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Welcome! You have joined the ranks of coaches at more than 3,000 schools in the most highly regarded speech and debate Honor Society. We are so excited that you are helping shape how students prepare for college, career, and life. As a member, you have access to an amazing community of support along with resources that will help you explore what this activity has to offer. We are here to help you! 

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Our Purpose

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We connect support, and inspire a diverse community committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate. Learn more about our mission and vision.

Our History

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Read a brief history of how we’ve supported speech and debate since 1925.

Who We Are

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Our experienced staff is available to help answer all your speech and debate questions or connect you with local support.

Membership Overview

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Read an explanation of school, coach, and student memberships.

Roles and Permissions

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Brief description of the three main roles on an NSDA speech and debate team and what each group can see on their account dashboards.

About The Honor Society

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About the NSDA Honor Society 

Points Entry

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An explanation of merit points, how to enter them, and why they matter.

Local, District, and National Tournaments

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Learn the ropes with overviews of what to expect at local competition, district tournaments, and Nationals. 

Member Resources

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Learn about resources you can access as an NSDA member and where to find them.

Recognition Opportunities

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Explore how coaches, students, and schools can earn recognition in our Honor Society.

Rules Overview

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Read an overview of the Unified Manual, which outlines the Association’s governing rules.  

Coach FAQ

Your first stop for all membership questions!

Helpful Links


To get started, sign up your school. If you already have an account, log in here.


Search helpful resources to learn about and teach the competition events.


Learn more about the NSDA rules including event descriptions and time limits.

Honor Society

Read up on the Honor Society, including student, coach, and school recognition.

Entering Points

Watch this helpful gif for a demonstration of entering points.. Already know the ropes? Log in to get started.

Judge Training

Find tips and resources for judges including training videos, sample ballots, and more.


Check out our fundraising guide for ideas to raise money for your team.

Professional Development

Explore professional development opportunities for coaches and educators.

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Rules, Forms and Manuals

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Resource Spotlight

Learn what to expect competing in a variety of speech and debate events. Each one-page guide features unique student and alumni perspectives from across the country. Great tips for new coaches and students alike!

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