Harvard College World Schools Invitational 2022

2022 — NSDA Campus, MA/US

Welcome to the 7th Annual Harvard College World Schools Invitational, one of the largest WSD tournaments in the world! The dates for the invitational are March 4th-6th, 2022. We hope to see you there!

Please check the tabs on the right for both prepared motions and the tournament schedule.

Why the Harvard College World Schools Invitational?

Our tournament offers:

High-Quality Judging:

The majority of our judge pool is composed of former WSDC Champions, WSDC National team members, out-round WSDC judges, highly successful British Parliamentary collegiate debaters, and other members of the Harvard College Debating Union who come from highly successful domestic and international backgrounds.

High-Quality Competition:

We frequently have multiple national teams, including WSDC-winning teams, attend our tournament as they prepare for the upcoming World Schools Debating Championship in the summer.

High-Quality Training:

Every year, we host multiple trainings on the WSDC format and other important issues that come up in debate to prepare our debaters and adjudicators; these formats will be led by members of our organizing and CA team, all of whom are immensely qualified WSDC debaters.

Competition Rules and Eligibility:

The Harvard College World Schools Invitational will be in the World Schools Debating Championships style. All rules and formats on tournament procedure will follow the WSDC handbook.

In the spirit of WSDC, all teams will be of 3-5 students. All speakers in a team must be 19 years of age or younger in March 2022. Further, speakers must neither be enrolled in a university or equivalent post-secondary learning institution nor be attending university varsity debating training in March 2022. An eligibility check will be done on each team interested in competing for a berth at HCWSI in the month prior to the event.

Hybrid teams (i.e. teams with debaters from multiple schools) are allowed, as are independent teams not affiliated with an institution. Novice eligibility shall be defined as competing at three tournaments (including the HCWSI 2022) or fewer.

Judging Requirement:

One judge is required for every two teams per school (rounded up, so schools with 5 teams require 3 judges). A missing judge fee is applied at a rate of $100 per day for teams that fail to meet their judging obligation: each judge missing for the entire tournament incurs a fine of $300. All judges are obligated through the first elimination round on Sunday night or one round beyond the elimination of their school’s last team.

Independent Adjudicators:

We are seeking independent adjudicators to judge the Harvard College World Schools Invitational. We have generous IA funding to support qualified adjudicators. Please find our IA application here: https://forms.gle/mUJzSPMAkVwn7WCV9

Registration & Fees:
All registration will be done via Tabroom. Our team cap is 6 teams per institution and a maximum of 4 waitlist teams per institution. Waitlisted teams will be contacted if there is space after the initial registration closes on Feb 20th.
To register, click on the "Register" tab and navigate to entries. By scrolling down on the right-hand side, you should see an option to "Add Entry in WSD." On the drop-down menu, you should be able to select 3-5 competitors for each entry/team. Our team fee will be $30 USD for each debater per team.

If you have not used Tabroom before, you will need your students to create student Tabroom accounts and link them to your Institution before registering. This video (https://youtu.be/3YNrHUweRPA) describes the process in detail.

Upon registration, please remember to confirm your spot at the tournament by sending the registration fee according to the information on the invoice under the "Fees" tab. Please recall that a missing judge fee is applied for institutions missing judges. To enter your judge's name, you will need to link your judge's account to your institution's roster.

Please feel free to email the tournament director, Jenna Hong, and tab director, Jon May, at harvardwst@gmail.com for any questions.