Resources for Parents

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Resources for Parents FAQs

Welcome to SEDA!

Hello Parents/Guardians!

Welcome to SEDA and to debate. This page is going to provide you with the basics of what you need to be knowledgeable and involved with your child's debating. This is by no means an exhaustive page, so feel free to check out the rest of our website or find us on Facebook for announcements!

What is debate?

Debate is an activity where students raise arguments and discuss issues about a specific topic against other students. Each debater is a member of a team where they must debate a given side of a topic by raising arguments, disproving their opponents' arguments, and presenting speeches. To read more about resources we provide for students or how debates function, click here.

What does the year look like?

A year in SEDA is comprised of many tournaments, workshops, and classes. Our schedule for each year is posted here on the events page where you can also get information about each event. 

What are my responsibilities?

As a parent/guardian of a child participating in a SEDA event, you have a few key responsibilities:

  1. Fees: To participate in a SEDA event there is a membership fee of $40 for the whole season as well as a registration fee per tournament. For more information on SEDA fees and accommodations, click here.
  2. Volunteering: Because SEDA is a volunteer-based organization, we rely on students to bring judges to each tournament. To learn more about this, read the document below or read the FAQ section.
  3. Code of Conduct: Any individual who participates, volunteers, or attends a SEDA event is expected to adhere to our equity document and codes of conduct. To see the codes of conduct for parents and students, click here.

If you have any questions, check out the rest of the parent-resources page or contact us at

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