Check out what's new, Coach!
The new issue of Rostrum magazine focuses on the power of student voices. It includes stories from the community, advice for fostering student leadership on your team, an idea for using food trucks at your tournament, interviews with national finalists about the reason behind their pieces, and more
New Online Championship Opportunity
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 your students in grades 6-12.
The online tournament will be 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. Visit echampionship.tabroom.com for more info. Please save the date and plan to join us this spring!
Alumni can be a key resource for your program, be it through judging, coaching, or donating. Develop a plan to track your alumni contact information, determine your asks, and keep them connected to the team. For tips, visit this article from our archives!
Encourage Student Skill-Building
Our self-guided student learning hub features resources to help members independently practice and improve. From free courses to videos and written guides, there's something for every experience level. This is also a great resource to share with captains and peer coaches to find ideas for running their practices!
Read the Competition Rules Minutes
The Competition Rules Board met November 8 and we invite you to read the meeting minutes. Highlights include:
Clarification regarding chair use in Storytelling that 1) Once the performance begins, all legs of the chair must remain stationary on the ground and do not move from their original position, and 2) Competitors must not kneel or stand on the chair.
Auto-qualification has been expanded to the top 16 entries in World Schools Debate and Big Questions beginning at the 2023 National Tournament.
Two More Springboard Events Available in 2022
You still have time to register your students for tonight's Springboard Scrimmage! We have one round, starting at 6:00 p.m. CT with asynchronous speech and live debate. Rising stars and open divisions of all speech and debate events are available. Registration closes at noon CT today, November 22, on Tabroom.com.
Coming up Saturday, December 3 is the Springboard Capstone Tournament. This free opportunity goes beyond the one round and offers a full-day scrimmage starting at 9:00 a.m. CT! Registration is open now on Tabroom.com. Not only are these great opportunities for your students to practice their event and receive real judge feedback, but they can earn NSDA points if they are members!
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