The National Tournament is headed to Phoenix/Mesa for the first time since 1999! That means whether it's your first time at the tournament or you're a veteran, odds are that Arizona is a new setting.
Our Nationals Newsletters provide key tournament info to help you maximize your experience and prepare to attend the best event of the year. Read on for this week's details!
Play the 2023 hype video to build the excitement for Nationals!
Using Your Hub for Tournament Info to Prepare
1. Our Nationals website has all the info you need to prep for the week! Pop through the headers at the top to familiarize yourself with the pages. If you do nothing else, bookmark this page: speechanddebate.org/nationals.
2. Get a feel for what to expect with our day-by-day breakdowns that outline what's happening each day of the week.
3. For even more detail, read through the Schedule and Venues Doc (also linked from the top of the Nationals page) for round times and locations.
4. Explore our FAQs for answers to commonly asked questions.
Mesa Public Schools is offering free breakfast and lunch at schools for everyone 18 and younger. We are excited to share the menu with you ahead of time and report that a variety of options, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan options, will be available daily. Concessions will also be available on site at schools for purchase with CASH ONLY. Download the menu »
- Breakfast Available 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., Monday – Thursday, at all Mesa School sites
- Lunch Available 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday, at all Mesa School sites
Adults (19 and older) who are on site may purchase breakfast for $5 and lunch for $7. The school venues are CASH ONLY. Hospitality suites will offer coffee, tea, water, and light snacks for judges throughout the day.
At the Convention Center, for Congressional Debate and Thursday/Friday finals and events, concessions will be open and offer a variety of choices to meet various dietary needs for a fee.
Adding Your Attendees in Tabroom.com
Coaches must register any individual entering a tournament venue with your school on the "Judges & Attendees" tab of your school’s Tabroom.com registration. If someone coming with your school will not be judging, they must be entered under "Attendees." This includes all judges, coaches, chaperones, parents, siblings, etc., over the age of 12. All these individuals must have or create Tabroom.com accounts. Without this information, attendees will not receive tournament ribbons and will not be able to enter tournament venues. Ribbons may be requested for children under the age of 13 during in-person registration; their registration in advance is not required. Coaches and students should chat to make sure all attendees are captured in Tabroom!
To add attendees:
- Have the attendees create accounts on Tabroom.com.
- Add them to your judge roster.
Under the "Judges" tab at Nationals, select their names from the dropdown menu and add them to the attendee/observer category. They will appear as a separate list (different from the judge list). Don't worry—they won't judge if they are under the observer list!
Upcoming Webinars for Nationals 2023
Generative AI at the National Tournament
At the 2023 National Tournament, students in events in which speeches must be the original work of the competitor (Extemp, Original Oratory, Informative, Expository, Original Spoken Word Poetry, Impromptu, Extemp Commentary) are not permitted to quote or paraphrase text directly from generative AI sources. Students are not prohibited from using generative AI to guide their research process or help them generate ideas before the tournament or during Extemp prep, but they cannot quote, paraphrase, or cite generative artificial intelligence sources like ChatGPT during their speeches. All original source material cited during speeches must be provided if questioned. In debate events, students may use generative AI to assist with the research and idea generation process pre-tournament and during the tournament in accordance with the Guidelines for Internet-Enabled Device rules; however, generative AI should not be cited as a source, and debaters must have original source material of any paraphrased or quoted evidence available upon request.
National Office Address Reminder
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6600 Westown Parkway, Suite 270
West Des Moines, IA 50266
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