Online tournament registration for high school and middle school is now closed.
Registration for the 2020 National Tournament will open March 2020. Note: High school coaches are notified via email when the online registration website opens for their district once their district tournament series (debate, speech, and congress) is complete and results are audited by national office staff.
High School & Middle School Details
2019 Dallas Nationals Site Plan
Note: All details are tentative and subject to change. Times are shown in CT. If you have questions or concerns about accessibility accommodations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY • JUNE 16 (Registration and Expo)
High school tournament registration and the expo will take place Sunday, June 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Lone Star Ballroom of the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The Sheraton also serves as the host hotel for the tournament.
MONDAY AND TUESDAY • JUNE 17-18 (Prelim Rounds/Early Elims/NSDA Student Party)
All preliminary competition of main event speech and debate events will be held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel with the exception of Public Forum and Big Questions Debate, which will take place at the nearby Crowne Plaza Hotel. All preliminary competition and early elimination competition will occur between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.
The NSDA Student Party will take place Tuesday evening at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. Coaches of pre-registered students eliminated from main event competition Tuesday will re-register for Wednesday supplemental events through Tabroom.com. Provisions for doing supplemental re-registration in-person will also be made available at the NSDA Student Party.
Note: Middle school registration will occur Tuesday evening.
WEDNESDAY • JUNE 19 (Elim Rounds/Supplemental Events)
All main event elims, including Congressional House quarterfinals and Senate semifinals, and supplemental speech event rounds will be held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Extemporaneous Debate rounds will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel nearby.
Coaches of pre-registered students eliminated from main event competition or supplemental events on Wednesday will re-register for Thursday consolation events throughout the day online at Tabroom.com.
Middle school competition will begin Wednesday morning.
THURSDAY • JUNE 20 (Elim Rounds/Supp-Cons Events/Interp Finals/Diamond Awards)
Thursday morning, all elimination competition will continue at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel with the addition of Extemporaneous Debate and consolation events. Congressional Senate finals will be held throughout the day along with Congressional House semifinals.
Middle school competition will continue Thursday morning.
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, in the Lone Star Ballroom of the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.
FRIDAY • JUNE 21 (Supp-Cons/Main Event Finals and National Awards Assembly)
The remaining main event final rounds (Congressional House, 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/consolation event, and middle school finals, will be held throughout the day on Friday at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.
Note: All information is tentative and subject to change. Times are shown in CT.
|7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.||Early Registration for Tournament Officials ONLY (Dallas Ballroom A-B)|
|8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.||Tournament Registration for ALL Schools (Dallas Ballroom A-B)|
|8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.||National Tournament Expo (Lone Star Ballroom A-B)|
|8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.||Shop the NSDA Store (Austin Ballroom 3)|
|8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.||Pick UP Pre-ordered Nationals T-Shirts (Austin Ballroom 1)|
|9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.||All Tab Staff Meeting (Lone Star Ballroom C4) • Note: Group meeting, then individual tab breakouts. See below for times/locations.|
|9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Speech Tab Meeting (Lone Star Ballroom C2)|
|9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Extemp Officials Meeting (Lone Star Ballroom C4)|
|9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||CX Tab Meeting (Pearl 5)|
|9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||PF Tab Meeting (Pearl 4)|
|9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||LD Tab Meeting (Pearl 2)|
|9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Congress Tab Meeting (Executive Boardroom)|
|9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||World Schools Debate Tab Meeting (Pearl 1)|
|9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Big Questions Tab Meeting (Pearl 3)|
|9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Supp-Cons Tab Meeting (Lone Star Ballroom C3)|
|10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||First Time at Nationals Coach Reception, presented by the generous contributions of the NSDA staff, the NSDA boosters, their friends, and their families (Houston Ballroom A-C)|
|10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||African American/Black Coaches’ Caucus, led by Adesuwa Omoruyi (TX) and Aaron Timmons (TX) (State 3)|
|11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.||Hispanic/Latinx Coaches’ Caucus, led by Victoria Beard (TX) and Saul Grullon (NJ) (State 4)|
|11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Mandatory Parliamentarian Meeting (Seminar Theater)|
|12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.||District Leadership Luncheon and Awards Ceremony (Houston Ballroom A-C)|
|1:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.||National Student of the Year Finalists – invitation only (Staging Area – City View 1; Interviews – City View 2; Filming – City View 3)|
|1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.||World Schools Debate Training (Grand Hall) • Note: This training is required for all World Schools judges. Judges who absolutely cannot attend Sunday must attend the make-up training session Monday at 8:00 a.m. in Lone Star A4.|
|2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.||World Schools Debate Demo (Grand Hall) • Note: The demo is open to judges and competitors.|
|2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.||LGBT+ Coaches’ Caucus, led by Crawford Leavoy (NC) and KM DiColandrea (NY) (State Room 3)|
|3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.||Womxn Coaches’ Caucus, led by Jamelle Brown (KS) and Victoria Freeman (NE) (State Room 4)|
|4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.||Asian American Coaches’ Caucus, led by David Long (PA) and Kris Igawa (OR) (State Room 3)|
|4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.||Late Registration – NOT RECOMMENDED (Dallas Ballroom A3) • Note: Coaches who absolutely cannot attend Sunday registration must register Monday morning promptly at 7:00 a.m. in the Tournament Office located in the Press Club room.|
High School Details
The National Speech & Debate Tournament brings more than 4,500 students from more than 1,200 schools from across the country, U.S. territories, and select guest countries together for a week of rigorous competition to determine national champions. Registration will open for schools who have qualified entries in February 2019 at nationals.tabroom.com. Your district chair will alert you when registration has opened. Review more information in the High School Unified Manual.
Tentative Details – June 16-21, 2019
Schedule: Registration for the tournament will occur on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Preliminary rounds will occur on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with elimination rounds taking place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Judges: A school must bring at least one judge covering 6 rounds as a condition of registering. View the manual for full requirements.
Lodging: Schools who stay in the hotel block will receive a $25 discount per student. Please book rooms using the housing portal further down this page.
Deadlines: The final deadline to receive all information and payment is May 1, 2019.
Cost: Entry fees are between $75-100 per student. Each school will pay a $200 judge bond that will be returned at the conclusion of the tournament if all judges fulfill their obligation.
Middle School Details
The Middle School National Speech & Debate Tournament is an open invitational that attracts more than 850 students from 160 schools from across the country, U.S. territories, and select guest countries. Various public speaking, literary performance, and debate events are offered, which are modeled after the high school National Tournament. Other less-competitive events allow additional fun opportunities for students to exercise their skills.
Students do not need to qualify for the Middle School National Tournament; all eligible entries are welcome, space permitting. As a reminder, only school-based members are allowed to enter the Middle School National Tournament. 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. Please contact email@example.com for more information. Registration will open on March 1, 2019 at msnats.tabroom.com. Review more information in the Middle School Unified Manual.
Tentative Details – June 18-21, 2019
Schedule: Registration for the tournament will occur on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Competition will run all day on Wednesday and Thursday. Students who qualify for elimination rounds will compete on Thursday and Friday.
Judges: A school must bring at least one judge per event as a condition of registering. View the manual for full requirements.
Lodging: Teams who do not stay in the hotel block will receive a $25 fee per student. Please book rooms in the block through the housing portal found further down this page.
Deadlines: Entries are due April 24, 2019. Payment is due May 10, 2019.
Cost: Entry fees are between $45-50 per student. Each school will pay a $200 judge bond that will be returned at the conclusion of the tournament if all judges fulfill their obligation.
The Middle School National Speech & Debate Tournament is presented by Summit Debate.
Hotel, Venue, Transportation Guide
The National Tournament hotel block is now open!
READ FIRST! Important Considerations When Selecting and Reserving Hotels
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.
Tournament Hotel » The official tournament hotel is the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. All schools should attempt to book rooms at this property first. Staying at this property will be the most convenient and cost effective way to enjoy the 2019 National Tournament. Do not delay in booking this property, as space is limited!
Online Booking Site » All coaches must use the online booking site. 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). Details can be found on the online booking site. 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. For more information, consult our FAQ section below.
Additional Block Hotels » We anticipate that the Sheraton Dallas Hotel block will fill quickly. Although the Sheraton is the best option, the NSDA has negotiated other excellent hotel options for schools that book after the Sheraton fills. It is essential that schools stay downtown at the Sheraton or one of the other recommended hotel properties. Morning and afternoon traffic jams will make commuting from non-recommended properties a very difficult task and could result in major issues for your team. In addition, the NSDA only has contracts with those properties listed and will not be able to assist you with issues in hotels outside the block. PLEASE DO NOT STAY OUTSIDE THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT HOTEL BLOCK.
Benefits of Staying in the National Tournament Hotel Block » Schools will find several major benefits to staying in the NSDA’s recommended block of hotel rooms.
- Avoid the Cost of Vehicle Rental: All competition will be held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel and Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Sheraton and Crowne can be accessed by DART rail from all recommended hotel properties as well as Dallas Love Field (DAL) airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) airport. SuperShuttle is also available for a reasonable fee, making transportation from DAL and DFW airports easy and affordable. Visit www.dart.org and www.supershuttle.com for details.
- Free Internet Access at Sheraton: All attendees who are lodging in a National Tournament block hotel will receive free access to the internet at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.
- Easy Tournament Accessibility: Staying in the tournament hotel or within the National Tournament hotel block will avoid the risk of delays or major inconveniences related to traffic and morning parking.
- Easy Access to Meal Options and Special Events: The tournament hotel is the site of tournament registration, the majority of competition, the NSDA Student Party, the final rounds, and awards. There is a food court adjacent to the Sheraton and Marriott. There is a DART stop on site at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, providing the best possible access to registration, finals, and awards. All National Tournament block hotels sit near DART stops to provide access to all events and restaurants.
Important Notes » Many room reservations within the National Tournament hotel block are subject to an automatic non-refundable two-night deposit per room that will be charged on April 19, 2019. The Sheraton and Doubletree will charge the two-night deposit at the time of booking. This avoids double booking and allows all attendees equal opportunity to book in the best available properties. Check the online booking site for details.
Please note, there is a five night minimum stay at the Sheraton, Crowne Plaza, and Aloft. There is a four night minimum stay at the Lorenzo. There is a three night minimum stay at the DoubleTree.
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 Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. CT.
How do I book a room within the hotel block?
To secure the best hotel rates, all coaches must use the online booking system provided by the Speech & Debate House Bureau (managed by Catch Des Moines). 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.
HIGH SCHOOL ENTRY FEES
(For middle school entry fees, visit MSNats.tabroom.com).
High School 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)
High School 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)
High School 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)
High School 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 2019 Dallas Nationals site plan. You can also check out an interactive Google map and other local attractions so you can plan your week’s stay in Dallas accordingly! (As a reminder, please do not call the hotels directly. Use the online booking site linked below instead.)
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 April 19, 2019. 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 on April 19, 2019, any room reservations within the block that are subject to an automatic two-night, non-refundable deposit per room will be charged. The Sheraton and Doubletree will charge the two-night deposit 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 should contact the Speech & Debate Housing Bureau (managed by Catch Des Moines). Additional information is available via the online booking site.
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 contact the Speech & Debate Housing Bureau (managed by Catch Des Moines). Additional information is available via the online booking site.
- 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 Dallas in June! If you have any questions not answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact the national office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (920) 748-6206.
Save money by staying within the National Tournament hotel block! As a reminder, please do NOT call the hotels directly. Guarantee the best hotel rates and keep your tournament entry fees low by visiting the online booking site below.
With thanks to the Speech & Debate Housing Bureau (managed by Catch Des Moines)
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DART and SuperShuttle
All competition will be held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel and Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Sheraton and Crowne can be accessed by DART rail from all recommended hotel properties as well as Dallas Love Field (DAL) airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) airport. SuperShuttle is also available for a reasonable fee, making transportation from DAL and DFW airports easy and affordable.
DART Weekend Travel Advisory
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system is currently undergoing weekend construction. If you are navigating from the Dallas Fort Worth or Lovefield airports to the Sheraton Dallas Hotel over the weekend, you’ll take the Orange line to West End Station and then hop a DART bus to Pearl station. Weekday travel will not be impacted. Learn more about weekend routes here or access DART maps online. For additional DART pass information, click here.
If you don’t want to take the DART, you can save on a SuperShuttle to and from Dallas Fort Worth or Lovefield airports with our code PTK72. To get started, click here.
The Google map is provided as an overview only. Please do not contact the hotels directly.