It's Nationals season, Coach!
In our weekly Nationals newsletter, we'll share tournament updates and key info to help you prepare for the best speech and debate week of the year! Questions? The Nationals page is your key hub for all tournament details!
May 15: Major Registration Deadline
All National Tournament registration materials and payments are due this Sunday, May 15. This includes entry details, payment, vaccine verification, initial script uploads, and the final list of judges you will bring to the tournament—including the number of days they will judge, judge paradigms, and certification they have completed the Cultural Competence training.
Please check that you're good to go by visiting your school registration on Tabroom.com and checking for red Xs on the General tab. For an overview of how to complete registration on Tabroom.com, check out this webinar.
When is verification due? All attendees should have something in the VaccineCheck system by May 15. If an attendee is due another dose or needs to get a booster before the event, they should submit their current dose(s) using the instructions on-screen in the system and add their additional one when it has been secured.
Who has to complete the verification? Anyone attending the tournament with your school, including students, coaches, judges, parents, and chaperones, etc. The exception is children under 5 years of age.
How does it work? All individuals attending the tournament must be entered as an Entry, Judge, or Attendee on the school's tournament registration and have their Tabroom.com account linked. This means all attendees, including parents, chaperones, etc. The verification must be completed using the Tabroom.com email address. Using the wrong email address will cause issues. When attendees are entered into the school’s Tabroom.com registration, they will receive an email from VaccineCheck via NSDA@WellCheck.us with a link to begin the verification process.
- What if I already used the wrong email? Please send an email to VaccineCheck at NSDA@WellCheck.us and tell them your name, what email you used, what email you should have used, and ask them to merge your records and remove your old email.
Someone didn't get the email. Now what? First, check your spam folder. If you don't see it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
Do I have to get a booster? Individuals who received the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine prior to December 1, 2021 or who received the first dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine prior to March 1, 2022 must be boosted. More info »
- Why does Tabroom list a Vaccine check as pending?
- Reason 1: They haven't submitted their records yet. If this is the case with your student or attendee as the May 15 deadline approaches, check in with them on their status!
- Reason 2: They still have a required action to complete. Attendees are listed as pending until all required actions have been completed, which may include uploading a negative test in June if they have received an exemption or securing and uploading additional doses or a booster.
Reason 3: Their submitted records haven't been verified by VaccineCheck yet. This may take several days.
- Reason 4: Their exemption is awaiting review. Exemption requests are reviewed multiples times per week. If an attendee has been waiting longer than that, they should contact us at email@example.com.
Reason 5: They're approved, their records just haven't been updated. Tabroom doesn't sync with VaccineCheck automatically. If they were just approved, their status should be updated the next business day.
Preparing to Compete: Tournament Topics
Extemp topic areas, prepared motions for World Schools, and topics for LD and PF are now available. The final version of the Congressional Debate docket will be released by May 15.
Meet the 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees
Please join us in congratulating the 2022 Hall of Fame class! These individuals will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during the National Tournament in June.
Judging is owed on a per-day basis for most in-person events. A judge who is entered for judge days in a category must be available for all rounds of that event held on that day. A judge may not fill only part of a day’s obligation. One judge may cover a maximum of 3 days. (Big Questions and World Schools judges do not use the day system; BQ and WS judges must be available Monday-Thursday for all rounds.) All judges are eligible to be assigned to judge supplemental speech and Extemp Debate, regardless of whether their school has entries in supplemental events.
Coverage: Each school is required to cover a minimum of 2 days in any event to be eligible to attend the National Tournament. One judge may cover days in more than one judge category. For example, a judge could cover 1 day of speech and 2 days of Lincoln-Douglas.
Hires: Only speech, Congress, and supplemental event days may be bought out. This means coaches may elect to pay for the judge day when they register on Tabroom instead of providing a person to judge. No judge days may be purchased after May 15.
Swaps: There is no way to enter judge availability at this time. In early June, you will be able to check your school’s judging assignments by day and event during the Judging Swap Window, June 9 – June 11 at 12:00 p.m. ET. During this window, you will have a limited ability to swap your judges between the days your school has been assigned to accommodate their availability.
During the tournament, our social media accounts provide updates from around the city and behind-the-scenes access to finals and awards. Follow along to never miss a minute of the action!
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