Each year Auckland Schools Debating hosts our annual weekend debating tournament, the Impromptu Cup. This is a chance to experience a new style of impromptu debating, and has been very warmly received by schools across Auckland for the past few years. You may enter students of any year level – Year 12s and 13s will enjoy the competitive end of the tournament, but if they’re not available, Year 11s will learn a lot from our experienced adjudicators.
When: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August 2019
Who: The tournament is open to all Year 11, 12 and 13 students
Team Cap: The tournament is limited to 40 teams. Schools may enter up to four teams of two.
Timetable: Four preliminary debates on Saturday, then quarter-finals through to grand finals on the Sunday
Entry Fee: $50 per team – this covers entry and lunch on Saturday. If the entry cost is a barrier to your school entering teams please let us know as we have entry scholarships available
Speakers: Teams of two speakers only
Format: Limited preparation
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Speech Length: 5 minutes, leader’s replies 2.5 minutes, points of information not permitted
Motion/Side Selection: A coin is tossed to decide which team will have the power to select “affirmative” or “negative”
The other team then has one minute to select one moot from two options provided.
After this, the team that won the coin toss has a minute to decide whether to affirm or negate.
Following the selection, both teams have five minutes to prepare a case.