South Tournament in Stara Zagora, November 14-15, 2015

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the South region! The upcoming South tournament will be at Romain Rolland FLHS in Stara Zagora on November 14-15. Registration for the tournament has ended. Coaches, you should have received an invitation to register for this tournament on Speechwire. If you haven’t received 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, November 14

9:30 – 11:00: Team Check In & Judge Check In
10:00: Judge Training (Session 1)
11:00: Opening Ceremony
11:30: Round 1 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo & Judge Training (Session 2)
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
7:00: Flight B Semifinals: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
8:00: Debate: Round 3 (prepared)

Sunday, November 15

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

*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! 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

Hotel Vereya has a 200-seat restaurant open until midnight with entrees between 11-18lvs. The hotel is located very close to the center with numerous shops and restaurants within walking distance.

Across the street from the school is Restaurant Rambla; it can seat large groups and has affordable prices, making it a good option for lunch on Saturday. The school is a few blocks from the center as well. If your team needs takeaway options, try Venezia (open after midnight), Pizza Verdi Express, Pizza America, or Shami.

Hotels

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

The price of Hotel Vereya is 28 leva per person per night.
The address of Hotel Vereya is 100 Tsar Simeon Veliki Blvd, 6000 Stara Zagora.

Transportation

Here are directions on how to get from the tournament hotel to the tournament site – Romain Rolland FLHS – Stara Zagora:

Try this taxi company: En Taxi (042 6106)

Debate Motions

Prepared motions

  • This house believes that counter-immigration measures are regrettable.
  • This house believes that outsourcing is bad for Bulgaria.
  • This house believes that Ahmed Mohamed’s scholarship to space camp is justified.

Impromptu topics

The themes for the Fall 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.

  • Philosophy
  • Sports