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Read the 2022 Community Impact Report
Explore how NSDA membership helped coaches and students get involved, build their skills, and celebrate achievement in the 2022 Community Impact Report. Highlights include a 50% increase in service points over last year, growth in total degrees earned, and stories from the community.
Extemp Speech Prep and Delivery Breakdown
In the following videos, two-time national champion Jacqueline Wei preps for and/or delivers an Extemp speech. Learning from an expert can be a great tool for beginner and advanced students alike.
Plan Your Second Semester Tournaments
Read the Competition Rules Minutes
The Competition Rules Board will meet on January 10 to discuss the district qualification method for World Schools Debate, assess the National Tournament school awards formula, consider a proposal to remove the requirement that Congress judges must be unaffiliated at the district tournament, and assess the novice Lincoln-Douglas topic. Read the full agenda and share your feedback with email@example.com.
If your team is motivated by stats, peruse student and school rankings nationally or by state or district.
Starting speech and debate second semester? Check out our recruitment guide for tips for building your team.
Celebrate Student Service
Students can earn up to 20 service points per day for a maximum of 200 service points per year. Deciding what activities are eligible for service points is up to the advisor, but examples include:
- Coaching middle or elementary school students prior to a tournament
Judging a round of middle school competition
- Volunteering at an animal shelter
- Giving a speech at a political rally
- Helping at the ballot table at an after-school tournament
Volunteering at a summer camp for middle or elementary school students
- Working at a team fundraiser
- Speaking as part of a religious service
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