)
10:30
OCTO-FINALS
(Impromptu)
12:30
Lunch
13:30
Motion Announcement
(Assembly Room)
14:30
QUARTER-FINALS
(Impromptu)
16:30
Motion Announcement
(Assembly Room)
17:30
SEMI-FINALS
(Impromptu)
19:30
Dinner
& Final Break Announcement
(Optional)
Mon 25 March
10:00
Motion Announcement
(Grand-Final Venue)
11:00
GRAND-FINAL
DEBATE

(Grand-Final Venue)
12:00
Closing Ceremony
(Grand-Final Venue)
13:00
Sightseeing
(Optional)

Tournament Guided Tour

Friday 22 March

Charles University Faculty of Law (main venue 2014-17)

Tournament Starts

The Tournament launches with the Opening Ceremony at the Main Venue as indicated in the Schedule above.

Our traditional Main Venue had been the Law Faculty of Charles University in Prague. However, we switched for high School Nad Aleji in 2018 to fit in all 64 teams coming for the competition.

The Main Venue for PDS'19 will be announced based on the number of teams registered. Our ambition is to be able to host as many as 90 teams.

Boat Cruise through Prague's historical city centre

Sightseeing Boat Cruise

This very first social event of the Tournament allows you to enjoy unique views of Prague’s historical centre as well as to break ice with other participants.

To secure your places, please fill in the Official Registration Form in the Registration section below and order the amount of tickets you wish to get in total for your delegation.

Saturday 23 March

Country Expo Evening

Break Announcement & Country Expo

The Country Expo Evening takes place at the Main Venue straight after the dinner is served, following the last basic debate round.

This is the opportunity to show the best your country may offer - fancy foods or drinks, sweets, postcards, posters, flags, costumes, pins, pens, usbs, etc.

The Teams breaking to the Octo-Finals will be announced at the Country Expo.

Sunday 24 March

Sunday Farewell Party

Farewell Party

After the dinner at our Main Venue, following the Semi-Final debates and breaking teams announcement, we will take you to the final social event of the Tournament - the Farewell Party.

You can go on your own, of course. You will be provided with all the necessary instructions and maps in your Tournament INFOPACK, which we will email you two weeks before the Tournament starts.

Monday 25 March

Grand-Final Debate in the Prague City Council Main Hall

Grand-Final Debate

The Grand-Final Debate starts at 11:00 AM, followed by the Closing Ceremony. The Grand-Final Venue will be announced together with our Main Venue.

Formal dress code is recommended, though not required. You may ask our photographers to take pictures of you or your delegation, thus wearing fancy national costumes is definitely in order.

TEAM CAP

General: 50-90 / Institutional: 5-6

OFFICIAL REGISTRATION DATES

11 Nov’18 - 22 Jan’19

PAYMENT DEADLINES

50-100%: Friday 22 Jan’19 / 100%: Monday 22 Feb’19

FEES & ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Economic Option: Debaters 155 EUR / Judges 125 EUR / Coaches & Observers 185 EUR
Local Option: Debaters 80 EUR / Judges 50 EUR / Coaches & Observers 110 EUR

Each option covers meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks on the main Tournament days (Fri 22 - Sun 24 March).

Economic Option participants will be accommodated in nice hostels (3-8 bed rooms) for the 3 nights of the Tournament (Fri 22 - Mon 25 March).
If you require single room accommodation or extra nights (either for your entire delegation or its part), please email us immediately after you register.

Local Option participants book their own accommodation in Prague. This allows you to arrange your stay fully according to your preferences. As a top tourist destination, Prague offers virtually endless possibilities. You will be able to use platforms like airbnb, booking.com, or hostelworld, as well as to extend your stay easily whenever you wish. Last but not least, there will be ample opportunities to socialize with others during the Tournament, so you need not to feel constrained in this respect when making your accommodation choice.
We are happy to help, of course. Please email us any questions you have regarding this option. Below is a list of accommodation options we recommend based on our experience:

BB Hotel | Holiday Inn | Hotel Prague City | Mosaic House

AZ Hostel | Franz Kafka Hostel | Charles Bridge Economic Hostel | Art Hole Hostel

Hostel Prague Týn | Hostel Santini Prague | Old Prague Hostel | Prague Square Hostel

Hostel Miles | A-Plus Hostel | Residence Jagellonska

(More Coming Soon)

EXTRAS

Boat Cruise Ticket: 10 EUR per person
Public Transport Ticket: 12 EUR per person

Boat Cruise Tickets are for the Sightseeing Boat Trip on Friday evening, the most popular and breathtaking social event of the Tournament. Secure your places by ordering your tickets via the Official Registration Form below. Saturday's and Sunday's social events are free of charge and require no prior registration. All social events are of course optional.

Public Transport Tickets are valid for all metro, tram, and bus lines all over Prague day and night (from Friday 00:01 to Monday 23:59, March 22 - 25). They will allow you to move around the city freely and explore all its great sights and attractions. Ordering them in advance makes them 50% cheaper than tickets bought on the spot, thus you can get them only via our Official Registration Form.

n RULE

Missing Judge Fee: 150 EUR

We require every delegation to bring n judges to the Tournament, where n is the total number of teams registered in the delegation. We may charge your delegation up to 150 EUR for every 'missing judge' under this rule in order to be able to sponsor more independent judges at the Tournament.
Thank you very much for your understanding.

Find more about payment and cancellation policies on our Registration Information site.

Please feel free to contact us with your questions:
pds@debatovani.cz

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