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January 9, 2018 | A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association

Dear Coach, 

We share National Tournament details, POI coaching resources, new competition tools, and more this week!  

Nationals Hotel Block: Now Open

In case you missed it, the National Tournament hotel block opened yesterday! Click here for details or to reserve your rooms now. See you in the sunshine state! 

CONNECT Focus Week 3 - Coaching POI

We are focusing on coaching Program Oral Interpretation over on CONNECTYou can already access a printable resource for POI coaches and a new CONNECT course that dives into helping students select and cut literature here. Check out the rest of the schedule below and mark your calendar for our second #NSDAchat on Twitter tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. CT. 

Save Time with NSDA Tournament Services

We provide a number of top-notch tournament services designed to make your life as a tournament host easier while saving you money compared to typical for-profit businesses in the community. Our Trophy Shop has thousands of trophies, medals, and plaques to choose from, or we can customize awards to meet your unique needs! 

We also offer limited prep prompts for your events! Save yourself hours of generating Extemp questions, Impromptu prompts, or World Schools motions for the cost of just one or two student entry fees! Learn more about our tournament services to reduce your stress and support speech and debate all at the same time. 

Reminders and Deadlines

Board of Directors Election » Planning to run for the Board of Directors? Don't forget that the declaration of intent via certified mail and candidacy statements are due January 19Learn more »
Student of the Year Nominations » If you know an incredible graduating senior, please nominate them for your district's Student of the Year Award. 
Hall of Fame Nominations » Do you know an outstanding coach who should be nominated for the Hall of Fame? Individuals with 25 years of NSDA coach membership (e.g., a merit date of 1993 or earlier), or who are retired from coaching and teaching, are eligible for this prestigious award! Nominations are due February 2

National Speech and Debate Education Day

We are focused on making March 2, National Speech and Debate Education Day, even bigger to reach more people! To do this, we need your team’s participation. Sign up to take part in our celebration, and we will share resources and communications with you to make the day a huge success. 
Strapped for time? This is a great opportunity for a student or parent to be your team’s captain. Don't delay, sign them up here

Access Your Resources

Extemp » Members can now access new Extemp practice questions to prepare for competition. Plus, Resource Package subscribers can download the latest sets of United States Extemp and International Extemp questions and resources from national finalist Olivia Shoemaker. 
World Schools Debate » Sample impromptu and prepared motions from the Global Debate Symposium are now available for download
Congress » Members can prepare for competition with the January Legislation Docket from the Institute for Speech and Debate

Upcoming Webinars

LD Topic Webinar » Prepare for the January/February LD topic tomorrow, January 10, at 6:00 p.m. CT with this training presented by Vida Johnson, Professor at Georgetown Law School, and the Bill of Rights Institute!  
PF Topic Webinar » Hop on the latest Bill of Rights PF topic webinar on Thursday, January 11, at 6:00 p.m. CT for an overview of the February topic. 
Keeping it Fresh for the End of the Year » Join Chase Williams of the Institute for Speech and Debate next Wednesday, January 17, at 7:00 p.m. CT for a discussion on judge adaptation and using ballots to improve performance
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