Weekly Coach Newsletter - October 15, 2019
Weekly Coach Newsletter - October 15, 2019

Dear Coach,

Check out the latest news and resources from our community below! 

2018-2019 Top 100 Schools

Each year, the 100 high school chapters with the largest number of new degrees receive the Top 100 Schools designation. Check out the list for the 2018-2019 school year here

Why Points and Degrees Matter for Programs and Students

When students join the NSDA, they embark down the road to Premier Distinction, the highest degree level in our Honor Society. Earning points through competition and service can provide motivation for students to keep building their skills in the face of obstacles. Plus, earning points also determines eligibility for special NSDA awards, such as the the Academic All American award.
Points and degrees don't just matter for students; they impact your program at large! Degrees are used to determine charter status, the highest honor for high schools in the NSDA. Additionally, each degree from an active, paid student adds another point to a school’s strength, which determines Club awards and impacts the number of entries a high school can take to the district tournament. Learn more about strength »
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2018-2019 Club Award Winners

Every year, schools can earn Club awards for achieving degrees in the Honor Society. Club awards are based on school strength. For example, the 100 Club recognizes schools with a strength of more than 100 points in the prior school year. The 200 Club honors schools that earned 200 strength points; and so on. Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Club Award Winners

Recruitment Video: Find Your Voice, Join the Debate Team

The video below makes a great addition to team meetings with potential new members! 

Does your school block YouTube? Try thisLooking for a speech version? Check this out

Middle School Certificates and Seals

If you coach middle school students or have transferred students from a middle school to your high school roster, you should now have received updated National Forensic League certificates and new seals for your students in the mail. Please check the student's online account to identify the appropriate degree level when attaching these seals. 

Event Spotlight: Public Forum Debate

Public Forum Debate involves opposing teams of two, debating a topic concerning a current event. Students present cases, engage in rebuttal and refutation, and also participate in a “crossfire” (similar to a cross examination) with the opportunity to question the opposing team. Often community members are recruited to judge this event.
What's unique about Public Forum? Sides are determined by a coin toss. The winners choose which side to debate (Pro/Con) or which speaker position they prefer (first/second), and the other team receives the remaining option. 

2019 National Tournament Final Round DVDs

Relive the magic of the 2019 National Tournament any time, any place! National Tournament final round DVDs for high school and middle school are available for purchase via the NSDA Store.
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