John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School

2019 — Minneapolis, MN/US

Worlds Format Schedule

World Schools Debate Championship (WSDC)


The WSDC format is comprised of 3-person teams. During each round, each team will compete against another 3-person team from a different school. If the team is from the United States, they must represent the school for which they are currently enrolled, have principal approval to travel and compete as part of the school’s official debate team and have an adult chaperone present at the tournament. If the team is international or represents Team USA, then all competitors for a team must be enrolled in high school (or an equivalent institution in their country of origin) and must have an adult chaperone/coach (at least 18 years of age and graduated from high/secondary school). This division may be limited in size so enter soon.  We will start out with a cap of 20 teams but may adjust that depending on interest.

There will be a diversity of prepared and impromptu motions. These motions will be released by November 1st so that participants have ample time to prepare for the competition.

Also, instructional videos that you might find helpful in preparation can be found at


2019 WSDC Debate Schedule
(tentative depending on entry and arrival times)

December 19, 2019  (Thursday)

7 - 11 PM      Early Registration Available (Marriott location TBA) 

December 20, 2019 (Friday)

8:00 AM -4PM              Team USA Development Team training
12:00 - 4PM                 “spar” rounds in WSDC format for early arrivals
4:30 - 5:30                   Opening Meeting, roll call and food
5:30                         Announcement Motion Round 1 (Impromptu)
6:30                         Round 1 Impromptu
9:00               Coach and Judge Reception 



December 21, 2019 (Saturday)

7:45                Roll Call
8:00                Round 2 (prepared)
9:30                Round 3 (prepared)
11-12             Lunch
12:00              Roll Call
12:15              Announce motion Round 4 - Impromptu
2:45                Announce Motion Round 5 - Impromptu
5:30                Break announcements and awards

December 22, 2019 (Sunday) 

Elimination rounds
8:00               Quarter-finals - prepared
9:30               Semi-finals -- impromptu
12-1PM           Lunch
1:00               Finals - prepared