Greetings! The UP Debate Society is hosting Pre-Australs on June 28-30, 2008 at the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus. This tournament would really serve as an excellent preparation for the upcoming Australasians 2008, which will be held in Manila just two days after this.
We are pleased to announce that the official website of Pre-Australs has been launched. You may now visit http://preaustrals.updebatesociety.org/ for the comprehensive tournament information.
Also, we have presented below a REGISTRATION FAQ.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are composite teams allowed to compete and break?
Yes, composite teams can join Pre-Australs and are eligible to break in this tournament.
Can teams not registered in Australs join Pre-Australs?
Yes, we are allowing teams that are not competing in Australs itself to join Pre-Australs.
Is there an institution cap and a breaking cap for institutions?
There is no institution cap and all registered teams from each institution are eligible to break. However, we do have a tournament cap of 30 teams so we are requesting institutions to confirm early to secure slots.
How many adjudicators should each institution send?
Institutions sending debaters and as well as composite teams must fulfill the n-rule for sending adjudicators; i.e. the number of adjudicators sent must be equal to the number of competing teams.
How many debate rounds will Pre-Australs have?
Pre-Australs will consist of 5 preliminary rounds. The top 8 teams will compete in the break rounds featuring a quarterfinal, semifinal and a final round.
Will Pre-Australs have a coaching system?
Yes. Teams, upon registration, can opt in for a coach who can provide valuable input during preparation time. The enriching debates and outstanding adjudication will truly result into fruitful training for the upcoming major tournament.
What are the requirements for registration?
Institutions and composite teams must accomplish a pre-registration form and should send it to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than June 20, 2008. The pre-registration form may also be filled out and sent via the registration page on http://preaustrals.updebatesociety.org/.
The deadline for the full payment of the registration fee is on June 23, 2008.
For participants availing of accommodations, the deadline of full payment of accommodations package is on June 23, 2008. However, these participants must still check the official invitation for the deadline of payment of their chosen accommodations package because some hotel options may require confirmation and payment dates earlier than June 23, 2008 in order to secure slots or obtain discounts.
How much is the registration fee and what does it cover?
The registration fee is just Php 2000 (approximately USD 47.00) inclusive of three lunch meals, dinner, and two socials events. Please note that accommodations costs are not covered by the registration fee.
How can we avail of accommodations?
The Pre-Australs Board of Directors has provided several affordable and good accommodations options within the UP Diliman area. Participants who wish to get accommodations should check the accommodations section of the official invitation, select a hotel option, and inform the organizers upon pre-registration about this choice. The organizing committee will take care of the hotel booking provided that the participants confirm and pay on the set deadline for that particular hotel option.
Participants availing of accommodations just have to pay an additional Php 335 (USD 8.00) for their transportation fee, which covers the cost for airport transfer upon arrival in Manila and shuttling services from the hotel to the tournament venue, socials venues and back to the hotel for the entire duration of the tournament.
Can we still avail of these accommodations after Pre-Australs?
Yes, participants may opt in to avail of these accommodations until after Pre-Australs, before they are transferred to their accommodations for Australs. The accommodations packages can be extended to 5 days and the Fersal Inn accommodations package, in particular, offers a 15% discount for a 5-night stay.
Pre-Australs will be concluded just 2 days before Australasians 2008. Should you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to approach the Pre-Australs organizers to ask help for securing cheap accommodations, setting up an itinerary to tour around Manila, or making travel arrangements for other tours for these 2 free days before the major tournament.
Where can I get more information about Pre-Australs?
Please download an official invite. We also encourage you to visit http://preaustrals.updebatesociety.org/ regularly for updates on this tournament.
Should you have further questions, concerns or comments about Pre-Australs, please do not hesitate to forward them to us through Ms. Anna Arcellana, Communications Director at + 639178862232. You may also send us a message at preaustrals2008 @ gmail.com.
Thank you very much and we are looking forward to seeing you at Pre-Australs!