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1. Terms

By accessing this web site, you are agreeing to be bound by these web site Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this web site are protected by applicable copyright and trademark law. YOU MUST BE 13 YEARS OF AGE, OR HAVE A PARENT'S PERMISSION, TO USE THE SITE.

2. Use License

a.   Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on National Forensic League's web site for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:

      i. modify or copy the materials

      ii. use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);

      iii. attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on National Forensic League's web site;

      iv. remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or

      v. transfer the materials to another person or "mirror" the materials on any other server.

b.   This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by National Forensic League at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.

3. Disclaimer

The materials on National Forensic League's web site are provided "as is". National Forensic League makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, National Forensic League does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

4. Limitations

In no event shall National Forensic League or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on National Forensic League's Internet site, even if National Forensic League or a National Forensic League authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

5. Revisions and Errata

The materials appearing on National Forensic League's web site could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. National Forensic League does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. National Forensic League may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. National Forensic League does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

6. Links

National Forensic League has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by National Forensic League of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user's own risk.

7. Site Terms of Use Modifications

National Forensic League may revise these terms of use for its web site at any time without notice. By using this web site you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

8. Governing Law

Any claim relating to National Forensic League's web site shall be governed by the laws of the State of Wisconsin without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

9. Videos

Your National Forensic League membership and/or your username and password for this site may give you access to certain videos. National Tournament final round videos are intended to provide educational examples. They are not intended to serve as a model to directly imitate or duplicate in performance. The wholesale impersonation of final round performances is strongly discouraged. Moreover, the following licensing agreement applies to those videos, and shall supersede any conflicting language elsewhere in this document.

THIS LICENSE AGREEMENT is entered into by and between the National Forensic League and the user of this website. For valuable consideration, they hereby agree as follows:

Licensed Use: You are granted a non-exclusive right to use the videos in, and only in, the following circumstances:

A. Classroom showing as part of a regularly scheduled curricular class in speech, English, forensics, or debate in NFL member schools only.

B. Classroom showing as part of school sponsored NFL chapter meetings, practice sessions, or tournaments.

C. Classroom showing to school district administrators, teachers, school board members, or parents of NFL member schools.

Restrictions on Use: You agree to abide by the following restrictions on the use of the videos. You shall not:

A. Show, loan, or distribute the videos in any way to non-NFL members such as schools, students, parents, or administrators.

B. Publicly exhibit the videos including but not limited to public meetings, gatherings, and television or cable broadcasts.

C. Sell, rent, show, or otherwise distribute the videos for any monetary value or consideration.

D. Use the videos for any purpose other than those described in the above licensed use.

Ownership: Except as otherwise provided in this license agreement, you acknowledge that the NFL is the owner of all rights in the videos.

Termination: You agree that this license agreement will terminate automatically if you fail to comply with any of the terms of this license agreement, and on any such termination, the National Forensic League will cease to use any of the videos. Upon termination, User will immediately return all videos and copies to the NFL.

Breach: You agree to assume any and all liability resulting from your noncompliance with the terms of this license agreement.

Damages: You agree that in no event shall the NFL be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages in any way relating to the use, or arising out of the use, of the videos.

General: You acknowledge that they have read this license agreement, understand it, and agree to be bound by its terms.

Governing Law: This agreement and performance hereunder shall be governed by the laws of the State of Wisconsin.


Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this Policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information. The following outlines our privacy policy.

·       Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.

·       We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.

·       We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.

·       We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.

·       Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.

·       We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.

·       We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.

We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.


Policy for Users Under the Age of 13
Because of our efforts to provide resources to middle school students who are members of the National Junior Forensic League, we allow those students, including those under the age of 13, to register for accounts on our site. The following describes our privacy policies and practices:

Who is collecting personal information? The National Speech and Debate Association, 125 Watson St, Ripon, WI 54971. You may reach us via email at

What personal information is being collected? We require students to provide their name, city, state, and email address during the account registration process. We also request other demographic information, such as gender and race, but no such information needs to be provided in order for students to register for an account.

How is the personal information is being used? Please click here for detailed information regarding how we use the personal information of students. All information is used solely internally. We never provide personal information to third parties for any reason. The one exception is our web development company, which has access to personal information for diagnostic and testing purposes only.

Parental rights:
We will not require a child to disclose more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in an activity.

We will not store your child's personal information without your consent.

You as a parent can review you child’s personal information, direct us to delete it, and refuse to allow any further collection or use of your child’s information. To exercise any of these rights, please contact us at You must provide us with enough information to verify your identity and locate your child's account.


Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)

If personal information will be collected by the League concerning persons in Canada, the League will need to comply with PIPEDA. PIPEDA applies to nations not providing privacy protection equivalent to the EU data protection directives. Under PIPEDA, generally Canadians have the right to know why an organization collects, uses or discloses the person’s personal information. PIPEDA further provides that an organization must collect, use and disclose personal information reasonably and appropriately, not use the information for any purpose other than that to which the person has consented, and protect personal information by taking appropriate security measures. Canadians also have the “right” to have their personal information held by organizations be accurate, complete and up-to-date and have the right to obtain access to their personal information and ask for corrections if necessary. Canadians who believe that an organization is not complying with PIPEDA can file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, who will investigate the complaint and issue a report. The Privacy Commissioner does not have enforcement powers, but following the report an individual can pursue a court action and obtain an order requiring compliance as well as an award of damages.


Data Security Policy

All personal information we collect is stored on a secure, password-protected server. Access to that server is provided only to League staff and to its website developers. No League staff member is provided credentials to that server unless it is necessary for them to access the server as part of their ordinary work responsibilities. Among those staff with access to the server, only those individuals with primary responsibility for management of the website are provided direct access to any personal information, and they are required to treat that information as confidential.

Our website developer is an independent third party, and it is on their server that our website is hosted. This contractor has implemented generally accepted standards of technology and operational security in order to protect personal information from loss, misuse, alteration, or destruction. Only authorized personnel are provided access to personal information, and these employees are required to treat this information as confidential. With respect to the League’s website, our contractor uses personal information solely for the purpose of website development and maintenance.

Despite these precautions, neither the National Forensic League or our third party website contractor can guarantee that unauthorized persons will not obtain access to your personal information.


Email Solicitation Policy

The League will use email addresses provided as part of the registration process for the website to inform users of benefits to which they may be entitled as members of the League. We may also send users information about the status of their account, such as notice of the impending expiration of any optional add-ons they may have purchased.

We will never sell or provide your email address to any third party without your express written consent.

Email solicitations will only be sent from email addresses. Any email solicitation sent to students requires the approval of the Executive Director.


Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement

If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide the National Forensic League’s copyright agent the written information specified below. Please note that this procedure is exclusively for notifying the National Forensic League that your copyrighted material has been infringed.

  • An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
  • A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed upon;
  • A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site;
  • Your address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
  • A statement by you that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
  • A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.

The National Forensic League’s Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement on its site can be reached as follows:

Copyright Agent
National Forensic League
125 Watson St
Ripon, WI 54971

Phone: (920) 748-6206
Fax: (920) 748-9478

National Speech & Debate Association | 125 Watson Street, PO Box 38, Ripon, WI 54971-0038 USA | Phone: (920) 748-6206 | Fax: (920) 748-9478 |