Intervarsity Competitions

The Easter Intervarsity Debating Championship (Easters)

Easters is the first major intervarsity for 2014 and a great opportunity for members new and old to become involved. More formally known as the Australian Intervarsity Debating Championship, it attracts competitors across the country for a few days of debating, friends and fun! As it is a novice tournament, teams can only have one experienced member so it’s a great chance for new members to start debating but also for older members to improve their skills. Home tournaments always mean a large contingent and a home ground advantage which guarantees an amazing time for all!

When: 21st – 25th April, 2014

Where: Monash University Clayton Campus, Melbourne

Registration and Sponsorship: The cost of tournament is $360 which covers your accommodation, socials and most food and transport. The first 24 novices who sign up and are offered a debating or adjudicating spot will receive $100 sponsorship.

How to get involved: If you are a new member to the club, you are eligible to attend the Novice Selections Day, which will include selections for Easters teams. If you are a returning member and would like to be a team leader, please fill out the Team Leader Application form. You can also fill out the adjudicator sign-up form if you are interested in adjudicating!

More information about the tournament can be found at the Monash Easters homepage.


Novice Selections Day

MAD encourages all new members to sign up to the Novice Selections Day which opens on Tuesday the 11 March at 10am.

Remember to sign up as quickly as possible because the first 24 members to sign up and qualify for Easters will get $100 of sponsorship, while the first 10 members to quality for President’s Cup will attend for free!

Selections day will be on Saturday March 29 (alternative times can be arranged for those who are busy on that day) and will be a fun-filled day. Novices will learn more about the club and its tournaments from peer mentors, do a casual debate, and grab a coffee with the peer mentors afterwards. And of course, Commencement Dinner will be held during the evening of March 29 as well.

After the Selections Day, you will be paired up with an experienced team leader in a competition during the year.


The Australasian Debating Championships (Australs)

Australs consistently attracts the biggest contingents of Monash debaters due to the high quality accommodation, exceptional socials and top class debating. Held in the break between semesters 1 and 2 each year, the tournament brings together 400 students from across the Asia Pacific region.

When: 29th June – 7th July, 2014.

Where: Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Registration and Sponsorship: $NZD715 (approx. $AUD675). The top 3 teams and adjudicators will receive $AUD300 each.

Selection Policy: All teams will be formed through a selections panel, details of which are TBA.

More information about the tournament can be found at the official Australs 2014 homepage.


The Australasian Women’s Debating Championships (Women’s)

Women’s is a BP pro-am tournament (where one experienced person is paired with one inexperienced person), so it’s an excellent opportunity for any female to get involved regardless of their skill level or experience with the different format. Women’s has a great reputation for being super fun tournament. It also attracts a very high adjudication quality and participants often find themselves improving significantly from the experience.

When: 26th – 29th September, 2014

Where: University of Sydney, Sydney

Registration and Sponsorship: $250 for debaters and $220 for adjudicators (which includes accommodation, food and socials for the length of the tournament. 8 ‘pro’ debaters, 8 novices debaters and 4 adjudicators will receive $150 each. Up to 4 novice sponsored spots will be available to people who have not previously attended Easters – so we definitely encourage those who are new to debating or did not attend frequently in Semester 1 to apply.

Selection Process:

Teams are formed via an application and trials process where we aim to put people together based on who we think will work best together and help each other improve the most. Trials will be held on August 24th so please keep this day free.

More information on the tournament can be found on the USU Australasian Women’s Debating Championships Facebook Page.


The World University Debating Championships (Worlds)

Worlds is the most prestigious debating tournament in the world. Held in the British Parliamentary style, Worlds brings together a diverse range of students from all continents of the world. Held over the New Year period, it is a highly exciting and large tournament.

When: 27th December – 4th January

Where: UT Mara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Registration and Sponsorship: Approximately $580. Details regarding sponsorship will be made available once Unviersity commences

Selection Policy: All teams will be formed through a selections panel, details of which are TBA

More information about the tournament can be found at the official Malaysia Worlds 2015 homepage.

MINIS

President’s Cup

Known as ‘Pres Cup’, is the adult tournament run by the Debaters Association of Victoria. A good chance to improve your skills against teams from Melbourne in a fun and relaxed environment. Novices who are selected to participate on the Novice Selections day will receive a registration waiver to attend the tournament!

When: Semester 1, TBA

Where: TBA, last year was Melbourne High School

Registration and Sponsorship: TBA, last year was $35 for debaters and $15 for adjudicators. The first 10 novices who signed up for the Novice Programme will receive a registration waiver!


Another Day at Melbourne (ADAM)

Hosted by Melbourne University, this tournament attracts a range of teams from across Australia in the lead up to the Australasian Championship. Offering high quality adjudication, it’s a great chance to debate against a range of different teams.

When: TBA, usually in June

Where: University of Melbourne, Melbourne

Debate Format: 3-on-3 (with replies)

Registration: TBA, previously $65 for debaters and $45 for adjudicators


Sydney Pre-Australs

Sydney’s inaugural pre-Australs tournament runs (usually) just after ADAM, and offers another opportunity to prepare for Australs amongst the finest debaters and adjudicators Sydney has to offer.

When: TBA, usually in June / July

Where: University of Sydney, Sydney

Debate Format: 3-on-3 (with replies)

Registration: TBA, previously $50 for debaters and $30 for adjudicators


Harry Potter IV (the Triwizard Debating Tournament)

In 2014, Griffith University’s Nathan Campus will be hosting the inaugural Harry Potter IV! Featuring MAD’s own Stephen Moore and Griffith’s Jessica Musulin, the tournament will include five 3v3 rounds (with POIs) of Harry Potter excitement with a break to Semis, as well as a Yule Ball and trivia night as socials.

When: 31st January – 2nd February, 2014

Where: Griffith University Nathan Campus, Brisbane

Debate Format: 3-on-3 with POIs

Registration: $70 for debaters and $60 for adjudicators

Registration is NOW OPEN! Head on over to the Registration Form to register your interest! Email April Broadbent at harrypotterdebating@gmail.com if you have any questions, queries or concerns!


MAD Mini

MAD’s own annual touranment, aptly named MAD Mini, is on again for 2014! Running across three days in February, MAD Mini offers five rounds of debating (in 3v3 format with POIs), tonnes of food and at least three yakka soaked socials spanning the length of the tournament.

When: 21st – 23rd February, 2014

Where: Monash University Caulfield Campus, Melbourne

Debate Format: 3-on-3 with POIs

Registration: $50 for debaters and $30 for adjudicators

If you are still unconvinced, have a look at the Official MAD Mini 2014 Video.


Vic Cup

Vic Cup is a new tournament, run for this first time this year by the Melbourne University Debating Society (MUDS). Not only is it the first intervarsity Pro-Am BP tournament held in Victoria, but the CAs this year are MAD’s own Melissa Matteo and MUDS’ equally impressive James Gray.

When: 9 August

Where: Melbourne University Law School

Debate Format: BP with Pro/Am requirements. A pro is someone who has debated at least twice at Easters, once at Australs and/or once at Worlds. However, for the purposes of this tournament, first year debaters who attended Australs this year will still qualify as novices.

Registration: $30 for debaters, $25 for adjudicators (with a $5 late fee)

You can find out more information on the Vic Cup Facebook Event.


UNSW IV

The year’s zaniest tournament, featuring open style motions allow you to debate the morality of Harry Potter or the virtues of the destruction of Gotham over Syria.

When: 16 – 17 August

Where: University of New South Wales, Sydney

Registration: $50 for debaters, $40 for adjudicators

You can find out more information at the UNSW IV Facebook Event page!


ANU Spring

Often described as the fun tournament of the year, ANU offers the chance to have a roadtrip up to Canberra for a weekend of fun and debating in a low pressure tournament.

When: 5 – 7 September

Where: Australian National University, Canberra

Registration: $70 for debaters, $45 for adjudicators

You can find out more information at the ANU Spring Facebook Event page.


Melbourne Mini

Hosted by Melbourne University, this tournament attracts a range of teams from across Australia in the lead up to the World University Championships. Offering high quality adjudication, it’s a great chance to debate against a range of different teams without travel.

When: November 28th-30th

Where: Melbourne University, Melbourne

Registration: $70 for debaters and $40 for adjudicators


The Australian British Parliamentary Debating Championships (Sydney Mini)

Hosted by Sydney University, this tournament attracts a range of teams from across Australia in the lead up to the World University Championships. Offering high quality adjudication, it’s a great chance to debate against a range of different teams and go for a trip to Sydney!

When: December 5th-7th

Where: University of Sydney, Sydney

Registration: $70 for debaters and $40 for adjudicators