Verbattle
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faq's

  1. First of all, you need to know that Verbattle is a unique and difficult competition. You cannot win with your arguments alone. There are many other contributing factors, most importantly, the way you argue, your language, your conduct on stage, and the way the audience and the judges see you. If you think a good argument alone can make you win, then you are wrong.

  2. All said and done, Verbattle is about debate, so arguments are the most important parts of the competition. You need to argue well, for which you need to prepare your argument well with your teammate. You cannot win without arguing well.

  3. No. It is also about arguing by taking into consideration your opponent's views. In Verbattle debates, you may have either one team against your statement and one arguing for the statement along with you, or two teams arguing against you. Even if you have just one team against you, you need to also tackle the team that is arguing on your side of the argument. So you need to take the other two teams’ arguments into consideration and plan your argument. So, it is not just about standing and arguing for your side and your point of view.

  4. That is totally up to you. That is your choice, but a healthy mix of your own arguments and some rebuttal and reference to others' arguments may draw the attention of the audience and the judges.

  5. We don't know who can speak perfect English. Decent English is acceptable. We also know that some participants come from second language English backgrounds. This is not an English language test. But the participants’ English cannot be laughable. Some mistakes here and there, either as slip of the tongue or careless, are overlooked by the judges.

  6. Good humour is appreciable and can pep up the argument. But humour that is indecent, crude or objectionable would immediately result in poor results at the judges' desk. Some humour is ok.

  7. You could consider avoiding repeating lines, stopping in between your argument, getting into a private talk with your teammate in-between your argument, being loud, looking at one point all through the speech, low volume, cutting the opponents while they speak, and forgetting your points.

  8. There is no one book that you can read or no one person you can talk to to win in Verbattle. It is just you and your teammate. You need to read many books and newspapers, make notes, watch news, talk to people, and cultivate the art of remembering the right things at the right time. These are more essential than just reading a lot. A wide range of knowledge can attract the audience as well as the judges’ interest.

  9. The unpardonable mistakes are the errors with facts and figures, statistics and names. Attributing a quote to a wrong person, giving wrong data, getting names wrong and saying erroneous things will undoubtedly result in poor marks.

  10. We call judges from all walks of life. We want real people who have lived a life in public space either as leaders, managers of people, or successful professionals or entrepreneurs. We also call academicians, and sometimes, debate and language specialists, too. Our purpose is to make Verbattle as realistic and current as possible. Verbattle debates deal with real issues and we want the opinion of real people in the real world to judge it.

  11. Judges are selected on the basis of the following points. They should…

    • Be unbiased in their approach
    • Not be associated with any educational institution
    • Not have any bad remark in their career
    • Be sensitive and tolerant
    • Like Verbattle and debates
    • Be patient listeners
    • Not get easily swayed by appeals or emotions

    They are given an orientation before they set out to judge the competition. They are also given a letter from the founder, spelling out what is expected of them and how they are required to judge (the letter is available on the website).

    Judges are expected to mark subjectively, as per their wish. There are no actual measurements. The marks are based on general human evaluation response.

    • Understanding of the statement
    • Knowledge of the subject
    • Language ability
    • Diction, accent, pronunciation
    • Clarity, expression
    • Voice, body language
    • Attire, appearance
    • Public speaking skills
    • Appeal, presentation
    • Logic, style of presentation
    • Points, examples, statistics, information
    • Preparation
    • Time management
    • Structure of the argument, establishment of the argument
    • Team conduct, co-ordination
    • Performance
    • Constitution
  12. Even one mark can make you lose. Verbattle as an organisation does not get involved in the marking process. If Verbattle finds disparity and glaring vagrancies in a judge’s evaluation, then the judge is asked to consider revaluation. Ultimately, it is about what the judges felt about the debate, and not what the participant or the team felt about it.

  13. We have noticed that simple, down-to-earth participants with good knowledge and better arguments win. As we have observed, judges tend to mark down ,students who show off and appear audacious. A sincere, well-thought-out and well-prepared argument is always a better bet.

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C) Verbattle announces the Debate Champions of Verbattle Karnataka 2023. Team Kirsten Wilfred Coelho & Pearl Andrea D'Souza from Little Rock Indian School, Bramhavar, stood Champions of Verbattle Junior Plus 2023 Debate Competition, while team Jennifer J & P.Bhavana Bhat from Vidyaniketan Public School, Ulla, Bengaluru and Team Aaryan Sajith Kumar & Vishruti from Kensri School & College, Bengaluru stood the finalists. Verbattle Speech Competition 2023 - Junior has its top 3 speakers from Vidyashilp Academy, Bengaluru - Aadya Kanchan, Ayman Ahmed and Diva Jain.
Team Aryan A Karkun & Sakshi Kulkarni from Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Hubballi, stood the Winner of Verbattle Junior 2023 Championship while team Viraj Simha P & Dhruvi Thakkar from KLE Soceity's School, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru and team Sidharth Kanan & Anika Prashanth from Gopalan International School, Bengaluru bagged the Finalist positions
Team Ritesh R Gadagoli & Samarth M Kuratti from St. Antony's Public School, Hubballi, stood the Winner of Verbattle Kannada 2023 Championship while team Deeksha D.S. & Kishala K from Vidyaniketan Public School, Ullal, Bengaluru and team Nidhi Karthik Agara & Rishvika Satheesh from Gopalan National School, Bengaluru bagged the Finalist positions.
Team Verbattle earnestly thank all the schools that have actively participated in Verbattle Karnataka 2023 Debate Championships - Alpine Public School, Bengaluru/Amrita vidyalayam, Bengaluru/Chandana English Medium School, Sirsi /Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Hubballi/Chinmaya PU College Of Science And Commerce, Hubballi/Deens Academy, Gunjur, Bengaluru/Deens Academy, Whitefield, Bengaluru/Devin Academy for Learning, Bengaluru/DPS East, Bengaluru/DPS Electronic City, Bengaluru/DPS North, Bengaluru/DPS South, Bengaluru/Dr R. B. Patil Mahesh PU College, Hubballi/Fatima Composite PU College/Global Indian International School, Bengaluru/Gopalan International School, Bengaluru/Gopalan National School, Bengaluru/HMR International School, Hennur, Bengaluru/Jain Heritage School, Bengaluru/Kensri School & College, Bengaluru/KLE College of Commerce, Hubballi/KLE Manjunathanagar, Hubballi/KLE Society's School,Rajajinagar, Bengaluru/KLS Public School, Belagavi/Lawrence High School ICSE, Bengaluru/Legacy School, Bengaluru/Little Rock Indian school, Bramhavar/Mount Carmel Central School, Bengaluru/Nagarjuna Vidyaniketan School, Bengaluru/National Hill View Public School Unit 2, Bengaluru/National Public School, Yeshwanthapur, Bengaluru/Rashtriya Military School, Camp Bengaluru/Rashtriya Military School, Camp Belagavi/Royale Concorde International School, Kalyan Nagar, Bengaluru/RVS International, Khannur, Hubballi/Sacred Heart English Medium School, Hubballi/Sanskaar English Medium School, Hubballi/School of India, Bengaluru/Sindhi High School, K K Road, Bengaluru/Sishu Griha School, Bengaluru/SJR Public School, Bengaluru/SSM Public School, Bengaluru/SSP International School, Davanagere/Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir, Bangalore South, Bengaluru/St. Antony's Public School, Hubballi/St.Mira's High School , Bengaluru/Sudarshan Vidya Mandir, BG Road, Bengaluru/Sudarshan Vidya Mandir, ICSE, Bengaluru/Sudarshan Vidya Mandir,CBSE, Bengaluru/The Brigade School, J.P.Nagar, Bengaluru/The Brigade school, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru/The Cambridge International School, Bengaluru/The HDFC School, Bengaluru/Vidyaniketan Public School, Ullal Bengaluru/Vidyanjali Academy for Learning, Bengaluru/Vidyashilp Academy, Bengaluru/Young Scholars Academy, Bengaluru