Winter Holidays Open is a World Schools high school tournament. If you need help understanding the format, please check out this online manual. If you still have questions regarding World Schools, feel free to contact us.
WHO 2018 will consist of 6 preliminary rounds. Round 1 will be seeded randomly; subsequent rounds will be power paired. Preliminary rounds will feature 2 impromptu and 4 prepared rounds (2 prepared motions, each team debates both sides of both motions).
After a trial in 2017, we’re happy to announce we’ll have a Novice break for teams with under 2 years of debating experience who will have an opportunity to advance to Novice Semifinals and Final. Applying for novice team status is possible if all team members have under 2 years of debating experience and are not native English speakers. Teams eligible for novice status are not obligated to apply for the status.
The best 16 non-novice and 4 novice teams coming out of the preliminary rounds will advance to separate elimination rounds (Octos, Quarters, Semis and Grand Final for non-novice teams, Semis and Final for novice teams).
The novice Final will be impromptu, and for non-novice there will be a separate prepared motion for the final round.
Please follow our web and Facebook pages as we put suggested prepared motions to vote on in October.