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Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below. If you have any questions, please email info@speechanddebate.org

Go directly to these categories of questions:
Website Access
Questions About the Website
Points Application
Getting Started with the League
Coach Training & Resources

Website Access


Q: How do I register?
A:

To register please select a role below to get started:

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Q: How do I register as a coach?
A:

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO WALKTHROUGH

If you are the school advisor (if you enter points for your school) you do not need to register. Just use your points application username and password to log in. What if I do not remember my password?

If you are an assistant coach your school advisor must create a username and login in the points application system before you will be able to access our sites. How do I add a coach to my school?

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Q: How do I create a login as a student?
A:

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO WALKTHROUGH

To create a login as a student on the nationalforensicleague.org site:

  1. Go to www.speechanddebate.org/aspx/my/signup.aspx to start the registration process.
  2. Select "Student" as your role in the dropdown
  3. A new drop-down will appear. Select your state/country.
  4. Choose high school or middle school
  5. Select your school
  6. Fill out required fields and click continue
  7. Select desired membership type and click continue
  8. If the membership type selected requires a payment, please fill in required information to complete the transaction. If the membership does not require a payment click continue
  9. Double check that the entered information is correct and click continue.
  10. To activate your account please check your email for an activation email.  (Note: If you do not receive the activation email, please check your spam folder.  If you still do not see the email, please contact info@speechanddebate.org for additional assistance).

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Q: How do I register as a non-member student?
A:

To register as a non-member student:

  1. Go to www.speechanddebate.org/aspx/my/signup.aspx
  2. Select "Student" as your role in the drop-down.
  3. A new drop-down will appear. Please ignore this drop-down.
  4. Fill out required fields and click continue.
  5. Please select desired membership level. For full membership details please click here.
  6. If you selected member or resource package you will be prompted to fill out billing information.
  7. Please confirm that the information entered is correct and click "Submit".
  8. You should receive an email confirming the creation of your account.

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Q: How do I log in?
A:

To log in to our site:

  1. Go to www.speechanddebate.org
  2. Locate the login box on the homepage in the upper left corner of the page.
  3. Enter your Username and Password and click "Go".
  4. When you are logged in, your name will appear under the "Shop" link at the top left of the page. If you click on your name it will bring you to your dashboard.

Did you know that you can log into your account from any page? There is a login link located at the bottom of every page in the quick-links section.

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Q: What if I forgot my password?
A:

If you don't remember your password:

  1. Go to www.speechanddebate.org/aspx/forgotpwd.aspx
  2. Enter your username and click "Forgot Password"
  3. Our system will send you an email with your password.

COACHES: If you are a coach, you must reset your password via the points application website:

  1. Go to www.nflonline.org/points_application/forgotpwd.php
  2. Enter your username.
  3. Select your state
  4. Select your school
  5. Click "Reset"
  6. Our system will email you with a temporary password.

How do I change my password?

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Q: How do I change my password?
A:

To change your password:

  1. Go to www.speechanddebate.org/aspx/login.aspx
  2. Enter your username and current password
  3. Click on your name in the upper left under the "Shop" link.
  4. Click "Edit Profile" in the upper right corner of your dashboard.
  5. Select "Edit Username / Password"
  6. Enter your existing password
  7. Enter new password and confirm.
  8. Click submit

COACHES: If you are a coach, you must reset your password via the points application website.

  1. Go to the points application website.
    1. Click here for the high school points application
    2. Click here for middle school points application
  2. Enter your username and existing password
  3. Select "Personal Information" from the navigation on the left side of the page.
  4. Choose "Change Password" in the box labeled "Edit Information"
  5. Enter your existing password.
  6. Enter new password and confirm.
  7. Click Submit

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Q: When I try to retrieve my password the site says my username is invalid. How do I reset my password?
A:

This problem should only effect coaches who have successfully logged into the points account but have never logged in to our main site before. To reset your password:

  1. Go to the points application site
    1. Click here for the high school points application
    2. Click here for middle school points application
  2. Enter your username
  3. Select your state
  4. Select your school
  5. Click "Reset"
  6. Check your email for your temporary password. How do I change my password?
  7. Once you have reset your password on the points site, return to nationalforensicleague.org and enter your username and password (the same one used for the points site) to login on the new site.

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Q: How do I change my username?
A:

To change your username:

  1. Go to www.speechanddebate.org/aspx/login.aspx
  2. Enter your username and current password
  3. Click on your name in the upper left under the "Shop" link.
  4. Click "Edit Profile" in the upper right corner of your dashboard.
  5. Select "Edit Username / Password"
  6. Enter desired username
  7. Enter your existing in the field labeled "Old Password"
  8. Ignore the fields labeled "New Password" and "Confirm New Password"
  9. Click submit

COACHES: If you are a coach, you must change your username via the points application website.

  1. Go to the points application website.
    1. Click here for the high school points application
    2. Click here for middle school points application
  2. Enter your username and existing password
  3. Select "Personal Information" from the navigation on the left side of the page.
  4. Choose "Change Username" in the box labeled "Edit Information"
  5. Enter desired username.
  6. Enter your password.
  7. Click Submit Changes.

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Q: How do I upgrade my account?
A:

To upgrade your account:

  1. Go to www.speechanddebate.org/aspx/login.aspx
  2. Enter your username and password.
  3. Click on your name in the upper left under the "Shop" link.
  4. Click "Edit Profile" in the upper right corner of your dashboard.
  5. Select "Upgrade Your Membership".
  6. Fill out required information and click continue.
  7. Select desired upgrade package.
  8. Fill out billing information and click continue.
  9. Verify that the entered information is correct and click submit.
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Questions About the Website


Q: Where can I find membership reports?
A:

Membership reports are located on our points application website. To navigate to the membership reports from our new website start on our homepage and click on the link labeled "Enter Points" in the yellow navigation bar in the middle of the page. Choose from the menu and you will end up either on the high school or middle school membership reports page depending on which you selected.

You can also access the membership reports page from the "Quick Links" menu at the bottom of every page.

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Q: Where can I find the current topics?
A:

Current topics can be found here: Current Topics

Did you know that there is a link to the current topics on the bottom of every page? Look under the "Quick Links" category in the lower right corner of each page.

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Q: How to Register and Access a National Forensic League Webinar?
A:

FOR AN ILLUSTRATED WALKTHROUGH CLICK HERE

  1. Go to www.speechanddebate.org/resources
  2. Scroll down to the section labeled "Webinars".
  3. Select desired webinar.
  4. Select "Click here to Sign In" (NOTE: Webinars with a  gold lock require a resource package subscription to access.  Individual upgrades are only $18 for active members)
  5. Sign into your account using your username and password (Don't have a login? Click here to learn how to register)
  6. Click on link to download pdf file.
  7. Open downloaded pdf and click on the link.
  8. Click on the register button.
  9. Register with your email address (Remember which email you used because it will act as your username later on). Click submit.
  10. After clicking submit, you should see a confirmation page.
  11. Check the email account you used in step 9 for a confirmation email. (You should receive this within 5-10mins of registering)
  12. Open the email and click on the first link to access the webinar.
  13. The website will ask you to enter the email address used in step 9 as your "Email Id".
  14. If the login is successful, you should see an Adobe Connect loading bar.
  15. You should be able to log into the webinar even before it starts.

If you plan on accessing the webinars from a school computer, please contact your IT department to make sure that "Adobe Connect" software is given the proper network permissions to run at your school.

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Q: How do I know if my school has been activated?
A:

To tell if your school is active go to the points application site. (High School, Middle School) and use the search to find your school. If your school has this symbol Inline image 1 next to the school name, then you should have access to anything with silver or bronze lock.  If you see a gold lock Inline image 2 then you should have access to anything with a lock regardless of color.

If your school has either of these symbols Inline image 1 Gold Lock next to the school name but you still cannot access resources on the nationalforensicleague.org website, please send an email to Info@speechanddebate.org

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Q: How do I know what resources I can access? Where is a resource that used to be on the old site? Why doesn't a link I'm clicking work like I expect it to?
A:

Most resources can be found by hovering over either "High School" or "Middle School" in the navigation bar towards the top of the homepage and clicking on "Resources." Just click on the role that best describes you, and you'll find links that should help you find what you need.

Some resources cannot be accessed unless you log in. However, once you’re logged in, you can easily determine the level of access required to use a resource based on the color of the lock next to it:

 Gold Lock - You must have purchased a Resource Package to access these resources.
 Silver Lock - All League members have access to these resources.
 Bronze Lock - You must be logged in to access these resources.

We're sorry if you find a link that isn't working. Please let us know, and we'll fix it as soon as possible. Thanks so much for your patience as we launch our new site!

Interested in sharing your thoughts and impressions of the new site? You can complete our survey at 

www.sureveymonkey.com/s/nflwebsurvey.

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Points Application


Q: Where do I enter points? How do I get to the points application website?
A:

To enter points you must log in to our points application website.  Only a school advisor or a coach that has been given permission by their school advisor may enter points. For information on how to add a coach please watch this video tutorial.

There are many ways to access the points application website:

Q: How do I record Points?
A:

A full 'how to' guide can be found here:

High School Point Recording Guide

Middle School Point Recording Guide

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Q: How do I correct mistakes in point recording?
A:

Corrections for the current school year may be made directly in the system by the National Speech & Debate Association Advisor.

NOTE: Point corrections not made within 24 hours of inital entry will result in duplicate billing. You may also e-mail point corrections.

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Q: How do I enter points when no ranks are awarded (non-competitive contests/festivals)?
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Various speech and debate organizations, such as in Iowa, Wisconsin and FBLA holds interscholastic "festivals"/contests, where students are rated with points, rather than ranked. These are still recorded under the “Speech” (not Service) area. If the maximum speech time is five minutes or less, make sure points are recorded in the "Other Speech Contests" area.

Please use this conversion chart when entering merit points:

National Speech & Debate Association Rank to Input Round Rating 0-100 0-25 Letter
1 Superior 95-100 25 -
2 Excellent 90-94 24 -
3 Good/Exceeds Expectations 71-89 20-23 A
4 Fair/Meets Expectations 42-70 15-19 B
5 Average/Does Not Meet Expectations 10-41 10-14 C
No Rank* Severe deficiency 0-9 0-9 -

 

* Severe deficiency, and therefore, not worth any points.

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Q: How do I transfer Middle School Points to High School?
A:

10% percent of the points earned at the middle school level can be transferred to the high school level up to 50 high school points.

Example:

Student Name Middle School Points High School Points
John Smith 433 points 43 points
Jane Smith 620 points 50 points
Jackie Smith 55 Points 6 points

To transfer middle school points to high school, please contact info@speechanddebate.org with the following information.

Student Name Middle School Attended State High School Attending State
Jane Smith Bruno E Jacobs Middle School WI Lincoln High School WI
John Smith Karl B. Mundt Middle School IL Lincoln High School WI
Jackie Smith Bruno E Jacobs Middle School WI Lincoln High School WI
Jake Smith George Washington MS NY Lincoln High School WI

Please note that these points are transferred as service points.  To earn a high school degree of merit, a students must earn a total of 25 points, 10 of which MUST be high school competition points.

Q: How do I record points for the American Legion Oratorical Contest or We the People program?
A:

For both, you enter speech contest points, and if the speech was presented in front of an audience of 25 or more adults, record the appropriate number of service points (depending on the student’s degree on record as of the date of participation).

  • American Legion Oratorical Contest: record the placement at each level of competition (lodge, district, state, national) as a single ranking of that placement, or record the points as per the A, B, or C guidelines under "Festivals" above. Contest points may be recorded for both:
  • * Oration (8-10 min.) - record as "Oratory" (first place rank = 6 pts.)
    * Assigned Topic (3-5 min.) - record as "Spontaneous Argument" (first place rank = 4 pts.)
  • We the People program, if it’s the simulated Congressional hearings, as competition, the contest portion is considered First Place 4 points, because it’s like a discussion. However, (only) if there was an audience of at least 25 adults, you can also record the appropriate number of service points (depending on the student’s degree on record as of the date of participation).

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Q: How do I record points for the VFW Voice of Democracy contest?
A:

If you download the National Speech & Debate Association Chapter Manual, you will find on p. CM-5 reference to “Voice of Democracy” - First Place 4 points (as competition). Because it is audio recorded, there is no audience, so VOD does not count as service/audience speaking.

Guidelines regarding recording points in both contest and service areas are on p. CM-6: “If an interscholastic debate or contest is held under conditions qualifying it as a service project (over radio/TV/cable or before an adult audience or high school assembly), it is to be listed in a competitive category and also in the service category. Points are to be awarded in both categories.”

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Q: How do I record points for Congress when there are multiple judges/scorers?
A:

Each time a student speaks the judge awards the student between 1 and 6 points (the higher the better). So if a student speaks four times in one day with the following scores: 6, 4, 5, 5 (in this example there is only one judge), those four are added (20 in this example) and that is the point total reported for the student (up to five speeches and 24 points per day). Make sure to check the box “Official Scorer”.

When there is more than one judge/scorer, the points for each speech are averaged (and rounded to the nearest whole number). Here's an example:

  Speech 1 Speech 2 Speech 3 Speech 4 Total Points Recorded
Judge 1 4 3 5 5
All individual scores
(bottom row) are 
added across to
determine the 
total points to record.
This is the number
entered, unless it is
above 20 (limit per
day).
Judge 2 5 4 5 5
Judge 3 4 3 5 5
Calculation
-->
(answer is
rounded to
nearest whole
number)
4+5+4=13
-----------
3
 
= 4.33
3+4+3=10
-----------
3
 
= 3.33
5+5+4=14
----------
3
 
= 4.67
5+5+5=15
-----------
3
 
= 5.00

Point Value

-->

4 3 5 5 17

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Q: How do I convert high school Congress point values when an invitational/local tournament does not use a 6-point scale?
A:

Use the table below to determine which point value to record per speech or per complete hour of presiding. Remember that if a panel is used, an average value of the panel should still result in no more than 6 points per speech or per complete hour presided, with a maximum of 24 points per day.

8-pt. scale 30-pt. scale 60-100-pt. scale Points to Record
8 28-30 97-100 6
6-7 23-27 90-96 5
4-5 18-22 84-89 4
3 13-17 77-83 3
2 8-12 70-76 2
1 1-7 60-69 1

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Q: How do I convert middle school Congress point values when an invitational/local tournament does not use a 5-point scale?
A:

Use the table below to determine which point value to record per speech or per complete hour of presiding. Remember that if a panel is used, an average value of the panel should still result in no more than 5 points per speech or per complete hour presided, with a maximum of 20 points per day.

6-pt. scale 8-pt. scale 30-pt. scale 60-100-pt. scale Points to Record
6 8 25-30 95-100 5
5 6-7 19-24 88-94 4
4 4-5 13-18 81-87 3
2-3 2-3 7-12 71-80 2
1 1 1-6 60-70 1

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Q: How do I convert Congress point values when a tournament uses ranking instead of rating/points?
A:

How do I convert Congress point values when a tournament uses ranking instead of rating/points?

Overall Rank/
Placement in Round°

High School Points to
be Awarded

Middle School Points to
be Awarded
1st 24 20
2nd 23 19
3rd 22 18
4th 21 17
5th 20 16
6th 19 15
7th 18 14
8th 17 13
9th 16 12
10th 15 11
11th 14 10
12th 13 9
13th 12 8
14th 11 7
15th 10 6

Remember, only 24 high school points or 20 middle school points per day may be awarded for Congress. ° If a panel of scorers, use the overall placement in a continuous session, or average ranks of the whole day to figure the conversion.

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Q: Is my log in information for the Joy of Tournaments website the same as the for the Association's Points Application?
A:

No, they are separate. When registering for Nationals, you will be asked for your Points Application password, but you must first create a unique account on the Joy of Tournaments website.

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Q: How does the online points system compute our high school chapter's total members and degrees?
A:

This handy chart outlines the levels of National Speech & Debate Association honor society membership, and how it figures a school's "strength," as well as individual levels of service points that may be awarded:

Levels of Membership for Both Students and Coaches:
 

Degree

Points

Votes/
Strength

Seal Description

Certificate Seal

Gem Description

Pin Insignia - Gem

Non-Member < 25 0 None

None

None None
Merit

25

1 White None
Honor

75

2 Bronze Emerald
Excellence

150

3 Silver on White Blue Sapphire
Distinction

250

4 Metallic
Gold on Gold
Ruby
Special Distinction

500

5 Silver on Pink Double Ruby
Superior Distinction

750

6 Silver on Blue Triple Ruby
Outstanding Distinction 1,000 7 Silver on Violet

Quadruple Ruby

 

Level of Membership for Students Only:
 

Premier Distinction 1,500 or More Points 8 Silver on Black Quintuple Ruby

 

Levels of Membership for Coaches Only:
 

First Diamond 1,500pts 8 +5yrs
Second Diamond 3,000pts 9 +5yrs
Third Diamond 6,000pts 10 +5yrs
Fourth Diamond 10,000pts 11 +5yrs
Fifth Diamond 13,000pts 12 +5yrs
Sixth Diamond 16,000pts 13 +5yrs
Seventh Diamond 19,000pts 14 +5yrs
Eighth Diamond 21,000pts 15 +5yrs
Ninth Diamond 24,000pts 16 +5yrs
Tenth Diamond 27,000pts 17 +5yrs

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Q: How does the online points system compute our middle school chapter's total members and degrees?
A:

This handy chart outlines the levels of the middle school honor society, and how it figures a school's "strength," as well as individual levels of service points that may be awarded:

Degree of Membership Points Seal Description Chapter Strength Value
Base level of membership (certificate) 0-9 pts. None 1
Degree of Participation (first seal) 10 pts. Orange on White 2
Degree of Recognition 50 pts. Yellow on White 3
Degree of Accomplishment 100 pts. Green on White 4
Degree of Achievement 200 pts. Black on Metallic Silver 5
Degree of Outstanding Achievement 400 pts. Metallic Silver on Black 6
Degree of Distinguished Achievement 650 pts. Red on Metallic Silver 7
Degree of Superior Achievement 1000 pts. Blue on Metallic Gold 8

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Q: Automatic Point Recording?
A:

Tournaments submitting data from TRPC, TRIEPC, or Joy of Tournaments (JOT) are eligible for free and automatic point recording. No manual entry is required by chapter advisors!

Other tournament software capabilities are in the works – be sure to check back periodically for updates, or email support@joyoftournaments.com with questions about a specific program.

Hosting a Tournament?

Here’s how automatic point entry can work for you:

1) Use the JOT website to register entries for your tournament.

2) Use TRPC, TRIEPC, or JOT to tab your tournament.

3) Send results at the end of your tournament (full backup).

Sending Results?

1) If using JOT, go to "File" >> "Upload Results," and you're done.

2) If using TRPC with the Warm Room, post final results to the Warm Room, and you're done.

3) If using TRPC without the Warm Room, send a data backup of the results (all of the *.DAT files in the TRPCData folder).

4) If using TRIEPC, send a data backup of the results (all of the *.DAT files in the IEDatafolder).

Questions? Email support@joyoftournaments.com.

Q: How do I add a coach to my school?
A:

Only school advisors may add coaches to a given school.

  1. Have the school advisor Log in to the points appication website High School / Middle School
  2. From the school profile page choose "Add Coaches"
  3. If you are adding a new coach, please complete the "Add New" section and click "Add".
  4. If you need to add an existing coach please use the search in the lower box to find their account.  You only need to enter information in one field for the search to work.
  5. Select the existing coach that you would like to add to your school and click "Confirm".

     

 

Getting Started with the League


Q: I’m a new coach, whom can I contact about starting a team?
A:

A number of contacts are available and eager to talk to new coaches. First, you can use the District Contacts directory, to contact your district chair, who can answer questions and set you up with an area mentor. Additionally, you can use our coaching resources for useful documentation on how to start your team successfully. Finally, feel free to contact our member services staff, Lisa Vossekuil, for ways to begin your program.

FAQs

Q: How can I find schools in my area that compete in speech and debate?
A:

By joining, you will gain access to membership reports which list schools in your district that compete in speech and debate. These can be found online under Membership Reports. Also, you may call your District Chair for a list of nearby schools that compete in speech and debate. Finally, your state organization most likely has a website that will give you a schedule of upcoming tournaments and a list of schools that participate throughout your state, and your District Chair will be able to direct you to this Web site.

FAQs

Q: Can I join mid-year?
A:

Yes! However, we do suggest that you join just as soon as possible so that you can maximize every opportunity to compete and participate.

FAQs

Q: Can my former students get credit in college for being in the League?
A:

Yes! Some institutions offer credit or simply award credit by examination to NFL alumni. Call the National Office for official proof of membership.

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Q: I used to compete years ago, how can I find my record?
A:

If you competed since 1996, your record can be found online. However, if your competition days occurred before 1996, call the NFL Office at 920-748-6206 or e-mail our Alumni Coordinator. We will be happy to provide your record for you.

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Q: I am a coach who was a student member. How do I go about requesting my points be converted?
A:

Complete the customer service form and include:

  • Name of the high school you graduated from
  • High school's state and city
  • Graduation year
  • Name at graduation

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Coach Training & Resources


Q: I have read the guide…what if I still need guidance?
A:

E-mail or call our member services staff, e-mail Lisa Vossekuil, or by phone at 920-748-6206.

FAQs

 

Q: How does my school qualify to participate in the high school District Tournament?
A:

You will receive information from your District Chair, however it is our suggestion that you contact your District Chair and notify them of your interest. If you are having problems, please contact contact e-mail Lisa Vossekuil, or by phone at 920-748-6206.. All schools are encouraged to participate in the District Tournament!

FAQs

Q: What literature may be used in an Interp cutting?
A:

Pursuant to the District Tournament Manual, p. TD-25 and National Tournament Manual, TN-15, any cutting of literature used in an Interpretation event must be published in print and documented with the name and complete address of the publisher, and ISBN number only if it is available. If an ISBN number is not available, it’s a good idea to have a photocopy of the receipt documenting your purchase of the script from a commercial source. The rationale behind this rule is to document the source of the literature such that any student in competition would have equal access to the same material, and to make sure it’s published in print form. Entry to the National Tournament requires sending in a copy of the script, and that you physically have a copy of the printed, published version when you attend.

New for the 2012-2013 school year: The League is also permitting limited use of literature from approved online publishing sources. Click here for full details.


Please note:Your state league or association rules may not comply with acceptable rules for the district or national tournament. Please review these manuals carefully to determine what material and additions are acceptable.

FAQs

Q: Where can I find Interp. script/cutting ideas?
A:

Purchase our Interp cutting lists from the National Tournament. You can also visit our Interp resource repository.

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