Weekly Coach Newsletter - March 9, 2021
Weekly Coach Newsletter - March 9, 2021

Check out what's new, Coach!

Say Goodbye to Uploading Nationals Forms

Unlike in years past, coaches are not required to upload forms for the National Tournament or Middle School Speech Challenge! Coaches must still acquire a signed Entry Release Form for each competitor before the first day of National Tournament competition, and tournament officials may request this signed form at any point during and immediately following the competition. Learn more »

Using Tabroom's Online Tournament Features

Join Tabroom.com experts Ameena Amdahl-Mason and Greg Malis on Tuesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. CT to learn about using online tournament features in Tabroom.com. By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to set up and run an online tournament on Tabroom.com using a variety of different methods, including asynchronous rounds, NSDA Campus rooms, and synchronous rounds using an external service like Zoom or Classrooms.Cloud.
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Resource Roundup

  • Extemp » Simplify your practice with ten new questions for USX and IX.
  • Congress » Download the March docket to prep for new debates.
  • Public Forum » Use our topic analysis to explore the March PF topic, Resolved: On balance, the benefits of creating the United States Space Force outweigh the harms.
  • World Schools » Find new sample prepared and impromptu motions.
  • Lincoln-Douglas » Use our new topic analysis to get started with the March/April topic, Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee universal child care.
  • Practice Activities » Find more than 50 drills and practice activities for delivery, prep, strategy, memorization, characterization, movement, and more. The collection is sorted by event type and tagged for targeted skills, supplies needed, and number of participants.

Rate Rostrum and Enter to Win a FREE School Membership Next Year

Is there a part of Rostrum magazine you always read? Something you wish we’d cover more often? Let the editorial team know what you think by taking our survey! Responses submitted by Friday, March 12 at 11:59 p.m. CT will be eligible for the drawing.

Registering for Nationals

Middle School » Registration is now open for the Middle School Speech Challenge! Read up on the procedures, then visit msnats.tabroom.com to get started. Remember, students must be NSDA members with Tabroom.com accounts linked to your roster to participate! The Middle School Speech Challenge is presented by Summit Debate.
High School » Registration for the high school National Tournament is now open! Teams with qualifiers will be able to start the registration process once your entire district series has concluded and your district chair has submitted your results. You will receive an email when registration opens! Follow these step-by-step instructions to register. Please accept or decline entries ASAP to allow us to notify alternates. The next alternate is automatically moved up when you decline an entry, so be certain of your decision. Remember, students need Tabroom.com accounts linked to your roster to participate! 
Learn how to link your student's Tabroom.com accounts to your roster in the video below.

Apply for a Share of $100,000 in Financial Support

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, we encourage you to apply for the William Woods Tate, Jr., Memorial Fund. We will award the first round of grants around May 1, so please apply early as we anticipate funding will go quickly.
Join us this summer. Public Forum Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Interpretation Events, Original Oratory and Informative Speaking. Session 1: June 28-July 11. Session 2: July 14-July 27. Register today! www.SummitDebate.com

Celebrate Excellence in Coaching in Your District

Nominations are open for all of our district to national awards! Each winner of the following district awards is automatically entered into the running for the national-level award when reported by your district chair. District deadlines vary, so be sure to check with your local leadership about when nominations are due. District chairs must report district winners to us by April 16 for national award consideration!
At ISD, The Adults are in Charge. Safety, Security, & Inclusion are #1. ISD 2021 is all online. Click here to learn more about ISD!
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