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Weekly Coach Newsletter
Weekly Coach Newsletter
October 31, 2016  |  A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Coach,
Happy Halloween! Don't be afraid, we've collected everything you need to know. Keep reading for important deadlines within the next two days and an event format update! 
Going, Going, Gone » It’s your last chance to access #Nats16 pictures! The photo site closes today, October 31. Relive the fun and get them here before they’re gone for good!
Program Spotlight » Members of the Carlsbad High School Speech & Debate Team organized a public forum for City Council candidates last week. The team worked together to develop questions and design the format, and two senior debaters moderated the forum. We love to see coaches bringing the power of their speech and debate teams to their communities. Do you have a story like this to share? Let us know!
Big Questions Format Update » Thanks to your feedback, we’ve made some changes to the Big Questions format! We’ve shortened the rounds to 45 minutes plus debates can now be one-on-one, two-on-two, or pairs can compete against individuals. Students who are competing in pairs will alternate speeches and share their prep time, much like Public Forum or Policy. As tournament hosts, you can choose to limit your event to one entry type if you wish. To learn more about the new format or to explore how your team can fundraise with Big Questions, visit our page. Questions? Email
Ed Conference Presenter Application Deadline » Don't miss out! Tomorrow, November 1, is the last day to apply to be a presenter at our inaugural education conference in Denver, Colorado. Click here to apply or to learn more. Questions? Email
Resource Questionnaire » We are interested in hearing from you about the resources we develop for our members. Please take this short survey to help guide us in decisions moving forward. We love hearing your feedback!
Weigh In On Upcoming Topics » Don’t forget, PF topic voting ends today, October 31, at 4:00 p.m. CT! Let us know which Federal Drug Policy topic you’d prefer for December. To log in and access the ballot, visit
Active Coach Status » An Active Coach has earned at least 10 coaching points over the past year. If you have coaches who are listed as Inactive, they may still be assigned points and access resources with their own coach accounts. Once they earn 10 points, they will automatically be moved to Active status. We encourage schools to add points to all coaches as appropriate to recognize their hard work and dedication!
HeinOnline » Thanks to our partners at HeinOnline, we are excited to offer even more online research opportunities for all of our members! In addition to the Law Journal Library, you can access the following databases:  

• European Centre for Minority Issues
• Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)
• History of International Law
• Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S.
Perfect for debaters, extempers, orators, and others, HeinOnline is an outstanding benefit of your membership. Click here for more information!
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