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District Leader Newsletter - November 2020
District Leader Newsletter - November 2020
Dear District Leader,
As you prepare for your 2020-2021 district tournament series, don't forget that your District Dates Form is due on November 30! The form will ask you to select your district's qualification rules, dates, tabulation software, and the district awards you will distribute, as well as whether your speech events will be held live or asynchronously. District chairs can submit the form through using these instructions
View Instructions for Submitting the District Dates Form

Important District Updates

  • NEW! Earn Points for Scrimmages: We are piloting a rule for 2020-2021 that allows students to earn up to 75 merit points for intrasquad and intersquad competitions that do not have the required four schools participating. Tabulation software and the NSDA site will not regulate this; it will be the affirmative duty of coaches to ensure what is posted is in line with this rule.
  • District Tournament Rules: Based on your feedback from the District Chair Town Hall, we have updated the manual to clarify that districts that opt to do live speech at their district tournament may do Duo Interpretation asynchronously for safety reasons. We also clarified that a district may choose to do their speech events using a hybrid asynchronous/synchronous model. View the updates in the Unified Manual.
  • Mark Your Calendar! Download the updated District Chair Deadlines to see this year's upcoming deadlines.

Free Tournament: Register by November 30

Thanks to the generosity of The Julia Burke Foundation, member students have the opportunity to compete in our NSDA Online Springboard Series, a series of free tournaments for middle school and high school students. We are excited to host over 900 students at our second Springboard tournament this Saturday, and we would love for your district's students to join us for our third and final Springboard tournament on December 5. Register by November 30 to participate in the our live speech and debate Springboard tournament. Schools and students must be NSDA members to enter the tournament. There is no entry fee for participation. 
Nominate an Educator of the Year
The National Educator of the Year Award honors an individual who has enhanced the quality of education in the field of speech and debate. Among other qualifications, nominees must be active classroom teachers in the field of speech and/or debate. If there is a coach and classroom teacher in your district who goes above and beyond in their contributions in and out of the classroom, consider nominating them for the award! Nominations are due December 7.
Nominate a Teacher for Educator of the Year!
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