Tournament 7

Event Details 

  • Hosted by Rosthern Community School in Rosthern. SEDA will not be providing a bus. 
  • National Style Debate.
  • Elementary divisions. Grades 5 to 8
  • 2 rounds prepared, 1 Impromptu
  • 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
  • There will be a French division dependent on registrations.

Motions & Resources

This house would ban parents from using their children (under the age of 14) as labour. Labour could include farm work, influencing, babysitting, working in family business, ect. 

Students should come prepared to debate BOTH sides of the prepared motion. The third round of debate will be impromptu. This means students will presented with a motion and have 30 minutes to prepare a debate speech.

Check out our Introduction to National Style resource page to learn the style of debate. Our Preparing for Impromtu Debates resource will also be helpful!  We also have a motion brief to download below. 


  • Learn more about what a volunteer judge does HERE
  • Judges can register for this event HERE. 
  • 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 community judge cannot be guaranteed.

Debater Registration 

  • Students wanting to compete at this event must be a SEDA member. You can fill in the 2023-2024 SEDA membership form HERE. Then, come back to this page and register for this specific event. 
  • Debaters should register HERE by January 26. 
  • There may be a limit to the number of teams who can register.   
  • If the number of teams registered is not divisible by two, 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. 
  • Each team must include the name & email of their volunteer judge on the registration form. Teams that do not provide a judge may be unable to compete.  

Tournament Fee  

  • $40 tournament fee per student for in-person events.
  • E-transfer to by January 26. Put the students name followed by T7 in the memo line. 
  • Teams that cancel less than 24 hours before the tournament will still owe tournament fees. 

Volunteer Moderators

  • A moderator is the person who introduces the round of debate, records speaking times of each debater for the judges, and brings judge ballots to tournament staff.
  • Learn more about what a volunteer moderator does, and see the moderator script, HERE.
  • Register to be a moderator HERE by January 28. 

Meals at In-person Tournaments

  • Please bring a reusable water bottle. 
  • Lunch is provided for debaters, coaches, judges, and volunteer moderators.  
  • Observers can purchase a lunch ticket for $15. This must be indicated on the registration form.

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