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Register 2021

Welcome to the registration page for ASD for 2021. This page contains the links to the relevant registrations forms as well as some important information to assist you with registering teams in 2021.

Key Dates

Registration Deadlines

  • Teacher in Charge Confirmation Form – Monday 8 March
  • Seasonals Championship Registration Form – Monday 8 March
  • Premier Grade Registration Form – Tuesday 16 March
  • Open Grade Registration Form – Thursday 25 March


  • Seasonals – Sunday 14 March
  • Regionals – Saturday 27 March and Sunday 28 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 2021. This form will only take 2-3 minutes to complete and should be completed by Monday 8 March.

ASD TIC Confirmation Form – Due Monday 8 March

ASD 2021 Registration Forms

The registration forms for Auckland Schools Debating 2021 are linked below. These forms should be filled out by the Teacher in Charge of debating at each school by Tuesday 16 March for Premier Grades, and Wednesday 25 March for Open Grades. If you have any questions please contact or call Zachary Wong on 0211588801.

The forms will take approximately 10-15 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 Premier Grades Registration 2020 – Due Monday 16 March
ASD Open Grades Registration 2020 – Due Wednesday 25 March
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
East: Howick 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

Competition Grades

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

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 Junior Open can manage 1 or 2 teams per coach as they need to adjudicate on behalf of the team.
  • 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.

Entry Fees

In 2021 there are no increases in entry fees.

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 2021 we will be continuing with grade coaching sessions that are run 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. Additionally, we will run some session via Zoom (this may be less interactive than our in person sessions).

  • Wednesday 17 March (5:30pm – 7:00pm) – PJ Coaching Session at Diocesan School for Girls
  • Tuesday 23 March (5:30pm – 7:00pm) – AO Coaching Session at St Cuthbert’s College and Zoom
  • Monday 29 March (4:30pm – 6:00pm) – JO Coaching Sessions at Rangitoto College, Epsom Girls Grammar School, Lynfield College, Howick College, Tangaroa College and Zoom
  • Tuesday 30 March (4:30pm – 6:00pm) – SO Coaching Sessions at Westlake Boys High School, Mt Roskill Grammar School, Sacred Heart College, De La Salle College, Avondale College and Zoom

Adjudication Seminars

Adjudication Seminars for Junior Open and Senior Open will be run online via Zoom in 2021. This will make it easier for us to provide high quality seminars to all teachers in Auckland. These sessions are compulsory in order to be an approved adjudicator (even if you have previous adjudication experience).

  • Monday 22 March (4:30pm – 6:00pm) – Zoom
  • Tuesday 23 March (4:30pm – 6:00pm) – Zoom
  • Wednesday 31 March (5:30pm-7:00pm) – Zoom
  • Thursday 1 April (5:30pm – 7:00pm) – Zoom


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 2020. See below for a reminder of the policy details.

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.