Welcome to Debate! What do you need to get started?

Visit the Resources Home page

Contact SEDA for more information on personalized workshops and starting a club:

  • Find a club - in your school or community or start one
  • Find a friend - just need two people on a team
  • Find a coach - a teacher to coach/chaperone or another adult coach
  • Have a workshop - in your class, school or community
  • Start debating just in your club or at tournaments!


Who can debate?

Any youth in Grades 5-12. We have four categories:

  • Gr. 5-6 = Beginners
  • Gr. 7-8 = Intermediate
  • Gr. 9-12, never debated before = Novice
  • Gr. 9-12, experienced debaters = Open

Adult debate opportunities also exist:

  • Both universities have debate clubs (URDS/USDS)
  • Adult Invitational Tournament
  • Special events upon request


How long is the debate Season?

Most clubs meet from early September to late April

Typical schedule:

  • August - Debate Camps in Regina and Saskatoon
  • September- One-day Workshops
  • October - AGM
  • October, November, December, January, February - Four Rounds of tournaments for each category, plus speech tournaments
  • March - Provincials
  • April, May - Senior and Junior Nationals


Many thriving debate clubs have students who never attend tournaments. It is each student's choice as to how competitive they wish to be. The important thing is that club meetings offer members the opportunity to debate and have fun!

Our Sponsors

Saskatchewan Lotteries Sask Culture Canadian Student Debating Federation Law Foundation of Saskatchewan

News & Upcoming Events

  • Changes to the Board


    The October AGM saw a number of changes to the board we'd like to acknowledge. We are pleased with the strong turn-out this year. We had a number of parents and coaches present as well as most clubs represented. With the regular turn-over in board member terms, we would like to welcome Melissa Gerlach and Paula Dvernichuk as new members to the board. Of course these psotions mark the end of terms of other members. So, we'd also like to acknowledge the following retiring board members:


    Kara Helmes - Kara has been a long history with SEDA. A member of the board for over 10 years, she has committed to coaching and supporting SEDA. A former debater, president and past president (two terms), she helped SEDA navigate some turbulent waters in recent years. We thank Kara for her commitment and leadership.


    Sarah Myers - Sarah, a recent addition to the board, has spent her free time supporting elementary debate and coaching. As a highly respected member of the board, her contributions are valued. We are grateful to Sarah for her contributions to SEDA.


    Dylan Hardy - A former debater, Dylan is passionate about debate. He has committed his time to the advancement of debate and debaters in the province as a coach, mentor, judge and board member. Although his long commitment to the board is coming to an end, Dylan's impact on the debate community will remain.


    Matt Schmeisser - Also a former debater, Matt has dedicated hours debating, coaching and actively participating on the board. Matt has volunteered his time and energy and influence many young debaters and many have noted the feedback he provides. Wherever his career takes him, debate will remain an important part of Matt's life. SEDA is grateful to Matt and wishes him the best in his endeavors.

  • Your Canada - Your Constitution

    Thank you YCYC for sponsoring 2016 National Debate!