Call for assistant junior coach

The South African Schools Debating Board invites all suitable candidates to apply for the position of assistant national Junior Team coach. One assistant coach position has been opened.

 In a continued effort to develop the strength of South Africa’s debating pool, we will be taking a National Junior Team to an international debate tournament.
Given this structure, the responsibilities of the assistant coach will include:
  • Assist in training the trials squad. A training camp will be held from the 21st to 23rd March 2014.
  • Act as a national selector at junior trials. Trials will be over the June 16 long weekend on Saturday the 14th, Sunday the 15th and Monday the 16th.
  • Coach as well as accompany the SA Junior team on an international tour in 2014.
  • Assist in the training of the South African Junior team in advance of their 2014 Tournament.
 Your application should comprise the following:
  1. Your name and contact details
  2. A brief CV indicating your past involvement in debating
  3. A brief written motivation
Please submit applications on or before the 28th February 2014. Successful candidates will be announced on the 7th of March 2014. The SASDB reserves the right to change any elements of this procedure should it see fit.
Please email all questions and applications to both”
 Phiwe Salukazana: phiweslkzn@gmail.com

Call for national selectors

This is an open call for applications to serve as a national selector at the South African Schools National Trials. The purpose of the National Trials process is to select the South African Schools Debating Team that will attend world championships in August this year.

National Trials will be held in Johannesburg from 1 May – 4 May 2014. Selectors will need to arrive in Johannesburg on the evening 30 April 2014.

National selectors are unpaid and will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and travel costs. Selectors will be hosted by Johannesburg based selectors. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided during the trials weekend.

Selectors will be responsible for the following:

  • Selecting the National Team to attend WSDC 2014
  • Giving extensive constructive feedback to trialists after each debate
  • Engaging in active coaching sessions with trialists (this may include giving a workshop if requested to do so)

Your application should comprise the following:

  • Your name and contact details
  • A brief CV indicating your past involvement in debating
  • A brief written motivation

Please submit applications on or before Friday 14th of February 2014 to LChurchyard@FNB.CO.ZA .
The panel will be announced on 17th of February 2014. No late applications will be accepted.
The SASDB reserves the right to change any elements of this procedure should it see fit.

Call for applications: SA junior coach

At the 2013 AGM, the SASDB governing body voted in a new measure to introduce a national junior team. The junior team will function much the same way as the SA team, including a trials process and the attendance of one international tournament. A junior trialists squad was selected at SANSDC 2013 by the main selection panel.

This is a call for applications for the position of the South African Junior National Coach. The coach will be responsible for selecting and coaching the 2014 junior team, and taking them to an international tournament.

To apply, applicants are required to submit:
1) A debating CV and brief motivation;
2) An outline of their plans for the next 2 years (where they’ll be,
what they’ll be doing, etc);
3) A coaching plan outlining their ideas for training sessions, etc.
4) A letter of motivation, including their thoughts on coaching and being responsible for young children (grade eights and nines).

Please ensure that all applications are in by Monday 3 February. Please send all applications to sasdbinfo@gmail.com.

The NEC will then vote on the applications we receive and the appointment will be announced before Friday 7 February. Please send can this to whoever else you think will be interested. We are really hoping to receive as many high level applications as we can!

Call for Applications: NEC

Dear Members of the South African Schools’ Debating Community

This is a call for applications for positions on the executive committee. There are three positions open for applications: President, Funding Officer and Operations Officer.

From my experience on the SASDB executive committee, it is incredibly rewarding to play a central role in developing and maintaining schools debating in South Africa. I encourage everyone to send this call for applications to everyone in their debating mailing lists and to seriously considering applying for these positions. Schools debating in South Africa only survives because of the hard work of people like you!

According to section 19 of the SASDB constitution:

The President shall serve a term of two years, shall act as the Chief Executive Officer of the Board, and shall:

  • provide leadership to the Board;
  • provide general secretarial services to the Board;
  • monitor the performance of the Executive Committee;
  • along with the Operations Officer, oversee the occurrence of the annual National Schools Debating Championships (NSDC); provide quarterly reports to the Board on the Board’s general activities.

The Operations Officer shall serve a term of two years, and shall be responsible for the execution of the core programme of the SASDB in the following ways:

  • ensuring clear communication systems exist within the Board;
  • along with the President, overseeing the occurrence of, but not fundraising for, the NSDC in line with the official NSDC rules (annexure B);
  • act in accordance with the duties set out in the Terms of Appointment (annexure C).

The Funding Officer shall serve a term of two years, and shall source funding for the Board’s core programme, specifically for:

  • the NSDC;
  • the SASDA;
  • the South African Schools Debating Team’s (SASDT) participation in the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC).

To apply please send a debating specific CV and a letter of motivation to sasdbinfo@gmail.com before midnight on Monday 2 December.

Open call for selectors

The selection panel will be responsible for selecting the South African Open Squad at SASNDC 2013 in Johannesburg. Adjudicating at nationals is a pre-requirement for serving on the selection panel.

It should be noted that each province shall have one reserved spot on the selection panel so as to ensure that all participating provinces are represented.

Interested candidates should please submit their application to Luke Churchyard (Lchurchyard@fnb.co.za) including a brief debating CV by the 1st of December 2013.

I look forward to your responses.

Kind regards,
Luke Churchyard
South African Schools Debating Team Head Coach 2014/2015

Call for applications: assistant national coach

The South African Schools Debating Board invites all suitable candidates to apply for the position of assistant national coach. Two assistant coach positions have been opened.
In a continued effort to develop the strength of South Africa’s debating pool, all 12 South African trialists will attend international tournaments in 2014. Trials will be held to select the official South African Team which will represent South Africa at WSDC 2014. In addition to this team, the remaining trialists will be divided into SA “A” teams.
Given this structure, the responsibilities of the assistant coaches will include:
  • Assist in training the trials squad. A training camp will be held from the 21st to 23rd March 2014.
  • Act as a national selector at SA Trials between the 1st and 4th May 2014.
  • Coach as well as accompany one of the SA “A” teams on an international tour in 2014.
  • Assist in the training of the South African team in advance of their 2014 WSDC campaign.
 Your application should comprise the following:
  1. Your name and contact details
  2. A brief CV indicating your past involvement in debating
  3. A brief written motivation
Please submit applications on or before the 5th  of November 2013. Successful candidates will be announced on the 12th  of November 2013. The SASDB reserves the right to change any elements of this procedure should it see fit.
Please email all questions and applications to:
Luke Churchyard: LChurchyard@fnb.co.za AND
The SASDB: sasdbinfo@gmail.com
Please forward this email on to anyone else who might be interested in applying.
Luke Churchyard
Head Coach 
South African Schools Debating Team