Transportation at the Tournament
Convention Center » Parking at the Phoenix Convention Center is $12/day if purchased in advance, and $15/day if purchased day-of on site or for in-and-out privileges. Multiple garages are available with various height restrictions. Please review the list of garages and parking map and select the best option for you. There are three bus drop off locations, two on Third Street and one on Monroe.
Schools » Maps for all schools will be available in the Nats23 Guidebook App, which is released in June. Maps include the main entrance for the campus, parking lots, and drop off areas. We want to help you minimize the time you spend out in the heat! Use the maps to streamline your entry process.
Pre-Planning » If your schedule allows, we recommend teams drive to the competition venues before their first morning of competition to become familiar with the daily route and expected travel times. Phoenix traffic will be heavy, though better driving out from Phoenix to Mesa than the reverse in the mornings.
Vehicle Rental » A discount code for Hertz is available on our website.
Public Transportation » The Valley Metro Rail runs from northwest Phoenix through Tempe to east Mesa. It includes park and ride stations where travelers can park their vehicles for free and hop on the rail. A map of the light rail stops is included on our Venue and Hotel map, as well as the park and ride stations. Please note that the light rail does not run all the way out to the schools, and is not an advisable way to reach competition venues during the week. It is an option for getting to the Convention Center during the week. As with all public transportation, be mindful of safety and the potential for delays.
Refer back to this material later on our Nationals website!
Reminder: Check Your Registration
The registration deadline was yesterday, May 15. Please double check your registration! Issues will be flagged with a red X in the "Status" column on the "General" tab and must be resolved ASAP. For detailed instructions for how to solve registration issues, visit this document.
Script Turn-In Requirements
As part of National Tournament registration, competitors in DI, HI, DUO, POI, INF, and OO are required to upload a working copy of their speech/script by May 15 through the Tabroom.com registration system. Competitors can continue to make edits and changes until Saturday, June 10, but something was due in the system by May 15. If you have students in these categories, please review the script requirements.
Preparing for Supplementals
All students who intend to compete in supplemental events must be re-registered to confirm their participation between 12:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, through Tabroom.com. Students who pre-registered but did not re-register will not be scheduled for competition. This applies to both students who compete in main events and students who are only competing in supplemental events.
Congratulating Coach Award Winners
Join us in celebrating two high school coach award winners! These coaches were selected by their districts and chosen as the recipients by a panel of peers.
Mesa Public Schools is offering free breakfast and lunch at schools for everyone 18 and younger. We are excited to share the menu with you ahead of time and report that a variety of options, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan options, will be available daily. Concessions will also be available on site at schools for purchase with CASH ONLY. Download the menu »
- Breakfast Available 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., Monday – Thursday, at all Mesa School sites
- Lunch Available 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday, at all Mesa School sites
Adults (19 and older) who are on site may purchase breakfast for $5 and lunch for $7. The school venues are CASH ONLY.
Hospitality suites will offer coffee, tea, water, and light snacks for judges throughout the day.
At the Convention Center, for Congressional Debate and Thursday/Friday finals and events, concessions will be open and offer a variety of choices to meet various dietary needs for a fee.
All rules can be found in the High School Unified Manual or World Schools Invitational Manual.
- Poetry: Selections no longer need to be cuttings from a single source; a Poetry piece may come from one or multiple sources. 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.
Storytelling: If a chair is used in Storytelling, students may choose the original position of the chair. Use of the chair is not considered a prop as long as: 1) Once the performance begins, all legs of the chair remain stationary on the ground and do not move from their original position, and 2) Competitors do not kneel or stand on the chair.
World Schools: No electronic devices are permitted in World Schools rounds. This means that students will not be reading arguments off of their laptops, even in prepared rounds. The only exception is that a cell phone in airplane mode can be used for timing only. Please come prepared with your materials printed, as we will not have printers available at the competition venue.
Debate: No outside assistance from coaches or non-competing students is permitted during a round. Competitors in World Schools may not communicate with non-competing teammates during a round.
Internet: Use of the internet is permitted during round in Congress, debate (excluding World Schools), and Extemp prep. Please review the "Current Guidelines for Use of Internet-Enabled Devices" in the Unified Manual.
- Generative AI (ChatGPT): Please review the ruling regarding use of generative artificial intelligence sources on page 107 in the Unified Manual.
Upcoming Webinars for Nationals 2023
We offer liability insurance through the NFHS. If you're not already covered, you can protect yourself and fellow coaches or chaperones when you purchase coverage via a member school's NSDA account. Coverage is discounted to $14/person. To purchase, visit the Coach Roster on your NSDA Account and select "Buy" for any coach without a check mark under NFHS.
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