Weekly Coach Newsletter - December 14, 2021
Weekly Coach Newsletter - December 14, 2021

Check out what's new, Coach!

NEW: Student Submissions for National Congress Legislation

We want to hear from your students! Any high school or middle school NSDA member student may now submit legislation to be considered for the 2022 National Tournament docket (multiple submissions welcome). The legislation will not be tied to a student, school, or district at Nationals. Plus, students will have the opportunity to vote on legislation that makes the National Tournament docket. The goal of this change is to open the door to more submissions, more diverse topics, and more student input. Legislation is due February 15. Learn more »

Access the Archives: Webinar Recordings

Resource Package subscribers can watch dozens of webinars on Interpretation, Public Address, Debate, and Team Management. The recently refreshed archive has tips and trainings for students and coaches alike. 

Simplify Your Planning for Second Semester

Save time prepping for class or practice with our Start Here series of lesson plans. Find grab-and-go lesson plans featuring a mix of videos, activities, lectures, and independent work for Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Policy, Public Speaking, Middle School Interp, and Middle School Public Address.
Over 95% of coaches rated the collection positively for educational standards, usefulness, and quality. Give them a try or borrow pieces to refresh your existing plans!

Watch New Debate Rounds from Springboard

Your team can learn by watching rounds featuring students from across the country, including PF and LD debates on the December topic, plus Congress, Policy, World Schools, and Big Questions!  
Don't miss your chance to participate! Register to join us for two nights of asynch speech and live debate on January 11 or 13 or live speech and live debate on January 25 or 27. 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 as you enter second semester.
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Track Your Progress: Inclusive Tournament Checklist

We strive to ensure that you are equipped with the knowledge and tools you need to make your tournaments safer and more inclusive for all. Use this checklist as a starting point to measure your tournament's inclusion efforts or plan for the future! For more like this, visit our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page.

Expand Your Coaching Skills

Access free on-demand courses for team management and event specifics. Build your knowledge base or meet your certification requirements with certificates reflecting your hours earned upon completion of the course. Available courses include:
  • *NEW* Building Supportive Cultures to Prevent Bullying and Harassment
  • Engaging and Mentoring Students with Disabilities
  • Intro to Coaching: Dramatic and Humorous Interp
  • Performance Breakdown: Crafting a Duo Interp
  • Engaging and Mentoring LGBTQ+ Students
  • Intro to Coaching: Informative Speaking and Original Oratory
  • Intro to NSDA Coaching
  • Engaging and Mentoring Black/African American Students
  • Intro to Coaching: Program Oral Interp
  • Intro to Coaching: Congress

Check the Rankings

If your team is motivated by stats, peruse student and school rankings nationally or by state or district.  

Learn the Basics of Flowing

Use our series of introductory videos with sample speeches to explain note taking in PF, LD, and Policy. 
Big Questions. Earn up to $2,500 for YOUR team. Access resources and learn more.
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