British Parliamentary Qualifier


Event Details 

  • Online
  • 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM 
  • Open to students in grades 7 to 12 with previous experience in British Parliamentary style Previous experience may include instruction from a debate coach, workshops, and/or tournament. SEDA will be providing an intro to BP Style Workshop in September.


  • Judges can register HERE by October 15.
  • All teams must provide one judge for the event.  
  • Teams that do not provide a judge may be unable to compete.  
  • Judges do not need previous experience. We provide a judge briefing at the start of every event to teach judges how to score a debate and give feedback.  
  • The judge requirement is still in place for teams travelling from another town. We recruit judges from the community to support travelling teams who are unable to recruit judges and fill judging gaps. A communmity judge can not be guaranteed



  • Debater registration is closed. 
  • A registration form must be filled out for each student by October 13.
  • There may be a limit to the number of teams who can register.   
  • If the number of teams registered is not divisible by four, some teams may be required to sit out one round at the event.  
  • If you do not have a partner, SEDA will do its best to match you with a partner. 
  • Observers for virtual tournaments must be registered on the debater registration form.

Tournament Fee  

  • $20 tournament fee per student.
  • E-transfer to by October 13. Put the students name followed by BPQ in the memo line. 
  • Teams that cancel less than 24 hours before the tournament will still owe tournament fees. 


National & International Debate Opportunity  

  • This event will qualify students for the Canadian British Parliamentary Championships. 
  • Teams can qualify as a senior team or a junior team. If both speakers are under the age of 15, they are a junior team.  
  • Hybrid teams (students from different schools) are allowed to attend but are not allowed to break at Canadian British Parliamentary Debate Championships. [“To break” means to compete in the event finals.]   
  • To be considered eligible, teams must have a team average of at least 65%, based on the ranking criteria used at the SEDA British Parliamentary Style Qualifying Tournament.   
  • Eligible teams will be ranked based on their team average.  
  • The number of teams invited each year is set by the event host.  
  • Teams must accept or decline their invitation as a team.   


Responsibilities of Invited Teams 

  • All invited teams may be required to attend a SEDA arranged training session prior to the event and to cooperate with the designated coach(es).  
  • Failure to comply may result in the invitation to the Canadian British Parliamentary Debate Championships being revoked. 
  • There may be a fee related to the training session/s.   
  • Students are responsible for any registration fees, accommodation costs, chaperone fees, and flight costs associated with national events.  

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