South Tournament in Pazardzhik, February 13-14, 2016

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the South region! The upcoming South tournament will be at Bertolt Brecht FLHS in Pazardzhik on February 13-14. Registration for the tournament has ended. 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.

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Applications for the South 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 pre-tournament press release in English and Bulgarian.

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

Tournament Schedule

Saturday, February 13

9:30 – 11:00: Judge Check In & Team Check In
11:00: Opening Ceremony
11:30: Round 1 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo &
New Judge Training Session
1:30: Round 1 Flight A: Debate (prepared) and Poetry
2:30: Lunch
3:00: Round 2 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
4:30: Round 2 Flight A: Debate (impromptu) and Poetry
6:30: Semifinals: Oratory and Prose
7:30: Debate: Round 3 (prepared)

Sunday, February 14

8:30: Debate: Round 4 (impromptu)
10:30: Finals: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
11:30: Finals: Debate (prepared) and Poetry
1:30: Closing Ceremony

Judging

We welcome all high school graduates with C1 or higher English 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 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 accommodations.

Judge registration for the South tournament is now closed.

Team Roster Spreadsheet

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

Food

The school canteen will be open for most of the tournament, with sandwiches from 1-2 leva, Fornetti snacks, salads, nuts, apples, other snacks, and drinks. There’s also a supermarket near the school, as well as a brand-new restaurant called Piccante with reasonable prices.

Near Hotel Hebar there’s Restaurant Avangard and Restaurant Primavera 2, which also offers delivery. Other delivery options include Donna Perfecta (call 034 442 090 or 089 784 6518) and the online food delivery company amam.bg.
Hotels

Here are the directions on how to get from the Bus and Train Station to the tournament hotel – Grand Hotel Hebar:

The price of Grand Hotel Hebar is 25 leva per person per night.
The address of Grand Hotel Hebar is 6 Esperanto Street, 4400 Pazardzhik.
Please note that the price per person per night is without breakfast, breakfast costs an additional 5lv per day.

Transportation

Here are directions on how to get from the tournament hotel to the tournament site – Bertolt Brecht FLHS, Pazardzhik:

We recommend either taking taxis or trolley bus 1 or 1E from the Bus and Train station to Grand Hotel Hebar, as it would be a long walk.

Try these taxi companies: Velina Taxi (080011507 – free call); Ivanina Taxi (080011203 – free call); Shans Taxi (034 440609).

Debate Motions

Prepared motions

  • This house believes that Star Wars is overrated.
  • This house believes that a citizen can stop paying taxes if they are not happy with the public services.
  • This house would deliberately forget certain events in history.

Impromptu topics

The themes for the Spring Impromptu rounds are below. The motions for these rounds will be related to these general themes, and they will be announced right before the thirty-minute preparation period begins.

  • Art
  • Gender