Call for debaters - World Schools Debating Championships 2018


The International Committee of the Czech Debate Association is looking for debaters to represent the Czech Republic at the World Schools Debating Championships 2018 which will be held in Croatia and Slovenia. The selection will be done by the members of the International Committee and additional invited guests.

All candidates must:

  • Be high school students; 14 years of age or older on 17th July 2018 and not older than 20 on 27th July 2018
  • Be able to attend the championships (17th–27th July 2018)
  • Be fluent in English
  • Attend high school in the Czech Republic in last six consecutive months before WSDC 2017
  • Have experience with debating, preferably at international level (World Style)
  • Be able to cover the cost of the championship (total cost should not exceed 25 000 CZK)
  • Be able to attend other interentional tournaments before WSDC 2017 (probably Zagreb Winter Holidays Open 2017, Bratislava Schools Debating Chamionships, and Prague Debate Spring 2018). Cost for all events should not exceed 15 000 CZK.
  • Be able to attend regular meetings: on average 1 weekend per month, more frequently before the championship; a week-long bootcamp during the summer holiday 2018

If you are not able to cover full expenditures you can still apply and ask for financial aid. Please let us know in your application.

Tryouts will be held from 7th to 8th October (Saturday-Sunday) at Gymnázium Nad Alejí in Prague. If you do not live in Prague we strongly suggest you arrive on Friday. In a case you need accommodation in Prague for the duration of the tryouts please contact us well in advance and we will try to help you arranging it, but primarily, try to settle this issue by yourself. You are expected to be present and available on Saturday from 9 am until 8 pm and on Sunday from 9 am until 3 pm.

Candidates will be asked to give a speech on a prepared motion (1st proposition), react to questions of the panel, explain how they prepared for the motion. You are supposed to pick one of the listed motions, thoroughly research it and prepare 1st proposition speech of 7 minutes (no points of information). You should also prepare back up materials that you could use in a real debate (evidence, clash points, reactions etc.) and a second speaker constructive argument. After you deliver your speech, the panel will discuss it with you for about 10 minutes. You can choose one of the following motions:

  • TH welcomes an increase in Japan´s defense spending
  • TH would implement a robot tax
  • TH supports the international trading of pollution quotas
  • TH would legalize human cloning

You should send your speech and all of the prepared materials to by Wednesday October 4th, 11:59 pm. Do not discuss the motions with your coach, other debaters or judges. It is supposed to be your own research, showcasing your research skills. You can approach the International Committee who will be able to give you an idea of what we expect and general guidance.

Detailed schedule of tryouts will be anounced after the deadline for the applications.

If you are interested, please fill in this application form by 30th September, 11:59 pm. After submission of the application, you will be sent further information.

If you have any questions regarding the championships, please email