Bluebonnet World Schools Debate International Tournament

2020 — Spring, TX/US

BLUEBONNET WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT and ACADEMY

Grand Oaks High School Spring, Texas        April 27-May 2, 2020

Join us for the third annual Bluebonnet World Schools Debate International Tournament and Academy in Houston, Texas!  The Bluebonnet Tournament will be hosted by Audra Langston-Grand Oaks Debate coach and former coach of Team Kingwood, participant in the Pan-Am Championship, the EurOpen World Championship, and the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournaments. This international tournament will be an experience your team will not want to miss!

This year the team has added an incredible Academy to train and better students and coaches in the style of WSD.

2018 Bluebonnet Champions Team Mexico and 2019 Champions USA Development Team

 

TOURNAMENT DETAILS

Team Cap: Member Countries are invited to register up to two teams (3-5 debaters, 1 judge per team, 1 coach per team).  Judges and coaches can be the same individual.

Rounds:     6 Debate Rounds, quarters; semi-finals and finals.

Format:     Debates will be in English in Worlds Schools Debate Format

Motions:    Prepared Motions will be announced in February

Judges:     Experienced Worlds Schools graduate debaters and trained judges per delegation.  Training will be mandatory prior to the first round.  All delegations have to be accompanied by at least one person who is over 18 and will be judging at the tournament.

Academy: Training and workshops will be offered throughout the tournament for an additional fee

CHIEF ADJUDICATORS PANEL and INSTRUCTORS:

MIHA ANDRIČ, BOJAN MARJANOVIC and BOJANA SKRT

 

Miha Andrič is international debate trainer from Slovenia. Currently he Head of Education at Slovenian national debate organisation), Chairman of the Society for the development of the Humanities and International Debate Education Association (IDEA) board member. He is also a Head of Bežigrad speech and debate program, the most successful school debate program in Europe in last 5 years. In the recent past he has been serving as a Head of Faculty or Program Director at several international debate academies (Mediterranean Schools Debate Academy Tunis, Moscow Schools Debate Academy, ESU Turkey Debate Academy). As a quest lecturer he trains students, teachers and judges at debate programs and academies all around the world, from USA and Canada to Russia, Israel, Kuwait, UK and many other European countries such as Finland, Italy and Germany.

In 2014 he was Head Coach of the Turkish national WSDC team, from 2015 he is coaching Slovenian national team. He is an experienced international WSDC judge, he served as Chief Adjudicator at many international debate tournaments (EurOpen Germany, NSDC Denmark, PSD Prague, Bluebonnet USA...) and was a member of the motion committees at several high school tournaments. (USA NSDA nationals 2018, JSMU Pakistan...). Miha is a philosopher, sociologist and devoted critic of contemporary ideologies. Beside his debate work he is heavily involved in other educational projects such as International Philosophy Olympiad, International Public Policy Forum, COMET and others. In the past he also held extra-curricular seminars on political philosophy and critical economy at the University of Ljubljana.

 

Bojan Marjanović is a debate trainer and adjudicator from Croatia with 20 years of experience in debate. He was the convenor of World schools debating championship 2018 and is convenor of Europe’s largest high school debate tournament - Winter Holidays Open.

In his career as a debate coach, he has worked with teams winning numerous international tournaments and has worked with Croatian national debate team. Achievements of team Croatia on WSDC during his tenure include winning the title of EFL WSDC Champions in 2015 and achieving 2017 third-place finish. He also worked as a debate trainer for Croatian teachers training agency and as a coach in the Croatian National Agency for youth programs working with young people from over 50 countries in developing their critical thinking and debate skills.

 

Bojana Skrt, USA/Slovenia a director of national Slovenian debate organisation Za in proti, zavod za kulturo dialoga/Pro et Contra, Institute for culture of dialogue, a founder and director of Worlds Schools Debate Academy and International Debate Academy is professionally involved in debate for more than 20 years. Bojana was a successful coach of national teams competing at Worlds competitions, at both high school and university level, which kept being placed among best English Second Language teams in the world. She has been Chief Adjudicator or Convenor at more than 200 tournaments in different countries, including Worlds Schools Debate Championship and European University Championship, she has also be doing debate trainings and assisting new debate programs all over the world e.g. China, South Korea, Iraq, Qatar, Palestine, Italy. Bojana currently lives in Vermont and is involved  in USA debate circuit at high school and university level. 

 

REGISTRATION FEES and HOUSING: print the TEAM FEE SHEET for accurate pricing

Academy: see prices below

Participant Fee – see prices below

INTERNATIONAL TEAMS reach out if assistance is needed a few scholarships are available

Teams will be wait listed until approved by host

If you would like to have the host register your team send an email please

 

Housing Options:

Accommodations

Per Team (5 plus adult)

7 Nights

Lodging

Meals

 

Local Area HOST home stay LIMITED AVAILABILTY confirm availability with alangston@conroeisd.net

 MUST APPLY BY FEB 1st

 

 

 

 

$500

arrive Sunday,

April 26-

leave Sunday May 3

contact host for hotel for additional time needed

 

 

 

Spring, Texas family homes Close to Grand Oaks High School

 

 

breakfast included and most meals

also travel to and from venue and airport pick up and drop off

 

Comfort Inn and Suites

Hotel information for you to book on your own:

Comfort Inn and Suites Old Town Spring

323 E. Louetta RoadSpring, TX

Call (281) 288-5515

Hotel BLOCK UNDER BLUEBONNET

https://www.choicehotels.com/texas/spring/comfort-suites-hotels/txc50?source+gyxt

room rate is $80 US per room sleeping 4-5 per night

 

-includes free hot breakfast/wifi/heated outdoor pool/2 double beds with couch/mini fridge/microwave and coffee maker

 

hotel option will be paid directly by each team as needed-no need to send us this payment

Contracted rate of $80 US per room sleeping 4-5 (2 double beds and pull out sofa) per night

             

 

OPTIONS and FEES:        A: full academy and tournament entry $40 academy/$60 tourney entry

B: half day afternoon academy and tournament entry $30 academy/$60 tourney entry

C: tournament entry only $65 entry fee per person

D: full academy NO tournament $75 per person

E: half academy NO tournament $40 per person

Monday, April 27, 2020

8:15 registration for full day academy attendees

9:00-noon Session 1 of full day academy

Noon lunch on own

3:00 registration for half day attendees

3:30-6:30 start Session 1 of half day academy and continue Full academy

Dinner on own or dinner option

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

9:00-noon Session 2 of full day academy

Noon lunch on own

3:30-6:30 start Session 1 of half day academy and continue Full academy

Dinner on own or dinner option

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

9:00-noon Session 2 of full day academy

Noon lunch on own

3:30-6:30 start Session 1 of half day academy and continue Full academy

Dinner on own or dinner option

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Teams are free for sightseeing and break

Tournament teams arrive by 1:30 for Registration

Opening Ceremony of Tournament 2:00

2:30 announcement of the Impromptu Motion (judges training during prep time)

3:30 Round 1 Impromptu

5:00 Round 2 Prepared

Friday, May 1, 2020

9:00 Round 3 Prepared

11:00 Announcement of Impromptu Motion

12:00 Round 4 Impromptu

1:30 Lunch provided for all competitors

2:30 Announcement of Impromptu Motion

3:30 Round 5 Impromptu

5:30 Round 6 Prepared

7:00 Culture Night/Dinner    Announcement of the Quarterfinalist

Saturday, May 2, 2020

9:00 Announcement of Quarterfinals Motion

9:00 Workshop for guest schools from Houston area

9:00 Workshop for eliminated teams

10:00 Quarterfinals Impromptu Motion

11:30 Lunch for all Tournament competitors….meal tickets will be available for guests

12:30 Announcement of Impromptu Motion

1:30 Semi Finals Impromptu Motion

3:30 Grand Finals Prepared

 

VISAS

We strongly encourage early registration, especially for delegations that need visas.

 

HOW TO REGISTER

Request registration information and forms by email: bluebonnetwsd@gmail.com

or register with tournament fees online at tabroom.com

Bluebonnet World Schools

 

QUESTIONS

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Convenor and Debate Coach, Audra Langston, at 832-226-1245;

Follow us at: www.facebook.com/bluebonnetwsd

 

Audra Langston-Grand Oaks High School Speech and Debate