Transportation at the Tournament
Convention Center » Parking at the Phoenix Convention Center is $12/day if purchased in advance, and $15/day if purchased day-of on site or for in-and-out privileges. Multiple garages are available with various height restrictions. Please review the list of garages and parking map and select the best option for you. There are three bus drop off locations, two on Third Street and one on Monroe.
Schools » Maps for all schools will be available in the Nats23 Guidebook App, which is released in June. Maps include the main entrance for the campus, parking lots, and drop off areas. We want to help you minimize the time you spend out in the heat! Use the maps to streamline your entry process.
Pre-Planning » If your schedule allows, we recommend teams drive to the competition venues before their first morning of competition to become familiar with the daily route and expected travel times. Phoenix traffic will be heavy, though better driving out from Phoenix to Mesa than the reverse in the mornings.
Vehicle Rental » A discount code for Hertz is available on our website.
Public Transportation » The Valley Metro Rail runs from northwest Phoenix through Tempe to east Mesa. It includes park and ride stations where travelers can park their vehicles for free and hop on the rail. A map of the light rail stops is included on our Venue and Hotel map, as well as the park and ride stations. Please note that the light rail does not run all the way out to the schools, and is not an advisable way to reach competition venues during the week. It is an option for getting to the Convention Center during the week. As with all public transportation, be mindful of safety and the potential for delays.
Refer back to this material later on our Nationals website!
Reminder: Check Your Registration
The registration deadline was yesterday, May 15. Please double check your registration! For detailed instructions for how to solve registration issues, visit this document.
Mesa Public Schools is offering free breakfast and lunch at schools for everyone 18 and younger. We are excited to share the menu with you ahead of time and report that a variety of options, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan options, will be available daily. Concessions will also be available on site at schools for purchase with CASH ONLY. Download the menu »
- Breakfast Available 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., Monday – Thursday, at all Mesa School sites
- Lunch Available 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday, at all Mesa School sites
Adults (19 and older) who are on site may purchase breakfast for $5 and lunch for $7. The school venues are CASH ONLY.
Hospitality suites will offer coffee, tea, water, and light snacks for judges throughout the day.
At the Convention Center for Thursday/Friday finals and events, concessions will be open and offer a variety of choices to meet various dietary needs for a fee.
Middle School Help Sessions
Middle School National Tournament Director Deano Pape will host four how-to judging sessions for new judges, parent judges, or perhaps someone who hasn't judged in awhile and could use a refresher! More information and Zoom links will be included in upcoming Tabroom emails to coaches and judges. Please share the schedule with your judges and ask them to consider saving the date!
- May 24: Judging Debate Events for Middle School (45 minutes)
Choose a Time: 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., or 9:00 p.m. CT
- May 25: Judging Speech Events for Middle School (45 minutes)
- May 31: Judging Speech Events for Middle School (45 minutes)
- June 1: Judging Debate Events for Middle School (45 minutes)
Prepare for In-Person Registration
Registration will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13 at the Phoenix Convention Center in North 122A/B. An adult from each team should stop by to pick up your materials and ask any questions! Teams arriving early should consider checking out some high school rounds as a learning experience. For more day-by-day breakdowns, check out the MS Nationals site at speechanddebate.org/msnats.
Coaches must register any individual entering a tournament venue with your school on the "Judges" tab of your school’s Tabroom.com registration. 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. To add attendees:
- Have them create an account on Tabroom.com and add them to your judge roster.
- Under the "Judges" tab, select their names from the dropdown menu and add them to the attendee category. Don't worry—they won't judge if they are under the attendee list!
We offer liability insurance through the NFHS. If you're not already covered, you can protect yourself and fellow coaches or chaperones when you purchase coverage via a member school's NSDA account. Coverage is discounted to $14/person. To purchase, visit the Coach Roster on your NSDA Account and select "Buy" for any coach without a check mark under NFHS.
The Middle School National Tournament is presented by Summit Debate
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