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.