Team Canada Selection Process
Each year, the CSDF holds a Selection Tournament, the event which selects the members of the Canadian team to attend the World Schools Championships. The selection process involves workshops on the Worlds style of debate, at least six debate rounds, submission of a resume and an interview process.
Each province can send three students to the Selection Tournament. The registration fee ranges from $300 – $400 per student (depending on location) and travel to the event is entirely the responsibility of the competitors. Competitors must not be in their final year of high school and successful students attend a training camp during the summer following their selection. Those selected for the team are expected to attend a week-long training camp immediately preceding the World Schools Championship, as well as the Championship itself. Members of the Canadian National team should also expect extensive time commitments for researching topics and communication with the rest of the team. Please keep these requirements in mind when making the decision to try out for the team.
Team Canada 2016 Selection
The 2016 Tryouts will be held in Toronto, Ontario, immediately preceding the Senior National Championships. Debaters are expected to arrive in Toronto on the evening of April 21st, 2015 and will compete in six out of seven Worlds rounds on April 22-23rd. The tryouts process also included a one-on-one interview with a member of the Worlds committee and a training workshop at the start of the event.
Frequently Asked Questions
This list of questions was put together and answered by the Worlds Committee recently tasked with revising the selection process to ensure transparency and accountability while continuing Canada’s pattern of tremendous results. The Worlds committee currently consists of: Tracey Lee (Chair), Josh Judah (Vice-chair), John Robinson, Geoff Buerger, Deirdre Casey, Sam Greene and Andrew Rusk. Coach Veenu Goswami is an ex officio member of the committee.
|How is information provided in advance of the tryouts to the members and to eligible students?|
|How is the National Team Committee developing the number of students and coaches familiar with the style?|
|How are extra debaters selected to produce even numbers?|
|What information is made available to debaters in advance of the tryouts?|
|How are the debaters evaluated?|
|How many debaters are selected?|
|When the selection should be made in relation to the Worlds?|
|What is the process for reducing the role Committee members with students participating in the tryouts have for determining the outcome?|
|What is the possibility of creating a larger development team model?|
|Should Regional Events be considered in the selection process?|