Prague Debate Spring

27-30 March 2020

World Schools Style

7th Year of the Prestigious International Debate Tournament in Prague

You may look forward to 6 preliminary and 4-5 elimination rounds, spectacular socials every evening including a sightseeing cruise through the historical city centre, and great local as well as international food.

We always keenly welcome new participants and gladly see old friends returning - 39 nations have come to PDS so far:

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

Our Team Cap is 60, possibly expandable to 90. There are 2 impromptu and 4 prepared preliminary rounds - 2 motions debated both sides. We plan for 4 elimination rounds in our Schedule but are able to add an extra one (Partial Double-Octos). We also have the Novice Break (Semi-Final & Grand Final Rounds).

Our Tabmaster is Aljoša Polšak from Slovenia (part of the Tab Team at WSDC 2018 and 2019). PDS is run according to the official WSDC Rules, basic rounds are power paired.

Our CA is Andy Hume (LearningLeaders). On top of being a WUDC Open Champion and having a long career in judging and coaching, Andy has served on numerous CAPs of prestigious tournaments across the world. The full composition of our CAP is to be announced.

PREPARED MOTIONS

TH supports the capture or killing of terrorist leaders in the territory of a foreign country, even without the consent of its government.

TH regrets the rise of rainbow capitalism

INFOSLIDE

For the purposes of this debate, rainbow capitalism refers to the incorporation of the LGBTQ movement and related topics (sexual diversity, LGBTQ rights) to capitalism and the market economy (including but not limited to: products targeted to LGBTQ people, commercialisation of pride month and pride parades, using themes of LGBTQ rights and sexual diversity in advertisements)

Extra Debate Training - Spar Debates & Workshops

We would like PDS to be a very attractive learning opportunity for all - from novice to national teams. We will organise training workshops and spar debates before the Tournament for interested participants (as indicated in our Schedule below).

SPAR DEBATES

We can facilitate up to 80 spar debates together with several training sessions at our main venue on Thursday afternoon. Twenty classrooms will be available in four time slots: 16-17:00, 17-18:00, 18-19:00, 19-20:00.

The first team on the Spar List is the Czech WSDC Team - We have a core team of three double-returning members and winners of PDS19 and BSDC18 as well as a development team whose members broke at several international tournaments.

Please email us to book your spot or get in touch with all the teams wanting to spar.

TRAINING WORKSHOPS

Free Workshop 1 (for debaters but open to all interested) - Definitions & Framing
16:00-17:30 Thursday 26 March, High School Nad Aleji (Tournament Main Venue)

Free Workshop 2 (for coaches but open to all interested) - Useful Tips for Training
18:30-20:00 Thursday 26 March, High School Nad Aleji (Tournament Main Venue)

Free Workshop 3 (for debaters but open to all interested) - Effective Engagement
18:30-20:00 Thursday 26 March, High School Nad Aleji (Tournament Main Venue)

Free Workshop 4 (for debaters but open to all interested) - Argument & Speech Structure
11:30-13:00 Friday 27 March, Cafe Kampus (a venue in the city centre)

Workshops 1 and 2 are going to be delivered by Anna Camska, a Czech WSDC judge and trainer with extensive BP experience, debating for Charles University in Prague. Workshop 3 is going to be delivered by James Alexandr Carr, a Czech WSDC Team 2018 & 2019 alumnus currently debating for Edinburgh. Workshop 4 is going to be delivered by Roman Uhlir, a Czech judge and trainer with over a decade of experience. The capacity of each workshop is 25-30 participants.

We plan to have more workshops and/or lectures at different venues in the city centre on Friday morning. Also, we wish to fit in extra training sessions during the break prep times on Sunday afternoon - these will be focused on more advanced topics and/or the British Parliamentary Style to benefit a broader audience. We will be specifying the schedule for trainings in the coming weeks.

Please email us if you wish to take part or find out more.

Tournament History

PDS 2019 (March 22-25)

Teams: 65
CAP: Miha Andric, Anna England-Kerr, Branislav Fecko
Winners: Czech Red (Czech WSDC Team) | Runners-up: Explicitum 1 (Croatia)

PDS 2018 (July 12-16)

Teams: 63
CAP: Andy Hume, Serban Pitic, Wen-Yu Weng, Michal Pecena
Winners: China High School (Chinese WSDC Team) | Runners-up: FDT Red (Canada)

See photos from previous years and updates on our Facebook.

Tentative Schedule

Thu 26 March
(Main Venue)
16:00 - 20:00
Spar Debates
(Optional)
16:00 - 20:00
Training Workshops
(Optional)
21:00
Social Event
for Delegations Arriving Early
(Optional)
Fri 27 March
(Multiple Venues)
09:00 - 13:00
Training Workshops
(Optional)
15:00 - 16:00
Registration
(Main Venue Ground Floor Entrance Area)
16:00
Opening Ceremony
(Main Venue Assembly Hall)
17:00
Round 1 Motion Released
(Main Venue Assembly Hall)
17:00 - 18:00
Judges Briefing
(Main Venue Assembly Hall)
18:00
DEBATE ROUND 1
(Impromptu Motion)
19:30
Dinner & Individual Feedback
(Main Venue Dining Hall)
21:00 -22:00
Country Expo Social Event
(Main Venue Dining Hall)
Sat 28 March
(Main Venue)
08:00 - 09:30
Breakfast & Coffee
(Main Venue Dining Hall)
09:30
Roll Call & Announcements
(Main Venue Assembly Hall)
10:00
DEBATE ROUND 2
(Prepared Motion I)
12:00
Lunch
(Main Venue Dining Hall)
14:00
DEBATE ROUND 3
(Prepared Motion I)
16:00
Coffee Break
17:00
Round 4 Motion Released
(Main Venue Assembly Hall)
18:00
DEBATE ROUND 4
(Impromptu Motion)
19:30
Dinner & Individual Feedback
(Main Venue Dining Hall)
22:00 - 23:00
Sightseeing Cruise Social Event
(Optional)
Sun 29 March
(Main Venue)
08:00 - 08:30
Breakfast & Coffee
(Main Venue Dining Hall)
08:30
Roll Call & Announcements
(Main Venue Assembly Hall)
09:00
DEBATE ROUND 5
(Prepared Motion II)

!CLOSED!
11:00
DEBATE ROUND 6
(Prepared Motion II)
12:30
Lunch & Individual Feedback
(Main Venue Dining Hall)
14:30
BREAK ANNOUNCEMENT
(Main Venue Assembly Hall)
15:00
Octo-Final & Novice Semi-Final Motion Released
(Main Venue Assembly Room)
16:00 OCTO-FINAL & Novice Semi-Final ROUND
(Impromptu Motion)
18:00
Quarter-Final & Novice Grand-Final Motion Released
(Main Venue Assembly Room)
19:00
QUARTER-FINAL & Novice Grand-Final ROUND
(Impromptu Motion)
20:00
Dinner for Breaking Teams and Judges & Snacks for Everyone
(Main Venue Dining Hall)
21:00
Underground Party Social Event
(Optional)
Mon 30 March
(Multiple Venues)
08:00
Semi-Final Motion Released
(Semi-Final Venue)
09:00
SEMI-FINAL ROUND
(Impromptu Motion)
11:00
GRAND-FINAL ROUND
(Prepared Motion I or II)
12:00
Closing Ceremony
(Grand-Final Venue)
13:00 - 14:00
City Centre Sightseeing Walk
(Optional)

Tournament Guided Tour

Friday 27 March

Charles University Faculty of Law (PDS Main Venue 2014-17)

The Tournament Starts

Every year, PDS launches with the Opening Ceremony at the Main Venue as our Schedule indicates.

Our traditional Main Venue had been the Law Faculty of Charles University (2014-17). We switched for high School Nad Aleji to accommodate all 63 teams coming for the Tournament hosted straight before WSDC 2018.

The Main Venue for PDS 2020 will be announced based on the number of teams registered.

The Country Expo Evening

The Country Expo Social Event

The Country Expo evening takes place at the Main Venue straight after the dinner is served.

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.

Although you might be tempted to work on your cases, the Expo will relax your mind and let you meet new friends. Definitely not to be missed!

Saturday 28 March

The Boat Cruise Through the Historical City Centre

The Sightseeing Boat Cruise

The most spectacular social event of the Tournament allows you to enjoy unique views of the historical city centre of Prague 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.

Sunday 29 March

The Underground Party on Sunday Evening

The Underground Party Social Event

After the break rounds are finished at the Main Venue, we will take you to the final social event of the Tournament - the Underground Party (there is of course overground space as well and you can sit outside if the weather permits).

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 at least two weeks before the Tournament starts.

Monday 30 March

The Grand-Final Debate in the Prague City Council Main Hall

The Semi-Final & Grand-Final Debates

The Semi-Final and Grand-Final Debates start at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM respectively, followed by the Closing Ceremony. The Venues 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: 60-90 / Institutional: 6

OPTION A Registration Fees (with accommodation, called also the 'economic' option): Debaters 160 EUR / Judges 130 EUR /
Coaches & Observers 190 EUR

OPTION B Registration Fees (without accommodation, called also the '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 (from Friday dinner to Sunday dinner) as indicated on our Schedule.

Option A participants will be accommodated in nice hostels (3-8 bed rooms) for the 3 nights of the Tournament (Fri - Mon).

We are happy to advise Option B participants on arranging their own accommodation in Prague 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)

REGISTRATION EXTRAS

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

Boat Cruise Tickets are for the evening Sightseeing Boat Trip, the most popular and breathtaking social event of the Tournament. Secure your places by ordering your tickets via the Official Registration Form. All other social events are free of charge and require no prior registration.

Public Transport Tickets are valid for all metro, tram, and bus lines all over Prague (including the Airport) on all the Tournament days (from Friday 00:01 to Monday 23:59). They allow you to move freely around the city and explore all its great sights and attractions. Ordering them in advance makes them 50% cheaper, thus you can get them only if you order them via our Official Registration Form.

The '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 coming to the Tournament.
Thank you very much for your understanding.

Find more on our Registration Information site.

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

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