Nationals Newsletter - June 3, 2020
Nationals Newsletter - June 3, 2020
The National Speech & Debate Association joins you in denouncing the senseless racist violence that has taken the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many more. Read our full statement here

Double Check Your Entries: 3 Things Every Student and Judge Needs  

Please double check that your students and judges have these things and are prepared for competition!


  1. A unique account linked to your school to access the competition site at
  2. Their code (available on the Entries tab of your school's Tabroom tournament registration) to find their rooms on the schematic.
  3. The password to enter all rooms: nsda


  1. A account connected to their judging entry on your school's registration to access ballots and the competition site at
  2. Their code and room from the “Upcoming Judging” section of their account to get to rounds.
  3. The password to enter all rooms: nsda

Senior Open Recap

We hope you were able to tune in for some portion of our Senior Open last weekend! You can watch performances from students who made the special showcase here and check out the video below for a special address from the Class of 2020. 
Senior Speeches 2020 - Senior Open Opening Ceremony

National Tournament Registration: Sunday, June 14

An adult representative from each school participating in the National Tournament should plan to attend tournament registration on Sunday, June 14. This adult must have account access at a registered school to access a registration room! To check that the person registering your school has the necessary permissions, log in to your account, click your school name under Institutions, and check the Access tab. You can add a new coach by entering the email associated with their account and clicking Save!
You'll be emailed a link to your registration room and time window prior to registration. 

Sign up for a National Tournament Team Practice Time

Each team can sign up for one team practice time where your students and judges can get comfortable using video in our National Tournament competition system! Please note all times are CT. This is your time to practice entering a competition room at, determining your ideal setup for video framing, testing sound and equipment, and communicating with a partner. When one representative from your school signs up, we will follow up with access instructions and your school practice code to sign in. This signup is different than the speech recording window for Nationals, which is open to students at

Closing Soon: Supplemental Speech Recording Window

The recording window to upload and submit supplemental speech performances closes Thursday, June 4. There will be no formal re-registration for supplemental speech events; by uploading a recording, the student confirms their participation. If a student has not submitted their recording by the deadline, we will drop that entry from that event and the pre-registration fee will not be refunded. The recording and submission process follows the same process as main event speech.
Judging will not be live! Your judges can log in to between June 8 and June 12 to find their assigned rounds and ballots and watch rounds at at their leisure. We will notify them directly when the judging window opens! 

Extemp Debate Procedures

Extemp Debate will begin after preliminary rounds of debate and will be held with live judging and live debates. Competitors will be guaranteed four preset rounds on Thursday, June 18. Students must have pre-registered prior to the tournament, and if they have not moved on in the main event competition by the time Extemp Debate begins, they can re-register. This would allow House students who do not make semifinals, Senate students who do not make finals, World Schools Debate students who did not make semifinals, and main event debate students who do not make round 11 to re-register for Extemp Debate. Main event speech (HI, DI, DUO, POI, OO, INF, USX, IX) competitors are not able to compete in Extemp Debate. Re-registration will be open all day Wednesday, June 17, and be conducted online through More info »

Pre-Order Your Exclusive National Tournament Souvenir!

A one-of-a-kind souvenir for a one-of-a-kind tournament! Get your unicorn to celebrate the first ever online National Tournament.

Upcoming Mailings

This week, we'll send out certificates and seals earned March 13 through April 26. If your school is closed, they'll be waiting there for you when you return! Certificates and seals earned after April 26 will be sent in late June with your Nationals materials, including participation certificates, student ribbons, and pre-ordered T-shirts. Any awards earned during the tournament will ship separately from our Trophy Shop! 

Webinar Watch-List

Get ready for the Middle School Speech Challenge with a new webinar from Summit Debate! This session has great tips for competing online in the middle school division. Or, for high school students, check out a series of webinars for #Nats20 from Global Debate Symposium! Sessions include preparation tips for Lincoln-Douglas, World Schools Debate, and more. See the latest webinars »

Follow Along for Updates and Behind-the-Scenes Content!

We'll all miss the in-person connections at the National Tournament, but our social media pages will give you the chance to meet competitors from across the country and hear their stories!
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Connect with Colleges, Explore Camps, and Check Out Team Tools

Don't miss our 2020 Expos! Mark you calendar and plan to join us online for the National Tournament Virtual Expo on Sunday, June 14.  Our Virtual Expos provide a safe and organized environment in which coaches, parents, and students can connect with exhibitors and take advantage of great deals. See you there!
Thank you to our sponsors!
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