Competition Guidelines

Eligibilities  
1. All registered secondary schools under Education Bureau are eligible to participate in the competition.
2. All participating schools should:
- Assign one qualified teacher with debating/ liberal studies/ language teaching experience to be an adjudicator for once during the Preliminaries;
- provide a venue at least once for the competition; and
- suggest 4 motions for the competition.
3.

Each participating school can only deploy 1 team to compete in the English Section and the Chinese (Cantonese) Section, respectively.

4. Each team should consist of 3 official members and 1 to 7 stand-by members.
5.

Each team should be lead by a coach who will also act as the coordinator.

6.

Each team should assign representatives to attend the Briefing Seminar.


Remarks
1. Due to limited number of participating teams, application will be based on a first-come-first-served basis via successful online application.
2. Please contact us via phone or email if any technical difficulties are encountered during online enrollment. We will not change the application result due to the failure of online enrollment.
3. The eight finalists in the English section of the preceding year may enter the competition directly, provided that they submit their applications before the deadline. They will be evenly separated into four groups during the tournament while their competition sequences will be decided by a draw conducted in the Briefing Seminar on 14 Oct, 2017.
4. Should any team fails to assign an adjudicator during the Preliminaries or provide a venue at least once for the competition, its right to participate in next year's competition may be forfeited.

Format of the Competition  
1. The competition is divided into English and Chinese Sections. Participation is limited to 56 teams for the English Section and 140 teams for the Chinese Section.
2. The competition will be conducted on a knockout basis.
3. The competition of the English Section will progress from First Preliminary, Second Preliminary, Third Preliminary, Quarter Final, Semi Final to Grand Final.
4. Tournament list will be decided by a draw conducted in the Briefing Seminar on 14 Oct, 2017. All participating schools must assign representatives to attend the Seminar or their right to participate in this year and/or next year's competition may be affected.

Interrogative Debating Session  

An 'Interrogative Debating' session is included during the Preliminaries to Quarter Final competitions to assess debaters' instant analytical and debating abilities. Please visit the Interrogative Debating Session for details.


Venue  
All participating schools are required to provide a venue for the competition at least once. Students and teachers are also required to involve in various assistances such as venue setting and MC acting, if any school fails to fulfill, its right to participate in next year’s competition may be affected. Venue of the Grand Final will be announced later.

Competition Schedule for English Section  
1st Preliminary 11 November 2017 (Sat)
2nd Preliminary   9 December 2017 (Sat)
2nd Preliminary 10 February 2018 (Sat)
3rd Preliminary 10 March 2018 (Sat)
Quarter Final 24 March 2018 (Sat)
Semi Final 21 April 2018 (Sat)
Grand Final 15 May 2018 (Tue)

*All teams are not allowed to choose a particular competition date.

Regulations  
1. Participating schools must assign one qualified teacher with debating/ liberal studies/ language teaching experience to be an adjudicator for once during the preliminaries. Any team fails to do so may result in forfeiting its right to participate in next year’s competition.
2. Motions and other details of each competition will be announced on the competition website 7 days before the respective debating round. All participating teams are required to check by themselves online.
3. Participating teams should submit the Order of Speakers form together with 2 additional motions by fax to the Organising Committee 3 days before their respective debating rounds.
4. Team member list cannot be altered after submission. Schools are only allowed to choose debaters from the list for each round of competition as well as the floor speakers in Grand Final.
5. Change of the competition date and time by any participating teams will not be accepted, and all teams must attend the competitions as the date arranged.
6. If a team is absent from a debating round without the consent of the Organising Committee, its right to participate in next year’s competition may be affected.
7. Participating teams must arrive at the venue 15 minutes before the competition commences. The Organising Committee reserves the right to refuse late comers from participating in the competition.
8. During competitions, debaters are forbidden to communicate with the audience in any form or else the team’s participating right may be forfeited instantly.
9. Participating teams are not allowed to use any watches or timing machines to observe time during the competition.
10. All debaters must be seated as arranged by the Organising Committee and cannot switch seats during the competition.
11. All presentations during the English Section should be conducted in English only, except when quoting book peoples’ names.
12. No personal attack or libel is allowed during the competition.
13. Debaters are only allowed to bring cue cards with sizes not larger than 15.6cm x 9.5cm to the stage; no other belongings are allowed; organisers will provide draft paper to debaters for taking notes.
14. Participating schools are not allowed to host or adjudicate any round of the competition involving their debating teams.
15. Decisions made by the judges and the Organisers are final. No petitions for review will be considered.
16. If any team member causes an obstruction to the competition, the team’s right to participate in the rest of the competition may be affected.
17. In case of any dispute or emergency matters, the Organising Committee reserves the right to make the final decision.

Should any team fails to follow the above regulations, its right to participate in this year and / or next year's competition may be forfeited.

Rules for audience  
1. All members of the audience must keep silent and maintain proper conduct during the competition.
2. All members of the audience must switch off their mobile phones and any devices with alarms.
3. All members of the audience must not interact with the team members in any form or matter.
4. All members of the audience must not cause any obstruction to the competition and presentation ceremony. The Organising Committee may expel any members of the audience and reserves the right to pursue legal action.
5. The Organising Committee retains the right to forbid any items that might cause obstruction to the competition and presentation ceremony, including but not limited to, loud speakers and display banners. The offending party may be requested to leave immediately.

Others  
1. Participating teams are allowed to produce video recordings and take photos with the approval of the Organising Committee. Application forms should be completed and submitted to the Organising Committee by fax 3 days before the respective debating rounds.
2. All recordings during the competitions and other intellectual properties are solely owned by Sing Tao News Group. Sing Tao News Group has all rights and full power to exploit such recordings in whatever manner or means.
3. Students are welcome to attend all rounds of competition while activities and progress along the competitions will be reported at Sing Tao Daily and Junior Standard.
4. The Organising Committee reserves the rights to accept or reject any application and to amend any guideline and judging criteria of the competition without prior notice.

Enquiries
E-mail : debate@singtao.com
Hotline : 3181 3630 / 3181 3601 (English Section)
3181 3601 / 2798 2640 (Chinese Section)