Weekly Coach Newsletter - March 30, 2021
Weekly Coach Newsletter - March 30, 2021

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Earning Points for Service Activities

Did you know middle and high school students can earn points for using their skills in service of others? Students can earn up to 20 service points per day and a maximum of 200 points per year. If an advisor or coach with designated permissions deems an activity as eligible for service points, they may enter them as they would points for competition. Each approximate hour of activity should be treated as two points. Points are entered in increments of one and fall under two categories, speaking (for an audience of 5+ adults) and non-speaking.
Students who earn the maximum 200 points in a given year will automatically earn the prestigious Speaking and Service Award. Enter service points today!
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Last Chance to Submit National Congress Legislation 

Legislation for the 2021 National Congress can be submitted by your district chair before or after your district tournament is completed in Tabroom.com. Each district can submit one or two items of legislation, preferably one bill and one resolution, by Thursday, April 1. Legislation must be formatted using NSDA Templates. If you have legislation to submit, please contact your district chair! 

Tonight's Webinar: Using Tabroom's Online Tournament Features

Join Tabroom.com experts Ameena Amdahl-Mason and Greg Malis today, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. CT to learn about using online tournament features in Tabroom.com. By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to set up and run an online tournament on Tabroom.com using a variety of different methods, including asynchronous rounds, NSDA Campus rooms, and synchronous rounds using an external service like Zoom or Classrooms.Cloud.
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Planning Your Team Banquet

Check out all the resources you need to plan a virtual team banquet, including a sample outline, team superlative certificates, and a sample video from Sumner Academy. Complete the look with NSDA honor cords and tag us in any team photos @speechanddebate!
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Take the Course: Engaging and Mentoring Students with Disabilities

Our newest NSDA Learn course covers best practices and legal requirements for welcoming students with disabilities into your speech and debate team. Upon completing the self-paced, free course, coaches will be able to: 
  • Recognize the importance of engaging and mentoring students at all ability levels.
  • Define potential challenges that exist for students with disabilities who would like to participate in speech and debate.
  • Identify and implement the basic legal requirements for creating an accessible environment through the IDEA and Section 504 regulation.  
  • Differentiate between accommodations and modifications and identify potential applications in practice and competitive forums.
  • Identify and implement strategies for creating a safe, equitable, and inclusive team environment.
  • Identify resources that are available for helping coaches create an accessible environment both in practices and during competitions. 

Reminder: Supplemental Events at Nationals 

Every member school that participates in the district tournament series will have the opportunity to enter up to two students who competed at districts but did not qualify for a main event in supplemental events at the online 2021 National Tournament. Learn more about recorded supplemental speech and live supplemental Extemp Debate in our Tournament Procedures

Diversify Your Practices with Resource Collections

April is Celebrate Diversity Month! Our resource collections for Impromptu, Congress, and Extemp combine themed questions from different celebratory months throughout the year. Use these tools to enhance your team's learning and discussion at your next practice!
Plus, find more than 50 general drills and practice activities for delivery, prep, strategy, memorization, characterization, movement, and more. The collection is sorted by event type and tagged for targeted skills, supplies needed, and number of participants.
Champion Briefs: Trusted Resources for Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas Debate! - Original Analysis - Diverse Perspectives - Compiled Research - Peer Reviewed Save 20% on 2021-2022 Subscriptions with coupon NSDA21. Exp 6/19/21

Financial Support: Apply on Behalf of Your Team 

We've pledged to give $100,000 in financial assistance to teams and students to create a more equitable experience at the 2021 National Tournament. If your team needs to purchase technology, pay for internet access, rent appropriate competition space, or acquire other resources that will allow students to compete online, apply for the William Woods Tate, Jr., Memorial Fund
We've put together a three question Competitor Resource Assessment you can use independently to evaluate potential challenges your students have and ways that the Tate fund may be able to support them. We will award the first round of grants around May 1, so please apply early as we anticipate funding will go quickly. 
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