Weekly Coach Newsletter - May 12, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - May 12, 2020

Check out what's new this week, Coach!

Registration Closes Friday!

Registration, materials, and payments for the online National Tournament, Middle School Speech Challenge, and Senior Open are due Friday, May 15. Learn more about eligibility, fees, judging, competition events, and schedule outlines or select the procedures document for each event. Please accept or reject your National Tournament entries in Tabroom.com ASAP so we can notify alternates, if necessary. 
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Virtual Banquets and Senior Social Media Shoutouts

Check out all the resources you need to plan a virtual team banquet, plus a sample from Sumner Academy! If a virtual banquet isn't for you, consider giving each senior a shoutout on your team's social media page like the Desert Ridge team. Complete the look with NSDA honor cords and be sure to tag us @speechanddebate!
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Download the National Congress Docket

Students can prepare to compete at the 2020 National Congress with the newly released docket. 

Your Guide to Script Turn-In Requirements

Typically, each competitor in an Interpretation event would upload a copy of their final cutting to the National Tournament registration site in Tabroom.com. This year, all competitors in Interpretation will submit both their final cutting AND a photocopy of their original source as one single document upload during the National Tournament registration process. This single document will include both an unmarked, typed copy of every word spoken AND a photocopy of the original source which includes the cover, publication page, and all original pages in the order in which they are performed with spoken words highlighted and additions or deletions clearly marked. Note: If you are unable to upload a single document within the Tabroom.com file size limits, you may split it into two documents and upload them separately. Students will not need to produce their original source. Remember, something must be uploaded in the Nationals registration system by the deadline on May 15, but script uploads may be edited until Sunday, June 14. Learn more »

Spread the Word: We Need Students for National Tournament Videos!

One of the best parts of being at Nationals or following along from home is the sense of excitement and community of the capstone event. Your students can help us replicate that feeling at our online events by submitting photos, videos, and messages! 
Lip Dub Video » This year's lip dub song is Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody." Students can check out last year's video for inspiration and submit dance or lip syncing clips for consideration! Be sure to tune in during National Tournament Award Ceremonies to see the final product! 
Senior Thank You Wall » This new hub will feature videos, pictures, and messages from the Class of 2020! We would love for your students to share some thank yous, favorite memories, and reflections on their time in this activity.

Suit Up Challenge

The Archbishop Mitty Speech & Debate team started a social media challenge for teams missing rocking their suits every weekend. Join in, use #SDSuitUpAnywayChallenge, and be sure to tag us @speechanddebate. Pro Tip: Follow Sumner Academy's lead and kick off your virtual banquet with the reveal of your video!
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Financial Support for Students Competing at Nationals 

In light of the National Tournament moving online, the William Woods Tate, Jr., Fund will provide financial assistance so that students can have a more equitable experience. We have a limited pool of funding, so we ask that you only apply on behalf of students you know most need these funds by May 22. 
The fund will provide accepted students competing in main events at the National Tournament with a $50 to $75 check payable by June 1 so that they can purchase technology, pay for internet access, or acquire other resources that will allow them a more equitable experience. 

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 Senior Open Virtual Expo on Friday, May 29 and 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 exhhibitors and take advantage of great deals. See you there!

Academic All American Award Recognition

The Academic All American Award recognizes students for competitive success and academic excellence and is a great addition to a student's resume—only 2% of member students earn this distinction! Note: As seasons have been cut short, we've lowered the points requirement for the class of 2020 to 650 points. If your students have already received the award, check out special commemorative items.  
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Do You Have Special Connections?

We are recruiting famous NSDA alumni to get involved with the National Tournament. If you can help make a connection, please email us
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