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Nationals Newsletter
June 5, 2018 | A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association

Dear Coach, 

Below, we bring you a preview of registration Sunday at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, plus instructions to download the Nats18 app and check out the tournament book. The National Tournament is just around the corner! 

Download the Nats18 App! 

Our free Nats18 Guidebook app contains maps, schedules, postings, and more! It will serve as your number one source for tournament notifications and updates. To download the app, click here  or follow these instructions:
1. Go to the app store that corresponds with your device and search for “Guidebook.”
2. Follow the prompts on your screen, and Guidebook will download.
3. Open up the Guidebook app on your device to get started. 
4. Use the Search box to type in “Nats18.”
5.  Tap “Download Guide” to download the guide to your device. You may be prompted to allow push notifications and location services.

Note: We strongly recommend allowing push notifications so you don’t miss any important tournament announcements! 

Online Tournament Book 

You'll receive a physical copy of the tournament book at registration, but if you're looking to get a jump on things, you can access a digital copy of the book online here! The book includes schedules, award recipients, district ads, and detailed information about the tournament. If you have a question about the tournament, odds are the answer is in there! 

Your Sunday Schedule

Check in at Registration » Before Sunday, be sure to double-check your online registration status in Tabroom! You can avoid long lines by ensuring all your fees are paid and the most recent version of all your materials are uploaded. Then come by and pick up your materials in person on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Floridian Ballroom A (located on the third floor of the Convention Center). 
Shop the Speech & Debate Store » Swing by the store in Rooms 315/316 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and stock up on your speech and debate gear. You can purchase supplies and score great deals on clothing, accessories, and competition tools!  
T-Shirt Pick Up » T-shirt pre-orders have now closed! If you already ordered shirts online, they will be available for coaches to pick up in Fort Lauderdale from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Rooms 317/318. Middle school coaches can pick their pre-ordered t-shirts up at the registration area Tuesday night. Pre-ordered T-shirts MUST be picked up by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday!  
Explore the Expo » The National Tournament Expo is just steps away from registration in Floridian Ballroom B-D. Stop by between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to check out camp programs, chat with colleges, grab your giveaways, and much more. 
Coaches’ Caucuses » Interested coaches should check out the schedule for our Coaches' Caucuses here. All sessions will meet in Grand Ballroom G and Grand Ballroom H (located on the third floor of the Convention Center). The 2018 Coaches' Caucuses are brought to you by Colorado College
Attend the First Time at Nationals Coach Reception » New(er) coaches are invited to join us at 10:00 a.m. in Grand Ballroom A (located on the third floor of the Convention Center) for one-on-one facetime with the organization’s Board of Directors and senior staff, including Executive Director J. Scott Wunn. You will have an opportunity to ask questions, become oriented to the tournament in a more personal manner, and enjoy the company of other new coaches. This event is presented by the generous contributions of the NSDA staff, their friends, and their families.  
Building Your Power Through Speech and Debate » Students are invited to join Students Demand Action from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Grand Ballroom C-E for a training on using your speech and debate skills to organize a movement. Students Demand Action provides a real world case study for applying speech and debate skills to organizing and advocacy to build a powerful movement for change. 
World Schools Training and Demo Debate » Students and judges taking part in World Schools Debate should plan to attend training on Sunday in Grand Ballroom C-E from 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. This training, presented by McKinsey & Company, is required, even for those who took part last year! To learn more about World Schools Debate prior to the tournament, click here
Prepare for the First Day of Competition » We encourage you to do a test drive on Sunday of the locations you are visiting throughout the week! It is the responsibility of each competitor, judge, and coach to arrive on time for competition. Arriving late may result in the forfeiture of a round. Give it a test run to make sure you start the week off stress free! Click here for more tips from seasoned National Tournament coaches!! 

Updates + Reminders  

High School CX and LD Judges » Thank you to all the high school coaches who moved eligible judges to the CX and LD judge pools. Our needs have been fulfilled! 
Judge Obligations » All judges must be available for rounds Monday through Thursday, including main event AND supplemental/consolation rounds. Please be sure to tell your judges that they may be judging a variety of events at Nationals and to prepare accordingly. Links to our competition events guides and other helpful resources are available under the judging filter of our Resource page.
NSDA Store Orders » We're packing up all our merchandise for #Nats18! Any online orders placed between June 6 and July 6 will be shipped the week of July 10. 
West Broward Travel Notice » When you are traveling to West Broward High School from downtown Fort Lauderdale, you will be taking I-595/I-75. The exit for West Broward High is Exit 23 for US Highway 27. This is the last exit in inhabited Broward County! If you miss this exit, you will be in the Everglades and will add an hour to your travel time. Be sure to take Exit 23! 
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