Welcome to the registration page for ASD for 2020. This page contains the links to the relevant registrations forms as well as some important information to assist you with registering teams in 2020.
- Wednesday 19 February – Teacher in Charge Confirmation Form
- Monday 2 March – Premier Grade Entry Deadline (Premier Advanced, Premier Junior)
- Wednesday 18 March – Open Grade Entry Deadline (Advanced Open, Senior Open, Junior Open)
- Seasonals – Sunday 8 March
- Regionals – Saturday 21 March and Sunday 22 March
Teacher in Charge Confirmation Form
This Teacher in Charge (TIC/key contact person) form is to confirm who will be your school’s TIC debating as well as to gauge interest in competitions and tournaments in 2020. This form will only take 2-3 minutes to complete and should be completed by Wednesday 19 February.
ASD 2020 Registration Forms
The registration forms for Auckland Schools Debating 2020 are linked below. These forms should be filled out by the Teacher in Charge of debating at each school by Monday 2 March for Premier Grades, and Wednesday 18 March for Open Grades. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Zachary Wong on 0211588801.
The forms 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 the deadline will not guarantee your school the full allocation of 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 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||Day and Time||Location|
|Junior Open||6 teams per school||Year 10 and below||5 rounds||Teachers or Approved Students||$80 per team||Monday 4:30pm – 7:30pm||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||$80 per team||Tuesday 4:30pm – 7:45pm||North: Westlake Boys High School
Central: Mt Roskill Grammar School
West: Avondale College (TBC)
East: Sacred Heart College
South: De La Salle College
|Advanced Open||4 teams per school||Year 13 and below||5 rounds||ASD External Adjudicators||$150 per team||Tuesday 5:30pm – 9:15pm||St Cuthbert’s College and Carmel College|
|Premier Junior||3 teams per school||Year 11 and below||7 rounds||ASD External Adjudicators||$175 per team||Wednesday 5:30pm – 9:15pm||Diocesan School for Girls|
|Premier Advanced||3 teams per school||Year 13 and below||7 rounds||ASD External Adjudicators||$175 per team||Wednesday 5:30pm – 9:30pm||Auckland Grammar School|
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 won 3 or more of their Junior Open debates we would encourage them entering this grade)
- Premier Advanced: Year 12 and 13 students with strong debating experience (teams that have won 3 or more of their Senior Open, Premier Junior, or 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. Only 3 students may be in the preparation room for each debate.
- Open Grades should have between 4-7 members per team. 7 speakers is the maximum. 3-5 Students may prepare together, and 3 will deliver the speeches during the debate.
Number of Teams per Teacher/Student
- Teachers or approved students in Senior Open can manage 1 or 2 teams per coach as they need to adjudicate on behalf of the team.
- In 2020 we will be expanding eligibility to be a student coach/adjudicator. Review our Student Coach/Adjudicator policy here.
- Teachers in 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.
In 2020 we have made some increases to grade entry fees. These fee increases compensate for 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 2020 we will be continuing 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.
- Wednesday 4 March (5:30pm – 7:00pm) – PJ Coaching Session at Diocesan School for Girls
- Tuesday 10 March (5:30pm – 7:00pm) – AO Coaching Session at St Cuthbert’s College
- Monday 16 March (4:30pm – 6:00pm) – JO Coaching Sessions at Rangitoto College, Epsom Girls Grammar School, Lynfield College, Howick College and Tangaroa College
- Tuesday 17 March (4:30pm – 6:00pm) – SO Coaching Sessions at Westlake Boys High School, Mt Roskill Grammar School, Sacred Heart College, De La Salle College, and Avondale College
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 2020 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 16 March (4:30pm – 6:00pm) – Adjudication Seminars at Rangitoto College, Epsom Girls Grammar School, Lynfield College, Howick College and Tangaroa College
- Tuesday 17 March (4:30pm – 6:00pm) – Adjudication Seminars at Westlake Boys High School, Mt Roskill Grammar School, Sacred Heart College, De La Salle College, and Avondale College
- Wednesday 25 March (5:30pm-7:00pm) – Adjudication Seminar at Auckland Grammar School
- Tuesday 31 March (5:30pm – 7:00pm) – 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.
Open Grade – Students in Preparation Room
In 2020 we will be changing the number of students allowed in the preparation room for Junior Open, Senior Open and Advanced Open grades to 5 students. We think this will:
- Lead to higher quality debates with more students working on the case
- Reduce the number of defaults and catchups due to last minute sickness/clashes
- Increase participation and engagement from students who aren’t debating
- Once the debate starts, only the 3 students debating can speak to each other. Any additional students who were in the preparation room must sit with the audience.
- 5 is the maximum number. Teams may prepare with only 3 or 4 students
- There is no change to the 3 student limit in Premier Junior and Premier Advanced
- There is no change to the 3 student limit during Seasonals, Junior Championships or Auckland Regionals
Parent Open Night
In 2020 we will be marketing Round 1 of Junior Open and Senior Open as “Parent Open Nights”. This will be a chance for parents to attend, find out more about debating and watch their children debate. A committee member will run a brief 10-15 minute session explaining what debating is and how ASD works before the start of debates at each location.
We hope that encouraging attendance from parents will lead to better long term engagement for parents which will:
- Reduce the burden on teachers to provide transportation
- Reduce the amount of defaults/catch-ups by emphasising the importance of attending debates to parents
- Support schools with encouraging their students to keep debating
ASD has a range of different coaching sessions available. Visit the coaching section of our website for more information.
Catch Up Debates and Defaults
Our policy on Catch-up debates and defaults remains the same as in 2019. See below for a reminder of the policy details.
- 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.