East Tournament in Dobrich, March 10-11

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the East region! The upcoming East tournament will be at Geo Milev LHS in Dobrich on March 10-11. Registration opens on February 11 and closes on February 26. Coaches, you will receive an invitation to register for this tournament on Speechwire. If you don’t receive the invitation, or if you are a coach in a different region and would like to bring your team to this tournament, please email us at info@bestfoundation.bg.

Letter of Invitation

The official letter of invitation in Bulgarian is coming soon! If you want a customized letter mailed to your school, e-mail us at info@bestfoundation.bg.

Press

Tournament press releases in English and Bulgarian are coming soon!

Tentative* Schedule

Coming soon! For now, note that the tournament will most likely begin on Saturday morning with the opening ceremony most likely taking place at 11:00am and first round starting at 12:00am and end on Sunday afternoon.

*Note that schedule is subject to change based on registrations.

Judging

We welcome all high school graduates with C1 or higher English to judge at our tournaments. If you are new to BEST and our tournaments, visit our Judging Basics page!

We will reimburse all judges for their transport if they use trains or buses, but we strongly encourage taking the most affordable option when possible (usually trains). Please purchase round-trip tickets and you will be reimbursed upon showing the ticket at the reimbursement station. We will provide food at the tournament site, and we will also cover one night of hotel accommodations for regional tournaments. In exceptional circumstances when a judge can’t make it to the tournament site before 11am on Saturday, we will cover two nights of hotel accommodation.

To register as a judge, please fill out this form. Coaches, you must register if you are judging, too, and don’t forget to include your judges when you fill out your team roster spreadsheet (see below).
Teams need to bring judges per the regular regional policy!

Student Registration Fees

Please note that ahead of our East Regional tournament in Dobrich we have altered our registration fee policy for teams. In a nutshell, teams are expected to pay the upfront cost of registration and hotel accommodation for all students to us no later than 2 weeks before the tournament. We strongly encourage you to review the full details of the policy at the Costs and Fees section of the website.
This policy will be applied to our East region tournament in Dobrich and the national tournament in Plovdiv.

Note: All registration fees need to be paid via bank transfer to the bank account listed below. If you use UniCredit Bulbank to complete the transfer they will charge you a nominal fee; other banks may charge a 3 BGN wire fee. After you complete the transfer, you must send us an email with a picture of your invoice and the following information in the subject line: school name, number of students, and amount of leva. All payments should be made in one amount, as a team. Individual payments for individual students will NOT be recognized.

Faktura (Invoice) Information:
Organization name: BEST Bulgarian English Speech and Debate Tournament Foundation
Registration address: Bulgaria, 1504 Sofia, 1 Panayot Volov St. Floor 2
BULSTAT: 176712880
IBAN: BG33UNCR70001521640901
MOL: Dena Deyanova Popova

Team Roster and Hotels Spreadsheet
  1. Open the team roster and hotels spreadsheet located here.
  2. Find your school’s tab at the bottom.
  3. Fill out the names of your team’s coaches, students, judges, chaperones who will be attending the tournament. Students’ names need to be filled out in Bulgarian as well as English*.
  4. Please note that we will book everyone who is listed on the spreadsheet in a hotel. If you are a local team, or anyone from your team does not require hotel accommodation for any reason, notify us with a note on your team’s sheet!
  5. The deadline to fill out the Team Roster Spreadsheet is February 26th.

*Note: Please DO NOT Google Translate your students’ names into Bulgarian, but rather consult with them so we have a reliable point of reference. Also aim to avoid using English names as they appear on Facebook, since those might often be inaccurate.

Scholarship Application

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this form. The deadline to apply is February 26th.

Hotels

Information on the tournament hotels is coming soon!

Transportation

Directions to the tournament site, local taxi numbers, and more are coming soon!

Food

Information on food options at and near the tournament site is coming soon!

Debate Motions

Prepared:

  • TH prefers a world without a concept of an afterlife.
  • THBT comedic political commentators (e.g. John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, etc.) do more harm than good.
  • THR the rise of the sharing economy,
Impromptu hints: Science and Technology, Education, Ethics