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NEW Last-Chance Qualifier for All Districts-Eligible Students
Is your school attending your district tournament in any event? If so, any students who do not qualify for the National Tournament at districts will have the opportunity to compete in the online NSDA Last-Chance Qualifier on May 5-7. Students must be districts-eligible but do not need to have attended districts to participate; schools must have had at least one entry at districts. Participation is FREE, and all National Tournament main events and Big Questions will be offered. Enter up to four of your school’s students in each event for a chance to be a top-placing competitor at the Last-Chance Qualifier and earn a spot at the National Tournament! Stay tuned for more details and how to register.
Enter Up to Two Students in Supplemental Events
Regardless of your high school student's success in main event competition at districts, your school will have a chance to compete at Nationals! Every member school that participates in the district tournament series will have the opportunity to enter up to two non-qualifying students in supplemental events at the National Tournament. These students must have attended the district tournament but not earned qualification in any event.
This is a great way to introduce students to a National-level tournament for the first time, include seniors who missed out on qualifying, or try out new events. Plus, with online and in-person options, there's a fit for everyone.
Plan to Attend Middle School Nationals
Middle school national champions return this year! The 2022 Middle School National Speech & Debate Tournament will be held online June 7-9, 2022, using NSDA Campus. Live debate, live speech, and asynchronous speech events will be offered. Elimination rounds will be held in live events, and the best of the best will be named middle school national champions! Registration opens March 15 at msnats.tabroom.com.
Celebrate Black History Month
February is Black History Month! Our classroom and tournament resources were inspired by recommendations from the African American/Black Coaches’ Caucus. We invite you to celebrate the month in your school or community with our special poster collection featuring coaches and alumni! In addition, you’ll find a literature collection featuring works by Black authors and a playlist of videos celebrating Black Excellence. Learn more »
Read the Board Meeting Minutes
The Competition Rules Board met on January 11. Read the meeting minutes, which include new National Tournament judge training requirements, preset, randomized recency in Congressional Debate, and more.
Be Part of Speech and Debate's Biggest Day
March 4 is National Speech and Debate Education Day! Held annually on the first Friday in March, NSDE Day recognizes teachers and students who are transforming tomorrow through speech and debate education. Teams across the country will join in the celebration, and we hope you'll be among them! A parent, student, volunteer, or coach can sign up to be captain for your school and receive our digital toolkit and free resources to help plan how your team will celebrate the life-changing skills millions of students have gained through this activity.
Register for Free Tournaments
Has your team tried a Springboard scrimmage yet? Our fall events had over 2,000 registrations, and students improved their skills and received detailed feedback. Join us for an event this semester! February features both live and asynch options.
Skip Your Prep with Grab-and-Go Lessons
Our Start Here series of lesson plans is designed for novice and veteran coaches alike to introduce new students to speech and debate events. These easy to follow lesson plans are backed up with ready-to-use resources and materials.
Track Your Progress: Inclusive Tournament Checklist
We strive to ensure that you are equipped with the knowledge and tools you need to make your tournaments safer and more inclusive for all. Use this checklist as a starting point to measure your tournament's inclusion efforts or plan for the future! For more like this, visit our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page.
Recognize Student Success
Fewer than 2% of students earn the prestigious Academic All American award every year. This award recognizes high school students for academic and competitive success. Students who meet the points requirement are marked with a yellow box that says AAA? on your Student Roster.
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