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The Competition Rules Board of Directors met on March 28. Review the full meeting minutes. Highlights include:
ChatGPT » At the 2023 National Tournament, generative artificial intelligence should not be cited as a source; while something like ChatGPT may be used to guide students to articles, ideas, and sources, the original source of any quoted or paraphrased evidence must be available if requested. Students are prohibited from quoting or paraphrasing text directly from generative AI sources like ChatGPT in events in which speeches must be the original created work of a competitor.
Nationals Judging and Powermatching » Three rules that were used for the first time at the 2022 National Tournament will be continued:
- All judges must leave written feedback on ballots.
Powermatching will continue in main debate events.
- Judges may adjudicate students from their own state in final rounds.
Prep with Advanced PF Evidence
Advanced evidence and argumentation is now available for Resource Package subscribers for the April PF topic, Resolved: The United States Federal Government should ban the collection of personal data through biometric recognition technology.
Teach Flowing Using Songs
Song Flow Activity » Have students compete for the most words flowed in a song. Challenge advanced students with fast, high-variety lyrics like Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” or Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics" or introduce new students to the concept with something slow and/or familiar, like Olivia Rodrigo's "Driver's License." You can choose any songs that are appropriate for your students. Have students flow the songs by only using the left two-inch margin of the paper and count the number of unique words they were able to write down as the song played. You could then do the activity again with the same song and encourage students to use shorthand and gauge how many more words they were able to capture.
This content is excerpted from Lesson 7 of the Start Here: Teaching Lincoln-Douglas collection. The material includes a flowing template, training video, and flowing activities from the 2019 final round and sample cases.
Required: Adding Attendees to Your National Tournament Registration
You must register any individual entering a tournament venue with your school on the "Judges & Attendees" tab of your school’s Tabroom.com registration. If someone coming with your school will not be judging, they must be entered under "Attendees." This includes all judges, coaches, chaperones, parents, siblings, etc., over the age of 12. All these individuals must have or create Tabroom.com accounts. Without this information, attendees will not receive tournament ribbons and will not be able to enter tournament venues. Ribbons may be requested for children under the age of 13 during in-person registration; their registration in advance is not required.
Reminder: Take the Survey and Enter to Win a Free School Membership
Our membership survey helps shape our priorities for the coming school year and influences the resources, recognition, and competitive opportunities we offer. In 15 minutes, you can have your voice heard and enter to win. Three high school programs and three middle school programs will be randomly selected from all complete surveys submitted by Friday, May 5, at 11:59 p.m. CT to win free a free school membership for 2023-2024.
If you are eligible to participate in our survey, you would have received an email on April 11 from email@example.com via SurveyMonkey with the subject line Response Requested: 2023 NSDA Membership and Resource Survey. Be sure to check your spam folder! We hope you'll take the time to participate and share your perspective.
Recognize Graduates with NSDA Honor Cords
NSDA students are eligible to wear honor cords at graduation and induction ceremonies. Honor cords demonstrate membership in our Honor Society and, for many, the opportunity to wear them is an enticing part of membership.
School policies vary—check with your administration about whether your students can wear honor cords, and share our letter to help make the case.
2023 Hall of Fame Voting » The highest honor for any high school speech and debate coach is election to the NSDA Hall of Fame. Current Hall of Fame members and active coaches with three or more Diamond Awards may vote online to select this year’s inductees. To access the ballot, log in to your NSDA Account and select “NSDA Voting” from the left side menu. Voting ends April 28.
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