Weekly Coach Newsletter - May 4, 2021
Weekly Coach Newsletter - May 4, 2021

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District Leadership Election Results

Our biennial district leader election closed April 23. Congratulations to our newly elected officials! Elected District Committee chairs and members will be contacted by the national office directly and asked to accept their role. This may result in changes to the results before the 2021-2022 school year begins. Current district leaders will continue to serve until July 31, 2021. The term for newly elected and confirmed leaders begins August 1.

Read the Board Meeting Agenda

We invite you to read the agenda for the NSDA Board of Directors meeting May 14-16. Please feel free to email any comments or questions to board@speechanddebate.org. Feedback will be compiled and presented to the Board for consideration. 
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Meet the 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees

Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Hall of Fame class! These individuals will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during the National Tournament in June. 
2021 Hall of Fame Inductees. Congratulations! Brother Anthony K. Cavet (MA), Dr. Rich Edwards (TX), Michael Marks (MS), Gail Nicholas (SC), J. Scott Wunn (IA)
National Tournament Info

Have You Registered for Nationals?

The registration deadline for Nationals and the Middle School Speech Challenge, presented by Summit Debate, is Saturday, May 15! All entries, judges, forms, and payment must be completed on Tabroom.com. Competitors have until June 1 to upload recordings for middle school, supplemental events, and high school main speech backups.
Claim Your Supplemental Entries » Supplemental events are traditionally offered to students eliminated from National Tournament competition to "supplement" their experience and learning. This year, if your team participated in the district tournament, you can enter two students (who competed at districts but did not qualify) in supplemental events!  
  • Live Debate » Extemp Debate is the only live supplemental event offered at the 2021 National Tournament. Students debate a unique resolution each round in a one-on-one format and are given a minimum of 30 minutues to prepare for the round. The use of evidence is permitted, but not a focal point due to the limited time available to prepare a case for the round. Extemp Debate is popular with debaters, Extemp Speakers, and analytical, logical thinkers with a broad knowledge base.
  • Recorded Speech » Supplemental speech events will be fully asynchronous with no live performances or judging. Students can compete in Expository, Prepared Prompt Speaking (revised version of Impromptu), Original Spoken Word Poetry, Poetry, Prepared Commentary (revised version of Extemp Commentary), Prose, Pro Con Challenge, and/or Storytelling. Competitors will record and share their performances via a link by June 1. Because performances are recorded and uploaded in advance, students have ample time to practice before finalizing their submission. Reviewing these practice recordings is a great way for students to improve their skills—they can identify areas for improvement like eye contact, gestures, and expression independently or with the help of coaches or peers.  
A student is permitted to enter in as many supplemental events as they choose, and students may enter in both supplemental speech events and Extemporaneous Debate. Learn more about these events and complete this form to register your non-qualifying students by May 15.

New Topics, Topic Areas, and Motions

It's time to start prepping! We've released the following information for the National Tournament. 
  • Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas topics.
  • Nationals: International Extemp topic areas, U.S. Extemp topic areas, Prepared Prompt Speaking topics, World Schools motions, and Commentary topics.
  • Middle School Speech Challenge: Mixed Extemp topic areas and Prepared Prompt Speaking topics.
Stay tuned for the National Congress Docket, which will be available May 10.

Apply for Financial Support on Behalf of Your Students

We've pledged to give $100,000 in financial assistance to teams and students to create a more equitable experience at the 2021 National Tournament. If your team needs to purchase technology, pay for internet access, rent appropriate competition space, or acquire other resources that will allow students to compete online, apply for the William Woods Tate, Jr., Memorial Fund. We've put together a three question Competitor Resource Assessment you can use independently to evaluate potential challenges your students have and ways that the Tate fund may be able to support them. We will award the first round of grants in early May, so please apply early as we anticipate funding will go quickly. 
National Civics & Debate Championship. November 12-14, 2021. Orlando, FL. Learn more at speechwire.com and FloridaEducationFoundation.org/FCDI.

Add Points and Citations Before the Recognition Deadline

Coaches » If you have outstanding points or service citations to enter, be sure to do so before the May 15 recognition deadline to have your accomplishments listed in our virtual National Tournament program book. 
Graduating Students Deadline » Points for the class of 2021 must be entered by July 15.

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is AAPI Heritage Month! Use our poster series featuring alumni and coaches to celebrate at your school, use our template to design posters featuring current or former members of your team, or share our literature collection with students looking for Interp or Poetry material. 
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