Weekly Coach Newsletter - April 21, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - April 21, 2020

Check out what's new this week, Coach!

Virtual Team Banquets

In the video below, NSDA coach Jamelle Brown and the team at Sumner Academy (KS) host a virtual team banquet. Check out team superlative templates, NSDA backgrounds, a sample banquet outline and more here. Plus, you can wish seniors well from afar with a gift card to purchase their keepsake from the NSDA Store for home delivery. They can choose from NSDA honor cords, insignia, and more to celebrate their speech and debate career.
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Register for the National Tournament! Registration is now open for our online National Tournament, Senior Open, and Middle School Speech Challenge! Register today or learn more here

Public Forum Advanced Evidence

Download an advanced evidence brief on the April PF topic, Resolved: The United States should remove nearly all of its military presence in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf.

Upcoming Watch Parties

Final Round Watch Parties from NSDA coach Renea Moss continue this week! You and your students can join the sessions below and ask finalists questions. 
  • Today, April 21 - Informative Speaking
  • Thursday, April 23 - Declamation/Poetry 
  • Tuesday, April 28 - Extemp
  • Thursday, April 30 - Congress

Dramatic Interp Final Round Worksheet

You and your students can watch the 2019 final round of DI with Resource Package open access! Build in a classroom evaluation step with a worksheet from NSDA coach Renea Moss. 

Earn School Memberships with Online Big Questions Debates

Schools that have not received BQ funding during the 2019-2020 school year have the opportunity to host a Big Questions online competition, in accordance with all CDC, local, regional, and national recommendations. Apply now to earn one of up to 50 free memberships.
Virtual Big Question events with at least 10 participants who each compete in at least 3 rounds earn one free school membership for the 2020-2021 school year. Virtual Big Questions events with at least 25 participants who each compete in at least 3 rounds earn one free school membership and Resource Package for the 2020-2021 school year. 
If interested, please check out our BQ resources and fill out an application to hold an event!

Pre-Order National Tournament T-Shirts

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

Now Open: USA Debate Applications

Each year we select the best debaters in the country to represent the United States in international competition. Applications for the 2020-2021 USA Debate Team are now open! Before they can complete their application, students must collect signatures from their Coach/Advisor as well as from their Parent/Guardian and Principal/Administrator. Your students can get started or learn more about the stages of the application process here. We hope you'll encourage members of your team with the necessary skills who also uphold the NSDA Honor Code to apply.
ProTip: Students can watch a demo round from the team to get a feel for style and format.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week

April 19-25 is National Volunteer Week! We encourage you to take a few minutes to thank the volunteers who help make your program succeed and include one of the images below!  
What a Difference You've Made! You Are An Inspiration!

Cast Your Ballot: Board of Directors and Hall of Fame Voting

Board of Directors » Help select the leaders of our organization! Each school shall vote for up to four candidates in our biennial Board of Directors election through the NSDA Voting section of an NSDA Account. Voting concludes May 1 and elected representatives shall serve from August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2024. Read the statements from our seven candidates here
Hall of Fame » 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 24
Show Your Achievement. Celebrate All of Your Students' Accomplishments with Honor Society Insignia!
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