Weekly Coach Newsletter - April 20, 2021
Weekly Coach Newsletter - April 20, 2021

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Turn-In Requirements for Nationals Scripts

As part of National Tournament registration, competitors in DI, HI, DUO, POI, INF, and OO are required to upload a working copy of their speech/script by May 15 through the Tabroom.com registration system. Competitors can continue to make edits and changes until Saturday, June 13, but something must be in the system by May 15. 
Click the star button to favorite the script turn-in requirements page and save the info for later via your NSDA Account or visit the Nationals Procedures to access details again. 
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Download Advanced PF Evidence

Resource Package subscribers can download advanced evidence on the April PF topic, Resolved: The benefits of the International Monetary Fund outweigh the harms.
Interested in trying out the Resource Package? We are offering 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. To prepay, visit the School Purchases tab of your NSDA profile.

Guidance on Returning to Face-to-Face Events

We have partnered with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to produce a guide to returning to face-to-face practice, events, and competition. We believe it is essential to the physical, social, emotional, and mental well-being of K-12 students across the nation that students return to face-to-face speech and debate activities as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. This guide provides mitigation strategies for face-to-face competition based on a scientific study to determine how COVID-19 may spread in the course of speaking activities, discusses implications for program budgets and recruitment, and offers considerations for online instruction and competition where applicable.  

Celebrate Supporters with an Honorary NSDA Membership

Did you know you can nominate an adult who has contributed to your team to be an honorary National Speech & Debate Association member? This is a great way to generate buy-in from administrators or honor a parent who helps your team! Honorary members must be adults who have contributed in some significant way to the speech and debate program of the local chapter, but have not earned Association membership as a student or instructor. 

Refresh Your Zoom Meetings

Bring style to your video calls! View instructions for uploading free NSDA themed backgrounds
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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 from all complete surveys submitted by April 27, 2021 at 11:59 pm CT.
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 on April 12, from info@speechanddebate.org 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.

Pre-Order National Tournament T-Shirts

If your students are attending the online National Tournament or Middle School Speech Challenge, remember you can pre-order Nationals T-shirts as part of the registration process on Tabroom.com. Pre-ordering is recommended to ensure we have your size selection. Shirts are also available for pre-order via the NSDA Store
Nats21 Merch! Now available for order and pre-order

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. 
FREE Virtual Debate Camp for ALL Levels. The Colorado Speech and Debate Camp. May 3rd-May 15. Events covered: Public Forum, Extemporaneous Speaking, Platform Speaking. For more information and to sign up, visit dedamtew.wixsite.com/coloradospeech
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