Check out what's new, Coach!
Do you have students trying new events for middle school Nationals or high school supplementals? Check out our starter kits for event basics, tips from the final round stage, activities, and more.
Your Last Chance for Our Last-Chance Qualifier!
Don't miss your chance to qualify students to Nationals! Send up to four students to compete online in each event at the Last-Chance Qualifier May 5-7. Students must be districts-eligible but do not need to have attended districts to participate; your school must have had at least one entry at districts. Participation is FREE, and all National Tournament main events and Big Questions will be offered. Registration closes this Friday, April 29.
Share Your Plans for Next Year
Are you retiring? Leaving coaching? Changing schools? If you're making a change next year, please share the details! We value the time, talent, and dedication you put into your program and we want to help ensure its continued success. We can assist with onboarding or advocating for a new coach, and if you're changing schools, we want to stay connected with you.
National Tournament Updates
Observer Policy Change » After assessing the competition spaces on the latest visit to Louisville, we have determined that limited observation of competition will be permitted. Observers with the appropriate ribbon who meet tournament policy surrounding vaccinations and masking will be permitted to enter and observe competition. The number of observers permitted per room will be limited to the number of chairs provided; seating will be limited. Observers will not be permitted in the University of Louisville dorm competition spaces. All health and safety mandates remain in place.
Vaccine Verification » All in-person tournament attendees must complete the vaccination verification process by May 15. Attendees will receive an email from VaccineCheck prompting them to complete the process shortly after their information is entered into the school's Tabroom.com registration. Please check your spam folder! All other individuals who are attending the tournament but are not a student or judge must be entered into the school's Tabroom.com registration at the bottom of the
Judges tab. This includes coaches, parents, chaperones, siblings, etc. This will allow us to prompt them to complete the verification and distribute the attendee ribbons required to enter tournament venues.
Note: Once an attendee has been verified, their status will be updated in Tabroom.com the next business day. Attendees are not marked as verified until they have completed all relevant steps, including reporting additional doses needed to be fully vaccinated, booster shots due before the event, or a negative test result for those who receive an exemption.
Do You Know a Great Middle School Coach?
Middle school speech and debate builds confidence and a sense of belonging at a critical age. We're looking to celebrate the coaches who make it possible through their leadership, advocacy, and encouragement. Sound like someone you know? Take ten minutes to nominate them for the Middle School Coach of the Year award, which annually honors middle school coaches who reflect outstanding leadership and commitment to speech and debate activities.
Read the April Board Meeting Agenda
We invite you to read the agenda for the NSDA Board of Directors meeting April 29-30. Please feel free to email any comments or questions to email@example.com. Feedback will be compiled and presented to the Board for consideration.
Celebrate a Middle School Administrator
If your admin is a supporter of your program, nominate them for recognition! All nominees from middle school programs submitted by May 1 are entered into the running for the national Middle School Administrator of the Year.
Add Points and Citations Before the Recognition Deadline
Coaches » If you have outstanding points or service citations to enter, be sure to do so before the May 15 recognition deadline to have your accomplishments listed in our National Tournament program book.
Students » Points for the class of 2022 must be entered by July 15.
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