Weekly Coach Newsletter - April 14, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - April 14, 2020

Check out what's new this week, Coach!

Share the Nationals Hired Judge Board

Each year, schools hire experienced judges to fulfill their National Tournament judging obligation. To facilitate this process for the online 2020 National Tournament, we've created a Hired Judging Board where coaches can connect with folks interesting in judging.

Submit Legislation for the National Congress

If you have (or anticipate having) students competing in the National Congress, please be sure to check with your district chair about the two pieces of legislation your district can submit to the docket. All legislation must be sumitted by chairs using NSDA templates by tomorrow, April 15
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Duo Lesson Plans and Tips

In this Duo lesson plan from Colorado College, students practice creating authentic conversation off-script and in-character. The duo pre-determines places their characters might meet, then acts as though they've met there, conversing, behaving, and responding in character. After a few minutes, the coach says ‘confession’ and, in character, one of the students reveals something of great importance which has the potential to change their relationship, for better or for worse. Download the full lesson plan »
In Practice » In last week's Duo Watch Party, our 2019 champions Kyle and Kevin Ahern referenced doing a similar off-script in-character practice. Plus, Kyle shared how he journaled in character and wrote out Donnie Darko's internal monologue throughout the script to get into his headspace and bring life to the performance. Your students can try out all of the above from home! 
2019 Duo champs with trophies A Duo performs, reaching away from each other

Online Middle School Speech Challenge and Senior Open

In an effort to provide closure for seniors and middle school students whose careers in their divisions are ending, we’re excited to announce the Online Middle School Speech Challenge and a Senior Open competition as a part of the National Tournament this year. We are glad to provide one last competition to give students an opportunity to share their message, close out their year, and celebrate the speech and debate community. Learn more » 

Final Round Watch Parties Continue

NSDA coach Renea L. Moss invites you and your students to join her weekly virtual NSDA Final Round Watch Parties. Students have the chance to learn directly from past finalists by asking questions. Join one of the sessions below! 
  • Public Forum: Tuesday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Lincoln-Douglas: Thursday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. ET

Download New Extemp Questions

What kind of international partnerships should Africa seek? Which companies are poised to be leaders in the streaming entertainment industry five years from now? Members can access these Extemp practice questions and more hereDon't forget, students can also learn from two-time USX national champion Jacqueline Wei in these free final round breakdown videos for novice and advanced students. 

Access New Sample World Schools Motions

Members can access five new prepared and impromptu motions for World Schools Debate and learn from watching the USA Debate team in action in this virtual debate

Advanced Public Speaking Activities

Students can improve their skills for public speaking events from home with this collection of activities and suggestions for classroom assessment. Check out two excerpts below! 
  • Perform your event with NO time limit or emotional variance as a factor in your performance. Instead of using filler words, pause. Any time you have a filler word, start over from the beginning. Repeat the activity tomorrow.
  • Write a 250-word summary of your speech or performance. Then cut down the word count again and again. Here’s a rule of thumb: If you can’t describe your argument, plot, or topic in under 15 words, it is likely too complex for a general audience to understand. 

Enter Service Points

Consider reaching out to students, especially seniors, about points for previous service activities! Students can earn up too 200 service points per year, and coaches can earn special awards for service to the Association, too.
Show Your Achievement. Celebrate All of Your Students' Accomplishments with Honor Society Insignia!

Spanish Language Invitational Canceled

In light of the National Tournament moving online, the New Mexico NSDA District has canceled the Spanish Language Invitational. They look forward to hosting the event in the future! 

Academic All American Award Point Exceptions

Due to the shortened seasons seniors are facing, we've lowered the point requirement for the Academic All American Award for the Class of 2020 from 750 points to 650 points. Students with at least 650 points will not be flagged on your account as AAA eligible, but you can nominate seniors seniors at that level who meet the other requirements. 

Cast Your Ballot: Board of Directors and Hall of Fame Voting

Board of Directors » Help select the leaders of our organization! Each school shall vote for up to four candidates in our biennial Board of Directors election through the NSDA Voting section of an NSDA Account. Voting concludes May 1 and elected representatives shall serve from August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2024. Read the statements from our seven candidates here
Hall of Fame » Current Hall of Fame members and active coaches with three or more diamonds may vote online to select this year's inductees to the Hall of Fame. To vote, log in to your Account and select NSDA Voting from the left side menu. Voting closes April 24
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