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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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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.

Self-Care Station

While Nationals is an amazing, whirlwind, non-stop fun fest, we also know this can be a time of big nerves and sometimes a little anxiety! Keep your mind and body calm and collected with our self care tips!

Be Sure To Pack:

    • Lot’s of snacks – a little extra energy for your rounds never hurt anybody!
    • A water bottle – keep those gorgeous vocal chords hydrated!
    • Chargers – make sure you and your devices have a lots of energy!
    • Battery cell – think of it as a little extra snack for your electronics!
    • An extra pair of comfy shoes – give your gams a break by switching your shoes during the day!
    • Pump Up Playlist & Headphones – bump your favorite hype song or calming tune to keep you focused and centered in between or before rounds!
    • Bookmark or Download Your Favorite Meditation – give your mind a rest by taking some time to yourself in your room, hallway or quiet space to practice a little meditation. Trust us, your speech or debate point won’t fall out of your head if you let it go for a little bit!
    • Lint roller – just in case your pet sent you to Nationals with a little something to remember them by!
    • Extra nylons – you never know when you’re gonna get a run!
    • Pen and paper – you simply can’t flow without them!

Take Time To:

    • Download our app! Or bookmark our website. Stay up to date with breaking news or room assignments which will put your mind at ease.
    • Enjoy this time with your team! Take moments when you can to enjoy the moment and make some memories outside of the competition.
    • Take a deep breath! If you’re feeling overwhelmed do a quick breathing exercise or take deep breaths in through the nose and let them out through the mouth.
    • Warm up! Get that nervous energy out with a quick vocal or physical warm up with your coach, teammate, parent or your BFF the wall!
    • Take a little break to unplug! Take a break from your phone, computer or practice to remind yourself of how cool it is that you’re here and to enjoy it regardless of how you place!
    • Be proud of yourself! Whether its your first or fourth time coming to Nationals take some time to pat yourself on the back you brilliant speaker! It’s easy to compare ourselves to others, especially in a competitive setting like Nationals, but take some time to appreciate how much work you put in this year and how proud you should be to compete with the best of the best. We’re so proud of you!