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The biggest question we get is in regards to Congress. It just has so many different rules options than other events (student vote, direct questioning, etc.) Even within the traditional rules, there are options. And even within the pilot, there are options. That coupled with regular season tournaments doing congress differently from week to week leaves a lot of confusion. I would like to see NSDA standardize the rules (eliminate so many options) in Congress like it has done in the other events.
Thank you, Hannah! We are looking forward to our visit. It will be my first trip there, but it’s my assistant coach’s old stomping ground. He’s really pumped to be coming home. Can’t wait to enjoy your city!
For Coach of the Year, our head coaches vote on the list of nominees by secret ballot. For Assistant Coach of the Year, we ask a neutral committee of at least three coaches from another district to independently review the nominations and vote by secret ballot. Student of the Year is done the same way as Assistant Coach of the Year.
For World Schools, each school in the district is allowed to submit up to four names from their team for consideration (ranked in preferential order). There is an application to fill out in which they make their case for each student. These applications are reviewed by the head coaches of the World Schools teams and the district committee with every effort made to balance the teams in both talent and school representation.
I agree with the comments expressed so far. Remember that as the chair, you don’t have to do everything alone. Rely on your committee. Determine what everyone’s (including your own) strengths and delegate accordingly. One thing that really helped me was befriending the district chairs of the two adjoining districts to mine. They were most helpful in my first few years as chair.I was even invited to serve at their district tournament (which was weeks ahead of mine) to shadow them.
I remember the days when the district tab room was closed. The district chair pretty much ran the tournament and the committee just did whatever the chair asked of them. Since becoming chair, I have tried to move to a model where the committee functions as an actual committee and makes decisions by consensus or by vote rather than the chair making all the decisions. I am the person who moderates the meetings and serves as the chief communicator for the district, but I do not dictate policy or make many unilateral decisions. I try to leave the major decisions to the entire committee. We have also opened the tab room to be transparent in our actions at the district tournament. Any district coach of record is welcome to come into tab and see the process and results. But the thing that I am happiest about is having regular online district meetings where coaches of all district schools are invited to attend and offer input to the district committee before it makes its decisions. This has given all stakeholders more of a voice, not just the elected district committee or just the chair.