Weekly Coach Newsletter - January 7, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - January 7, 2020

Dear Coach,

Check out the latest NSDA news and resources below!

The Academic All American Award Turns 20! 

In January of 2000, we announced the new Academic All American award in Rostrum: 
The sage of the South, Dr. Kenny Barfield, debate coach extraordinaire and principal at Mars Hill Bible School in Alabama, approached the NFL Executive Council some time ago with a world class idea: Why not honor students who really excel at both academics and forensics?
Why not, indeed! Entering the new millennium it is absolutely time to honor...those students who have achieved the top rank in their NFL careers and in their academic pursuits.
As the award turns 20, we're striving to recognize more students with this honor than ever. Celebrate with us by nominating an eligible student this month!  
Rostrum: Unlimited Potential. "Now, more than ever, we need all hands on deck—urban, suburban, and rural—to study, debate, and negotiate a common future." - Dr. Kevin Minch, Truman State University, Missouri.

Congress Practice Drills and Legislation Templates

Access 16 practice drills to improve fluency, rebuttals, delivery, and analysis, as well as legislation templates for bills, resolutions, and amendments. These resources are open to all, regardless of membership status.

High School Coach, Administrator, and Student of the Year Awards

Nominations are now open for all of our district to national awards! Each winner of the following district awards is automatically entered into the running for the national-level award.
District High School Coach of the Year Award » The James M. Copeland High School Coach of the Year award honors high school coaches who reflect outstanding leadership and commitment to speech and debate activities. Submit a nomination »
District New Coach of the Year Award » This award recognizes an exemplary new high school coach who is in their first year of NSDA membership. If you're not sure when a coach membership was paid, please reach out to us! Submit a nomination »
District Assistant Coach of the Year » This award recognizes an exemplary assistant high school coach serving at an NSDA member school. Submit a nomination »
High School Administrator of the Year » This award honors an administrator who has succeeded in providing high-quality opportunities for students in speech and debate programming, as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession. Submit a nomination »
District Student of the Year Award » Each NSDA district has the opportunity to name a District Student of the Year, a graduating senior who best represents the tenets of the Association’s Code of Honor: integrity, respect, humility, leadership, and service. Submit a nomination »

Middle School Coach and Administrator of the Year Awards

Nominations are also open for the following middle school national awards!
Middle School Coach of the Year Award » The National Speech & Debate Association’s Middle School Coach of the Year award annually honors middle school coaches who reflect outstanding leadership and commitment to speech and debate activities. Submit a nomination »
Middle School Administrator of the Year Award » This award annually honors administrators who have succeeded in providing high-quality opportunities for students in speech and debate programming as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession. Submit a nomination »

Learn All About Districts

If you're preparing for your first district tournament experience, be sure to reference our All About Districts video series for an overview of requirements, qualification, and more. Learn more about districts at www.speechanddebate.org/local-district-national-tournaments
All About Districts by National Speech & Debate Association. 1/16. All About Districts - Introduction

Celebrate a Commitment to Service 

The National Exemplary Student Service award is given annually to a student who serves their school, community, city, region, or state using skills they honed through speech and debate. 
Set aside a few minutes to nominate a student who upholds the highest standard of service, one of the core tenets of our Code of Honor, for recognition by January 21. Current member students of any age are eligible! 
Speech, Debate, Theatre & Academics Association $20/year Join at NFHS.org Objectives: -Coordinate speech, debate, theatre and academics programs at the state and national levels -Provide in-service training for high school directors -Create a network for educators who prepare students for contests and festivals -Share information, ideas, coaching techniques and contest management skills -Involve high school coaches in the debate topic selection process -Provide directors with professional development opportunities Membership Benefits: -Insurance coverage, including excess general liability up to $2 million -Subscription to High School Today, a monthly NFHS publication -Online access to archives of The Forensic Educator publication -Member-only online access to 23 NFHS Speech, Debate and Theatre booklets Courses Include: Understanding Copyright and Compliance, Adjudicating Speech and Debate, Understanding Vaping and E-Cigarettes, Theatre Safety (coming soon) and many more Professional Development Available at NFHSLearn.com

Board of Directors Election Reminder

Any member coach of any age with five years of Association coaching experience, who is listed as a member coach on record, at an active member school, may become a candidate for the Board of Directors by so advising the Executive Director in writing before January 19, 2020, via certified mail. Learn more about Board member responsibilities, deadlines, and election details here.

2020 Hall of Fame Nominations

The highest honor for any high school speech and debate coach is election to the NSDA Hall of Fame. As a member coach, you can submit a Hall of Fame nomination by February 3, 2020, for consideration! 
In April, current Hall of Fame members and coaches with at least three diamonds vote to determine which nominees will be inducted.
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