Prague Debate Spring

'Impromptu Tournament'

World Schools Style

12-16 July 2018

Come to the 5th Year of Prestigious Debate Tournament in Prague!

PDS'18 takes place over the weekend before the WSDC in Croatia and Slovenia, easily reachable by bus or plane. All the motions are impromptu as we want the national teams coming to Prague to warm up and have fun.

You may look forward to spectacular socials and sightseeing including a boat cruise, good Czech and international food, and teams from all around the globe - 25 countries have participated so far:
Argentina, Canada, China, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, Tunisia, UAE, USA - and the Czech Republic, of course.

Check current updates and photos from previous years on
facebook.

Tentative Schedule

Thu 12 Jul
ARRIVALS
the whole day
DEBATE WORKSHOPS
(optional)
We will provide you with more information soon
21:00
Pre-Tournament Party
(optional)
Fri 13 Jul
9:00
Opening Ceremony
(Room 100)
9:30
Motion Announcement
(Room 100)
10:30
DEBATE ROUND 1
12:30
Lunch
(Lobby Area)
13:30
Motion Announcement
(Room 100)
14:30
DEBATE ROUND 2
16:30
Coffee Break
(Room 100)
17:00
Motion Announcement
(Room 100)
18:00
DEBATE ROUND 3
20:00
Dinner
(Lobby Area)
21:00
Sightseeing Boat Cruise
(optional)
Sat 14 Jul
9:00
Roll Call & Coffee
(Room 100)
9:30
Motion Announcement
(Room 100)
10:30
DEBATE ROUND 4
12:30
Lunch
(Lobby Area)
13:30
Motion Announcement
(Room 100)
14:30
DEBATE ROUND 5
[Closed]
16:00
Coffee Break
(Room 100)
16:30
Motion Announcement
(Room 100)
17:30
DEBATE ROUND 6
19:30
Dinner
(Lobby Area)
20:00
Break
Announcement
& Country Expo
21:00
BP Show Debate
Watch judges argue!
(optional)
Sun 15 Jul
9:00
Roll Call & Coffee
(Room 100)
9:30
Motion Announcement
(Room 100)
10:30
OCTO-FINALS
12:30
Lunch
(Lobby Area)
13:30
Motion Announcement
(Room 100)
14:30
QUARTER-FINALS
16:30
Coffee Break
(Room 100)
17:00
Motion Announcement
(Room 100)
18:00
SEMI-FINALS
20:00
Dinner
(Lobby Area)
21:00
Underground Break Party
(optional)
Mon 16 Jul
9:00
Motion Announcement
(Prague City Council)
10:00
GRAND-FINAL
DEBATE

(Prague City Council)
11:00
Closing Ceremony
(Prague City Council)
12:00
Sightseeing
(optional)

Tournament Guided Tour

Friday 13 July

  • - Room 100 -

    Tournament Starts at the Law Faculty

    Our Main Venue is the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague.
    It is a huge building right in the middle of Prague's Old Town, on a river bank opposite Prague Castle, impossible to miss.

    There is a large Lobby Area in the centre of the building. Taking the stairs up to the first floor will get you to the main assembly spot - Room 100.

    We are really grateful for the continuing support provided by the Law Faculty. Here you can read about how great the faculty is and maybe become interested in what it has to offer.

  • - Boat Cruise -

    Sightseeing Boat Cruise

    The Cruise will let you enjoy epic views of Prague’s historic core and break ice with other participants. The boat goes to the Charles Bridge and back and the entire trip takes about one hour.

    To secure your places, fill in the Official Registration Form (more info below in the Registration section) and order the amount of tickets you wish to get.

  • Saturday 14 July

    - Country Expo -

    Break Announcement & Country Expo

    The Country Expo will take place in the Law Faculty Lobby Area straight after the dinner, following the last basic debate round. Please bring the best your country can offer - fancy food or drinks, sweets, postcards, posters, flags, costumes, pins, pens or usbs.

    Teams breaking into the OCTO-FINALS will be announced at the Country Expo!

  • Sunday 15 July

    - Underground Party -

    Underground Break Party

    After the dinner at the Law Faculty Lobby Area, following the SEMI-FINALS, we will take you to the underground club nearby for the final party of the Tournament!

    The club stays open as long as you can party.

    You can go to the club on your own, of course. We will provide you with precise instructions and a map.

  • Monday 16 July

    - City Hall -

    Prague City Hall

    The GRAND-FINAL DEBATE will happen at the Prague City Hall at 10:00 AM, followed by the Closing Ceremony.

    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 allowed.

    We will be arranging a bus or train transfer to the WSDC in Croatia. We will provide you with more details soon.

TEAM CAP
General: 50 / Institutional: 4

OFFICIAL REGISTRATION DATES
1 Dec’17 - 1 Apr’18

PAYMENT DEADLINES
50-100%: Sunday 1 Apr’18 / 100%: Friday 1 Jun’18

FEES
Economic Option: Debaters 150 EUR / Judges 120 EUR / Coaches & Observers 180 EUR
Comfort Option: Debaters 200 EUR / Judges 170 EUR / Coaches & Observers 230 EUR
Local Option: Debaters 95 EUR / Judges 65 EUR / Coaches & Observers 125 EUR

Each option covers meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks during the Tournament days (Fri 13 - Sun 15) as indicated in the Tentative Schedule above.
Economic Option participants will be accommodated in nice hostels (3-8 bed rooms) and Comfort Option participants in hotels or very nice hostels (2 bed rooms) in the city centre for the 4 nights of the Tournament (Thu 12 - Mon 16), which is in the middle of the peak tourist season in Prague.
If you require single room accommodation or extra nights (either for your entire delegation or its part), please email us.
We are happy to advise Local Option participants on arranging their own stay in Prague.

EXTRAS
Boat Cruise Ticket: 10 EUR per person
Public Transport Ticket: 15 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 getting the tickets via the Official Registration Form below. Public Transport Tickets are valid for all metro, tram and bus lines all over Prague day and night (Thu 12 - Mon 16). These are 50% cheaper than tickets bought on the spot. We have to order them well in advance, thus you can get them only via the Official Registration Form. All Tournament venues and accommodation places are within walking distance from each other.

n-1 RULE
Missing Judge Fee: 150 EUR

We require every delegation to bring n-1 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 to be able to sponsor more independent judges at the Tournament.

Information regarding payment and cancellation after payment will be added soon.

Feel free to email us your questions:
pds@debatovani.cz

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