February 12, 2019 - Weekly Coach Newsletter
February 12, 2019 - Weekly Coach Newsletter

Dear Coach,

Time is running out! The final deadline to sign up for National Speech and Debate Education Day is Thursday, February 14. If you sign up, your designated team captain will receive a free packet full of planning resources, posters, and swag! Sign up now »

Access Free Extemp Questions 

Members can now access ten new practice questions for United States and International Extemp. Is Kamala Harris a viable contender for the Democratic presidential nomination? Will anti-government protests bring change to Sudan? Check out these questions and more here.
Plus, enhance your next practice session with our Black History Month themed questions! To view our full collection of resources for the month of February, visit www.speechanddebate.org/black-history-month

Resource Roundup 

Congress Docket » Ten new Congress bills are now available from the Harvard Debate Council Summer Workshops. Students can prepare for their next session by discussing preserving parental rights in libraries, food system safety reform, and more. 
World Schools Motions » Gear up for competition with five new prepared and impromptu motions from the Global Debate Symposium
World Schools Demo Debate » Resource Package subscribers can watch the final round of World Schools Debate from the Blake Tournament, including judges' adjudication speeches and reasons for decision at the end of the video. This is a great resource for both students and coaches! Don't have a Resource Package? Upgrade today!

What is School Strength? 

The number of entries a school can bring to the district tournament is limited based upon the school’s overall strength. A school’s total strength is equal to the top 3 active, paid coach degrees plus ALL the active, paid student degrees. Only members with an email address attached to their account can contribute to a school’s strength, so make sure your members provide an email address! A student can enter their own email address when they sign up for an account, or an advisor or coach with permissions can add it when creating an account from the student roster. For an example of strength, please see this illustrated guide
You can view your school's strength on your Account page. To determine your alloted entries based on your strength, see the chart on page 63 of the High School Unified Manual

Alumni Newsletter Updates 

Alumni from your program can keep in touch with the speech and debate world by signing up for one of our two alumni lists! Subscribers receive quarterly information about National Tournament results, livestreams, special events, and more. 

Submit Rule Change Suggestions

You can submit suggestions for any rule additions, deletions, or changes to the Rules Revision and Evaluation Committee by completing the Proposed Rule Change Submission Form.

Recognize Achievement with NSDA Honor Cords

As members of the Honor Society, your students are eligible to wear National Speech & Debate Association honor cords at induction or graduation ceremonies to indicate their membership in the Honorary and to recognize their accomplishment. Order your honor cords from the NDSA Store today! Need help swaying an administrator? For a letter in support of honor cords, click here
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