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2022 National Speech & Debate Tournament

Louisville, KY – June 12-17, 2022

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The Road to Nationals

Only the best of the best make it to this pinnacle of public speaking. Learn more about competitive events, the qualification process, and student membership.

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Key Dates for High School and Middle School

February 15

The Tournament Procedures for high school and middle school were posted online featuring deadlines, how events will work, our hosting platform, judging obligations, and more. The updated high school and middle school manuals were also released with results calculation details, pairing procedures, and other rules.

March 1

Tournament registration opens on Tabroom.com

May 15

Tournament registration closes. All entries, judges, forms, and payment, are due.

May 1

Nationals debate topics announced.

June 1

All recordings for middle school, supplemental events, and high school main speech backups are due.

Expanded Access to National Tournament Supplemental Events

Every member school that participates in the district tournament series will have the opportunity to enter up to two non-qualifying students in supplemental events at the online 2021 National Tournament. These students must have attended the district tournament but not earned qualification in any event. Stay tuned for more information.

New Supplemental Events for 2021

In 2021 we will offer two new supplemental events for high school students. These events will allow students to explore more avenues for personal expression and approach topics in new and exciting ways.

    • Original Spoken Word Poetry: Competitors will write and perform original poetry in order to express ideas, experience, or emotion through the creative arrangement of words according to their sound, their rhythm, their meaning. The maximum time limit is 5 minutes with a 30-second grace period. The delivery must be memorized, and no book or script may be used. An original poetry contest was offered at prior National Tournaments. Watch original performances by the finalists to get a feel for the event.
    • Pro Con Challenge: Students will select the National Tournament topic for Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, or Public Forum Debate, or choose a piece of legislation from the Congressional Debate Docket and write a 3-5 minute affirmative speech and a 3-5 minute negative speech on that topic. They will read both of those speeches within a time limit of 10 minutes and 30 seconds. Visit our topics page to find the resolution for Policy Debate and potential topics for LD and PF. The Pro Con Challenge was offered at the 2020 Middle School Speech Challenge. Watch an exemplary video from the showcase to get a feel for the event.

For rules and more information about these events, please visit the Unified Manual.

District Entry Requirements

We understand that team recruitment, online tournament scheduling, and participation numbers have been impacted this year. To help alleviate concerns over entry numbers and ensure students can be represented at the National Tournament, the entry requirements for earning qualifiers to the online 2021 National Tournament have changed. Learn more on page 64 of the Unified Manual.

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Hotel, Venue, Transportation Guide

READ FIRST! Important Considerations When Selecting and Reserving Hotels

NEW IN 2018: If your team stays within the National Tournament hotel block, you will receive a $25 discount off the current year’s main event entry fee per student. See our FAQ section below for more information.

1. All schools should stay at one of the NSDA recommended hotels in downtown Fort Lauderdale or the surrounding areas. The lowest rates have been negotiated for our members. Please do not stay outside the block. The large volume of room sales within the block allows the NSDA to continue to negotiate the most affordable rate list. Properties that do not appear on this list are likely inconvenient for participation in the tournament, including lack of safety, amenities, and proximity to restaurants and provide no benefit to the overall cost of the tournament. Morning and afternoon traffic could add substantial time to your commute if you are located outside the block. In addition, hotels not on the list have no contractual obligation to the NSDA, and therefore, we cannot provide any level of reservation protection at these properties. Middle school teams are encouraged to stay in western corridor hotel properties as they are closest to the middle school competition venues.

2. All coaches must use the online booking system. 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, may call the Greater Fort Lauderdale Housing Bureau. Details can be found on the online booking site. Up until May 1, 2018, coaches may update or cancel room reservations using the online booking site. After May 1, all room reservations within the block are subject to an automatic two-night, non-refundable deposit per room at the time of booking. For more information, consult our FAQ section below.

3. All hotel properties in the National Tournament hotel block are within 20-35 minutes of the competition venues by interstate or surface streets. Be sure to check out the interactive Google map above to preview these sites. You can print all needed maps before ever leaving home! This year, tournament registration and the expo will take place Sunday at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The final rounds and awards assembly will also take place at the Convention Center later in the week. The waterfront hotels located near the Convention Center will be ideal for attending registration, the student posting party, finals, and awards. Teams staying in any of the recommended properties will find these venues conveniently located.

4. The high school Congressional Debate headquarters is the Bonaventure Spa & Resort. It is recommended that high school teams with Congressional debaters stay at the Bonaventure host hotel or at one of the western corridor hotel properties to avoid substantial rush hour traffic issues. These hotels are an excellent choice in both price and feature.

5. It is recommended that all coaches visit the online booking system to determine which property fits the needs of their program. All hotels on the list are conveniently located to various aspects of the tournament. The waterfront properties are the most conveniently located hotels for access to tournament registration, the student posting party, final rounds, and the National Awards Assembly. Schools are encouraged to book early as hotel blocks will fill up quickly.

6. PLEASE LOOK AT A MAP! Before reserving hotel rooms, all coaches should consult a map of the Fort Lauderdale area (see link below) to get a better perspective on travel logistics. The key to a less stressful week is to consider following the above lodging suggestions provided by the national office.

FAQs about the National Tournament Hotel Block

Why should I stay within the National Tournament hotel block?
As the costs in hosting and executing the National Tournament continue to rise, it has become more and more important that all teams at Nationals stay within the established block of hotel rooms. When negotiating contracts to ensure the best possible rates and benefits to the organization and participants, certain guarantees and room pick up history must be provided to each contracting hotel. Staying in the National Tournament block assists in future rate negotiations and provides essential rebate revenue and complimentary room nights that prevent expenses from being passed off to the participating teams.

When does the hotel block open?
The National Tournament hotel block opened Monday, January 8, 2018.

How do I book a room within the hotel block?
To secure the best hotel rates, all coaches must use the online booking system managed by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Housing Bureau. The platform is similar to an Orbitz, Travelocity, or other online booking website, and contains all of the hotel properties negotiated by the NSDA. Enter your check in/check out dates, number of rooms, and number of guests to display a list or map view of available hotels matching your search parameters. You may also filter the results by name, price, or distance to find the best property that fits your team’s needs.

Will I save money by staying within the National Tournament hotel block?
Yes! If your team stays within the National Tournament hotel block, you will receive a $25 discount off the current year’s main event entry fee per student. (For middle school entry fees, visit MSNats.tabroom.com).

HIGH SCHOOL ENTRY FEES

Speech, Lincoln-Douglas, or Congress Entry

  • $100 per entry for teams staying OUTSIDE the National Tournament hotel block
  • $75 per entry for teams staying WITHIN the hotel block (save $25 per entry)

Policy, Public Forum, or Duo Entry

  • $200 per entry for teams staying OUTSIDE the National Tournament hotel block
  • $150 per entry for teams staying WITHIN the hotel block (save $50 per entry)

Big Questions Entry

  • $75 per student for teams staying OUTSIDE the National Tournament hotel block
  • $50 per student for teams staying WITHIN the hotel block (save $25 per student)

World Schools Entry

  • $75 per student for teams staying OUTSIDE the National Tournament hotel block
  • $50 per student for teams staying WITHIN the hotel block (save $25 per student)

How do I know what competition venues will be used throughout the week?
See above for a tentative overview of the 2018 Nationals site plan. Below, we’ve included links to an interactive Google map, a distance chart of all hotel properties in relation to the competition venues, plus a guide to other local attractions in Fort Lauderdale, so you can plan your week’s stay accordingly!

Can I cancel or update my room reservation?
Yes! Using the online booking system, coaches may cancel or update their team’s room reservations without penalty until May 1, 2018. Therefore, you are encouraged to book your rooms as early as possible! This should provide ample time and an even playing field for all teams planning to attend the tournament. (Please note that AFTER May 1, 2018, all room reservations within the block are subject to an automatic two-night, non-refundable deposit per room at the time of booking.)

Can I still earn hotel points through the online booking system?
Yes, you will have the option to add your membership number to the online reservation or present it at check-in.

Can I pay my hotel reservation by check?
Those teams wishing to pay by check may call the Greater Fort Lauderdale Housing Bureau at (877) 664-4774 (M–F, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET) or email gflhousing@broward.org for assistance.

I need to book ten or more rooms. What should I do?
Larger teams or districts requiring a block of ten or more rooms should call the Greater Fort Lauderdale Housing Bureau at (877) 664-4774 (M–F, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET) or email gflhousing@broward.org for assistance.

Reminders

  • Please do NOT call the hotels directly.
  • Guarantee the best hotel rates and keep your tournament entry fees low by visiting the online booking system.

We look forward to hosting you and your team in Fort Lauderdale in June! If you have any questions not answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact the national office at info@speechanddebate.org or (920) 748-6206.

Transportation Guide

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Hertz Discount

Hertz is the Association’s official rental car company!
Visit www.hertz.com or call (800) 654-2240. To reserve special meeting rates, please include CV053L0001 when making reservations. At the time of reservation, meeting rates will be automatically compared to other Hertz rates and the best rate will apply. For complete information, download the Hertz flyer.

Visit Hertz Hertz Convention Number: CV053L0001

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Flight Discounts

Receive discounts off your flight when you book online with recommended carriers. Some restrictions may apply.

Visit Delta Delta Meeting Event Code: NMRP8

Visit Southwest Southwest Company ID: 99696096

Visit United United Z Code and Agreement Code: ZEVA351972

UNITED: U.S. 50 States and Canada Customers: call your professional travel agency, book online via www.United.com, or call United Reservations Meetings Desk at (800) 426-1122 and provide the Z Code ZEVA and Agreement Code 315972. For all tickets issued through United Meetings Reservations Desk, there will be a booking service fee per ticket collected. This fee is subject to change without notice. Such service fee is nonrefundable and applies to all itineraries, one-way or round-trip.

Visit the links below for a map overview of the Louisville area; suggested local attractions plus a helpful distance chart; and our guide to the venues being used throughout the week. Find your spotlight in the sun!

Hotel, Venue, Transportation Guide

READ FIRST! Important Considerations When Selecting and Reserving Hotels
NEW IN 2018: If your team stays within the National Tournament hotel block, you will receive a $25 discount off the current year’s main event entry fee per student. See our FAQ section below for more information. 1. All schools should stay at one of the NSDA recommended hotels in downtown Fort Lauderdale or the surrounding areas. The lowest rates have been negotiated for our members. Please do not stay outside the block. The large volume of room sales within the block allows the NSDA to continue to negotiate the most affordable rate list. Properties that do not appear on this list are likely inconvenient for participation in the tournament, including lack of safety, amenities, and proximity to restaurants and provide no benefit to the overall cost of the tournament. Morning and afternoon traffic could add substantial time to your commute if you are located outside the block. In addition, hotels not on the list have no contractual obligation to the NSDA, and therefore, we cannot provide any level of reservation protection at these properties. Middle school teams are encouraged to stay in western corridor hotel properties as they are closest to the middle school competition venues. 2. All coaches must use the online booking system. 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, may call the Greater Fort Lauderdale Housing Bureau. Details can be found on the online booking site. Up until May 1, 2018, coaches may update or cancel room reservations using the online booking site. After May 1, all room reservations within the block are subject to an automatic two-night, non-refundable deposit per room at the time of booking. For more information, consult our FAQ section below. 3. All hotel properties in the National Tournament hotel block are within 20-35 minutes of the competition venues by interstate or surface streets. Be sure to check out the interactive Google map above to preview these sites. You can print all needed maps before ever leaving home! This year, tournament registration and the expo will take place Sunday at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The final rounds and awards assembly will also take place at the Convention Center later in the week. The waterfront hotels located near the Convention Center will be ideal for attending registration, the student posting party, finals, and awards. Teams staying in any of the recommended properties will find these venues conveniently located. 4. The high school Congressional Debate headquarters is the Bonaventure Spa & Resort. It is recommended that high school teams with Congressional debaters stay at the Bonaventure host hotel or at one of the western corridor hotel properties to avoid substantial rush hour traffic issues. These hotels are an excellent choice in both price and feature. 5. It is recommended that all coaches visit the online booking system to determine which property fits the needs of their program. All hotels on the list are conveniently located to various aspects of the tournament. The waterfront properties are the most conveniently located hotels for access to tournament registration, the student posting party, final rounds, and the National Awards Assembly. Schools are encouraged to book early as hotel blocks will fill up quickly. 6. PLEASE LOOK AT A MAP! Before reserving hotel rooms, all coaches should consult a map of the Fort Lauderdale area (see link below) to get a better perspective on travel logistics. The key to a less stressful week is to consider following the above lodging suggestions provided by the national office.

FAQs about the National Tournament Hotel Block

Why should I stay within the National Tournament hotel block? As the costs in hosting and executing the National Tournament continue to rise, it has become more and more important that all teams at Nationals stay within the established block of hotel rooms. When negotiating contracts to ensure the best possible rates and benefits to the organization and participants, certain guarantees and room pick up history must be provided to each contracting hotel. Staying in the National Tournament block assists in future rate negotiations and provides essential rebate revenue and complimentary room nights that prevent expenses from being passed off to the participating teams. When does the hotel block open? The National Tournament hotel block opened Monday, January 8, 2018. How do I book a room within the hotel block? To secure the best hotel rates, all coaches must use the online booking system managed by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Housing Bureau. The platform is similar to an Orbitz, Travelocity, or other online booking website, and contains all of the hotel properties negotiated by the NSDA. Enter your check in/check out dates, number of rooms, and number of guests to display a list or map view of available hotels matching your search parameters. You may also filter the results by name, price, or distance to find the best property that fits your team’s needs. Will I save money by staying within the National Tournament hotel block? Yes! If your team stays within the National Tournament hotel block, you will receive a $25 discount off the current year’s main event entry fee per student. (For middle school entry fees, visit MSNats.tabroom.com). HIGH SCHOOL ENTRY FEES Speech, Lincoln-Douglas, or Congress Entry
  • $100 per entry for teams staying OUTSIDE the National Tournament hotel block
  • $75 per entry for teams staying WITHIN the hotel block (save $25 per entry)
Policy, Public Forum, or Duo Entry
  • $200 per entry for teams staying OUTSIDE the National Tournament hotel block
  • $150 per entry for teams staying WITHIN the hotel block (save $50 per entry)
Big Questions Entry
  • $75 per student for teams staying OUTSIDE the National Tournament hotel block
  • $50 per student for teams staying WITHIN the hotel block (save $25 per student)
World Schools Entry
  • $75 per student for teams staying OUTSIDE the National Tournament hotel block
  • $50 per student for teams staying WITHIN the hotel block (save $25 per student)
How do I know what competition venues will be used throughout the week? See above for a tentative overview of the 2018 Nationals site plan. Below, we’ve included links to an interactive Google map, a distance chart of all hotel properties in relation to the competition venues, plus a guide to other local attractions in Fort Lauderdale, so you can plan your week’s stay accordingly! Can I cancel or update my room reservation? Yes! Using the online booking system, coaches may cancel or update their team’s room reservations without penalty until May 1, 2018. Therefore, you are encouraged to book your rooms as early as possible! This should provide ample time and an even playing field for all teams planning to attend the tournament. (Please note that AFTER May 1, 2018, all room reservations within the block are subject to an automatic two-night, non-refundable deposit per room at the time of booking.) Can I still earn hotel points through the online booking system? Yes, you will have the option to add your membership number to the online reservation or present it at check-in. Can I pay my hotel reservation by check? Those teams wishing to pay by check may call the Greater Fort Lauderdale Housing Bureau at (877) 664-4774 (M–F, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET) or email gflhousing@broward.org for assistance. I need to book ten or more rooms. What should I do? Larger teams or districts requiring a block of ten or more rooms should call the Greater Fort Lauderdale Housing Bureau at (877) 664-4774 (M–F, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET) or email gflhousing@broward.org for assistance. Reminders
  • Please do NOT call the hotels directly.
  • Guarantee the best hotel rates and keep your tournament entry fees low by visiting the online booking system.
We look forward to hosting you and your team in Fort Lauderdale in June! If you have any questions not answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact the national office at info@speechanddebate.org or (920) 748-6206.

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2022 Tournament Schedule

OVERVIEW OF MIDDLE SCHOOL TOURNAMENT LOGISTICS

Tentative Schedule

TUESDAY • JUNE 16

Middle school registration will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Albuquerque Museum, located in Historic Old Town.

Wednesday • June 17

Middle school competition begins Wednesday at Albuquerque HS. Rounds begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until 7:00 p.m. Time has been built in for lunch.

Thursday • June 18

Middle school competition continues Thursday at Albuquerque HS. Rounds begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until 7:00 p.m. Time has been built in for lunch.

Friday • June 19

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., final rounds of Speech, Congress, and World Schools Debate, as well as semifinal and final rounds of Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and Public Forum, will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The middle school awards assembly will commence at 4:15 p.m. followed by the high school awards assembly at 6:30 p.m., where the middle school circle of champions will be recognized on the high school stage!

Important Middle School Dates

  • Coaches can register online at MSNats.tabroom.com beginning March 1.
  • Congressional Debate legislation is due April 24.
  • Entries, judges, forms, piece information, and payment are due on May 1. 
  • A late fee of $200 will be assessed for any materials or payment received after May 1. A school risks forfeiting participation if materials are not received by May 8.

Other Details

  • NEW IN 2020
    • Program Oral Interpretation and Informative Speaking will be main events. 
    • Due to a lack of interest, the Middle School National Tournament will not offer supplemental events.
    • Each school is permitted up to 6 entries in each event. There is no waitlist. Coaches will be notified if there is space for additional entries by June 1.
  • Coaches are asked to carefully review all information on the tournament website.
  • Middle schools are required to bring judges for each division in which they have students (Policy, LD, or PF, Speech, Congress, and World Schools) as a condition for registering.

Membership Notice

The Board of Directors affirms the creation, support, and development of speech and debate programs at the middle and secondary levels through accredited public and private schools. All members of the National Speech & Debate Association must be school-based. For any club or organization that does not currently have a school-based membership, the NSDA is eager to work with you to create school-based speech and debate teams. Students who are currently members through their area non-school-based clubs and organizations may request to have their memberships transferred to their accredited public and private schools. Homeschools and virtual schools that are recognized by the state in which those schools compete may join the National Speech & Debate Association.

OVERVIEW OF HIGH SCHOOL TOURNAMENT LOGISTICS

SUNDAY • JUNE 14 (Registration and Expo)

This year, tournament registration and the expo will take place Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more Sunday schedule highlights, please refer to the section above.

MONDAY AND TUESDAY • JUNE 15-16 (Prelim Rounds/Early Elims/NSDA Student Party)

Seven venues will be used for preliminary competition Monday and Tuesday. All main event preliminary and early elimination competition on Monday and Tuesday will occur between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. High school Congressional Debate will be hosted at the Downtown Hyatt Regency and Albuquerque Convention Center. Sandia HS and Comanche Elementary will host preliminary rounds of Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Big Questions Debate. Eldorado HS will host preliminary rounds of Policy Debate. Manzano HS will host World Schools Debate competition. Albuquerque HS will host preliminary rounds of Humorous Interp, Dramatic Interp, Duo Interp, and Program Oral Interp. Highland HS will host preliminary rounds of Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, and Informative Speaking.

The NSDA Student Party, hosted by ISD, will take place Tuesday evening at Historic Old Town from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Coaches of students eliminated from main event competition Tuesday will re-register for Wednesday supplemental events online via Tabroom.com. Provisions for completing supplemental re-registration online will also be made available at the NSDA Student Party.

WEDNESDAY • JUNE 17 (Elim Rounds/Supplemental Events)

Six venues will be used Wednesday. All competition will occur between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Students who qualify for elimination round 9 of all main speech and debate events (including World Schools and Big Questions Debate) will compete at Manzano HS. International Supplemental Public Forum Debate also will occur at Manzano HS. High school Congressional Debate House quarterfinals and Senate semifinals will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Those students re-registered in Extemporaneous Debate will compete at Sandia HS. Those students re-registered for supplemental speech events will compete at Highland HS. Note: Middle school competition begins Wednesday at Albuquerque HS.

THURSDAY • JUNE 18 (Elim Rounds/Supp Events/Interp Finals/Diamond Awards)

Thursday morning, high school main event debate elimination rounds, as well as, Big Questions Debate and International Supplemental Public Forum Debate, will continue at Manzano HS. High school Congressional Debate will hold its Senate final rounds and House semifinal rounds at the Albuquerque Convention Center. All supplemental speech events will occur at Highland HS.  Extemporaneous Debate will occur at Manzano HS. Note: Middle school competition continues at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday at Albuquerque HS.

Thursday afternoon and evening, attendees will enjoy the national final rounds of World Schools Debate, Program Oral Interp, Humorous Interp, Dramatic Interp, and Duo Interp, as well as the Donus D. Roberts Diamond Assembly, at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

FRIDAY • JUNE 19 (Supps/Main Event Finals and National Awards Assembly)

The remaining main event final rounds (Informative Speaking, United States Extemp, International Extemp, Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Original Oratory), as well as the Big Questions Debate, supplemental events, and middle school finals, will be held throughout the day on Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center, culminating with the National Awards Assembly Friday evening.

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