Happy New Year! We focus on advocacy in the first Coach Newsletter of 2019. Jump in below!
Free Judge Training Resources
We've partnered with the NFHS to bring you Adjudicating Speech and Debate, a course designed to provide judging guidelines, identify the different types of speech and debate events, and give guidance on what to note during a performance. We encourage you to share this free course with judges you bring to tournaments to ensure students receive high quality, productive feedback. You can also promote the course at tournaments with our flyer.
Are you working to build support for your program with your administration or trying to convince another school to start a team? Check out our advocacy resources! Peruse our collection of articles on the value of our activity and choose from more than a dozen letters in support of speech and debate from administrators across the country.
Local Recognition for Speech and Debate Education
Work with your local elected officials to pass a proclamation or resolution declaring March 1, 2019, as National Speech and Debate Education Day! We have all of the resources you need to do it, including an email template to contact your elected officials, a sample resolution, and a sample proclamation. Access the templates here and sign up to receive our full toolkit to make the most of the day!
Public Forum Debate » New PF resources from the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation are now available! Members can access the January topic analysis and Resource Package subscribers can also access advanced evidence.
World Schools Debate » Members can download five new prepared and impromptu sample motions from the Global Debate Symposium!
Congressional Debate » Check out January Congress legislation from Harvard Debate Council Summer Workshops! The docket includes the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act, A Bill to Create a Default Budget Policy, Stopping Russian Nuclear Aggression Act, and more!
Promote Your Tournament with Free Templates!
Our free local tournament press release template can help you spread the word about tournament results and gerenate positive buzz about your program. Download the template»
Gearing up for #Nats19!
The National Tournament hotel block will open Tuesday, January 15. Tentative details are available at www.speechanddebate.org/nationals. Check back soon for more information!