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Welcome back to the speech and debate season! Across our activities practices are beginning, cases are being written, speeches are being drafted, and pieces are being selected! We know this is an exciting and busy point in the year and look forward to partnering with you, our district leaders, as you begin planning and coaching.
Did you know that our office moved? Our business office is now located at National Speech & Debate Association, 6600 Westown Parkway Suite 270, West Des Moines, IA 50266. Please update your records! Our email and phone will remain the same: firstname.lastname@example.org and (920) 748-6206.
District Leader Town Hall - September 22 at 7:00 p.m. CT
We invite you to join us for an online town hall for district leaders. On September 22, at 7:00 p.m. Central Time, we will come together to discuss changes to the Unified Manual for 2022-2023, the new resources we have created for Belonging and Inclusion Stations (BIS), and hear your concerns as we head into a new season. If you are unable to attend, a recording of the meeting will be shared via email the following week.
District School Info Reporting
This fall, we are collecting info from committees about the status of schools in your district. Each U.S. district will receive an email in September with a request for information about coaching changes or programs who need extra support or attention from us this year. As our local leaders, your inside knowledge is incredibly important! When you share these details, we can jump in to onboard and advocate to support our common goal of retaining the schools in your district. Check your inbox for details this month!
Rules Changes for 2022-2023
Here is a summary of rule changes that impact the 2022-2023 district tournament season. Please review the Unified Manual for full rule changes.
District Tournament Changes:
Online vs. In-Person: Districts have the autonomy to determine whether each competition event in their district tournament series will be held online or in person. At least ¾ of schools (with each school getting one vote) that want to attend that portion of the tournament must agree whether to hold the tournament online or in person.
Senate entry requirements: This year, six schools and 10 entries are required to seat a Senate at the district tournament. Last year, eight schools were required to participate.
Double entry in partner events: Students may enter in up to two partner events (Public Forum, Policy, and Duo Interpretation) at the district tournament beginning in 2022-2023 at the discretion of the District Committee. Previously, students were not permitted to double enter in Policy and Public Forum at the district tournament. This change will allow students to double enter in Policy and PF, Policy and Duo, or Duo and PF at the district tournament in 2022-2023. District Committees have autonomy over their double entry policy and may choose what is permitted at the district level, but double entry in Policy and Public Forum will no longer be prohibited by the national office beginning in 2022- 2023. Consistent with existing rules, if a student were to enter two partnership events on the same date, they must compete with the same partner. If a student were to enter two partner events on different dates, they may compete with a different partner if they vacate their qualification and alternate status in the first partnership event prior to the second event.
Partnership qualification: If a partnership officially vacates their National Tournament qualification or alternate slot in a partner event, individuals in that partnership are eligible to enter and qualify in an individual event on a different date. This change will allow a partnership to vacate their qualification or alternate status in a partnership event prior to the competition date of the individual events tournament and allow that individual to compete to qualify in an individual event.
District Cumulative Sweepstakes Award: Each fall, the national office calculates and awards one District Cumulative Sweepstakes Award per district. Those results can be found on the districts section of a coach's NSDA account. For more information on this award, please review page 91 of the Unified Manual.
Event Procedure Changes:
Poetry source rules: It is no longer a requirement that Poetry selections must be cuttings from a single source. This year, a Poetry piece may consist of one entire poem, a cutting of a single longer poem, or a collection of short poems or cuttings from one source or several sources arranged in a program.
Speech rules: In speech events at the district tournament, elimination and final round ranks will no longer be multiplied by two. The rationale for discontinuing rank doubling is to bring the practice into alignment with National Tournament practices. Districts may calibrate the weight of their preliminary round and elimination round judging by running more rounds or using more judges in those rounds.
Debate rules: In debate events at the district tournament, the bye will no longer be assigned first in powermatched preliminary rounds. Instead, it should be assigned in a way that creates the best pairing according to pairing priorities.
Congress rules: All district tournaments must use direct questioning and preset, randomized recency in Congressional Debate beginning in 2022-2023.
Meet Dr. Paul Porter, the new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion!
Hi folks! My name is Dr. Paul Porter and I am thrilled to serve as your new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion!
A major part of my role is to help create a safe and welcoming environment for our students, coaches and judges at the district and national tournaments. To that end, I am excited to introduce the Belonging and Inclusion Station (BIS) – a tournament resource designed to address violations of our harassment and discrimination policy as well as provide a safe space for reporting. Please consider having the Belonging & Inclusion Station (formerly called the Equity Office) as part of your district tournament!
This fall, I will host short training sessions on implementation and am happy to help talk you through the process. Stay tuned for more details and training dates!
- $7,500 in Team Grants Available This Month
Through the Keith West Memorial Fund School Grant, we are able to support teams who are currently under-resourced in their pursuit of speech and debate. This year, we have one $5,000 grant and two $2,500 grants available for speech and debate teams that have strong potential but a significant lack of financial resources. Applications are open September 1-30, 2022. Visit www.speechanddebate.org/keith-west-memorial-fund for more information.
- Springboard Series Scrimmages Are Back!
All speech and debate students are invited to participate in our fall Springboard Series. These are free, after-school, online practice sessions. No membership required thanks to the generosity of The Julia Burke Foundation. We have four opportunities each month, September through November. Visit www.speechanddebate.org/springboard-series for more information.
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