Weekly Coach Newsletter - September 28, 2021
Weekly Coach Newsletter - September 28, 2021

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Last Chance: $5,000 Team Grant 

Does your team have strong potential but a significant lack of financial resources? This fall, one qualifying school will receive $5,000 and two qualifying schools will receive $2,500—that could be your team, but you have to apply by Thursday, September 30 to be considered. 

Announcing the 2020-2021 All Americans

Each year, the top 25 student point earners in the country are named All Americans. This award is based on a combination of competitive and service points, of which no more than 25% of the point total can include service. In order to qualify, a student must have competed at Nationals. Congratulations to the 2020-2021 All Americans!

Tips for Managing Your Team

Visit our Team Management hub for tips, tools, and templates to help you run an inclusive and successful team! Explore press release templates, judge training tools, professional development opportunities, guides to tournament hosting and planning, and more. 

Free Growth-Focused Online Practice Opportunities for Your Students 

Your team is invited to join fellow speech and debate students across the nation for a variety of free, after-school, online practice sessions through our Springboard Series this October and November. Events are open to all—no membership required. During our online scrimmages, we hold one session of Congress and two rounds of speech and debate. Then, students receive written feedback and ranks just like at a live tournament, and member students will earn tournament points for participating. This is an excellent opportunity to grow your students’ confidence and performance pre-competition. Check the full schedule and register today!
Interested in being a hired judge for the Springboard Series scrimmages? Fill out this form!
Champion Briefs: Trusted Resources for Public Forum & Lincoln-Douglas Debate! Original Analysis. Diverse Perspectives. Compiled Research. Peer Reviewed. Save 15% on 2021-2022 Subscriptions with coupon NSDA21. Exp. 10/15/21.

Plan Ahead for Trophy Orders

Due to a nationwide shortage of materials, the NSDA Trophy Shop may experience delays with fulfilling orders. Pricing may be impacted as material costs have risen by as much as 30%, and certain items may not be available. Despite these challenges, we will continue to work with you to produce high quality custom awards in a timely manner. To ensure your orders arrive in time for your events, please contact Trophy Shop Manager Chad Wagner to review order options and pricing. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Is Your Tournament Inclusive?

Use our inclusive tournament checklist to gauge how inclusive your tournament is or plan for the future!

What are Your PD Needs?

Take our five-minute survey to share your needs and help us better serve you.

Advocate for Speech and Debate

Find the tools you need to advocate for your program or help get a new one started!

Last Call: Resource Package Sale

The Resource Package is on sale for $100 off through Thursday, September 30. If you're looking for even more resources, now's the time to grab it for $99! Your subscription includes textbooks, demo rounds, advanced debate topic resources, webinar recordings, and more. Advisors can add the Resource Package from the School Purchases tab of their NSDA Account.

Vote for Upcoming Debate Topics

Member students and one chapter advisor per active school can log in and cast their vote for upcoming debate topics.
PF and LD votes must be cast by 4:00 p.m. CT on September 30. The final resolution will be released October 1. 
Policy 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. Read a Synopsis of Problem Areas and Resolutions for 2022-2023 »

Don't Miss the Latest Resources

We’ve added a new option to your account where you can check the box for the event(s) you’d like to be notified about when new resources are released. Fill in your preferences under the Your Profile section of your NSDA Account.
“In communities like mine, opportunity was always scarce. Speech and debate offered me a new perspective where instead of focusing on what was, I could focus on what could be.“ Rodrigo Trujillo Alief Elsik High School, TX - Class of 2021 2021 World Schools Debate champion
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