2024 regional coaching applications now open

We are opening coaching applications for regionals teams!

The general requirements of coaching the teams are as follows:

  • Attend the relevant regional competition.
  • Train your team: Generally, you should aim to train the team for a few weekends between Regionals in March and Nationals in May, but it is at your discretion as to how you arrange this.
  • Attend Nationals on 24-27 May 2024.
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Application Process

Applicants may apply by completing this form here.

Applications close on 9 February 2024 at 6pm.

Following on from its use in the last two years, Council will be instituting a feedback process for coaching applicants. The feedback process will be used as a mechanism for individuals to express concerns about the suitability of an applicant to coach students and is not a general feedback process that you may see at the university level for adjudication cores.

Feedback will open on 10 February and close on 15 February.

Assistant Coaches

An assistant coach is a coach that does not lead training but assists the coaches through tasks such as debating the team and providing feedback to the team. The assistant coaching pathway is aimed at providing meaningful opportunities for the development of younger coaches under more experienced coaches.

Those wishing to be an assistant coach can also apply using the same google form. Regional selection panels will appoint assistant coaches in consultation with the appointed coaches for each region.

Selection of Coaches

Coaching appointments will be made in line with NZSDC’s Coach Selection Policy found here.

In 2024, Council will appoint 3 regional selection panels which will consider applicants wishing to apply as regional coaches.

  • Upper North Island Regional Selection Panel – Northland, Auckland, Counties Manukau, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty
  • Central New Zealand Selection Panel – Hawke’s Bay, Central North Island, Wellington, and Kahurangi-Marlborough
  • South Island Selection Panel – Canterbury, Otago, and Southland

All regional selection panel processes will be run simultaneously but independently. In regions where there is more than 1 region being contested, candidates will be asked to indicate which regions they wish to be considered for. They will also be given the opportunity to state and explain the ranked preference of regions for which they wish to be considered.

An applicant can apply as an individual coach, or in a combination with one other applicant.

Where a selection panel has multiple regions under consideration they will appoint coaches with the goal of achieving the strongest possible coaches for all regions under consideration in accordance with the regional preferences of candidates.

Please send any questions to Chris Ryan (president@debating.org.nz) who is managing the process.