Weekly Coach Newsletter - October 5, 2021
Weekly Coach Newsletter - October 5, 2021

Check out what's new, Coach!

Create a Safer Team Environment 

89% of coaches with speech and debate professional development requirements reported that our NSDA Learn courses and certificates count for credit at their school. Are you among them? Take our free course to explore best practices for student safety in speech and debate, including practical tips and policies for bullying identification and prevention, sexual harassment identification and prevention, and bystander intervention. 

Guidance for Schedule Building

Our NSDA community is made up of many different cultures, each with its own annual traditions, celebrations, and observations. As you add tournaments and other important events to your team's schedule, consider this Calendar of Cultural Observations.

Register for Free Online Scrimmages This Week

There's still time to register for our Springboard scrimmage this Thursday, October 7! The after-school event will feature asynchronous speech and live debate. Round 1 will be at 4:00 p.m. CT, and round 2 will be at 5:30 p.m. CT. There's something for everyone! The fifth scrimmage on October 19 will feature live speech and live debate.
Don't miss out—the Springboard Series offers students essential feedback and ranks from judges across the country and is an excellent way to build skills and confidence with zero entry fees. 

Free Video to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Use the Interp Made in L.A (Hencho en Los Angeles) performed in Spanish by NSDA alum Marianna Garcia to celebrate with your team. Marianna was the first to win a national collegiate championship with a performance in another language, winning at both the National Forensic Association and the American Forensic Association tournaments.

Rebuttal Basics in Debate 

In this Springboard Series webinar, students learn the conceptual basics of a rebuttal through examples. Chad Meadows, Director of Debate at Western Kentucky University and co-author of our Public Forum textbook, takes students through clashing, warranting, and impacting arguments, and explains signposting, structure, prep, and more.
This would be a great homework assignment for new debaters!

Climate Change Webinar

You're invited to join the Council on Foreign Relations on Thursday, October 14 at 11:00 a.m. CT for an on-the-record discussion on current and projected climate change, options for reducing emissions, and policies to help communities adapt to a changing climate. Register »

Topic Updates

Member students and one chapter advisor per active school can log in and cast their vote for the next Policy topic. Votes must be cast before 4:00 p.m. CT on October 14 and rank the topic areas 1 (best) through 5. The two areas receiving the lowest totals will be placed on the second ballot to select the 2022-2023 debate topic. 
The November/December PF and LD topics are now available!

Big Questions Topic Resources

Students can get started with Big Questions using our topic primer, sample affirmative and negative cases, and evidence packet. This is the final year for the Big Questions grant program, so be sure to apply to host an event and earn funds for your team! 
The American Legion's National Oratorical Contest. Looking for college scholarships? Look no further. The first place finisher of The American Legion's Oratorical Contest is awarded an $25,000 scholarship, second-place $22,000, and third place $20,000. Those top three finishers may also earn the right to compete in Original Oratory or United States Extemp at the National Speech & Debate Tournament! Want to get involved? Visit our website to learn more!
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