New Coach Quick Start Guide

Welcome to the world of coaching competitive speech and debate!

 
We’re committed to helping you transition to this new role and find success in the National Speech & Debate Association. We are here for you every step of the way.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Community Engagement Steve Schappaugh with any questions you may have.

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

Resources

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

Rules

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

Check out helpful tips for entering student 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.

Fundraising

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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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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