April 16, 2019 - Weekly Coach Newsletter
April 16, 2019 - Weekly Coach Newsletter

Dear Coach,

Check out what's new from our community below. District chairs, today, April 16 is the deadline to submit your award winners for the national pool! 

Membership Pre-payment Available for 2019-2020

Thank you for your membership with the NSDA. We appreciate having you as part of our community! Your current school membership is valid through July 2019. We hope you will choose to continue participating in our Honor Society again next school year.
If you're ready to renew now, or if you have funds remaining to pre-pay next year's Resource Package subscription or student memberships, log in and visit the School Finances tab in your NSDA Account. From there, you can generate invoices for the 2019-2020 school year, which you will be asked to activate after August 1, 2019.
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Changes to Supplemental and Consolation Events

At the 2020 National Tournament, we will pilot changes to Supplemental and Consolation events. We will explore turning Impromptu and Storytelling into supplemental events, running supplemental speech events using a traditional tournament model, three guaranteed prelim rounds on Wednesday, and a single elimination round bracket on Thursday. The pilot will not impact the 2019 National Tournament. View details »

Apply for the William Woods Tate, Jr., Memorial Fund 

The William Woods Tate, Jr., Memorial Fund is designed to help schools and students attending the National Speech & Debate Tournament for the first time, as well as schools with demonstrated financial need. Applications will be accepted until April 30. To access the online form, please click here.  

Time is Running out to Vote for Your Local Leadership 

Voting in the district leadership election closes Friday, April 19. Each active member high school shall have one vote. One high school chapter advisor may log in to their NSDA Account and select NSDA Voting from the menu to cast a ballot online from a list of coaches active (affiliated with an active school) in the district. Advisors must rank a minimum of six and a maximum of eight coaches. Learn more about the election and district leaders »

We're Looking for the Best Debaters in the Country 

Each year we select the best debaters in the country to represent the United States in international competition. Applications for the 2019-2020 USA Debate Team are now open! Before they can complete their application, students must collect signatures from their Coach/Advisor as well as from their Parent/Guardian and Principal/Administrator.
Your students can get started or learn more about the stages of the application process here. We hope you'll encourage members of your team with the necessary skills and values to apply. Hear from members of the 2018-2019 team in the video below! 

How Does your Team Celebrate Diversity?  

April is Celebrate Diversity Month! We're sharing stories from our members on social media and we'd love to hear from you. Share how your team celebrates or encourages diversity and be sure to tag @speechanddebate
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Help us Support Programs Through Coach Transitions 

If you or a coach you know is departing from coaching, please fill out this form to give us more information. We'll work to help keep the program going! 

Fundraise for Nationals with Edco

Nationals are around the corner. What do you have planned to offset expenses? Raffles, auctions, product sales, and car washes can be a lot of work and require you to lay out money initially. Keep more of what you raise by using Edco on its own or in addition to other efforts. Hundreds of NSDA teams have had success with Edco. What are you waiting for? Start your campaign today.
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