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 member province may send up to three students to the Selection Tournament. The registration fee ranges from $400 – $500 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 2021 National Team Tryouts for the 2022 Team Selection
Tryouts will be held online again this year, as we closely monitor COVID-19 and follow all health guidelines.
Please note the following published deadlines:
- TBD: Names of Provincial delegates due to email@example.com (if provinces do not submit names, then their provincial spots will be reallocated to the alternate application process)
- March 5th, 2021: Completed application forms for alternate applicants emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- March 12th, 2021: Alternate applicants notified
- March 27-28th, 2021: Alternate Application Tournament (Online), up to 6 alternate applicants candidates will be selected
- April 1st, 2021: Completed application forms for provincial delegates emailed to email@example.com
- April 5th, 2021: Prepared resolution released to all confirmed delegates
- May 22-24th, 2021: National Team Tryouts (Online)
- Date: If travel is required information for all participants due to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Worlds committee currently consists of: Tracey Lee (Chair), Josh Judah, Graeme Berrington, Frankie Cena, Jason Hong and Kent Avery (Board Liaison) They can all be reached at email@example.com Co-Coaches Jason Xiao and Brent Schmidt are both ex-officio members of the committee.
This year’s invitation as submitted to provincial organizations can be found here.
This year’s “Alternate Application Invitation” can be found here.
This year’s member application will be provided to you by your provincial organization.
Frequently Asked Questions
This list of questions was put together and answered by the Worlds Committee tasked with revising the selection process to ensure transparency and accountability while continuing Canada’s pattern of tremendous results.
|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 should the selection 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?|