Check out what's new, Coach!
New Resource: Extemp Speech Breakdown
In this new monthly video resource, an Extemper will use one of our monthly practice questions to prep for and deliver a speech on camera. When your students do the same, they can compare and contrast their performance with an expert and make note of ways to improve their research, structure, and delivery.
Don't miss the rest of our new resources for LD, PF, Congress, Extemp, and World Schools.
Sharing Your Progress with Administrators
Part of our role in supporting speech and debate is to highlight your successes for the decision-makers who control the future of your program. As your advocates, we've added a monthly digest email to your administrator celebrating all the new degrees your students have earned and contextualizing them in a national framework they can understand. Check that your administrator's info is listed on your school profile to ensure they're on the list! Admins can opt out at any time.
News: Supreme Court Nominee is an NSDA Alum
Speech and debate can take you wherever you want to go, including the highest court in the land! Supreme Court Justice nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is poised to replace fellow alum Justice Breyer on the court.
Hired Judges for Nationals
Searching for a judge to hire for Nationals? Or maybe you're experienced at judging and would like to be hired to judge at Nationals? For this tournament and a few others, visit our Judging Board.
Share Scholarship Listings
We keep a list of nearly 200 colleges with scholarships for speech and debate participation. Explore the list or share it with your students interested in competing after high school.
Register for Upcoming Coaches' Caucuses
Mark your calendar—several coaches' caucuses are meeting in March! Caucuses are a great opportunity to network with other coaches and join in important discussion and dialogue about the successes, needs, and challenges of communities. Please remember that participants should abide by the NSDA harassment and discrimination policy at all times.
- Register for the Indigenous Persons Coaches' Caucus on Monday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. CT
Register for the LGBTQ+ Coaches' Caucus on Monday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. CT
Register for the Persons with Disabilities Coaches' Caucus on Monday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. CT
Register for the Hispanic/Latinx Coaches' Caucus on Saturday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. CT
Recapping National Speech and Debate Education Day
Thanks to all who joined us in celebrating speech and debate on March 4! In case you missed it, check out the video from this year's spokesperson Kalen Allen and the Congressional resolution recognizing the day. Save the date for next year, March 3, 2023!
Raise Funds to Attend Nationals
Our Big Questions debate grant from the John Templeton Foundation provides a format for students to gain debate experience while raising funds for the team. You can earn up to $2,500 for YOUR team. Learn more »
National Tournament Overview
Last week we announced that we will continue with our plans to hold the National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. We know there are differing school policies, state policies, and individual perspectives and circumstances that may impact your ability to join us in Louisville. Therefore, we will offer an online competition opportunity for anyone unable to attend the in-person event.
Thanks to supplemental events, each school could have up to four non-qualifying students compete as part of the National Tournament. Each school will have the opportunity to enter up to two students who competed at districts but did not qualify into in-person supplemental events. Each school will also have the opportunity to enter up to two different students who competed at districts but did not qualify into online supplemental events.
Learn more about our policies and procedures, and stay tuned for additional details on March 15.
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