Announcement of NCA

The South African Schools Debating Board is pleased to welcome Tristan von Zahn to the NEC as our new chief adjudicator! Tristan will serve as CA for the board and for the National School Debating Championships held this December in the Western Cape. We are excited to work with him and we are sure he will be an excellent addition to our board.

We would also like to thank Paida Mangondo for his hard work as CA over the last two years. Paida has put in many hours of effort on the adjudication side of national debating and he will be missed!

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

Appointments: National Shadow Coaches and Junior Coach

The SASDB is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole Dunn and Saul Musker as the shadow coaches of the 2014 South African Schools Debating Team. They will assist the head coach in training the team, as well as developing their own coaching skills. We are also excited to announce that Phiwe Salukazana has been selected as the SA Junior Team head coach, newly formed this year.

We wish all of our coaching staff the best of luck with training and competition this year! We know they will do us proud.

Call for national shadow coach

This is a call for applicants interested in filling one of two shadow coach positions for the senior National Team of 2014. The role of shadow coach is distinct from the earlier advertised role of “assistant coach”. The shadow coach positions are reserved for less experienced coaches with the specific objective of improving their coaching skill set.
Shadow coaches will assist in the coaching of both the South African Team as well as the South Africa “A” teams before trials, helping to select the teams at trials and assist in preparing the teams for World Schools’ Debating Championships and other international tournaments.

Important Dates:
National Squad training Camp 21st – 23rd March 2014
National Trials 1st – 4th May 2014

Application process:
Interested applicants need to submit a debating specific CV detailing speaking, adjudicating and any coaching experience (if applicable). Candidates should also supply a letter of motivation which includes a brief explanation of coaching philosophy.

Appointment Procedure:
Applications need to be submitted to Luke Churchyard by the 3rd of February 2014: Lchurchyard@fnb.co.za
All applicants will be reviewed by the SASDB Executive committee.

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!