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Weekly Coach Newsletter - September 29, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - September 29, 2020

Dear Coach,

If you haven't yet renewed your school membership, be sure to do so by October 1 or this is the last coach newsletter you will receive! 

Register Now: Free Tournaments for Members!

Thanks to the generosity of The Julia Burke Foundation, member students have the opportunity to compete in our NSDA Online Springboard Series, a new series of free tournaments for novice and middle school students held over the next three months. Schools and students must be NSDA members to enter the tournament. There is no entry fee for participation!
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Build Your Resume: Get Accredited!

Our Professional Accreditation Program recognizes coaches and educators who are committed to furthering their education and skills to better meet the needs of their students. The first available level, the Speech and Debate Coaching Endorsement, is open to anyone who is an active NSDA coach member and may be completed online at one’s own pace. As part of this endorsement, you will take a variety of professional development courses via our professional development platform NSDA Learn and the National Federation of State High School Associations’ online learning center, NFHS Learn. Learn more »

Recognize Academic Excellence 

From more than 120,000 high school student members of the National Speech & Debate Association, fewer than 2% of students earn the Academic All American award every year. This award recognizes high school students for academic and competitive success. Students who meet the points requirement are marked with a yellow box that says AAA? on your Student Roster. Start a nomination today
Academic All American Award. Nominate eligible students for this prestigious award!

Take the Free Course: Adjudicating Speech and Debate 

In partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), this course is designed to help you identify the different types of speech and debate events, review basic judging guidelines, and it includes example student performances so you can practice judging while receiving tips on what to note during an actual round. We encourage you to share the course with any volunteer judges helping out your program this year! 

Class of 2020 Points Entry Deadline 

Remember, points for students who graduated in 2020 must be entered by Thursday, October 1. Log in and add any final points as soon as possible! The points entry deadline for the class of 2021 will be July 15 and we will remind you in May!

Tabroom Integration

Did you know program advisors can link their school’s account with their NSDA account to import their student roster and enable autoposting of tournament points? In this video, Membership Specialist Lisa Vossekuil explains how to create an account on and sync it with your school’s NSDA account and roster!

Connect with Peers

Have a burning question or a coaching tip to share? Head over to our community forum NSDA Connect to collaborate with members across the country!
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