March District Leader Newsletter
March District Leader Newsletter

Dear District Leader,

Below we share the latest news and notes for district leaders. Thank you for your tireless work on behalf of students across the country! 

Your District Date Checklist

Download a complete list of district chair deadlines and instructions to help organize leadership responsibilities. What's due next month: 
  • April 1: Congress legislation from your district is due.
  • April 15: Reserve your district’s tournament book ad space to recognize your district's student qualifiers as they compete in Albuquerque! 
  • April 16: Submit the winners of your district level awards—e.g., Student of the Year, Coach of the Year, District Leader Commendation, etc.  


District Leader Toolkit
Submit Your District Award Winners
View the Unified Manual
View the Pilot Manual

Coronavirus Statement

We are closely monitoring the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) and staying up-to-date with the latest recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). With district tournament season and the National Tournament approaching in June, we know many of our members are concerned, and as always, the health and safety of our members is our primary concern. Currently, all plans for Nationals remain on track. We will also be taking appropriate steps at the tournament based on CDC recommendations to keep participants healthy and safe
Any future updates or changes will be communicated directly to NSDA members and posted at Head there for information about coronavirus, best practices for staying healthy at a tournament, and resources you can use for your district tournament. We encourage you to stay up-to-date with news and recommendations from the CDC at

Advocacy Webinar

You're invited to join us on Thursday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. CT for a webinar on advocating for speech and debate programs. We'll go over our existing resources and how to use them, answer your questions, and take suggestions for tools you'd like us to produce. Hop on here! Can't make it? Stay tuned for the recording. 

District Leader Awards

Learn more about the national awards available to district leaders and the most recent winners at

Mission Moment 

What you do as coaches and district leaders helps us build a diverse community committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate. Thank you for helping Aryaman and 140,000 other students across the country uncover their confidence and find their voices. 
 2020 Exemplary Student Service Award Winner. “Speech and debate has exposed me to the problems people face around the world. Through countless speeches, I’ve strengthened my voice and created a platform to better serve others.” Aryaman Sharma West Fargo Sheyenne High School, ND – Class of 2020
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