Prepare with January Resources
Improve your competition prep with January legislation, Extemp questions, and World Schools motions. Plus, familiarize yourself with topics using our analyses.
Get Started with Extemp Commentary
Our latest starter kit features Extemp Commentary event rules, sample prompts, tips for finding and memorizing sources, and delivery tips from the 2022 national champion.
Explore the Basics of Events
Our competition events guide includes all the basics about events. Learn more for yourself or use it as a tool to help coach other students!
Submit Legislation for the 2023 National Tournament Docket!
Debate the topics you are passionate about—if you wrote it, you can submit it! Any high school NSDA member student, regardless of their national qualification status, may directly submit legislation to be considered for the 2023 National Tournament Docket! You can even submit multiple pieces of legislation for consideration. If your legislation is selected to be part of the Nationals Docket, you will be recognized in Rostrum
, receive a trophy after the tournament, and be awarded a $100 scholarship. This is a great way to boost your resume and be recognized for your research and writing skills! Submission are due by February 5, 2023 »
Influence the NSDA's Future
To increase student voice in the organization’s decision making and programming, we are excited to announce the new Student Leadership Council (SLC). The SLC will be composed of high school student members of the National Speech & Debate Association who will provide feedback and recommendations throughout the year to ensure we are meeting students’ needs. Ask your coach to nominate you for this unique opportunity before March 1! Learn more about the responsibilities on our website »
Second Annual NSDA Last-Chance Qualifier Returns April 27-29
As you’re prepping for your district tournament, remember–you can also compete in the NSDA Last-Chance Qualifier for a spot at Nationals. All main events are being offered. Your school can enter up to four students in each event (up to six in Big Questions), and participation is FREE. The NSDA Last-Chance Qualifier is an opportunity for students who do not qualify through their
district tournament to have a chance to attend the 2023 National Tournament. Details and Registration Here »
Compete in Free Rounds After School with Springboard
The Springboard Series is a great online practice opportunity! There are four free, after-school practice sessions per month in January, February, and March—no NSDA membership required! Each practice date has one round that starts at 6:00 p.m. CT. Registration closes at noon the day of the event. Register on Tabroom.com »
Register Now for this Online Opportunity in May
We are excited to announce the inaugural Digital Speech & Debate e-Championship
! This is a collaborative venture between the Tournament of Champions and the National Speech & Debate Association to provide an accessible, cost-effective online championship opportunity for students in grades 6-12. The online tournament is held May 6-8, 2023, and is presented by the TOC and NSDA with support from the NAUDL, NCFL, NIETOC, and NFHS. Registration is now open and more information can be found at echampionship.tabroom.com
. You can also download an informational flyer
Help Us Celebrate National Speech and Debate Education Day
(NSDE Day) on March 3
NSDE Day is an annual celebration that honors, celebrates, and promotes the activity of scholastic speech and debate on the first Friday in March. We are thrilled to have a day dedicated to celebrating you, your team, and all you put into speech and debate. Visit our website for ways to celebrate together on March 3, 2023!
Win a 2023-2024 School Membership + Resource Package
In celebration of the one-year anniversary of our new alumni membership, we are kicking off Alumni Week with a raffle! Encourage your past teammates (graduating 2023 seniors are eligible as well!) to enter, and they could win a 2023-2024 NSDA school membership and Resource Package for the team of their choice—like yours!
Let them know they can enter by claiming their alumni membership (one entry) and/or donating to the Pay It Forward Fund (every $10 = one entry). Entries close on January 28!
Nominate a Group or Organization for the Activating Equity Award
Are you part of a group or organization that creates, enhances, or advocates for equity in speech and debate? Do you know a group who fits that description? Nominate them for the 2023 Activating Equity Award! Nominees will be evaluated on their commitment to equity, service and social responsibility, mission alignment, and collaboration efforts. The winner will receive $5,000 and recognition at the National Tournament. Nominate today »
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