It's been a great year, Coach!
This is the last regular coach newsletter of the school year. If your team is headed to Nationals, you'll begin receiving our weekly Nationals Newsletter and can find all your Nationals info in the coaches hub! Thanks for being part of our community this year! We'll be in touch periodically with resources and special updates over the summer to support your team and look forward to the 2022-2023 season. In the meantime, please contact us by phone at (920) 748-6206 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org over the summer if we can help in any way!
Welcome our New Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We are thrilled to welcome Paul Porter, Ph.D., to the National Speech & Debate Association team as our Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
We are continuously transforming our organization to reflect and operationalize the values of equity, integrity, respect, leadership, and service. As our Director of DEI, Dr. Porter will seek to expand the involvement of students and coaches from traditionally marginalized and disenfranchised groups in speech and debate, to provide new opportunities for these groups to play a larger role in NSDA decision-making and strategy, and to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for meaningful participation in speech and debate.
Help us Brag About Your Team!
In addition to the monthly digest administrators receive about new degrees earned by your team, we've added special new communications to administrators when a student earns Premier Distinction or a coach earns their Donus award. These are major milestones for members and we want to make a big deal out of them to your admin, so make sure you've listed their name and email on your school profile to ensure they get our messages.
Submit National Tournament Vaccination Verification by May 15
All in-person tournament attendees must complete the vaccination verification process by May 15. This verification must be completed using the exact email address attendees have listed in Tabroom.com! If another email is used, verification may not be matched up to an attendee's registration and they will be flagged as incomplete. It is vitally important that coaches ensure students and judges complete their verification and all other individuals who are attending the tournament are entered into the school's Tabroom.com registration at the bottom of the
Judges tab. This includes coaches, parents, chaperones, siblings, etc. Attendees entered in Tabroom will receive an email from VaccineCheck prompting them to complete the process and ensure they are cleared to enter tournament venues.
Once an attendee has been verified, their status will be updated in Tabroom.com the next business day. Attendees are not marked as complete in Tabroom until they have completed all relevant steps, including reporting additional doses needed to be fully vaccinated, booster shots due before the event, or a negative test result for those who receive an exemption.
How to Register for Nationals
Need help registering for Nationals? This webinar explains how to complete the registration process from start to finish, understand the new judge day obligation system, and assign judges to the events and days they are available to judge at the National Tournament.
You can now pay for next year's school membership and prepay for student memberships! Your account will be credited. In August, we'll prompt you to apply the credit to activate your membership and complete your renewal. Advisors, visit the School Purchases tab of our NSDA Account to create an invoice.
We're Looking for the Next USA Debate Team
Each year we select the best debaters in the country to represent the United States in international competition. Applications for the 2022-2023 USA Debate Team are now open! We invite interested students to get started or learn more about the stages of the application process. Stage 1 of the application process closes June 1.
Share Your Plans for Next Year
Are you retiring? Leaving coaching? Changing schools? If you're making a change next year, please share the details! We value the time, talent, and dedication you put into your program and we want to help ensure its continued success. We can assist with onboarding or advocating for a new coach, and if you're changing schools, we want to stay connected with you.
Read the Competition Rules Meeting Agenda
The elected Board of Directors will meet on May 10 to discuss competition rules. Please feel free to email any comments or questions on the agenda. Feedback will be compiled and presented to the Board for consideration.
Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month
Help us celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May! Encourage your students to incorporate AAPI literature into their speeches and inspire them in the classroom by utilizing our printable posters!
Does Your Team Need $1,000? Apply to Host a Big Questions Debate
When your school is approved to host a Big Questions debate event, you receive a minimum of $1,000 for your team just for debating!
Take ten minutes to apply by May 31, complete an event by June 1, and use your funds anyway you like! Resources are available to help your team learn the format and the topic.
Add Points and Citations Before the Recognition Deadline
Coaches » If you have outstanding points or service citations to enter, be sure to do so before the May 15 recognition deadline to have your accomplishments listed in our National Tournament program book.
- Students » Points for the class of 2022 must be entered by July 15.
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