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How is it November already? As we grow ever-closer to the end of the first half of the year, we want to remind you to submit your District Dates Form before November 30. For guidance on how to complete this form, which is found in Tabroom.com, please refer to this guide.
Please keep in mind, the national office staff begins auditing the settings of each district tournament approximately ten days before the first scheduled round. So don't delay in entering your settings and schedules! If you have any questions about the District Dates Form or the district tournament series in general, please contact District and Tournament Services Manager, Lauren McCool at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW Student Leadership Council
Later this month, we will announce a new Student Leadership Council to coaches. The idea for the SLC is based on requests from students in the 2021 student membership survey for more leadership opportunities and avenues to contribute to and influence the NSDA. Selected high school student members will provide feedback and recommendations throughout the year to ensure we are meeting students’ needs.
We’re giving you advanced notice because each district has the opportunity to nominate one member student for consideration. Similar to Student of the Year, coaches may submit nominations through a standard online form, which sends a copy to both the national office and the district chair. District winners must be reported by the district chair by March 1, 2023.
This is a unique way to influence the organization’s future and an excellent addition to any student’s resume. We urge your district to participate by spreading the word to coaches and reviewing any nominations you receive.
What is a Belonging and Inclusion Station?
Have you had an incident of harassment or discrimination at a tournament? Do you want to create a safe space for students, coaches, and judges to report incidents of harassment and discrimination? Implementing a Belonging and Inclusion Station is simple, straightforward, and provides a valuable resource for your tournament attendees.
We invite you to watch the recording of our recent BIS Info Session to learn more about:
» The purpose of a Belonging and Inclusion Station
» Training opportunities for Belonging and Inclusion Advocates (BIA)
» The investigative and resolution process
Questions? Please contact Dr. Paul Porter at email@example.com.
Share These Free, Online Practice and Competition Opportunities
Please spread the word about the variety of after-school opportunities we offer and the December capstone tournament.
- Tuesday, November 15: Springboard Scrimmage #10 with live speech and live debate. One round will be offered. Round 1 will be at 6:00 p.m. CT. Rising stars and open divisions of all speech and debate events will be offered.
Thursday, November 17: Springboard Scrimmage #11 with live speech and live debate. One round will be offered. Round 1 will be at 6:00 p.m. CT. Rising stars and open divisions of all speech and debate events will be offered.
Tuesday, November 22: Springboard Scrimmage #12 with asynchronous speech and live debate. One round will be offered. Round 1 will be at 6:00 p.m. CT. Rising stars and open divisions of all speech and debate events will be offered
Saturday, December 3: Springboard Capstone Tournament. Students can enter only one live event. Students can enter as many asynchronous events as they wish. Four to five preliminary rounds of each event will be held, and top-placing students will receive medals and be recognized at an awards ceremony!
Live speech events: Dramatic Interp, Humorous Interp, Program Oral Interp, Original Oratory, Informative Speaking, Impromptu, Mixed Extemp, and Live Duo (competitors must perform in the same physical room).
Asynchronous speech events: Prose, Poetry, Pro Con Challenge, Original Spoken Word Poetry, Storytelling, and Declamation.
Debate events: Congress, Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Policy, Big Questions, and World Schools.
Thanks to the generosity of The Julia Burke Foundation, all are welcome to participate; no NSDA membership required.
Save the Date — Last-Chance Qualifier is April 27-29, 2023
The Last-Chance Qualifier is back! We are excited to share that we'll again offer this online NSDA tournament as an opportunity for students who did not qualify through the district tournament to still have a chance to attend the 2023 National Tournament in their main event. Please share the dates for the NSDA Last-Chance Qualifier—April 27-29, 2023—with your district attendees! More details to follow.
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