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Weekly Coach Newsletter - April 13, 2021
Weekly Coach Newsletter - April 13, 2021

Check out what's new, Coach!

Learn the Structure of the Pro Con Challenge

This year, students of all ages have the opportunity to participate in one of our newest events, the Pro Con Challenge. Students select a piece of legislation in the Congressional Debate Docket (HS only) or the National Tournament topic for CX, LD, or PF and write and deliver an affirmative and negative speech on that topic. This event allows students to explore debate topics in a new and exciting way while showing off their writing, research, and delivery skills.
High school students can enter this event as a recorded supplemental at the National Tournament. Middle school students can participate through the Middle School Speech Challenge, presented by Summit Debate. Learn more about the format and strategies to succeed in this video from Summit Debate
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Resource Roundup

Public Forum » Use our new topic analysis to get acquainted with the April Public Forum topic, Resolved: The benefits of the International Monetary Fund outweigh the harms. For a quick primer, you and your students can read about what the IMF does and explore their three pillars of work, surveillance, lending, and capacity development, in these short videos. 
Extemp » Simplify your practice with ten new questions for USX and IX. 
Congress » Download the April docket to prep for new debates.
World Schools » Find new sample prepared and impromptu motions.
Policy » Refresh your files with new evidence
Using's Online Tournament Features » Watch the webinar recording to learn to set up and run an online tournament on using a variety of different methods, including asynchronous rounds, NSDA Campus rooms, and synchronous rounds using an external service like Zoom or Classrooms.Cloud.

Help Shape Our Resource Offerings + Enter to Win

In under ten minutes, you can help shape our resource offerings for next year and be entered to win three student memberships! Two high school programs and two middle school programs will be randomly selected.
Help shape our future! Check your email for details.
If you are eligible to participate in our resource survey, you would have received an email yesterday, April 12, from via SurveyMonkey with the subject line 2021 NSDA Resource Survey. Be sure to check your spam folder! We hope you'll take the time to participate and share your perspective.

Membership Pre-payment for 2021-2022 is Now Available!

Thank you for your membership with the NSDA! We appreciate having you as part of our community. Your current school membership is valid through July 2021. If you're ready to renew for next school year now or have funds remaining this year you'd like to use to pre-pay next year's school membership, Resource Package, and/or student memberships, log in and visit the School Purchases tab in your profile. From there, you can toggle on prepaid a prepaid membership and the Resource Package and then generate invoices for the 2021-2022 school year, which you will be asked to activate and apply to an invoice after August 1, 2021.
We're excited to announce that we will offer the 2021-2022 Resource Package, normally $199, for just $99 to any school renewing membership between August 1 and September 30. If you pre-pay for the $99 Resource Package, please ensure you renew and take advantage of your prepaid credits prior to September 30, 2021, to avoid being charged full-price. Learn more about the Resource Package »
Log in to your NSDA Account and visit your School Purchases tab
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Hall of Fame Voting

Current Hall of Fame members and active coaches with three or more diamonds may vote online to select this year's inductees to the Hall of Fame. To vote, log in to your Account and select NSDA Voting from the left side menu. Voting closes Friday, April 23. 

Cast Your Vote for Your District Committee

Our district leader election is underway! One advisor per high school school may log in to their NSDA Account and select "NSDA Voting" from the left side menu. Voting ends Sunday, April 25. All active coaches are eligible to serve on their District Committee. District leaders play a crucial role in our organization and the facilitation of local speech and debate. Learn more about the role of the District Committee and the importance of voting »

Financial Support: Apply on Behalf of Your Team 

We've pledged to give $100,000 in financial assistance to teams and students to create a more equitable experience at the 2021 National Tournament. If your team needs to purchase technology, pay for internet access, rent appropriate competition space, or acquire other resources that will allow students to compete online, apply for the William Woods Tate, Jr., Memorial Fund
We've put together a three question Competitor Resource Assessment you can use independently to evaluate potential challenges your students have and ways that the Tate fund may be able to support them. We will award the first round of grants around May 1, so please apply early as we anticipate funding will go quickly. 
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