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October 2015  |  A monthly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Student,

Preparation is key to success. As tournament season ramps up, stay ahead of the game with these great resources, tips, and more!


Policy Debate Topic Selection » Students can vote online to help select the 2016-17 Policy Debate resolution! To access the link, visit and follow the online ballot instructions. The two most preferred topic areas will be placed on a second online ballot in November. To download a synopsis of the five problem areas, click here. Voting ends October 15 at 4:00 p.m. CT.
American Legion Oratorical Contest » Are you looking for scholarship opportunities? Get involved with the American Legion's annual Oratorical Contest! The overall national contest winner receives an $18,000 scholarship! All contests start at the local post level in late October or November. Visit to learn more!
LD Topic Analysis » Learn more about the November/December LD topic from New York debate coach Aracelis Biel. Access her topic analysis on jury nullification by logging in to your dashboard!
Extemp Resources » Extempers, check out the most recent practice questions provided by national champion coach Todd Hering. Resource Package subscribers can also download additional practice questions and a topic analysis video on redistricting from national champion Nathan Leys.
October Congress Docket » Check out the latest Congressional Debate legislation—great for practice rounds! Every month, we offer a new docket on your dashboard or at
Competition Event Guidelines » Log in to your dashboard to review the Informative Speaking Rules, Program Oral Interpretation Rules, and updated Evidence Rules for LD, PF, and Policy for 2015-2016.

Interp Video » Did you see our recent video on the Top 5 Tips for Interp? Learn from some of the top coaches around the country by clicking here!
World Schools Topics » New this year, we are offering monthly topics for World Schools Debate. Visit for October's slate of prepared and impromptu motions!
World Schools Motions Guide » Members can also log in to their dashboard to access monthly topic guides and analyses for World Schools Debate. Check out this month’s guide from Team Mexico coach Mark Webber.  

POI and INF Resources »
Read the latest issue of Rostrum for more helpful tips on the new pilot events!
Considerations for Informative Speaking by Manda Hicks, Ph.D.
What Is POI? by Danny Ray
POI: The Stock Issues of Debate by J. Scott Baker

POI and INF Webinars » Since Program Oral Interpration (POI) and Informative Speaking (INF) are new pilot events for 2015-2016, we have made the recordings of both introductory webinars available to all members!

Click here to log in and access the POI recording, presented by Kenny Lau.

Click here to log in and access the INF recording, presented by Andrew Eilola.

Note: During the course of the year, all other webinars on these two events will be recorded and made available to Resource Package subscribers.
Log in to to sign up for more great webinars!
LIVE webinars are open to all members! Resource Package subscribers can access recordings on their dashboard.
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