Bratislava Schools Debating Competition will be organized in 2018


This tournament has two prepared motions.


This tournament is held in a World School Debating Competition format. To remind you the difference with a Poper format:

1.) Points of information (substituting Cross-examinations)
2.) Length of the speech is 8 minutes

Structure of Tournament

BSDC will consist of 6 preliminary rounds, 2 elimination rounds and the Grand Final. Preliminary rounds consist of two impromptu motions and two prepared motions (debated from both sides by each team). Elimination rounds will be debated on impromptu motions and the Grand Final will be debated on one of the prepared motions from the preliminary rounds. Round 1 will be seeded randomly; subsequent rounds will be power-paired.

  • and 220 participants

  • 2 prepared motions debated on both sides
    2 improptu motions debated on one side only

Chief Adjudicator

We are pleased to announce that after Ronnit Prawer, Geetha Creffield, Derek Lande, and Kalina, our chief adjudicator for the BSDC 2017 will be Sharmila Parmanand.

Sharmila has taught debate in over 25 countries. She coached the Philippine team that reached the World Schools Debate Championship semis in 2012 and has coached Team Palestine for the last two years. She was also co-CA of Berlin World Universities Debate Championship, 2015 Pan-American Debate Championship, and 2011 Asian BP Championship, and DCA for the 2010 and 2011 Austral-Asian Championships, 2014 North American Debate Championship, and 2010 United Asian Debating Championship. She has judged the World Universities open grand final twice and open semifinal thrice. As a speaker, Sharmila spoke at an Australs Grand Final and WUDC open octo and won the Asian Championship thrice in a row. She is currently a Gates scholar and a Ph.D. student in multi-disciplinary gender studies at the University of Cambridge.

Chief Adjudicators Panel

Branislav Fečko

Brano has been around the debating world for longer than he'd care to admit, managing to use it as a platform to nourish his ability of talking too much. In 2002, he won the national final of the Slovak Debate League, proving to the world that boring judges to death is a viable strategy for success. Since then he’s stuck around as a judge, trainer, debater, and coach in 15 different countries. He's served as a CA or been a CAP member for BSDC 2011-2016, ESDC 2013 and 2015, ARGO 2013-2016, Prague Debate Spring 2014 and 2015, Korea Schools Open 2015, and English College Open 2017. He attended his first World Schools Debating Championship in 2008 as a judge where he broke to the Grand Final. Since then, he has adjudicated the Grand Final at six of the seven WSDC tournaments which he attended as a judge and served as a member of the Chief Adjudicator’s Panel in 2009, 2013 and 2015. In 2011 he coached the Slovak national team. He served as Co-Chief Adjudicator for WSDC 2016 in Stuttgart to show that he is steadfast in his commitment to talk everyone's ear off

Simon-Martina Perez

Simon Martina-Perez has been an active debater since secondary school. Now in university he has broken as a speaker at over 10 tournaments, amongst others as ESL finalist at EUDC 2016. He has judged at a dozen tournaments, amongst others as CA of this year’s Leiden Schools and CAP member of Argo Open 2016. Simon has been involved in training the Dutch national debate team for the World Schools Debating Championships.

Slovak Debate Association

The Slovak Debate Association is the only organization in Slovakia which promotes free speech and critical thinking through debating. SDA was registered on 17th November 1999 as an apolitical civic association. A spin-off of the Open Society Foundation, SDA took over the debate program in Slovakia established in 1996. It is also a founding member of the International Debate Education Association (IDEA). Members of SDA are usually involved in high school debate clubs. In 2011, SDA had over 800 members in over 50 debate clubs. In addition to competitive debating at high school level, SDA is expanding programs for elementary schools and universities, facilitates public debates, works with schools and teachers and provides training to active young people and NGOs. In 2012, SDA received the Slovak Youth Council Award whose aim is to raise awareness about the work of youth organizations. In the same year the Orange Foundation gave SDA an award for its long-term contribution to education in Slovakia. In 2003, SDA received a silver medal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its contribution to public discussion about the entry of Slovakia into NATO.

Dress code

  • Business casual attire for preliminary rounds
  • Business attire for eliminatory rounds and Grand Final



Delegations will be required to pay registration fees in full by 28th February. Any delegation that fails to make payment by 28th February will be struck from the tournament and its place will be re-allocated.

Payment information

International teams:
Please, fill the note for recipient in the form: BSDC – NAME OF THE DELEGATION/ TEAM – NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS YOU ARE PAYING FOR
Slovak teams:
Please, fill the note for recipient in the form: BSDC – NAME OF THE TEAM – NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS YOU ARE PAYING FOR

Bank account number: 2665455121, Code of the bank: 1100
Address of the bank: Tatrabanka, Hodžovo námestie 3, 811 06 Bratislava
IBAN: SK40 1100 0000 0026 6545 5121

Debater 160€
Judge 100€
Observer 200€
N-1 fee (for each missing judge) 150€


Selection key

Since we want BSDC to be as diverse as possible, a selection process will be adopted. While registering, you should state your preference by adding a letter behind the name of the team (e.g. Slovakia A, Slovakia B, etc.).

We will use the following key to assign places to international teams:

Preference to teams will be given according to the rank with which they were registered. As such, every country will be guaranteed a spot for their first team. (So we firstly register all A teams, then B teams, C teams etc.) Preference is given to teams from delegations that are able to bring a higher number of their own adjudicators. 
(It means that the C team from delegation that has registered 3 judges will be preferred to the C team from delegation that has registered 2 judges) If there are more teams than free spots remaining, spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.




Selection key




Tentative schedule

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
12:00 Arrivals to the Hotel Until 12:00 Optional sightseeing 8:30
Departure to the venue 8:30
Departure to the venue 8:30
Free program 13:00
Judges briefing (mandatory) 9:00
Breakfast 9:00
Breakfast 9:00 Departure to the finals venue
Judges Social 14:40
Opening of the tournament 9:30
Prep time for impromptu debate 9:30
Prep time for impromptu debate 10:00
Finals – THW not use cultural compatibility as a criterion when assessing immigration
Round 1: Prepared motion debate – THW not use cultural compatibility as a criterion when assessing immigration applicants. 10:30
Round 3: Impromptu motion debate 10:30
Round 6: Impromptu motion debate
Round 2: Prepared motion debate – THW make it illegal for companies to require applicants to hold a university degree when applying for jobs. 12:30
Lunch 12:30
Dinner 14:00
Round 4: Prepared motion debate – THW not use cultural compatibility as a criterion when assessing immigration applicants. 13:45
Prep time for the quarterfinals
Coffee break 14:45
Quarterfinals debate
Round 5: CLOSED - Prepared motion debate – THW make it illegal for companies to require applicants to hold a university degree when applying for jobs. 16:15
Dinner 17:00
Prep time for semifinals debate
Country expo 18:00
Semifinals debate
Dinner & Break night party

Venues and travel info

Accommodation: Hotel Astra

Please do respect all hotel rules throughout your stay.

How to get there?

Bratislava is easily accessible via nearest airports in Vienna, Budapest and Stefanik Airport in Bratislava. If you are coming from Vienna, you may want to use bus service that goes directly from the Swechat to Bratislava Bus station. You may choose between RegioJet or Slovak Lines buses. If coming from Budapest, we recommend the international train connection

Take the trolley bus number 201 when arriving from railway station.
Take the bus 96 when coming from the Stefanik Airport.
Preliminary and eliminations rounds will be held at school – Gymnazium Jura Hronca. The school is located within the walking distance (10mins) from the hotel. Grand Finale will be held at Moyzes Hall located at the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University.