OSDU’s application process for Team Canada Tryouts

The Ontario Student Debating Union is happy to release this year’s application for the Canadian National Debate Team, or “Team Canada”. The purpose of this application is for OSDU to select the three students who will represent Ontario at the National Team Tryout, where the selection of Team Canada will take place. The National tryout will take place from April 15-17, 2019 in Halifax, Nova Scotia (the days following the Senior National Debate Championships). In order to attend this qualifier, interested students must complete and submit the attached application by email to osdupresident@gmail.com no later than 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12th. Students must also still be registered in high school in September 2019; meaning students currently in Grade 12 who intend to graduate high school this spring are not eligible.

A qualified panel will review all written applications, and select three students from among all applicants to attend the qualifier on Ontario’s behalf – students will be notified by February 19th of their success in this process. Students who apply but are not successful have the opportunity to submit an alternate application at a later date; further information will be provided to applicable students.

For those schools who may not be familiar with what Team Canada is, this is a select team of students from across Canada, who are selected annually by the National Team coach and committee. This team is highly competitive, and will represent Canada at the Worlds Schools Debating Championships, and other international tournaments throughout the year. This requires a large commitment of time from students on the team who must work hard, and complete debate-related assignments regularly in order to prepare for tournaments. This is an extraordinary opportunity for competitive debaters looking for a new challenge, and should you have any additional questions please feel free to let me know.

To apply please complete the following application.

Team Canada Application_2019

Register for OSDU’s 2018-2019 Year!

OSDU membership registration for the 2018-2019 year is now open for Ontario schools and debate programs.

Please note that OSDU member registration fees must be paid in full as per the following schedule to be considered to be an OSDU member in good standing eligible to have students compete at any OSDU event during the 2018-2019 year:

  • Paid prior to November 1st, 2018: $115.00 member registration
  • Paid between November 1st to 15th, 2018: $125.00 member registration
  • Registration paid after November 15, 2018 will not be accepted

School/debate program OSDU Membership’s will be marked as not being in good standing for the 2018-2019 year and any funds returned if member registration is not paid in full by Nov 15, 2018.

Schools only intending to compete in the OSDU Junior Provincial Championships (Grades 7-9) may submit their $125.00 membership OSDU registration fee no later than February 1, 2019.

Failure to register for OSDU and maintain good standing will result in all teams from the school/debate program being removed from competition at OSDU tournaments (workshops excluded).

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Welcome to the OSDU website!

The OSDU website has been updated over the past few weeks. The calendar of events has been updated for the year, and be sure to check here regularly for tournament updates and results. As well you can find some useful debating resources, and this section as well will be updated over the fall. Check back regularly for any updates and announcements!