Weekly Coach Newsletter - November 16, 2021
Weekly Coach Newsletter - November 16, 2021

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Host an Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Induction ceremonies are a great way to celebrate new members of your team! As you consider planning an event, access free templates for invitations and programs, as well as a sample script for the event. Plus, find ideas for how to decorate the venue and gifts to recognize achievement. 

Get Started with Poetry

Introduce students to Poetry with our new starter kit! The guide features a breakdown of how to search for, cut, and splice a program, and tips from national finalists. By popular request, it features an annotated sample cutting with blocking. This resource uses the time limits for middle school and is appropriate for both high school and middle school competitors. 

Read the Latest Rostrum

In the new issue of Rostrum, we explore all the paths available to you as you choose your adventure with speech and debate. Read about earning points for competitive events and activities outside the jurisdiction of the NSDA and learn from teams active in other speech and other debate events.

Register: Semester Capstone Tournament 

Be sure to register for our FREE Springboard Capstone Tournament on Saturday, December 4. Each event will feature rising stars and open divisions. We will offer live and asynch speech and hold four rounds of speech and Policy Debate, five rounds of PF, LD, BQ, and WSD, and two rounds of Congress.

How to Set up Auto-pointing

Auto-posting is the most efficient way to enter points for students! Follow these steps early in the year to make sure your school is set up to receive auto-posted points from Tabroom.com tournaments!
  1. On Tabroom.com, go to your "Settings" tab and make sure your school's NSDA ID is added. This ensures your school is set up to have points auto-posted. Your ID is listed on your school's NSDA Account.
  2. Go to your "Competitors" tab and select "Import NSDA Competitor Roster" on the right side of the page. This imports your NSDA roster into Tabroom.com, which ensures that students who are new on your NSDA roster now show up on your Tabroom.com roster and are eligible to receive auto-posted points.
  3. Select "Connect Competitors to NSDA Memberships" on the same screen. This links students who were manually added to your Tabroom.com roster to your NSDA roster so they are eligible to receive auto-posted points.
  4. Select "De-duplicate Students" on the same screen. This will merge duplicated students on your roster. If you notice duplicates are not merging, make sure their first, middle, last name, and graduation year match.
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2022 Poster Design Contest

Member students can submit a poster for the 2022 National Speech and Debate Education Day Poster Contest! The winning poster will be included in celebratory toolkits sent to teams across the country and available to download online. Encourage your students to submit a design by November 19. 

Video Feature Signup

The Persons with Disabilities Coaches' Caucus is seeking volunteers to contribute to a video feature with the NSDA! Sign up or forward this form to alumni »

Encourage Students to Apply for Scholarships

Encourage your seniors to apply for the inaugural Keith West Memorial Student Scholarships. Four seniors will be selected to receive a $1,000 college scholarship in memory of Keith West. Winning students will demonstrate a commitment to speech and debate, academics, and the NSDA Honor Code. Applications close November 30

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

It's Native American Heritage Month! We invite your team to celebrate with our tools and materials, including a literature collection of works by Native American authors for Interp pieces, a poster series, land acknowledgement resources, and more. 
“I am a naturally curious person, and this activity afforded me an opportunity to explore that curiosity. Even at this stage of my life, having been involved in speech and debate for a little over a decade, there are still things that I'm learning, and that's what I love about it. As a coach, I now get the opportunity to share the power of what this activity can do for people with my own students.” John Samqua USD 345 High School, KS - Class of 2012 One-Diamond Coach at Hayden Catholic High School, KS
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