This is part of the WSDC 2011 series as I recount and report on the World School Debating Championship 2011 in Dundee, Scotland as a debater, blogger and Wales national team member.
In conjunction with the release of draft copies of the World Rankings, the WSDC 2011 organizers also released draft versions of The Grid, a system that is largely used to provide a structure to the draw to make it more fair and even, ensuring competitive debates and a competitive WSDC tournament as well as making the creation of the draw itself easier.
This year’s ‘Grid’ is similar in many respects with the Draw Structure for WSDC 2010. Not all together too surprising given that Simon Quinn who helped create the Draw Structure last year was once again involved in the creation of this year’s Grid according to the explanation provided.
Please take note of the follow which explains how to read the grid –
The code in each cell refers to the position of the left team in debating the top team. For example, Team A1 will be Opposition against Team A2 in Round 8, an unprepared round.
Like WSDC 2010, videos of the draw will be posted online and will determine which teams debate against each other. Draw videos and the draw are scheduled to be released July 1st, 1 month after the prepared motions were released.
The Grid Explained