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All About Districts: Ensure Students are Ready to Compete
High school students who compete at the district tournament, also referred to as districts, national qualifiers, or quals, are attempting to qualify for a chance to compete at the National Tournament in a main event. Nationals is held every June and is the largest academic competition in the world.
Unlike other tournaments throughout the year, only member students from NSDA schools are eligible to compete at districts. Students must be NSDA members with a Degree of Merit (at least 25 points in the Honor Society) and have an email address attached to their account. Students who are currently eligible will have a check mark in that column on your team roster.
Remember, districts is not the only pathway to Nationals! Students who do not qualify can try again for their main event at the Last-Chance Qualifier, or take one of their school's two allotted spots for supplementals at Nationals. Middle school requires no qualification.
Prepare for Nationals: 2023 Tournament Info is Live!
Tournament info is now available on our website, including hotel details, tentative schedules, judge requirements, logistics, and more. Use the tabs to navigate around. If you haven't attended before, be sure to check out the day-by-day breakdowns for high school and middle school to get a feel for the flow of the event.
Final Round Performances from Notable Alumni
Many NSDA alums have risen to the pinnacle of their respective fields, including Supreme Court justices, media visionaries, Academy Award winners, and more. Some even reached the final round stage! Check out the following performances from familiar faces, explore more alums, and learn about our alumni program.
Ketanji Brown Jackson (HI)
Access February Resources and Plan Your Next Practice
The latest monthly resources are available on the Self-Guided Student Learning hub for students to use at any time. Kick off your next practice with new Congress legislation, Extemp practice questions, and World Schools motions, plus topic analyses for Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas.
Public Forum Topic Wording Change
Based on a recommendation from the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, the following change will be made to the March Public Forum topic: Resolved: The Republic of India should sign the Artemis Accords. Use of the word "sign" instead of "ratify" better implies that the Artemis Accords are not legally binding. Thank you for your flexibility, and good luck in your preparations!
Register Today for the Spring Coaches' Caucuses
Coaches' caucuses are an opportunity for head coaches and assistant coaches to meet, discuss, and share their experiences in a safe and private setting. Register today to connect with other coaches and explore best practices for supporting the unique needs of traditionally marginalized students and coaches in speech and debate. Caucuses begin this week!
Celebrate Black History Month with Free Resources
February is Black History Month! Inspired by recommendations from the African American/Black Coaches’ Caucus and in partnership with Wiley College, we have created a series of classroom and tournament resources to help you celebrate. We invite you to commemorate the month in your school and communities.
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