Weekly Coach Newsletter - September 7, 2021
Weekly Coach Newsletter - September 7, 2021

Dear Coach,

Welcome to another season of speech and debate! Read on below for the latest news and resources from the NSDA. If you haven't already, be sure to renew your school membership by October 1 to retain access to newsletters, resources, and more member benefits! When you renew, remember the Resource Package is discounted to $99 through September 30. 

New Resource Hubs

Based on member feedback from the resource survey last spring, we've created new resource hubs with the best content in each category. These web pages are accessible from the Resources menu on our website. 
  • The Coaching Debate hub and Coaching Speech hub feature our most popular coaching and teaching resources, including:
    • Courses to explore event rules and coaching strategies
    • Grab-and-go lesson plans and textbooks
    • Sample performances and explanations
    • Monthly topic and practice tools
  • The Team Management hub features resources for running your team including:
    • Sample handbooks
    • Tips for managing your roster
    • Guides to tournament hosting and attendance
    • Student recruitment guide
    • Judge training tools
    • Professional development  
  • The Self-Guided Student Learning hub features content students can use independently to build their skills, including:
    • Practice drills
    • Videos from student experts
    • Final round performances
    • Monthly topic guides, dockets, questions, and more
Never Miss a Resource » 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. Stay in the loop! Fill in your preferences under Your Profile of your Account.

Launch into the New Season with Springboard

Our Springboard Series is back and better than ever! Your team is invited to join us for a variety of free, online competitions including after-school scrimmages and weekend tournaments. The first scrimmage is September 14, only a week away! Events are open to all—there is no membership requirement to participate this fall. Questions? Join us Thursday, September 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT for office hours! This opportunity is made possible by the generosity of The Julia Burke Foundation.

Build Your Team with Recruitment Tools 

Don't miss a few of our favorite tools to help recruit members for your team this season!

Apply for $5,000 for Your Team This Month

In order to ensure more students have access to speech and debate, the Keith West Memorial School Grant will provide a $5,000 grant to one school each year that shows strong potential but significant lack of financial resources. This fall, one school will receive $5,000 and two schools will receive $2,500. Apply by September 20.
General NSDA program grants are also available for new programs and Title I schools. 

Big Questions: Apply, Host an Event, Earn Funds!

In Big Questions, students debate topics at the intersection of science, religion, and philosophy.
The 2021-2022 topic is, Resolved: On balance, societies benefit from religious belief and practice. You can earn up to $2,500 for your team when you apply and are approved to host an event at a tournament or against members of your own team. Online events are eligible. 
Almost $1.5 million has been awarded to programs since 2016. Funding is limited, so get started today!
National Civics & Debate Championship. November 12-14, 2021. Orlando, FL. Learn more at speechwire.com and FloridaEducationFoundation.org/FCDI

Read the Nationals Chronicle 

The 2021 online National Tournament was one for the record books. Flip through this special issue of Rostrum where we recap the highlights of the week and celebrate our award winners! 

Plan for National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month! We encourage your team to celebrate with our tools and materials.
“En comunidades como la mía, las oportunidades siempre fueron limitadas. El discourso y el debate me ofrecieron una nueva perspectiva en la que, en lugar de enfocarme en lo que era, podía centrarme en lo que podría ser. “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
The American Legion's National Oratorical Contest. Looking for college scholarships? Look no further. The first place finisher of the American Legion's National Oratorical Contest is awarded an $25,000 scholarship, second-place $22,000, and third-place $20,000. Those top three finishers may also earn the right to compete in Original Oratory or United States Extemp aat the National Speech & Debate Tournament! Want to get involved? Visit our website to learn more!
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