Weekly Coach Newsletter - October 6, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - October 6, 2020

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Free Tournaments: Register by October 19

Thanks to the generosity of The Julia Burke Foundation, member students have the opportunity to compete in our NSDA Online Springboard Series, a new series of free tournaments for novice and middle school students held over the next three months. Register by October 19 for the first event on October 24! Schools and students must be NSDA members to enter the tournament. There is no entry fee for participation. 
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Announcing our 2019-2020 All Americans

Each year, the top 25 student point earners in the country are named All Americans. The All American award is based on a combination of competitive and service points, of which no more than 25% of the point total can include service. In order to qualify, a student must have competed at Nationals. Congratulations to the 2019-2020 All Americans! 

Read the Board Meeting Minutes

The NSDA Board of Directors held its fall meeting September 18-20. We encourage you to read the meeting minutes which include discussions, deliberations, and decisions in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, NSDA district competition, rules revisions, and much more. Please reach out with any questions to director@speechanddebate.org

Take the Course: Intro to Coaching Congress

Members can take a free introductory course exploring the fundamentals of coaching Congressional Debate written by four-diamond coach David Yastremski. Intro to Coaching Congress covers the structure of a Congress round, helping students write legislation, speech writing and delivery tips, ideas for team practices, and more. Take the full course or pick out the topics relevant to you! 
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Tips for Online Tournament Hosting 

Online Tournament Guide » Build on the experience of the team of staff and volunteers who brought you the 2020 online National Tournament as you formulate a plan for your online event. This guide contains tips, safety and equity questions to consider, and our lessons learned from hosting online tournaments.
NSDA Campus Trainings » Adapting to a new platform can be intimidating! Check out our training materials for our low-cost tournament hosting platform NSDA Campus and give us a heads up if you plan to host a tournament (no strings attached)! Whenever possible, please finalize all room reservations by the Tuesday before your weekend event.
Above all else, remember that everyone is in the same boat and that the opportunities you provide for students like Maddie and Derek are always valuable, regardless of the bumps in the road.  

Celebrating LGBTQ History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month

Check out collections for National Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrate LGBTQ History Month with our collection for Pride! You'll find posters you can download and print on your own, a template to make posters featuring members of your team, literature to collections with stories and recommended texts for historical context, and more.
We believe educators featuring topics, themes, and issues that impact an assortment of peoples and our society at large can create more informed global citizens and a space where students feel heard, welcomed, and encouraged to learn. Visit our Diversity and Inclusion page for specific competitive resources to diversify the subject matter at your tournament, classroom, or practice.
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