2022 National Speech and Debate Tournament
2022 National Speech and Debate National Tournament
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2022 National Speech & Debate Tournament

Louisville, KY – June 12-17, 2022

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Welcome Coaches!

This is your hub for all things related to the high school National Tournament. This page will be continuously updated as additional information becomes available. Download the National Tournament app, presented by University of Louisville, for direct access to everything you need to know during the tournament.

In-Person Tournament Registration

    • March 15: This is the earliest a school can begin registration. When registration opens for your district, coaches with qualifiers will receive an email alerting them that online Tabroom.com registration for Nationals is open for their school. Coaches may only register after their entire district tournament series has been completed and their district chair has finalized results.
    • May 1: World Schools Debate team members must be finalized; district chairs will enter them into Tabroom.com by this date. 
    • May 1: Late elimination round judge nominations are due. Nominate your qualified judges in Tabroom.com or encourage your judges to self-nominate to judge late elimination rounds at Nationals using these instructions.
    • May 15: All National Tournament registration materials and payments are due. This includes payment, initial script uploads, the final list of judges you will bring to the tournament and the number of days they will judge, judge paradigms, certification judges have completed the Cultural Competence training, and entry details. 
    • May 15: Deadline for coaches to enter points and service citations in order to receive recognition of diamonds and service citations at this year’s National Tournament.
    • May 22: Refund deadline. Changes to your entry made between May 15-22 are eligible to receive a 50% refund. No refunds for entry changes will be made after May 22. 
    • June 1: Alternates registration is due. After June 1, alternates are no longer brought up if a qualifier denies their spot.
    • June 11: Final scripts are due on Tabroom.com.
Entry Release Forms
    • The 2022 Entry Release Form will be linked here by March 15. It is the fundamental responsibility of the coach to acquire a signed Entry Release Form for each competitor before the first day of National Tournament competition. These signed forms must be retained by the coach through December 31, 2022, and tournament officials may request this signed form at any point during and immediately following the competition. Failure to produce these forms may result in disqualification from competition. 
    • Coaches do NOT need to upload a copy of this form to their online registration in Tabroom.com, though they are welcome to upload them to Tabroom.com for record keeping. 
    • Coaches will agree to a disclaimer certifying that they will acquire and retain these forms before they are permitted to begin the online registration process. 
Tabroom.com Accounts
    • Every student must have a linked Tabroom.com account. Follow these instructions to link student accounts.
    • A Tabroom.com account (account at Tabroom.com) is different from an NSDA account (account at speechanddebate.org). Tabroom.com accounts allow students to stay directly informed of tournament updates. 
Script Turn-In Requirements
    • Coaches of DI, HI, DUO, POI, INF, and OO are required to upload a working copy of their speech/script by May 15 through the Tabroom.com registration system. Review the script requirements prior to uploading. 
    • Competitors can continue to make edits and changes after May 15, but something must be in the system by this deadline. Coaches must re-upload a final copy of speeches and scripts by Saturday, June 11th.
Judge Day System
    • Judging is owed on a per-day basis for most in-person events. A judge who is entered for judge days in a category must be available for all rounds of that event held on that day. A judge may not fill only part of a day’s obligation. One judge may cover a maximum of 3 days. 
      • Big Questions and World Schools judges do not use the day system; BQ judges must be available Monday-Thursday for all rounds. WSD judges must be available Monday-Wednesday for all rounds.
    • Each school is required to cover a minimum of 2 days in any event to be eligible to attend the National Tournament.
    • One judge may cover days in more than one judge category. For example, a judge could cover 1 day of speech and 2 days of Lincoln-Douglas.
    • All judges are eligible to be assigned to judge supplemental speech and Extemp Debate, regardless of whether their school has entries in supplemental events.
Hires
    • Only speech, Congress, and supplemental event days may be bought out. This means coaches may elect to pay for the judge day when they register on Tabroom.com instead of providing a person to judge. No judge days may be hired after May 15.
Judge Swaps

There is no way to enter judge availability at this time. In early June, you will be able to check your school’s judging assignments by day and event during the Judging Swap Window, June 9 – June 11 at 12:00 p.m. ET. During this window, you will have a limited ability to swap your judges between the days your school has been assigned to accommodate their availability. Remember, judging cannot be purchased after May 15. During this time, you may log in to Tabroom.com and check which judge(s) we have assigned to judge which day(s) for Monday through Thursday of the National Tournament. You will have the ability to swap around judges who are qualified in that event to ensure all of the days your school is obligated to judge in an event are covered. We understand that it can be hard to manage judge schedules, and we hope that this process will allow you the flexibility to schedule judging on the days and in the buildings that work best for you and your team!

Example:

By May 15, you enter your judges and the number of days they will cover:
When the Judge Swap Window opens on June 9, you’ll see your judges assigned to events, buildings, and days:
For example, before the Judge Swap Window closes on June 11 at 12:00 p.m. ET, you could swap your judges to look like:
  • Judge R for 3 days in speech
  • Judge S for 2 days in LD
  • Judge T for 1 day in Congress
  • Judge R in speech at Building A Monday, Building B Tuesday, Building C Thursday (no Thurs swaps permitted).
  • Judge S in LD at Building D Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Judge T in Congress at Building E Tuesday.
  • Judge R in speech at Building A Monday and Congress at Building E Tuesday.
  • Judge R cannot be swapped out of their Building C Thursday assignment because they have been selected for late elimination rounds.
  • Judge S is in LD at Building D Tuesday.
  • Judge T is in speech at Building B Tuesday and LD at Building D Wednesday.
This covers 6 total days of obligation. Do not enter extra judges or more days than you would like your judges to be assigned. The total number of days you are providing in each event cannot be changed after May 15.
Your school is locked into the events, days, and buildings assigned. Do not provide extra judging beyond what you intend, or your school will be locked into covering those days. However, you can move around the people assigned to those days to best fit your coaching and chaperoning needs. Note that some days are reserved for judges who have been selected for judging late elimination rounds or as a Parliamentarian, and those assignments may not be moved to another person.
You may change the number of days each judge covers and which judge is at which building. No judge may cover more than 3 days of obligation. No judge may be assigned to two different buildings on the same day. Note that all judges are eligible for supplemental speech and Extemp Debate assignments on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. World Schools and Big Questions judges will not appear on the assignments or swap list because they are full-time judges.
    • Do not enter judges for more days than they are obligated unless you would like them to judge more than you owe. Do not enter extra judges unless you would like to provide extra judging.
Judge Availability
    • Take care in entering your judge days! Any judges registered as a judge for your school will be assigned rounds for the number of days for which you have them registered. When you enter a judge, that judge should be available for the duration of that event’s schedule. You will have a limited ability to move judges around based on their availability after day assignments are released in June, but it will be difficult for you to cover your obligation if you enter judges with limited availability. You cannot reduce the total number of days of judging your school is covering after the May 15 deadline
Judge Requirements
    • Judges must have left or graduated high school before July 31, 2020, or earlier to be eligible to judge. Bringing a judge who does not meet this requirement will result in loss of judge bond and a $500 fee ($700 total).
    • By May 15, judges must certify in Tabroom.com that they have completed the Cultural Competence Judge Training course.
      • Judges must certify that this requirement has been completed by logging in to Tabroom.com, selecting “National Speech and Debate Tournament” under the Judging header, and selecting “Judge Forms.” We will prompt them to do so, but encourage you to remind them as well. 
    • World Schools Debate judges will be required to complete an additional training on Sunday, June 12 at the Kentucky Expo Center.
    • Policy and Lincoln-Douglas judges must complete the Nationals Paradigm Form through Tabroom.com by May 15. 
      • Judges complete the form by logging in to Tabroom.com, selecting “National Speech and Debate Tournament” under the Judging header, and selecting “Judge Forms”. 
    • All judges are encouraged to complete the diversity questionnaire each year. Demographic information will be used for the purposes of providing an overall baseline of representation within our judging pool to allow the NSDA to best target its judge recruitment process to provide diverse panels for participants. This demographic information will not be made public and is not saved from year to year.
      • Judges may complete the form by logging in to Tabroom.com, selecting “National Speech and Debate Tournament” under the Judging header, and selecting “Judge Forms”. 
    • All judges are eligible to judge supplemental speech events and Extemp Debate, regardless of the main event judging category they have selected. 
    • All judges must have a linked Tabroom.com account. Online ballots will be used in every main and supplemental event.
Judge Obligation Per Event
    • Policy Debate: 2 days per entry. A school with one team registered owes 2 days, two teams owes 4 days, 3 teams owes 6 days, etc. Policy Debate judge days may not be bought out; schools must provide qualified judges to cover their obligation. A judge registered in the Policy Debate pool should plan to be available Monday through Thursday.
    • Public Forum Debate: A school with one team entered owes 2 days. A school with two teams entered owes 3 days. A school with three teams entered owes 4 days. A school with four teams entered owes 5 days. Public Forum Debate judge days may not be bought out; schools must provide qualified judges to cover their obligation. A judge registered in the Public Forum Debate pool should plan to be available Monday through Thursday.
    • Lincoln-Douglas Debate: A school with one entry owes 2 days. A school with two entries owes 3 days. A school with three entries owes 4 days. A school with four entries owes 5 days. Lincoln-Douglas Debate judge days may not be bought out; schools must provide qualified judges to cover their obligation. A judge registered in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate pool should plan to be available Monday through Thursday.
    • Speech: Each speech entry accrues one day of judging owed. A school with one entry owes 1 day, two entries owes 2 days, three entries owes 3 days, etc. Speech judge days may be bought out for $120 per day. A judge registered in the Speech pool should plan to be available Monday through Wednesday for speech and/or Wednesday through Friday for supplemental events.
    • Congressional Debate: Each Congress entry accrues one day of judging owed. A school with one entry owes 1 day, two entries owes 2 days, three entries owes 3 days, etc. Congress judge days may be bought out for $120 per day. A judge covering one day of a Congress obligation should expect to judge two sessions (or more if they are qualified to Parli). Judges who prefer to judge Congress should mark it as their preference in the Nationals registration system. A judge registered in the Congressional Debate pool should plan to be available Monday through Thursday.
    • World Schools Debate: Each district team must supply one full-time judge per team that is available for the entirety of the tournament from Monday through Wednesday. This judge may not be bought out.
    • Big Questions Debate: Each school with an entry must supply one full-time judge that is available for the entirety of the tournament from Monday through Thursday. This judge may not be bought out.
    • In-Person Supplemental Events: A school that pre-registers 1-2 entries owes one day. A school that pre-registers 3-4 entries owes 2 days. A school that pre-registers 5-6 entries owes 3 days. A school that pre-registers 7-8 judges owes 4 days, etc. One student entered in three events counts as three distinct entries. Supplemental judge days may be bought out for $120 per day.
Payment Methods
    • Payment is due May 15. A PO or check postmarked by May 15 is acceptable.
    • Follow these instructions to create your National Tournament invoice.
    • Schools may pay by credit card or ACH via their NSDA account. There is no processing fee for credit card and ACH payments.  
    • Checks payable to National Speech & Debate Association. Mail payment to: NSDA, 401 Railroad Place, West Des Moines, IA 50265.
    • Purchase orders should be uploaded to the Money tab of your school’s Tabroom.com registration by May 15. 
Judge Bond
    • Each school must post a judge bond of $200. This bond is in addition to entry fees and judge fees. If all judges from a school complete all judging assignments, the $200 will be returned after the tournament using the method selected during registration (on the general tab of your Tournament registration): refund check by mail or credit to your NSDA account. To use the credit for your school membership, you must generate an invoice as usual in the fall and apply the credit to activate your membership. 
    • Failure to report for each round on a day you’re obligated will forfeit your judge bond of $200 for the first round missed, and a $100 per judge per round penalty will be assessed thereafter. A school will not be permitted to compete the following year unless all outstanding fees have been paid.  
Refunds
    • Full refunds will be issued for changes made before May 15. 50% refunds will be issued for changes made between May 15 – May 22. No refunds will be made after May 22. 
    • If you make changes to your registration before May 15 but have already created an invoice that is higher than that amount, contact the national office for the invoice to be revised.
    • Judge bond refunds will be processed by July 31. 
    • A supplemental event entry must be dropped by May 15 to be refunded. The entry fee will not be refunded after May 15, even if the entry does not participate in the supplemental event.
    • Overpayments will be processed by July 31 and refunded via the same method selected for judge bond refund.
    • The William Woods Tate, Jr. Memorial Fund was designed to help students attend the National Speech & Debate Tournament. The Tate Fund will continue to provide financial assistances to schools who otherwise would be unable to attend the National Tournament. For 2022 National Tournament, the NSDA is proud to pledge $100,000 to schools to create a more equitable National Tournament experience.
    • Applications are now closed and our first round of financial assistance awards will be announced around May 15.

    • Thank you to the generosity of NSDA donors including the Julia Burke Foundation for making this possible.
    • Learn more about how you can donate to the Tate Fund.

  • To order and receive your Nationals T-Shirts via mail, order through our main NSDA Store.
  • To pre-order and pick up your Nationals T-Shirts in person in Louisville, order through your school’s Tabroom.com registration!
  • To pre-order with Tabroom.com, select Entries next to National Speech and Debate Tournament in Tabroom.com, navigate to the T-Shirts tab, place your order, and generate an invoice via the Money tab.
  • Pick up your pre-ordered T-Shirts on Sunday, June 12th at the Kentucky Expo Center!
National Speech and Debate 2022 National Tournament T-Shirt
Questions about how to register for Nationals?

Access the webinar below for more information on:
– How to register for qualifiers for the National Tournament using Tabroom.com‘s online registration system.
– How to complete the registration process from start to finish.
– Understand new judge day obligation system.
– Learn how to assign judges to the events and days they are available for the National Tournament.

How To Register For Nationals Webinar

Round-By-Round Competition Schedule

NSDA Video and Social Media Teams will be onsite at various locations throughout the National Tournament. Students and coaches will have the opportunity to share their stories and appear in videos that will be released during and after the event.

Planning Your Stay

Health
      • The COVID-19 Health and Safety Document is the hub for all health and safety information. COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all attendees, including students, coaches, judges, chaperones, parents, etc. When attendees are entered into a school’s Tabroom.com registration, they will receive an email invitation to complete the vaccine verification process or request an exemption.
      • COVID-19 health and safety policies regarding vaccination and mask requirements will not change.
      • Medical Services: If you need medical attention at the tournament, medical services are available in the Tournament Office at each competition venue. In the event of an emergency, always dial 911 first. 
      • Spectators: After assessing the competition spaces on the latest visit to Louisville, we have determined that limited observation of competition will be permitted. Observers with the appropriate ribbon who meet tournament policy surrounding vaccinations and masking will be permitted to enter and observe competition. The number of observers permitted per room will be limited to the number of chairs provided; seating will be limited. Observers will not be permitted in the University of Louisville dorm competition spaces. All health and safety mandates remain in place.
      • Letter for Your Administrator: In-person competition opportunities are vitally important to the sustainability of speech and debate programs. Here is a letter you can provide for your administration that outlines the COVID-19 healthy and safety measures we are implementing at the in-person high school National Tournament.
Communication
      • Crisis Communications: The Nats22 app is the hub for all urgent tournament communications. Please make sure you have push notifications enabled on the app. The app will be available for download in June.
      • Receive Tournament Updates: On the General tab of your school’s Tabroom.com registration, you’ll find two options to sign up adults for tournament communications. First, you can enter the email address of any adult you want to receive tournament emails (no Tabroom.com account required). These emails may include procedures during an emergency, reminders about tournament events, and updates to the schedule or location of the tournament. You can also enter the Tabroom.com account email of any adult you would like to receive pairings of your school’s students texted and emailed to them. This may be useful for parents following along at home or a chaperone who may need to locate students.
Inclusion
      • Equity office: Equity Officers provide a first point of contact for attendees with inquiries related to harassment and discrimination at the tournament. If you have a concern about how people are treating you that you want to make known to the NSDA and, if appropriate, legal authorities, or you have witnessed behavior that is inconsistent with our NSDA Harassment and Discrimination Policy, please report to your building’s Tournament Office to reach an equity officer. You will be asked to fill out a form sharing your information and describing the violation. You will then discuss the grievance informally and on a verbal basis with the equity officer, who shall in turn investigate the complaint. 
      • Pronouns in Tabroom.com: Please let your students and judges know they can add their pronouns to their Tabroom.com profile. Those pronouns will be sent via email and text to other judges, other competitors, and followers of a section/debate as part of round pairings. Pronouns also will appear on judges’ online or printed ballots. They will not appear on the public Tabroom.com website either to tournament staff or on the public schematics. Pronouns can be modified at any time. We expect you to take note of and respect other attendees’ pronouns throughout the tournament.
      • Inclusive Restrooms: We have designated restrooms in each of the venues that can be used by anyone. We thank you for respecting our diverse community of participants, judges, coaches, and observers.
      • Quiet Room: Each venue will have a designated quiet room for students or adults who are looking for a quiet space for prayer or relaxation. Visit the Tournament Office for access to the quiet room.
      • Lactation room: Each venue will have a designated lactation room. Visit the Tournament Office for access.
      • Accessibility: If you have questions about tournament accessibility or would like to request an accommodation for one of your school’s participants, please contact Eli Woody at info@speechanddebate.org.
Online Hotel Booking Site

All coaches must use the online booking site. This allows us to ensure procure the attendee rates we offer. Please do NOT call the hotels directly to book your hotel rooms. Larger teams requiring ten or more rooms, or those teams wishing to pay by check, should contact the Speech & Debate Housing Bureau (managed by Catch Des Moines). Every hotel requires a credit card on file for incidentals and cancellation fees even if you are paying by check. If you are paying by check, please select “Yes” in the field under “Additional Information” on the “Guest Details” page and someone from the Speech & Debate Housing Bureau will follow up with you.

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Access the full round-by-round schedule and venues information.

    1. Access the Venue Map
    2. Free Meals During Nationals Information
    3. Access the Hotel Map

Sunday, June 12: All Sunday events are held at the Kentucky Expo Center.

Monday, June 13 – Tuesday, June 14:

    1. HI, DI, DUO, POI: University of Louisville campus. HI and POI will utilize newly-renovated dorm rooms for competition. Only one competitor will be permitted to enter the room at a time.
    2. IX, USX, OO, INF: duPont Manual High School and Noe Middle School. These two buildings are right next to each other. Extemp Prep will be conducted in a large gymnasium at duPont Manual.
    3. World Schools: Valley High School and Dixie Elementary. These two buildings are about a five minute walk from one another. Impromptu motion prep will be held in the Valley arena.
    4. PF and BQ: Doss High School and Trunnell Elementary. These two buildings are right next to each other.
    5. LD: Atherton High School.
    6. Policy: Iroquois High School.
    7. House: Kentucky Expo Center.
    8. Senate: Crowne Plaza Airport Expo.

Wednesday, June 15:

    1. House and Senate: Kentucky Expo Center.
    2. All other main events and Big Questions: duPont Manual High School and Noe Middle School.
    3. Supplemental Speech: Valley High School and Dixie Elementary.
    4. Extemp Debate: Doss High School and Trunnell Elementary.

Thursday, June 16:

    1. House and Senate: Kentucky Expo Center.
    2. Main event speech: Kentucky Expo Center.
    3. World Schools: Kentucky Expo Center.
    4. Main event debate and Big Questions, excluding World Schools: duPont Manual High School and Noe Middle School.
    5. Supplemental Speech: Valley High School and Dixie Elementary.
    6. Extemp Debate: Doss High School and Trunnell Elementary.

Friday, June 17:

    1. Extemp Debate: Kentucky Expo Center.
    2. Finals and awards: Kentucky Expo Center.

Note: All information is tentative and subject to change. Times are shown in Eastern Time.

Access the full round-by-round competition schedule.

SUNDAY • JUNE 12

Registration will run from throughout the day on Sunday, June 12 for teams beginning competition no Monday. Stop by to pick up your materials and ask any questions! We will limit capacity in rooms as needed to allow for proper air flow and social distancing. Additional events will also take place throughout the day. A variety of Coaches Caucuses will also be scheduled in the future for attendees to network with other coaches and join in important discussion and dialogue about the successes, needs, and challenges of communities.

    • 8:30 a.m. NSDA Store and Tournament Expo Open: Visit the NSDA Store to explore speech and debate merchandise and insignia and stop by the Expo to connect with college programs, camps, and more!
    • 8:30 a.m. Early Registration Opens (Tournament Officials only, optional)
    • 9:00 a.m. Registration Opens
    • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. First Time Coach Reception 1: We encourage any adults new(er) to the in-person National Tournament to attend one of two receptions. National office staff will cover tournament basics, share key information and answer any questions about the tournament or membership generally.
    • 10:00 a.m. Tournament Officials Meeting
    • 12:00 p.m. Parliamentarian Meeting (mandatory)
    • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. District Leader Reception: District Committee members are invited to join national office staff and Board members for a tournament welcome, distribution of district awards, and social connection.
    • 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Speech Judge Training (optional)
    • 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Congress Judge Training (optional)
    • 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Debate Judge Training (optional)
    • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. World Schools Debate Judge Training (Mandatory for WSD judges)
    • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. New Coach Reception 2: We encourage any adults new(er) to the in-person National Tournament to attend one of two receptions. National office staff will cover tournament basics, share key information and answer any questions about the tournament or membership generally.
    • 4:00 p.m. NSDA Store and Tournament Expo close
    • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Late Registration
    • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Hall of Fame Event: Hall of Fame members are invited to a special event at Churchill Downs.

MONDAY • JUNE 13

For most events, competition begins at 9:00 a.m. Be ready to go with your ribbons and masks at 8:15 a.m. to make it to your competition space on time! Preliminary rounds will last into the evening with time set aside for lunch. Lunch will be available for purchase at each competition venue throughout the week.

TUESDAY • JUNE 14

Registration for teams competing in only in-person supplemental events occurs. Preliminary rounds conclude in main events. Elimination rounds for all main events except Big Questions begin Tuesday evening. Re-registration for supplemental events is open on Tabroom.com from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. All competitors who pre-registered for supplemental events, even if they did not compete in main events, must re-register during this window to confirm their participation. In order to avoid large gathering this year, there will be no traditional student party. Instead, postings will be livestreamed and posted at Tabroom.com on Tuesday evening.

WEDNESDAY • JUNE 15

Elimination rounds continue with all main events and Big Questions moving to duPont Manual HS and Noe MS. In-person supplemental events for re-registered competitors begin on Wednesday morning.

THURSDAY • JUNE 16

Extemp Debate and Supplemental Speech continue. Elimination rounds continue at duPont Manual HS and Noe MS. Watch final rounds in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Expo Center this evening!

FRIDAY • JUNE 17

    1. High school main event finals and awards will be socially distanced. Finals begin Thursday June 16 and run throughout the day on Friday, June 17 until the National Awards Assembly in the evening. The venue is sizable and attendance will not be restricted, except that attendees must be registered and have completed the COVID mitigation protocols to attend, and ribbons and masks must be worn for entrance. Finals and awards will be livestreamed as they occur.
    2. High school in-person supplemental event finals June 17 at the Kentucky Expo Center may be limited to a specific number of guests per finalist. Guests must have completed the COVID mitigation protocols to attend, and ribbons and masks must be worn. Finals will be livestreamed as they occur. Supplemental finalist awards will be distributed at the National Awards Assembly.
    3. Online Supplemental Events finals, which take place June 2-4, will be aired via the NSDA livestream during the in-person high school tournament the following week. A schedule will be available closer to the event. A virtual awards ceremony recognizing top-placing competitors and schools will be held Saturday, June 4, and winners will also be celebrated as part of the high school awards ceremony June 17.

New(er) coaches tend to have some questions about preparing for and attending the National Tournament. Whether it’s your first time joining us in-person or it’s just been a while for all of us, check out these tips for planning your experience and making the most of the week.

Competition Details

Schedule

All topics will be released at www.speechanddebate.org/national-tournament-topics.

    • May 1: Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum topics will be released May 1.
    • May 1: Prepared motions for World Schools Debate will be released May 1.
    • May 15: The Congressional Debate docket will be released by May 15.
      • For the first time ever, any high school or middle school NSDA member student, regardless of their national qualification status, was invited to directly submit legislation to be considered for the 2022 National Tournament Docket! Our goal was to open the door to more submissions, more diverse topics, and more student input. If a student’s legislation is selected to be part of the Nationals Docket, they will be recognized in Rostrum, receive a trophy after the tournament is over, and be awarded a $100 scholarship. Legislation will not be tied to its author at the National Tournament; no authorship speeches will be given. 
      • All submissions were due on February 15, 2022.
      • The potential legislation will be made available to the public May 1.
      • National Tournament qualifiers in the House and Senate will be invited to vote on the final docket through Tabroom.com between May 2-5.  
      • The final docket will be released by May 15.
    • May 1: United States and International Extemp topic areas will be released May 1.
Event Specific Topics
    • Pro Con Challenge: competitors may choose to give their speech on the Nationals topic from any of the following events: Policy, Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, or a piece of legislation from the High School Congressional Debate Docket.
    • Extemporaneous Debate: Topics will be released 30 minutes prior to each round.
    • Storytelling: No required theme or topic area.
    • Policy Debate: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.
    • Big Questions: Resolved: On balance, societies benefit from religious belief and practice.
    • All tournament results can be found at nationals.tabroom.com by selecting the “Results” tab.
    • Debate: Win/loss records from prelims will be released for all students after the first elim’s schematic is posted. Win/loss results for each elim will be released when the next elim’s schematic is posted (e.g., round 7 results will be posted after the round 8 schematic is released). 
    • Main Speech: Prelim ranks will be posted for non-advancing students after the first elim schematic is posted. Nothing is posted for advancing students until they’re out of the tournament.
    • Congress: Prelim ranks will be released for all students after the first elim’s schematic is posted. Ranks for each elim will be released when the next elim’s schematic is posted (e.g., quarters ranks will be posted when the semis schematic is released).
    • Supplemental Speech: Prelim ranks will be posted for non-advancing students after the first elim’s schematic is posted. Nothing is posted for advancing students until they’re out of the tournament.
    • Extemp Debate: Win/loss records will be released for all students after prelims finish so they know whether they will be competing the next day. Win/loss results for each elim will be released when the next elim’s schematic is posted (e.g., round 7 results will be posted after the round 8 schematic is released).
    • Full tournament results and ballots will be posted at nationals.tabroom.com by Monday, June 20.

In-Person Supplemental Events

    • Live, in-person supplemental events Extemp Debate, Prose, Poetry, Storytelling, Impromptu, Expository, Extemp Commentary, and Original Spoken Word Poetry will be offered for students who travel to Louisville.
    • Students are NOT eligible to compete in online supplemental events if they are competing in in-person supplemental events.
      May 15 is the registration deadline for coaches to pre-register students into supplemental events. Students may be moved from in-person competition to online supplemental events until May 25; contact the national office for assistance.

Eligibility for In-Person Supplemental Events

    • Competitors in main events that are pre-registered and do not advance to elimination round competition on Wednesday of the National Tournament are eligible to re-register for in-person supplemental events on Tuesday.
    • Up to two non-qualifiers per school who attended districts that were pre-registered in supplemental events.
    • Students who qualified in a partner event whose partner cannot go to Louisville.

Non-Qualifier Competition in Supplemental Events

    • To be eligible for the non-qualifier opportunity, students must have competed at the district tournament or NSDA Last-Chance Qualifier and not qualified in a main event.
    • Each school may enter up to two students who competed at districts but did not qualify into in-person supplemental events.
    • AND, each school may enter up to two different students who competed at districts but did not qualify into online supplemental events.
    • This means that if a school is attending the tournament in Louisville, they may have a combined four non-qualifying students compete in supplemental events (two online, two in-person).
    • If your school has main event qualifiers in the National Tournament, register your two non-qualifying students on the “Entries” tab of your school’s Tabroom.com National Tournament registration.
    • If your school is only bringing non-qualifiers in supplemental events, you will see “National Speech and Debate Tournament” appear under your existing tournament registrations in Tabroom.com once your district chair posts your district’s results to Nationals. Register your two non-qualifying students on the “Entries” tab of that registration.

Pre-Registration

    • Students who are attending the in-person tournament must be pre-registered in supplemental events. Each supplemental event pre-registration costs $25. This entry fee is non-refundable. Students may be pre-registered in as many events as they wish.

Re-Registration

    • Students who are attending the in-person tournament and intend to compete in supplemental events must be re-registered to confirm their participation between 12:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, through Tabroom.com. Students who pre-registered but did not re-register will not be scheduled for competition. This applies to both students who compete in main events and students who are only competing in supplemental events.
    • There are limits to the supplemental events that students may be re-registered in. Students cannot cross enter Extemp Debate and any other supplemental speech event. Students may be re-registered in up to three supplemental speech events but no more than two events per pattern:
      • Pattern A: Extemp Commentary, Original Spoken Word Poetry, Prose
      • Pattern B: Expository, Impromptu, Poetry, Storytelling
      • OR Extemp Debate

Learn More

    • Scholarships earned at the National Tournament can be claimed after Nationals by graduated students who have enrolled in post-secondary school after the tournament via the National Tournament Scholarship Claim Request Form. Proof of enrollment is required and scholarship funds will be sent to the registrar.
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