National Tournament

2018 Nationals Overview

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

We look forward to hosting you June 17-22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the 2018 National Speech & Debate Tournament!

To make planning easier, an overview of venue and lodging information is provided below. Keep in mind that all details are tentative and subject to change. Times are shown in ET.

Week at a Glance

Join us June 17-22, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

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

 

Sunday • June 17 High School Registration; National Tournament Expo; Coaches’ Caucuses; First Time at Nationals Coach Reception; District Leadership Luncheon; World Schools Debate Training; and More!
Monday • June 18 High School Main Event Competition Begins
Tuesday • June 19 Supplemental Re-registration (COACHES can re-register online or in-person if their students are pre-registered); Student Posting Party; Middle School Registration (Tuesday evening)
Wednesday • June 20 Middle School Competition Begins; Consolation Re-registration (COACHES can re-register online or in-person if their students are pre-registered)
Thursday • June 21 Finalists’ Sound and Light Check; World Schools Debate Finals; Interpretation Finals; Donus D. Roberts Diamond Assembly
Friday • June 22 Main Debate and Public Speaking Finals; National Awards Assembly
Sunday Schedule Highlights

Be sure to plan your travel arrangements so you can attend these events on June 17, 2018!

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

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Early Registration for Tournament Officials ONLY
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tournament Registration for ALL Schools
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Shop the Speech & Debate Store
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. National Tournament Expo
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. All Tab Staff Meeting (group meeting, then breakout sessions)
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Speech Tab Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Extemp Officials Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CX Tab Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. PF Tab Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. LD Tab Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Congress Tab Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. World Schools Debate Tab Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Big Questions Tab Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Supp-Cons Tab Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Debate Tab Meeting
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. First Time at Nationals Coach Reception sponsored by the NSDA staff, family, and friends
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mandatory Parliamentarian Meeting
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. LD Wording Committee
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PF Wording Committee
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Coaches’ Caucuses (TBD)
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. District Leadership Luncheon and Awards Ceremony
1:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. National Student of the Year Finalists (invitation only)
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. World Schools Judge and Competitor Training – Note: This training is required for WSD judges. Judges who absolutely cannot attend Sunday must attend the make-up training session Monday at 8:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. World Schools Debate Demo
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Late Registration (NOT RECOMMENDED) – Note: Coaches who absolutely cannot attend Sunday registration must register Monday morning promptly at 7:00 a.m. (Location TBD)
High School Information

Overview of 2018 High School National Tournament Logistics

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

SUNDAY • JUNE 17 (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 Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more Sunday schedule highlights, please refer to the section above.

MONDAY AND TUESDAY • JUNE 18-19 (Prelim Rounds/Early Elims/Student Posting Party)
Six 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 Bonaventure Resort & Spa, which also serves as the host hotel for the tournament. Western HS will host preliminary rounds of Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Big Questions Debate. Everglades HS will host preliminary rounds of Policy Debate. West Broward HS will host World Schools Debate competition. Cypress Bay HS and Falcon Cove MS will host preliminary rounds of Humorous Interp, Dramatic Interp, Duo Interp, Program Oral Interp, Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, and Informative Speaking.

The NSDA Student Party sponsored by the Institute for Speech and Debate will take place at America’s Backyard in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Coaches of students eliminated from main event competition Tuesday will re-register for Wednesday supplemental events at Revolution Live, adjacent to America’s Backyard, during the NSDA Student Party. Provisions for completing supplemental re-registration online will also be made available.

WEDNESDAY • JUNE 20 (Elim Rounds/Supplemental Events)
Five 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 Cypress Bay HS and Falcon Cove MS. High school Congressional Debate semifinals will be held at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa. Those students re-registered for supplemental speech events will compete at West Broward HS. Those students re-registered in Extemporaneous Debate will compete at Western HS. International Supplemental Public Forum Debate will occur at Cypress Bay HS. Note: Middle school competition begins Wednesday at Everglades HS and Glades MS.

THURSDAY • JUNE 21 (Elim Rounds/Supp-Cons Events/Interp Finals/Diamond Awards)
Thursday morning, debate elimination rounds (including Big Questions Debate and International Supplemental Public Forum Debate) will continue at Cypress Bay HS and Falcon Cove MS. High school Congressional Debate will hold its final round sessions at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa. All supplemental speech and consolation events and Extemporaneous Debate will occur at Cypress Bay HS and Falcon Cove MS. Note: Middle school competition continues at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday at Everglades HS and Glades MS.

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 Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

FRIDAY • JUNE 22 (Supp-Cons/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/consolation event, and middle school finals, will be held throughout the day on Friday at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, culminating with the National Awards Assembly Friday evening.

 
Note: Online registration opens in February 2018 for those districts whose tournament series (debate, speech, and congress) is complete and results are audited by national office staff. Coaches will be notified via email when the registration website is open for their district.

Middle School Information

Overview of 2018 Middle School National Tournament Logistics

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

Schedule Overview

TUESDAY • JUNE 19
Middle school registration will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Revolution Live adjacent to America’s Backyard in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

WEDNESDAY • JUNE 20
Middle school competition begins Wednesday at Everglades HS and Glades MS. Rounds begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until 6:00 p.m. Time has been built in for lunch.

THURSDAY • JUNE 21
Middle school competition continues Thursday at Everglades HS and Glades MS. Rounds begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until 7:00 p.m. Time has been built in for lunch.

FRIDAY • JUNE 22
Starting at 8:00 a.m., final rounds of Speech, Policy, and Congress, as well as semifinal and final rounds of Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum, will be held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. The middle school awards assembly will commence at 4:00 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!

 
Note: Online registration opens in February 2018. 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 info@speechanddebate.org for more information.

Hotel and Venue Guide

READ FIRST! Important Considerations When Selecting and Reserving Hotels

NEW IN 2018: If your team stays within the National Tournament hotel block, your entry fees to the National Tournament will remain the same as last year. However, those teams that elect to stay outside the NSDA hotel block will incur an additional $25 entry fee per student to help recover the lost financial benefits that are essential to running the National Tournament. 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 that opens January 8. 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 opens 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 hotel block, your entry fees to the National Tournament will remain the same as last year. However, those teams that elect to stay outside the NSDA hotel block will incur an additional $25 entry fee per student to help recover the lost financial benefits that are essential to running the National Tournament.

    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.

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 system below.

With thanks to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Housing Bureau

Visit the links below for a map overview of the Fort Lauderdale area, a distance chart between hotels and venues, and a guide to other local attractions!

Fundraising

Is your team hoping to qualify for the National Tournament this year? With Edco, our fundraising partner, you can easily set up an online fundraising page for your team and receive support in the fundraising process. Edco empowers students and teachers to raise money from family, friends, and other members of their community. Be sure to visit hello.ed.co/NSDA or email hello@ed.co for more information.

Tournament Sponsors

Our generous sponsors make the National Speech & Debate Tournament possible! Thank you for showing your commitment to fostering excellence in young people through speech and debate activities.

JAMES M. COPELAND

TOM ROLLINS

A. C. ELEY FUND

CARMENDALE FERNANDES FUND

HAROLD C. KELLER FUND

HARLAND B. MITCHELL FUND

LANNY D. AND B. J. NAEGELIN FUND

DONUS AND LOVILA ROBERTS

SANDRA SILVERS FUND

RICHARD B. SODIKOW FUND

BOB AND SALLI STOCKTON

WILLIAM WOODS TATE, JR., FUND

JOE AND PAM WYCOFF

Nationals History

The National Debate & Speech Tournament has been held across the country since 1931, and today is the largest academic competition in the world. Each year, more than 3,500 high school students compete in a week-long competition to determine the most prestigious title in high school academics: national champion.

Advertising

Every year, more than 7,000 students, coaches, teachers, parents, and supporters from across the country attend the National Tournament. The student competitors represent the best and brightest young people across the United States and the globe. You don’t want to miss this unique educational event to reach an outstanding group of young people and their supporters.

Please contact Emily Kriegel at emily.kriegel@speechanddebate.org or (920) 748-6206 with any specific questions you may have.

National Tournament Expo

The National Tournament Expo provides a safe and organized environment in which exhibitors and supporters may connect with coaches, parents, and students. Be sure to reserve your spot by May 31, 2018!

 

Expo Package Discounts

2018 Expo Package Discounts

 

Expo À La Carte Pricing

2018 Expo À La Carte Pricing

 

Expo Add Ons

2018 Expo Add Ons

 

Expo Guidelines
Reservations

Exhibitors may request any available table range by marking their request on the Expo Registration Form. While the National Speech & Debate Association will attempt to accommodate requests, final placement will be at the discretion of national office staff.

The Sunday Expo will be held concurrent with high school registration. Set-up will begin at 7:15 a.m. on Sunday. Exhibitors who have not arrived by 8:30 a.m. may forfeit their table. Refunds will not be given for failure to attend. Exhibitors must remain open until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday to be invited back to the Expo the following year. Exhibitors may choose to reserve additional tables at the Sunday Expo, or during the competition week. Venues are tentative and subject to change.

A reservation is considered complete once an Expo Registration Form has been submitted to the national office and payment has been received by or before May 31, 2017. All payments are non-refundable.

Discounts

National Tournament Expo vendors who also exhibit at the Conference Expo (August 24-27, 2017) can receive Early Bird Pricing (a $50 savings) to attend NSDA National Conference sessions and receive 20% off their Conference Expo purchase. Please contact Emily Kriegel for details!

Equipment

Reserved exhibition space includes one six-foot or eight-foot table, depending on the location and availability of tables. Additional tables may be reserved for an additional fee. More elaborate set-ups may require an additional charge. Please bring power strips if needed to be sure you are able to access electricity. Electrical access is an additional $100 fee and includes one outlet Sunday, Tuesday evening, Thursday, and/or Friday. Access to electricity is not guaranteed at the school sites Monday through Wednesday. The Association will not provide power strips, power cords, or any other electronic equipment. Internet access is free with limited bandwidth, but you are able to purchase it through the location. The Association cannot store any items for vendors prior to, during, or after the Expo.

Expectations

These guidelines will govern all vending at the 2017 National Speech & Debate Tournament. They replace all guidelines from previous National Tournaments. The Association retains the right to amend its guidelines as needed.

The only exhibitors allowed to vend at National Tournament sites will be those who have reserved exhibition space through the Association. Non-approved exhibitors will be removed from tournament premises. Please note that while exhibitors are usually allowed to vend at the tournament venue, local rules may prohibit vending in certain areas.

All fees must be paid prior to the start of the Expo. Exhibitors with unpaid fees will not be permitted to attend.

Noise/visual elements from booths must not affect the presentation of other exhibitors.

Exhibitors must not impede the operation of the National Tournament or exhibit where local rules do not permit selling of products.

Only the Association or its local hosts may sell t-shirts. No other vendor may sell t-shirts of any kind. Sale of other products sold by the local host committee is also prohibited, including lanyards, nylon drawstring bags, magnets, plastic drinking cups, buttons, and pens.

Exhibitors must remain open until 3:00 p.m. local time on Sunday to be invited back to the Expo the following year. The National Tournament Expo officially closes at 4:00 p.m. local time.

Exhibitors must take all materials, including trash, with them at the conclusion of their vending period. A maintenance fee may be assessed if an exhibitor’s area is left disorderly or damaged.

Vendors are expected to remain within the vending area and not disrupt any competitor or coach in the course of their preparation for or during the actual competitions.

The Association reserves the right to refuse reservations to any exhibitor.

NOTE: Submitting an Expo Registration Form indicates your knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of the National Tournament Expo Guidelines. If you do not agree to the guidelines, do not submit an Expo Registration Form.

Updated form coming soon!

Tournament Book

Our National Tournament Program Book is a great way to connect with all student competitors, coaches, teachers, parents, and chaperones at the tournament.

Everyone attending the National Tournament receives a free copy of the Tournament Book, and it is also published online. The Tournament Book is the go-to guide throughout the week. It includes schedules, event information, announcements, annual award listings, and more. You can be a part of the Tournament Book for a low price! The ad reservation deadline is April 15, 2018.

Tournament Book Pricing and Dimensions
Tournament Book Guidelines
Payment

You may select check or credit card payment using our online form. All ads must be paid in full by May 1, 2018.

Deadline

All ads must be reserved by April 15, 2018, and final artwork must be submitted by May 1, 2018. (If you need help designing your ad, we can do it for you! Please be sure to provide instructions in the advertising form by or before April 15 to give us plenty of lead time.)

Format

All ad files must be in high-resolution PDF format.

Proofread

Don’t forget to double-check your ad before submitting! Remember, “Lincoln-Douglas” should be hyphenated, but “LD” should not. “Student Congress” is now called “Congressional Debate.”

Updated form coming soon!

 

Note: If you’re a vendor and plan to reserve a table at the National Tournament Expo, you may purchase your Tournament Book ads using our Expo Registration Form. No need to fill out a separate form!

Future Host Sites

Join Us!

2018 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida – June 17-22
2019 | Dallas, Texas – June 16-21
2020 | Albuquerque, New Mexico – June 14-19

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2017-2018 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.

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