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Posted : 2008-09-29 17:19
Updated : 2008-09-29 17:19

Joining Korea’s National Debate Team

Today I want to get out the word on how Korea's national team is selected. This serves as a call to gather nominations and shows everyone just how the selection process takes place. Below is the timeline used to select the national team over the next couple months. If you attend a high school in Korea you could be eligible to compete. Read below to find out more; my commentary is in parentheses.

POOL NOMINATIONS: September 27-October 3
- Schools will receive the Pool Application Form and may nominate up to six students for the WSDC Team Korea 2009 Training Pool. (E-mail me if you would like to receive this form.)
- Liaisons (school contacts) will combine and submit to Mr. Hatridge and Mr. Daley (hatridge@gmail.com & darren4gimfl@gmail.com) all applications-maximum 6-from their school in one file by Oct 3.
- Full list of applicants-all names removed-will be sent to Liaisons for voting on Oct 4.

POOL SELECTION part 1: October 4-8
- Liaisons will read and rank the student pool applications.
- Rankings should be submitted to Mr. H & Mr. D by Oct. 8 so the top 24 may be selected.

POOL SELECTION part 2: October 11
- Debaters will participate in videotaped debates on this day.
- Liaisons will watch & rank debaters to select a 12-member Training Pool by Oct. 18.

POOL TRAINING: October 25-November 29
- The Training Pool will work with the two WSDC Coaches every Saturday, from 4-7 PM.
(These dates were selected to try to avoid interfering with midterm and final exam times. The times were selected to give students from outside of Seoul enough time to come to practice and to avoid conflicts with religious services)

TEAM SELECTION: Early December 2008
- After training, all Pool members will participate in videotaped debates.
- Liaisons will judge and rank debaters to select Korea's 5-member WSDC Team.

TEAM TRAINING: December 2008 - February 2009
- WSDC Team Korea will train with the coaches multiple times a week during the winter holiday to prepare for the tournament in Athens, Greece (Feb. 9-19, 2009)

To summarize what will happen, there aare three key stages.
Stage 1: Nomination of students.
Stage 2: Narrowing down to a 12-person national pool.
Stage 3: Narrowing down to the 5-person national team.
I hope that high school readers of this column will consider applying for the national team. Please email me for more details about the above timeline.

Roger Hatridge coaches debate at Leaders Academy and can be reached at Hatridge@gmail.com.

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