Competition Rule Updates
The Board of Directors met September 18-20, 2020, to discuss rule changes and as leaders, we believe you should have a first look at these changes. An updated manual and Board of Directors minutes will be released in the coming weeks; keep an eye out for the following changes!
Policy Debate Prep Time » Policy Debate preparation time will now be eight minutes for each team instead of five.
Asynchronous Merit Points » In 2020-2021, students may earn NSDA merit points for up to one online, asynchronous competition per day.
Interpretation Publication Rules » To further align with our core value of equity, the NSDA will pilot new rules surrounding what original sources may be used in Interpretation events, including removal of the requirement that digital sources must be found on the Approved Websites List.
Interpretation Adaptation Rules » The NSDA has clarified the rules regarding the ways in which students may adapt original source material to their performance.
Tabroom.com Requirements » To provide youth protection and security, the NSDA prohibits usage of Tabroom.com and NSDA Campus by student-run/facilitated events without supervision of an adult who is affiliated with an established, educational institution/organization.
District Congress Rules in 2020-2021 » The pilot district qualification rules for Congress will be implemented permanently as the sole set of rules governing district tournaments beginning in 2020-2021.
District Speech & Debate Rules in 2021-2022 » The pilot district qualification rules for speech and debate will be implemented permanently as the sole set of rules governing district tournaments beginning in 2021-2022.
As we move into this challenging school year, your leadership is more essential than ever. We are grateful for your continued support in helping us empower students through speech and debate!