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Nationals Newsletter - June 1, 2021
Nationals Newsletter - June 1, 2021

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Recordings Due Today, June 1

Links to recordings for supplemental speech and main speech event backup videos must be added to by 11:59 p.m. CT tonight, June 1. Students may record their performance using any video recording site or software available to them, upload their recording to a site that creates a link to the video (YouTube, Google Drive, Vimeo, etc.), and share the link with a coach to copy/paste into the student’s entry in their Nationals registration.
You should double check that permissions on the video are appropriately set to allow anyone with the link to view it. After you paste the link in, click the blue and white Test Video Link button to confirm that the link works. Learn more » 

Video performance link text box with link filled in, a green check mark shows that the video is in and the link works.
Tournament procedures
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Online competition tips
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Judge Swaps Open Thursday

Thursday, June 3 through Saturday, June 5, coaches may log in to and see which judge(s) we have assigned to judge which day(s) for Monday through Saturday of the National Tournament. You will have the ability to swap around judges who are qualified in that event to ensure all of the days your school is obligated to judge in an event are covered. You will also have the ability to add a judge not previously listed to cover the days you owe. We understand that it can be hard to manage judge schedules, and we hope that this process will allow you the flexibility to schedule judging on the days that work best for you and your judges!
Remember, a judge must be at the tournament for each round on that day, either in their assigned room or in the pooling room. Judges may not fill only part of a day's obligation. College-age judges must have graduated in 2019 or earlier to be eligible to judge. Ineligible judges’ schools will incur a $700 fine. 
We will notify you when the system is open for swaps! Learn more about judge obligations »

Detailed Competition Schedules

Round start times are now available in the Nationals Procedures. Students and judges will join their rooms on 30 minutes before round start time to resolve any technical issues.

How to Connect with Tournament Officials for Help

Please contact us for support using the methods below. To enable us to support as many users as quickly as possible, please do your best to solve the issue via these tips and the tournament procedures before reaching out. Please do not contact us via multiple methods regarding the same issue.
Zoom Issues » If you're having a technical issue with sound or video in Zoom, please try the suggestions in this troubleshooting guide before contacting us. If issues persist, you can reach out by using the Classrooms.Cloud chat feature in the bottom right corner of the site.
Site Access Issue » If you are unable to access the competition site or are experiencing issues with your account, please contact us by: 
  • Emailing and describing your issue or
  • Visiting the Tech/Tabroom Help room from the Tournament Offices menu
Event Questions » If you have an unidentified person in your room, are missing a student or judge at or after round start time, or have a pressing issue with judging, proedures, ballots, or rules, use the in-room ticketing system to reach out to your event's helpline for assistance.
General Tournament Questions » Please email for support or visit the Ombudsperson Room.
Equity Issues » If you have a concern about how people are treating you that you want to make known to the NSDA and, if appropriate, legal authorities, or you have witnessed behavior that is inconsistent with our NSDA Harassment and Discrimination Policy, please visit the online Equity Office in the Tournament Offices menu. You will be asked to fill out a form sharing your information and describing the violation. You will then discuss the grievance informally and on a verbal basis with the equity officer, who shall in turn investigate the complaint. 
National Speech & Debate Conference: Online 2021

Required Judge Training

All judges in the National Tournament are required to complete two training courses before competition begins, the cultural competency course and the National Tournament judge procedures videosJudges must certify that they have completed these items by logging in to, clicking National Speech and Debate Tournament under the Judging header, and clicking Yes next to each requirement. 

Practice Accessing Competition Spaces

Coaches, students, and judges with accounts linked to the tournament can increase their comfort level prior to Nationals by practicing locating competition spaces. To get started, visit, use the Rooms menu to find the Practice Rooms, and click to enter the Demo room. Then you'll be prompted to log in with your account info.
Unlike during the tournament week, when you click to join via app or join via browser in the room you'll be directed to a Zoom test site. Teams cannot yet access competition rooms, but they will function just like regular Zoom rooms. Each participant who enters the demo room will be taken to their own, separate Zoom test site. You will not be able to practice in the demo room with multiple people. To practice as a team in one Zoom room, go to and sign up for a free account! A few reminders: 
  • We highly recommend using Google Chrome as your browser to access the site. 
  • If your students are having trouble accessing the competition site, double check that their account is linked to their entry, that they don't have multiple accounts (many students do!), or have them reset their password.
  • Find troubleshooting tips in our online competition guide

Save the Date: Registration on June 13 

An adult representative from each school participating in the National Tournament should plan to attend tournament registration on Sunday, June 13. Each state has an assigned registration time. If you can't make it during your assigned time, please join us for Late Registration from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. CT.

Apply for Financial Support on Behalf of Your Students

We've pledged to give $100,000 in financial assistance to teams and students to create a more equitable experience at the 2021 National Tournament. If your team needs to purchase technology, pay for internet access, rent appropriate competition space, or acquire other resources that will allow students to compete online, apply for the William Woods Tate, Jr., Memorial Fund.
We've put together a three question Competitor Resource Assessment you can use independently to evaluate potential challenges your students have and ways that the Tate fund may be able to support them. We awarded the first round of grants in early May, so please apply soon! We anticipate funding will go quickly.
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