Register 2019

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Register 2019

Welcome to the registration page for ASD for 2019. This page contains the links to the relevant registrations forms as well as some important information to assist you with registering teams in 2019.

Key Dates

Registration Deadlines

  • ASD Entries – Wednesday 27 February


  • Seasonals – Sunday 3 March
  • Regionals – Saturday 23 March and Sunday 24 March

ASD 2019 Registration Form

This registration form for Auckland Schools Debating 2019 is linked below. This form should be filled out by the Teacher in Charge of debating at each school by Wednesday 27 February. If you have any questions please contact or call Zachary Wong on 0211588801.

The form will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You will require the following information:
– Number of teams you wish to enter in each grade
– Details of the teacher/coach of each team (name, email and mobile number)

You do not need to know the names of the students you are entering yet. Any entries received after 27 February will not guarantee your school the full allocation fo teams you wish to enter. If you are not sure of some details (i.e. which teachers will be coaching a grade), please submit the form anyway and email us with the details you need to confirm.

We have asked for cell phone numbers of coaches to assist in contacting teams when their oppositions default the afternoon of a debate.  Please ensure that the cell phone numbers of coaches are given. It is essential throughout the year that we have these so that teams can be contacted when late defaults occur.

ASD Registration Form 2019 – Due Wednesday 27 February

Competition Grades

ASD has 5 grades which you can enter students in. The difference between each grade is listed below.

Grade Team Cap Year Levels Rounds Adjudicated by Entry Fees Location
Junior Open 6 teams per school Year 10 and below 5 rounds Teachers or Approved Students $60 per team North: Rangitoto College
Central: Epsom Girls Grammar School
West: Lynfield College
East: Howick College
South: Tangaroa College
Senior Open 6 teams per school Year 12 and below 5 rounds Teachers $60 per team North: Westlake Boys High School
Central: Mt Roskill Grammar School
West: Avondale College
East: Sacred Heart College
South: De La Salle College
Advanced Open 4 teams per school Year 13 and below 5 rounds ASD External Adjudicators $115 per team Round 1: St Cuthbert’s College and TBC
Rounds 2-5: St Cuthbert’s College and Carmel College
Premier Junior 3 teams per school Year 11 and below 7 rounds ASD External Adjudicators $125 per team Auckland Grammar School
Premier Advanced 3 teams per school Year 13 and below 7 rounds ASD External Adjudicators $125 per team Diocesan School for Girls

The following may assist with which grades your students should be entering:

  • Junior Open:  Year 9 and 10 students with little or no debating experience
  • Senior Open:  Year 11 and 12 students with no or some debating experience
  • Advanced Open:  Year 12 students who have debated in other ASD grades, and year 13 students with some or no debating experience
  • Premier Junior:  Year 10 and 11 students with debating experience (if your team made the octo-finals in Junior Open or won 4 or more of their debates we would encourage them entering this grade)
  • Premier Advanced:  Year 12 and 13 students with strong debating experience (teams that have made the break rounds in Senior Open, Premier Junior, and Advanced Open should strongly consider entering this grade)

Number of Students per Team

  • Premier Grades should have between 4-5 members per team. 5 speakers is the maximum.
  • Open Grades should have between 4-7 members per team. 7 speakers is the maximum.

Number of Teams per Teacher

  • Teachers in Junior and Senior Open can manage 1 or 2 teams per teacher as they need to adjudicate on behalf of the team.
  • There are no restrictions on the number of teams teachers in Premier Advanced, Premier Junior and Advanced Open can manage as these grades are adjudicated by ASD external adjudicators.
  • Teachers can manage teams in multiple grades.

Entry Fees

For 2019 we have removed the affiliation fee and have made some increases to grade entry fees. These fee increases compensate for the removal of the $75 affiliation fee per school, our expanded coaching and development initiatives and increasing costs.

As in previous years, we will be offering fee subsidies to schools who need it. We will be reaching out to schools which qualify for these fee subsidies individually. If you believe you will have issues paying but have not been contacted, please get in touch with the committee via email.

Grade Coaching Sessions

In 2019 we will be replacing open coaching sessions with grade coaching sessions that are run the fortnight prior to round 1. These sessions will be run at all of our host schools across Auckland with grade-specific coaching content. Sessions will incorporate the use of templates and videos and the motion for Round 1 will be announced at the Junior and Senior Open coaching sessions.

  • Monday 4 March (4:30pm – 6:30pm) – JO Coaching Sessions at Rangitoto College, Epsom Girls Grammar School, Lynfield College, Howick College and Tangaroa College
  • Tuesday 5 March (4:30pm – 6:30pm) – SO Coaching Sessions at Westlake Boys High School, Mt Roskill Grammar School, Avondale College, Sacred Heart College and De La Salle College
  • Wednesday 6 March (5:30pm – 7:30pm) – PJ Coaching Session at Auckland Grammar School
  •  Tuesday 12 March (5:30pm – 7:30pm) – AO Coaching Session at St Cuthbert’s College

Adjudication Seminars

Adjudication Seminars for Junior Open and Senior Open will be run at the same time as the Grade Coaching Sessions. We hope this makes it more convenient for you to attend a session with your students. These seminars have been revised for 2019 and will feature videos of real speeches and adjudications. These sessions are compulsory in order to be an approved adjudicator (even if you have previous adjudication experience).

  • Monday 4 March (4:30pm – 6:30pm) – Adjudication Seminar at Rangitoto College, Epsom Girls Grammar School, Lynfield College, Howick College and Tangaroa College
  • Tuesday 5 March (4:30pm – 6:30pm) – Adjudication Seminar at Westlake Boys High School, Mt Roskill Grammar School, Avondale College, Sacred Heart College and De La Salle College
  •  Tuesday 12 March (5:30pm – 7:30pm) – Adjudication Seminar at St Cuthbert’s College

You do not have to attend an adjudication seminar at your local host school, you may attend one anywhere in Auckland on any date.


ASD has a range of different coaching sessions available. Visit the coaching section of our website for more information.

Catch Up Debates and Defaults

There have been significant changes to how catch up debates and defaults work in 2019.

All Grades

  • All request to defer a debate to a catch up debate must be made 4pm the weekday prior (for Junior Open this will usually be the prior Friday at 4pm).
  • Once a catch-up request has been received, that debate will no longer take place. Catch up requests can no longer be withdrawn.
    • If the catch-up request is accepted, the debate will be deferred.
    • If the catch-up request is declined, the team that requested the catch-up debate will be deemed to have defaulted with notice. The team that requested the catch-up debate can not withdraw their request for a catch up.
  • Any defaults received after 2pm will be considered a default without notice.
  • ASD will place a team’s status in the competition under review if they:
    • Default once without notice
    • Default twice with notice
    • Default once without notice and once with notice
  • A team under review will have 72 hours to explain why the default occurred. The committee may remove a team from the competition if the explanation is deemed to be unsatisfactory.
  • Any team that defaults twice without notice will be automatically be removed from the competition.