How it works

1. Framework
1.1. Discretion of the EUDC CommitteeThe language of the DLE is English. The debating format is BPS. The season starts after the EUDC of a given years and ends with the following EUDC. The tournaments shall be announced no later than six weeks before they are hosted. It is preferable, however, that they do so way before. They are strongly encouraged to be big enough to accommodate for as many team slots as possible. The EUDC committee will appoint a person who keeps track of the points.1.2. Discretion of the convenersAll other issues like team cap, application, CAs and dates are subject to the discretion of the conveners. It is advisable that the conveners of prospective DLE tournaments coordinate regarding their dates.

2. Points

2.1. Teams and Speakers

At every tournament of the EDL points will be awarded for the best 10 teams and the best 20 speakers. The tab after preliminary rounds will serve to determine the best 20 speakers. To determine the best 10 teams, the following mechanism will be used: 1st place: Winner of the final. 2nd place: Finalists, ordered according to tab after prelims. Semi-finalists: All four semi-finalists who didn’t break to the final, ordered according to tab after prelims. The same mechanism will be used for possible quarterfinals. The remaining points will be allocated according to the tab after prelims. If a debating society has more than one teams in the top ten, only the first team will get points. The other teams do not get points, but they still “block” the place for competing teams.

There will we separate rankings for ESL teams and ESL speakers.

2.2. Exceptions

If speakers are competing for a club they don’t belong to, the club only gets the number of points that can be attributed to the other speaker (In BPS: 50%). Uneven numbers will be commercially rounded. Speakers are not allowed to start for more than one club per season. They should currently be enrolled in the university this club can be assigned to.

If a club that is otherwise considered an ESL club achieves points with teams that consist of at least one native speaker, the club only gets the number of points that can be attributed to the ESL speaker(s). (In BPS: 50%). Uneven numbers will be commercially rounded.

3. Winners

3.1. Clubs

Every Club gets the points of its best team at a given DLE tournament. The points will be added up after each DLE tournament. The maximum number of tournaments taken into consideration will be 0,66*n tournaments (rounded up if uneven), n being the number of tournaments of the current EDL season(1). If the club collected points in more tournaments, the 0,66*n best tournaments will be counted(2). The best three clubs of one season will be honoured at the EUDC opening ceremony.

3.2. Speakers

Every speaker gets points at a given DLE tournament. The points will be added up after each DLE tournament. The maximum number of tournaments taken into consideration will be 0,33*n tournaments (rounded down if uneven), n being the number of tournaments of the current DLE season, but at least three. If the speaker collected points in more tournaments, the 0,33*n best tournaments will be counted(3). The best five speakers will be honoured at the EUDC opening ceremony.

(1)

This ratio should be low enough to ensure that the average debating society is able to visit the tournaments in its relative vicinity. It should be high enough to ensure that two clubs competing have to compete directly at at least one tournament. Therefore it should be higher than 50%.(2)

If 7 tournaments form the DLE league, the best 5 tournaments will be counted. If 10 or 11 are in the league, the best 7 will be counted, and if 12 are participating, the best 8 will be counted.

(3) If 7 tournaments form the DLE league, the best 3 tournaments will be counted. If 10 are in the league, the best 3 will be counted, and if 11 or 12 are participating, the best 4 will be counted.
Appendix: PointsTable: The Distribution of Points

Teams Speakers
1st place: 20 points
2nd place: 16 points
3rd place: 14 points
4th place: 12 points
5th place: 9 points
6th place: 7 points
7th place: 5 points
8th place: 3 points
9th place: 2 points
10th place: 1 point.
1st place: 30 points
2nd place: 26 points
3rd place: 24 points
4th place: 22 points
5th place: 20 points
6th place: 18 points
7th place: 16 points
8th place: 14 points
9th place: 12 points
10th place: 11 points
11th place: 10 points
12th place: 9 points
13th place: 8 points
14th place: 7 points
15th place: 6 points
16th place: 5 points
17th place: 4 points
18th place: 3 points
19th place: 2 points
20th place: 1 points

3 thoughts on “How it works

  1. Pingback: DLE starts at SOAS IV | Debating League of Europe

  2. To point 3.2 (3): is it correct that with both 7 and 10 competitions in the season the best 3 tournaments will be counted for individual speakers?

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