May 28, 2019 - Nationals Newsletter
May 28, 2019 - Nationals Newsletter

Dear Coach,

Check out the latest National Tournament news below! Please encourage other coaches or adults attending with your school to sign up for updates here

National Tournament Schedules

The tentative high school National Tournament schedules are available online here. Check out planned round times, locations, details on Supplemental and Consolation re-registration, and more! Final schedules will be available in the Tournament Book you'll receive at registration, in the Nats19 Guidebook App (coming soon), and online on 

Meet the 2019 NSDA Middle School Coach of the Year

The Middle School Coach of the Year award recognizes a coach who reflects outstanding leadership and commitment to speech and debate activities. This year's recipient is Alyssa Vaknin of Bak Middle School of the Arts in Florida! Learn more about Alyssa in the excerpt from her nomination essay below. 
“I’ll always admire Mrs. Vaknin, far beyond her skills as a coach and teacher, but also as a person, who understands that life and expectation can weigh on kids heavily, and that a teacher has the ability to alleviate that burden while also teaching them valuable skills that they may never learn in the outside world… Mrs. Vaknin has far surpassed the expectation of teaching speech and debate and has left something that will outlast any trophy. She’s left dozens of kids inspired, ambitious, tenacious, poised, empowered, confident, and respectful. She’s left a legacy."
- Melodie Barrau, NSDA Alum  

Watch Tomorrow's Policy Debate Webinar

Be sure to tune in for How to Debate Like a Tiger: Making the Most of the Last Few Weeks Preparing for Nationals tomorrow, May 29 at 4:00 p.m. CT. This webinar, brought to you by Trinity University, is a great resource for students competing in Policy at Nationals! Head over to to watch live.  

Attend the First Time at Nationals Coach Reception

You’re invited to attend the First Time at Nationals Coach Reception on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in the Houston Ballroom, located on the third floor of the Sheraton. This is a time for you to ask questions, meet some of the NSDA Board of Directors and staff, and interact with other coaches from across the country. Refreshments will be provided. The reception is presented by the NSDA staff, family, and friends.
If you're a first time attending coach please let us know via this form! We look forward to making your first tournament a wonderful experience!

World Schools Training and Demo

Judges taking part in World Schools Debate should plan to attend training on Sunday beginning at 1:45 p.m. This training is required for all World Schools judges, even for those who took part last year. The 30 minute training will be followed by a demo round, which is open to both judges and competitiors. Learn more about World Schools Debate prior to the tournament in this video

Submit Your Topic Suggestions

Do you have suggestions for Public Forum topic areas or LD resolutions for 2019-2020? You can submit your ideas for PF topic areas or LD resolutions by June 1 to have your ideas considered! The Wording Committees will meet during the National Tournament so keep an eye out for updates! 

Prepare for Nationals

The 2018-2019 Resource Package is the perfect way to prepare for Nationals! Add the Individual or Team Resource Package to gain access to 2018 final round videos, the Interp script database, a sample Extemp round including ballots with feedback, and more! 
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