Districts/Nationals Leadership

Use the resources on this page to understand your obligations in running the local district tournament, find necessary forms, and reporting requirements. 

Creating Your District Tournament

How to complete the District Dates form
How to pick what rules you use for the district tournament
Tell the national office how you plan to choose your qualifiers in 2020

Rules and Manuals

High School Unified Manual 19-20
Pilot District Qualification Manual 19-20
Pilot Internet Rules 19-20
World Schools Invitational Manual 18-19

Other Useful Info

Judge Training – Considering offering an optional or mandatory judge training? Our judge resources include an Adjudicating Speech and Debate course developed in conjunction with the National Federation of High Schools.
Assigning Roles – Check out suggestions for coach roles at the district tournament.
District Qualifying Info – Access info for member schools participating in districts including district level award nomination forms, allotment information, district eligibility, and more. 

Tabroom.com Timeline

  • All district chairs will be required to submit the dates and preferences for their district tournament series on Tabroom.com. If any part of the tournament series begins in the current year, the Tabroom dates form is due October 31 at 5:00 p.m. CT. If all parts of the tournament series begin in the next calendar year, the Tabroom dates form is due November 30 at 5:00 p.m. CT.
  • Four weeks prior to your tournament – Sometime during this week (or sooner, if you wish), begin working on your website to update details about your event. Please remember to include in your posted information details about judge requirements, school/district fees, entry fees, deadlines, and drop fees if these apply to your tournament.
  • Within a month prior to your tournament – We STRONGLY recommend that you get to know the software. View the How to Run Districts on Tabroom guide. Reach out to the NSDA staff, and we will help you get set up with a test tournament online.
  • Two week Registration Window – It’s recommended you give at least two weeks for the registration period…more if your schedule permits. Help your member coaches register by sharing the “how to register” document with them.
  • One week prior – The National Speech & Debate Association recommends closing registration one week prior to your tournament.

After the tournament – Audit and post your results to Nationals registration.

Joy of Tournaments Timeline

  • About six weeks prior to your tournament – You should receive an introductory email from The Joy of Tournaments with a link to your first District Tournament. If you do not receive the email, it may have been caught up in SPAM, and you may check to see if the tournament has been posted. Log in on the main page of the Joy of Tournaments website and click on the “My Account” link at the top. If your tournament has been listed, you will see your tournament on the right side under “Admin Privileges.” Click on that link and you may begin editing your site from that link. For documents to help you set up your site, you may click on the red Administration link and on Help.
  • Four weeks prior to your tournament – Sometime during this week (or sooner, if you wish), begin working on your website to update details about your event. Please remember to include in your posted information details about judge requirements, school/district fees, entry fees, deadlines, and drop fees if these apply to your tournament.
  • Within a month prior to your tournament – We STRONGLY recommend that you practice using the software. View the guide for running districts on JOT. You may download the trial version of the software and tabulate one debate, one IE, and Congress event from beginning to end so you’ll know what to anticipate on the day of the tournament.You will need an Association-specific license to access the district tournament features of the software. You should find instructions for licensing the software and obtaining the Association-specific serial number on your website via the Administration » Software Download link. If that link does not appear, email support@joyoftournaments.com to request that the link be added. On the Software Download page, you’ll find instructions for automatically licensing the software via the quick and simple Registration Wizard. NOTE: The National Speech & Debate Association cannot provide you with license information. In order to use the software, you will need sample entries. Click this link to find instructions for acquiring sample data for your practice tournament.
  • Three weeks prior to your tournament – Sometime during this period, if you’ve not already done so, submit your site to us for the final review. Send an email request to support@joyoftournaments.com. This is critical for making sure your site works the way you need it to work. The review process may take up to 48 hours (possibly two business days), and sometimes longer if there is custom programming needed to make the website work according to your needs.
  • Two week Registration Window – It’s recommended you give at least two weeks for the registration period…more if your schedule permits.
  • One week prior – The National Speech & Debate Association recommends closing registration one week prior to your tournament.
  • The week of your tournament. Download the LATEST version of Software. – From your website, visit the Administration » Software Download page to download the latest version of the software.

After your tournament series is completed – District chairs must go to Tabroom.com and upload the results file. View instructions.

SpeechWire Timeline
 
  1. At any time ahead of your tournament – Place an order for SpeechWire services at www.speechwire.com/order – SpeechWire will monitor the list of Districts planning to use SpeechWire, but the quickest way to let SpeechWire know you are ready to get started is to place an order so that it can be approved and your login details can be sent to you.
  2. About six weeks prior to your tournament – You should have your introductory email from SpeechWire with login information to run your tournament. Email support@speechwire.com for assistance.
  3. Four weeks prior to your tournament – Sometime during this week (or sooner, if you wish), begin working on your tournament to update details about your event. Please remember to include in your posted information details about judge requirements, school/district fees, entry fees, deadlines, and drop fees if these apply to your tournament.
  4. Two week Registration Window – It’s recommended you give at least two weeks for the registration period, or more if your schedule permits.
  5. One week prior – The National Speech & Debate Association recommends closing registration one week prior to your tournament.
  6. After your tournament series is completed – Your district’s NSDA points will be automatically posted after each weekend of your tournament. There is no action required from the district in order for points to be posted. Results from your district series will be posted to National Tournament registration site on Tabroom.com within two weeks of your entire series ending. District chairs should email support@speechwire.com after the conclusion of the entire district series to signal that the series is complete and results should be posted. The district chair should email or mail copies of the Single Entry Letter of Intent forms to info@speechanddebate.org once the entire series is complete. No other materials need to be sent to the national office. Coaches with qualifying entries for Nationals will receive an email from the national office once registration is open for your district.

Click here to download an at-a-glance checklist for tracking completion of the items below.

National Tournament website – View general information about the National Tournament.

Award Reporting – District chairs, please use this form by May 1, 2020, to let us know the names of your district student, coach, and administrator award winners and officially nominate them for the national-level awards!

District Ads – Submit your district ad for the Tournament Book. (This form closes May 1, 2020. Chairs who request ad space are allowed to submit final ads to vicki.pape@speechanddebate.org by May 15.)

Nominating late elim judges – If you are highly qualified to judge and would enhance the diversity of our panels, consider completing a diversity profile and nominating yourself to judge late elimination rounds on Tabroom.com. Please encourage the judges you bring to Nationals to do the same by May 11, 2020! Instructions are available here.

Congress Legislation, due April 15, 2020 – This can be done before or after your district tournament is completed in Tabroom.com. Each district can submit one or two items of legislation, preferably one bill and one resolution. District chairs must verify that the submitted legislation is the original work of student(s) in their district. Legislation must be formatted properly according to NSDA templates. This includes use of the NSDA logo, line numbers, and the name of the district (not a student or school name). Improperly formatted legislation will be returned for revision. 

To submit legislation via Tabroom.com, please follow these steps:
  1. Log in to Tabroom.com. (Remember, only chairs may submit legislation)
  2. On the right side of the screen, under Institutions, click on the name of your district.
  3. When the new screen loads, click on the rectangle in the upper right that says Nationals. If you’ve clicked on the correct button, your screen will then show the Nats logo.
  4. Where it says Upload Legislation, please select a file you’d like to upload. You may only upload one piece of legislation at a time.
  5. Once you’ve selected the correct file, click Upload BIll (even if it’s not a bill!).
  6. Repeat if you have a second piece of legislation to submit.
District World Schools Debate Teams, due May 11, 2020 – All Association districts are allowed to qualify up to two teams of three to five students for the National Tournament Invitational. Students must have competed at the district tournament to be eligible for the WSD team. The entry fee is $75 per student on the team ($50 per student if they are in the hotel block). Each district must provide a full-time judge for each team available for the entirety of the competition. Districts that do not provide a full-time judge for each team will not be permitted to enter. Districts may enter two district World Schools Debate teams for the National Tournament Invitational. Team names and judges are due May 11, 2020.
 
To enter your WSD team(s) via Tabroom.com, please follow these steps:
  1. Log in to Tabroom.com. (Remember, only chairs may enter WSD teams!)
  2. On the right side of the screen, under Institutions, click on the name of your district.
  3. When the new screen loads, click on the rectangle in the upper right that says Nationals. If you’ve clicked on the correct button, your screen will then show the Nats logo.
  4. To enter WSD teams, first select your team name(s) from the drop-down. At Nationals, they’ll be listed on the schematic as [District] [Color].
  5. Then, select the school name of your first WSD team competitor. Once selected, a list of eligible students from that school will populate in a second drop down to the right side.
  6. Remember that you may enter one or two teams of between three to five students each. Add coach names under each team, and click “Save Teams” when complete.

These issues and more are covered in our District Leader Onboarding course!

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