The Canadian Student Debating Federation has adopted new National Seminar Regulations as a first step in implementing the CSDF Strategic Plan.
These new regulations bring significant changes to the structure of the Seminar, focusing it on cultural and educational components, with the goals of providing eager students exposure to a new part of Canada as well as a solid grounding in debate skills. Instead of featuring competitive debate rounds throughout the event, the cultural and educational components will be complemented by a wrap-up tournament to top off the Seminar experience and to keep the bulk of the event cooperative.
Of special interest to Member organizations are changes to the delegate selection requirements. The CSDF has replaced the old competitive selection process with a more flexible set of requirements which must meet several goals:
- To be accessible to all students,
- To encourages diverse representation and the expansion of debate, and
- To select keen delegates who will benefit most from the Seminar.
The CSDF Board has committed to helping Members adjust their selection processes to the new guidelines.
Ensuring flexibility for hosts is a primary objective of the new regulations. To this end, requirements such as the demand for competitive rounds in multiple styles with multiple partners have been eliminated; it will be up to the hosts to determine how to best meet the goals of the Seminar set out in the document.
The new Seminar Regulations were written by the National Seminar Renewal Committee chaired by Stephen McCarthy. They were adopted by the CSDF at its Special General Meeting conducted by conference call on February 2, 2012.