We know that many of you may wish to organize your own tournaments and competitions or even friendly debates in the WSDC or WIDPSC format. Thus we are providing some guides and resources to make it easier to do so. This is NOT the official position or recommendation of the HSKDC, nor are these webpages by any-means exhaustive, nor are they intended to be read like rules in a book. Rather, we hope they are a good starting place from which to begin for organizers of events.
You can read our general guide below on the organizing process. You can also find draws, tabbing software, schedules, information on adjudication as well as timing and chairing in both the WSDC format and the WIDPSC format.
Below are some general resources. For major issues, look at their specific segment below.
Tabulation is the calculation of scores. See The Tab for more information.
An important part of tabbing are the results. Here are ballots for most major competition formats :
- WSDC Format Ballot
- WIDPSC Debating Ballot
- WIDPSC Impromptu Speaking Ballot
- WIDPSC Persuasive Speaking Ballot
- WIDPSC Interpretative Reading Ballot
The draw is essentially the pairing of teams for preliminary rounds. A fair draw should ensure all teams face opponents of similar difficulties relative to their ability. Here we have a list of sample draws sorted by the number of teams involved and different groupings. You can either randomly assign teams, put them into weighted groups but allocate randomly within the group, or assign positions based on teams past records.
- 16 Teams, 4 Groups
- 18 Teams, 4 Groups
- 20 Teams, 4 Groups
- 22 Teams, 4 Groups
- 24 Teams, 4 Groups
- 26 Teams, 4 Groups
- 28 Teams, 4 Groups
- 30 Teams, 4 Groups
- 32 Teams, 4 Groups
- 24 Teams, 3 Groups
The experience in Hong Kong has been that one day tournaments are easiest to host and to organize. Yet 1 day events ace the problem of time. It is difficult to fit enough preliminary rounds and the likes of semi-finals and grand-finals all in one day. In general, we recommend 3 rounds, a semi-final and a grand-final. Otherwise, events should not start too early (people need time to travel) and not end too late (around 5-6 is a good time to end). We have some 2 schedules which give you an idea of how a 1 day tournament would go. The format used for calculation is indicated in the file. The first schedule has 2 prepared debates and 1 impromptu round. The later has 1 prepared debate and 2 impromptu rounds.