US-Qualifier Tournament in Blagoevgrad, March 26-27, 2016

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the US-Qualifier tournament! The tournament will be at the American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad on March 26-27. Please acquaint yourselves with all relevant information about this tournament, hosted on this page. Registration for the tournament has ended. Coaches, you should have received an invitation to register for this tournament on Speechwire. If you don’t receive the invitation and would like to bring your team to this tournament, please email us at info@bestfoundation.bg.

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Applications for the US-Qualifier Tournament are now closed.

Letter of Invitation

You can download the official letter of invitation in Bulgarian here. If you want a customized letter mailed to your school, e-mail us at info@bestfoundation.bg.

Press

Here you can read our post-tournament press release and award list in English and Bulgarian.

Tentative* Schedule

Saturday, March 26

12:00-14:00: Tournament Check-In for Judges and Teams
13:30: Judge Orientation/General Meeting
14:00: Opening Ceremony
14:30: Duo and Oratory, Preliminary Round 1 (Balkanski Academic Center)
16:30: Duo and Oratory, Preliminary Round 2 (Balkanski Academic Center)
18:30: Duo and Oratory, Preliminary Round 3 (Balkanski Academic Center)
20:30: Duo and Oratory, Preliminary Round 4* (Balkanski Academic Center)

Results from Preliminary Rounds posted on Facebook by 22:30.

Sunday, March 27

8:00: Breakfast for Judges (Balkanski 103)
08:30: Duo and Oratory Semifinals (Balkanski Academic Center)
10:30: Duo and Oratory Finals (Balkanski Academic Center)
12:30: Closing Ceremony (Balkanski Auditorium)
13:15: Mandatory Meeting for Duo and Oratory winners
13:30: Schools depart

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

Judging

We are seeking experienced out-of-town or local judges who can commit to judging on either Saturday or Sunday, as well as local and AUBG judges regardless of experience (we will provide on-site training). You must be a native English speaker or be above C1 level to judge at our tournaments. 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 one-way tickets and leave them with us and we will reimburse you for the round-trip cost. We will provide food at the tournament site, and we will cover one night of accommodation only in exceptional circumstances where a day trip is not possible.

Judge registration for the US-Qualifier Tournament is now closed.

Team Roster Spreadsheet

Registration for the US-Qualifier Tournament is now closed. Please contact Team BEST at info@bestfoundation.bg for any edits to team rosters.

Food

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

Hotels

The first tournament hotel is Hotel Luxor.
The address of Hotel Luxor is 14 Danail Krapchev st., 2700 Blagoevgrad.
The price of Hotel Luxor is 25 leva per person per night.


The second tournament hotel is Hotel Cardinal.
The address of Hotel Cardinal is 5 James Boucher blvd., 2700 Blagoevgrad.
The price of Hotel Cardinal is 23 leva per person per night.

The third tournament hotel is Hotel Rio.
The address of Hotel Rio is 9 Sveti Dimitar Solunski blvd., 2700 Blagoevgrad.
The price of Hotel Rio is 19 leva per person per night.

The fourth tournament hotel is Hotel Corona.
The address of Hotel Corona is 16 Nikola Vaptsarov st., 2700 Blagoevgrad.
The price of Hotel Corona is 25 leva per person per night.

The fifth tournament hotel is Hotel Pilevski.
The address of Hotel Pilevski is 60 Aleksandar Stamboliyski st., 2700 Blagoevgrad.
The price of Hotel Pilevski is 18 leva per person per night.

Getting to AUBG

Here are directions on how to get from the Bus and Train Stations to the tournament site – American University in Bulgaria:

Here are directions on how to get from all tournament hotels to AUBG:


Try these taxi companies: Den i Nosht (0887 333 000); Mega Shans (0888 832 222); Blitz Taxi (073 831 111).