Dec
1
to Dec 2

Fall East Tournament in Sliven

  • Language High School Zahari Stoyanov (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is the Tournament Portal for our Fall East Tournament in Sliven. The upcoming tournament will be held at Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS in Sliven on December 1-2. Registration for the tournament has now closed.

Letter of Invitation

You can find 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 Releases

Tournament press releases in English and Bulgarian are coming soon!

Tentative* Schedule

Saturday, December 1st

9:30 - 11:00 - Team Check In
10:00 - 12:00 - Judge Briefing Session 1
11:00 - Opening Ceremony
12:00 - Round 1 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
Judge Briefing Session 2
13:30 - Round 1 Flight A: Debate (Prepared) and Poetry
14:30 - Lunch
15:00 - Round 2 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
16:30 - Round 2 Flight A: Debate (Impromptu) and Poetry
18:15 - Quarterfinals: Varsity Prose and Varsity Oratory
Semifinals: Novice Oratory, Novice Prose, Varsity Duo
Round 3: Novice Duo
19:30 - Quarterfinals: Varsity Poetry/Semifinals: Novice Poetry
Round 3: Debate (Prepared)
20:30 - Semifinals: Varsity Oratory and Varsity Prose

Sunday, December 2nd

8:30 - Semi-final: Varsity Poetry,
Round 4: Debate (Impromptu)
10:00 - Finals: Prose, Oratory, and Duo
11:30 - Finals: Poetry and Debate
13:30 - 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. 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 your ticket back from the tournament location as well, as we cannot reimburse you without being presented tickets. 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.

Judge registration for the tournament is now open, and the sign-up form can be found here! 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).

Team Roster and Hotels Spreadsheet*

The team roster and hotels spreadsheet is now closed. If you have any changes, please submit them to info@bestfoundation.bg.

In compliance with European GDPR laws, any student under the age of 18 who wishes to attend this BEST tournament needs to have this photo release form signed by their parent/guardian and bring it to the tournament. If a student’s coach fails to send photographic proof of the filled in form to BEST by registration deadline, the student’s registration is void.

*Note: Any names and other personal data filled in the spreadsheet will be used solely for the purposes of organizing the tournament, securing accommodation, and tournament statistics.

Scholarship Application

The Scholarship application form for the upcoming tournament has now closed.

Transportation

You can call the following taxi companies for transport between hotels and the tournament site. Please allow ample time before you depart and call since their fleets are limited!

  • Evro Taxi - 080015156

  • Grup Taxi - 044 6142

  • Es-Si Taxi - 044 6145

The tournament will take place at Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, which can be found on this Google map:

Food

You can refer to this list of restaurants and supermarkets in Sliven!

Debate Motions

Prepared motions:

  • TH would criminalize the use of cryptocurrencies.

  • TH, as the European Union, would oppose China's Belt and Road Initiative.

  • TH would institute a universal basic income.

Impromptu hints:

  • Punishment

  • Religion


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Nov
17
to Nov 18

Fall West Tournament in Vratsa

  • Yoan Ekzarh Language Highschool (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is the Tournament Portal for our Fall West Tournament in Vratsa. The upcoming tournament will be held at Yoan Ekzarh FLHS in Vratsa on November 17-18. Registration for the tournament is now open and closes on November 5. 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.

Letter of Invitation

You can find 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 Releases

Here you can find the pre-tournament press release in English and Bulgarian.

Tentative* Schedule

Saturday, November 17th
9:00 - 11:00 - Team Check In
10:00 - 12:00 - Judge Briefing Session 1
11:00 - Opening Ceremony
12:00 -  Round 1 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
             Judge Briefing Session 2
13:30 -  Round 1 Flight A: Debate (Prepared) and Poetry
14:30 -  Lunch
15:00 -  Round 2 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
16:30 -  Round 2 Flight A: Debate (Impromptu) and Poetry
18:15 -  Quarter-finals: Varsity Oratory, Varsity Prose, Duo
             Semi-finals: Novice Oratory and Novice Prose
19:30 -  Quarter-finals: Varsity Poetry/ Semi-finals: Novice Poetry
             Round 3: Debate (Prepared)
20:30 -  Semi-finals: Varsity Prose, Varsity Oratory, and Duo

Sunday, November 18th

8:30 -  Semi-final: Varsity Poetry,
           Round 4: Debate (Impromptu)
10:00 -  Finals: Prose, Oratory, and Duo
11:30 -  Finals: Poetry and Debate
13:30 -  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. 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 your ticket back from the tournament location as well, as we cannot reimburse you without being presented tickets. 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.

Judge registration for the tournament is now open, and the sign-up form can be found here! 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).

Team Roster and Hotels Spreadsheet*

The Registration period for the upcoming tournament has ended.

In compliance with European GDPR laws, any student under the age of 18 who wishes to attend this BEST tournament needs to have this photo release form signed by their parent/guardian and bring it to the tournament. If a student’s coach fails to send photographic proof of the filled in form to BEST by registration deadline, the student’s registration is void.

*Note: Any names and other personal data filled in the spreadsheet will be used solely for the purposes of organizing the tournament, securing accommodation, and tournament statistics.

Scholarship Application

The Scholarship application period for the upcoming tournament has ended.

Transportation

You can call the following taxi companies for transport to the out-of-town hotels. Please allow ample time before you depart and call since their fleets are limited!

  • Korekt Taxi - 092 666 666

  • Prestige Taxi - 092 666 666

The tournament will take place at Yoan Ekzarh FLHS, which can be found on this Google map:

Food

You can refer to this list of restaurants and supermarkets in Vratsa!

Debate Motions

Novice:

Prepared motions:

  • THW ban further development of Artificial Intelligence

  • THW stop directing European Investment Fund money to states that refuse to take a share of refugees proportional to their share of EU GDP.

  • THW not allow corporations to donate to political parties, campaigns, or candidates.

Impromptu hints:

  • Free speech

  • Child psychology

Varsity:

Prepared motions:

  • TH, as a formerly communist state*, would remove the monuments of the former regime.
    * This is an actor motion. It is to be debated from the point of view of the actor - in this case the formerly communist state - and aims to determine whether adopting the motion would benefit the actor.

  • THBT governments should abandon the strategy of "decapitation"* in fighting terrorism.
    * Decapitation in this context is defined as targetting the leaders of terrorist organizations.

  • TH supports the promotion of collective guilt after large scale crimes against humanity.

Impromptu hints:

  • Faith

  • Art

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Nov
4
8:30 PM20:30

Sliven tournament Registration period Start

For more information on how to register for a BEST tournament visit our Registration page. If you don’t have a team and want to start one, read up more on how to Start a team!

When this period starts you should receive an e-mail from Speechwire asking you to register. If you don’t receive that e-mail, please e-mail us at info@bestfoundation.bg.

The Sliven tournament portal is located here!

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Oct
21
8:30 PM20:30

Vratsa tournament Registration period Start

For more information on how to register for a BEST tournament visit our Registration page. If you don’t have a team and want to start one, read up more on how to Start a team!

When this period starts you should receive an e-mail from Speechwire asking you to register. If you don’t receive that e-mail, please e-mail us at info@bestfoundation.bg.

The Vratsa tournament portal is located here!

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Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Shumen Coach Training

  • N.I.Vaptsarov Foreign Language High School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Shumen Coach training will cater to coaches from the following regions: Silistra, Shumen, Ruse, Razgrad. At the training you can expect to learn everything about starting or maintaining a team, as well as get updates on BEST Policy changes. BEST will cover your travel to the Coach training location.

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Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Stara Zagora Coach Training

  • Romain Rolland Foreign Language High School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Stara Zagora Coach training will cater to coaches from the following regions: Dimitrovgrad, Gabrovo, Haskovo, Sliven, Stara Zagora, Yambol. At the training you can expect to learn everything about starting or maintaining a team, as well as get updates on BEST Policy changes. BEST will cover your travel to the Coach training location.

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Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Blagoevgrad Coach Training

The Blagoevgrad Coach training will cater to coaches from the following regions: Blagoevgrad, Gotse Delchev, Kyustendil, Pernik, Petrich, Sofia. At the training you can expect to learn everything about starting or maintaining a team, as well as get updates on BEST Policy changes. BEST will cover your travel to the Coach training location.

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Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Varna Coach Training

  • High School for Foreign Languages - Yoan Ekzarh (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Varna Coach training will cater to coaches from the following regions: Burgas, Dobrich, Varna. At the training you can expect to learn everything about starting or maintaining a team, as well as get updates on BEST Policy changes. BEST will cover your travel to the Coach training location.

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Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Vratsa Coach Training

  • Yoan Ekzarh Language Highschool (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Vratsa Coach training will cater to coaches from the following regions: Vratsa, Lovech, Montana, Pleven, Pravets, Sofia, Vidin. At the training you can expect to learn everything about starting or maintaining a team, as well as get updates on BEST Policy changes. BEST will cover your travel to the Coach training location.

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Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Plovdiv Coach Training

The Plovdiv Coach training will cater to coaches from the following regions: Kardzhali, Panagyurishte, Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Smolyan, Sofia. At the training you can expect to learn everything about starting or maintaining a team, as well as get updates on BEST Policy changes. BEST will cover your travel to the Coach training location.

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