Prepare with December Resources
Improve your competition prep with December Congress legislation, Extemp questions, and World Schools motions. Plus, familiarize yourself with topics using our analyses.
Get Started with Extemp Commentary
Our latest starter kit features Extemp Commentary event rules, sample prompts, tips for finding and memorizing sources, and delivery tips from the 2022 national champion.
Check out the November/December Rostrum
The most recent Rostrum focuses on highlighting student voices! Celebrate the power of speech and debate through the voices of the 2022 national champions and finalists.
Submit Legislation for the 2023 National Tournament Docket!
Debate the topics you are passionate about—if you wrote it, you can submit it! Any high school NSDA member student, regardless of their national qualification status, may directly submit legislation to be considered for the 2023 National Tournament Docket! You can even submit multiple pieces of legislation for consideration. If your legislation is selected to be part of the Nationals Docket, you will be recognized in Rostrum
, receive a trophy after the tournament, and be awarded a $100 scholarship. This is a great way to boost your resume and be recognized for your research and writing skills!
Submission are due by February 5, 2023 »
NEW! Student Leadership Council
To increase student voice in the organization’s decision making and programming, we are excited to announce the new Student Leadership Council (SLC). The SLC will be composed of high school student members of the National Speech & Debate Association who will provide feedback and recommendations throughout the year to ensure we are meeting students’ needs. Ask your coach to nominate you for this unique opportunity! Learn more about the responsibilities on our website »
Explore the Basics of Events
Our competition events guide includes all the basics about events. Learn more for yourself or use it as a tool to help coach other students!
Mark Your Calendar for the 2023 Springboard Dates
The Springboard Series is a great online practice opportunity! There are four free, after-school practice sessions per month in January, February, and March—no NSDA membership required! Each practice date has one round that starts at 6:00 p.m. CT. Registration closes at noon the day of the event. Register on Tabroom.com »
Congratulations to our December Capstone Winners!
We were thrilled to host over 600 students and over 200 schools in this free, online tournament. This event is made possible through the generosity of The Julia Burke Foundation. Check out the live performances and awards scroll now!
Nominations Are Now Open for the Activating Equity Award
When you think of a group who is dedicated to building a culture of equity in speech and debate, who comes to mind? Did you know we now have an Activating Equity Award and you can nominate them for their dedication to equity? The winner will be announced in May 2023 and will receive $5,000 to support their equity mission. You can nominate a group of individuals who work together to increase equity or more formalized groups. Find out more »
Save the Date
Mark your calendars for these upcoming competitive and celebratory opportunities from the NSDA.
- Alumni Week, January 23-27
Seniors - make sure you claim your free alumni membership before Alumni Week so you can be included in the fun! We are planning throwbacks, meet and greets, and a whole lot more as we celebrate our alumni community January 23-27.
- NSDE Day, March 3
National Speech and Debate Education Day (NSDE Day) is an annual celebration that honors, celebrates, and promotes the activity of scholastic speech and debate on the first Friday in March. We know how this activity can change lives, and we are thrilled to have a day dedicated to celebrating you, your team, and all you put into speech and debate. We can’t wait to celebrate together on March 3, 2023!
The Last-Chance Qualifier, April 27-29
- Compete to qualify for your spot at the NSDA National Tournament in Phoenix/Mesa, AZ in June. Registration details to come.
Register Now for this Online Opportunity in May
We are excited to announce the inaugural Digital Speech & Debate e-Championship
! This is a collaborative venture between the Tournament of Champions and the National Speech & Debate Association to provide an accessible, cost-effective online championship opportunity for students in grades 6-12. The online tournament is held May 6-8, 2023, and is presented by the TOC and NSDA with support from the NAUDL, NCFL, NIETOC, and NFHS. Registration is now open and more information can be found at echampionship.tabroom.com
. You can also download an informational flyer
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