February District Leader Newsletter
February District Leader Newsletter

Dear Leader,

Happy Valentine's Day! We truly appreciate the work you do each day to give thousands of students across the country the chance to build their confidence and share their story. We'd be lost without you.
In this month's leader newsletter, we share a few rules reminders and district tournament annoncements. Check it out below! 

Rules Reminders 

House Qualifiers » The increased number of qualifiers from the House applies to all districts, even if you are not running the pilot qualification rules. A chart for establishing chamber sizes for the 2019 National Tournament is available on page 60 of the High School Unified Manual.

Big Questions Qualification Method » If you are running Big Questions at your district tournament, you must use the same qualification method as your other debate events. For example, if you are using the double down method for LD, CX, and PF, you must use double down for BQ. If you're running the debate pilot rules, you must run the pilot for BQ.

Video: All About Districts 

In this new collection of videos, we introduce the district tournament series, take viewers behind the scenes, and answer frequently asked questions about eligibility, requirements, and more. Feel free to share these videos with coaches in your district! 

Award Reporting 

Chairs, please use this form to report your district's winners for the following awards by April 16.
  • Student of the Year
  • High School Coach of the Year
  • New Coach of the Year
  • Assistant Coach of the Year
  • High School Administrator of the Year
When you complete the form, they'll be officially entered into the running for the national-level awards!

Shaping our Future at the NSDA National Conference 

The NSDA National Conference is the starting ground for essential changes to speech and debate events, rules, and programs. If you want to be part of conversations that shape the future of speech and debate, this is the place to be! Check out the schedule overview, meet our keynote speakers, or register to attend at www.speechanddebate.org/conferences.  

District Tournaments Held on March 1

Will part of your district tournament be held on March 1? We have special resources to help you celebrate National Speech and Debate Education Day while hosting your tournament! If you're interested in event signage, reaching out to local media, or other materials, please email Grace Rogers at grace.rogers@speechanddebate.org
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