Weekly Coach Newsletter - November 24, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - November 24, 2020

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Inclusive Tournament Checklist

We strive to ensure that you are equipped with the knowledge and tools you need to make your tournaments safe, welcoming, and inclusive for all. Use this checklist as a starting point to measure your tournament’s inclusion efforts or plan for the future! Looking for more resources like this? Head to our Diversity and Inclusion page

Tabroom Tip: Online Coin Flip

If you're hosting an online tournament, be sure to check out the online coin flip option on Tabroom.com! The feature is quick, easy to use, and ensures a smooth start to every round. Tournament Services Coordinator Kevon Haughton shares additional tips for using this setting in the latest issue of Rostrum.
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Informative Speaking: Creating a Solid Foundation

Use this three-page resource to help students understand how to create a solid structure for an Informative speech. For more Informative Speaking coaching tips, check out our free, self-paced NSDA Learn course Intro to Coaching: Info and OO!

Do You Know a Great Teacher?

The National Educator of the Year Award honors an active classroom teacher in the field of speech and/or debate for their enhancements to the quality of education in the field of speech and debate. Assistant coaches, if this sounds like your head coach, please nominate them for the award! Questions? See our FAQs.

Free Online Tournament: Register by November 30

Our Springboard Series gives students a free chance to practice competing online! The final tournament will be held December 5 with middle school and high school open divisions in the following events.
  • Dramatic, Humorous, and Program Oral Interpretation
  • Original Oratory, Informative Speaking, and Prepared Mixed Extemp
  • Policy, Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, World Schools, and Congressional Debate

Researching on HeinOnline

HeinOnline is an outstanding research product normally only available to law students and legal professionals. HeinOnline has millions of pages of legal history available in a fully searchable database. NSDA members have free access to the database! 
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Coach, Student, and Administrator 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 when reported by your district chair.
District deadlines vary, so be sure to check with your local leadership about when nominations are due. District chairs must report district winners to us by April 16 for national award consideration!
Nominations are also open for the following middle school national awards! All entries are automatically considered for the national award. 

Earn Funds for Your Team with Big Questions Debate!

In Big Questions, students debate topics at the intersection of science, religion, and philosophy.
The 2020-2021 topic is, Resolved: Mathematics was discovered, not invented. You can earn up to $2,500 for your team when you apply and are approved to host an event at a tournament or against members of your own team. Online events are eligible. Almost $1.5 million has been awarded to programs since 2016. Funding is limited, so apply today! Learn more about the format or apply at www.speechanddebate.org/big-questions.
Enter NSDA Points for Students! Reward Hard Work, Show Distinction, Motivate Your Team
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