USA WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE INVITATIONAL – 2014

National Speech & Debate Tournament, Overland Park, Kansas

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The National Speech & Debate Association, World Debate Institute, and USA Debate are proud to invite you to attend the USA World Schools Debate Invitational, to be held 17-19 June 2014. The event will be hosted in Overland Park, Kansas (a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri) in combination with the National Speech & Debate Tournament, attended by more than 7,000 people.

All high schools from all nations involved in this debate format are invited to apply for an invitation.

The USA World Schools Debate Invitational will feature six rounds in the WSDC format with a mix of teams from the USA and from around the world. There will be six rounds of competition on both prepared and impromptu motions followed by elimination debates at the quarterfinal level and culminating in a final round before a large crowd attending the larger tournament. This event, like others, is designed to indicate the National Speech & Debate Association’s commitment to the WSDC format and a desire to educate its more than 100,000 members in the value of this format.

Rules and guidelines for the WSDC format can be found at www.schoolsdebate.com/guides.asp.

The Convener of the event is J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director of the National Speech & Debate Association, and the Chief Adjudicator is Dr. Alfred Snider, Professor at the University of Vermont and Director of the World Debate Institute.

USA TEAMS : Should apply for an invitation by emailing alfred.snider@uvm.edu . There will be no entry fee for invited teams. We are not able to offer travel subsidy. Teams are expected to arrange their own housing from one of the many hotels that have been contracted for the larger event. Food will be available for purchase but not provided by the tournament. Each team should also enter a qualified judge (an experienced adult).

INTERNATIONAL TEAMS : Should apply for an invitation by emailing alfred.snider@uvm.edu . There will be no entry fee for invited teams. We are not able to offer travel subsidy. Teams are expected to arrange their own housing from one of the many hotels that have been contracted for the larger event. Food will be available for purchase but not provided by the tournament. Each team should also enter a qualified judge (an experienced adult). International teams will be offered local transportation between their hotel to the venue for the tournament on chartered buses.

REGISTRATION : Teams should download a registration form at http://debate.uvm.edu/dcpdf/UWSDI_form.docx and return it via email to the Chief Adjudicator of the tournament, Dr. Alfred Snider, at alfred.snider@uvm.edu by 30 March 2014. The field for the tournament will be announced along with the prepared motions on 15 April 2014. Information for special discount hotels will be supplied at that time.

If you will need invitation letters for your visa application, contact Dr. Alfred Snider at alfred.snider@uvm.edu . Please send scans of all passports of those interested in applying for a USA visa.

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