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NSDA ONLINE Springboard Series: free events presented by the Julia Burke Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of The Julia Burke Foundation, the online Springboard Series has been expanded. The Springboard Series will again offer FREE speech and debate events. These events will provide a variety of free, online opportunities including after-school scrimmages and two weekend tournaments. We are grateful to announce these events will be offered free for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years. 

The Julia Burke Foundation was established in memory of Julia Burke, a young woman of substance with a passion for debate. We are proud to partner with The Julia Burke Foundation to offer these opportunities in Julia’s memory. 

 

2021-22 Springboard Series Details

The Springboard Series will provide a variety of opportunities including free online after-school scrimmages and two weekend tournaments during the 2021-22 school year. Both speech and debate events will be offered for current high school and middle school students. Events will offer a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous speech and debate opportunities. 

The Springboard Series will begin in September. More details about events held in 2022 will be released by November 1, 2021. Register below or sign up to be notified about Springboard events.

Thursday, September 9: From 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. CT will be open office hours on Zoom to talk to NSDA staff about the Springboard Series and receive help registering. From 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. CT, there will be a recorded judge training session focused on how to provide constructive feedback for speech and debate competitors during learning-focused scrimmage tournaments. Pre-register to join here.

Tuesday, September 14: Springboard Scrimmage #1 with live speech and live debate. Round 1 will be at 4:00 p.m. CT and round 2 will be at 5:30 p.m. CT.

Monday, September 20: Rebuttal Basics in Debate Webinar, presented by Chad Meadows, Director of Debate at Western Kentucky University. The webinar will begin at 6:00 p.m. CT. Pre-register to join here.

Thursday, September 23: Springboard Scrimmage #2 with live speech and live debate. Round 1 will be at 6:00 p.m. CT, and round 2 will be at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Tuesday, October 5: Springboard Scrimmage #3 with asynchronous speech and live debate. Round 1 will be at 6:00 p.m. CT, and round 2 will be at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Thursday, October 7: Springboard Scrimmage #4 with asynchronous speech and live debate. Round 1 will be at 4:00 p.m. CT, and round 2 will be at 5:30 p.m. CT.

Tuesday, October 19: Springboard Scrimmage #5 with live speech and live debate. Round 1 will be at 4:00 p.m. CT, and round 2 will be at 5:30 p.m. CT.

Thursday, October 21: Springboard Scrimmage #6 with live speech and live debate. Round 1 will be at 6:00 p.m. CT, and round 2 will be at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Tuesday, November 2: Springboard Scrimmage #7 with asynchronous speech and live debate. Round 1 will be at 4:00 p.m. CT, and round 2 will be at 5:30 p.m. CT.

Tuesday, November 9: Springboard Scrimmage #8 with asynchronous speech and live debate. Round 1 will be at 6:00 p.m. CT, and round 2 will be at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Tuesday, November 16: Springboard Scrimmage #9 with live speech and live debate. Round 1 will be at 6:00 p.m. CT, and round 2 will be at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Thursday, November 18: Springboard Scrimmage #10 with live speech and live debate. Round 1 will be at 4:00 p.m. CT, and round 2 will be at 5:30 p.m. CT.

Saturday, December 4: Springboard Capstone Tournament. More details to come!

We hope to host four scrimmages per month in January, February, and March. We also plan to host a second Saturday-only capstone tournament in April. Additional dates and details will be released by November 1.

These details apply to the September and October Springboard Scrimmages. More info about November – April tournaments will be released by September 1.

Debate:

    • All debate will be held live on NSDA Campus.
    • Congress, Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Big Questions, and World Schools will be offered. No double entry is permitted.
    • Each debate event will have two divisions: an open division that anyone can enter, and a rising stars division that is limited to any middle school competitor and any high school competitor in their first year of speech and debate competition.
    • Congress will do one three-hour session, and all other events will do two preset preliminary rounds.

Speech:

    • Speech events will have one open division of each event.
    • Live speech scrimmages will offer Dramatic Interp, Humorous Interp, Program Oral Interp, Original Oratory, Informative Speaking, Prose, Poetry, Mixed Extemp, and Live Duo (competitors must perform in the same physical room).
    • No double entry is permitted in live speech events.
    • Asynchronous speech scrimmages will offer Dramatic Interp, Humorous Interp, Program Oral Interp, Original Oratory, Informative Speaking, Prose, Poetry, Original Spoken Word Poetry, Pro Con Challenge, and Storytelling.
    • Unlimited double entry is permitted in asynchronous speech events.
    • All competitors and judges must have a linked Tabroom.com account to compete.
    • All judges must be provided; no hired judging is available.
    • In debate, one judge is owed per 2 entries or fraction thereof in each event.
    • In speech, one judge is owed per 4 entries or fraction thereof in speech.
    • Judges in the rising stars division may be juniors or seniors in high school with at least 250 Honor Society points who have taken the required judge training course.
    • Judges in the open division must have graduated from high school.
    • Written feedback on ballots is required. Disclosure and oral feedback is optional. All judges will submit ranks and a decision at the conclusion of each round.
    • All judges must complete the Cultural Competency judge training course.
    • The Springboard Series is dedicated to helping students grow as speech and debate competitors and community members. Judges must be committed to providing constructive, culturally competent feedback and decisions that meet students where they are in order to create safe spaces, healthy competition, and encourage their growth in our activities.

Registration

    • There is no cost to attend the Springboard Scrimmages. All participation is free.
    • Students and schools do not need to be NSDA members to participate in the September and October Springboard Scrimmages.
    • There is an entry limit of 8 entries per event per school. Entries beyond this cap will be added to a waitlist.
    • Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. CT the day of competition.
    • Coaches must confirm their registration by one hour prior to round 1 through Tabroom.com.
    • Coaches will agree to a disclaimer prior to registration that confirms they have permission from their school to compete, that all students attend the school they are registered under, that the NSDA has permission to use photos and videos obtained from this event, and that school administrators are aware and comfortable with the safety measures taken if students are competing from the same room.

Post-Tournament

    • There will be no formal awards ceremony.
    • All results will be made publicly available on Tabroom.com after the tournament.
    • All students will receive a digital certificate celebrating their participation via email after the tournament.
    • All coaches will receive a survey that they’ll be encouraged to share with their judges and students.

Springboard Learning Opportunities

Judge Training For Springboard Events

Judge Training

NSDA staff conduct a judge training focused on how to provide constructive feedback for speech and debate competitors during learning-focused scrimmage tournaments. 

Springboard For Opportunities

Springboard for Opportunities

NSDA staff describe the purpose and infrastructure of the Springboard Series at the August 2021 National Conference.

Rebuttal Basics In Debate

Rebuttal Basics in Debate

Chad Meadows, Director of Debate at Western Kentucky University, discusses how to structure, deliver, and generate arguments for a rebuttal speech in debate.

Springboard Participant Testimonials

I loved participating in this! It was really fun and amazing! It was cool to get people in debate who are out of the state of New Mexico. Thank you so much for doing this! I loved it.

Isabella, Competitor

We are very grateful to the Julia Burke Foundation. There is no way our students could have competed any other way. Many of our parents do not have the financial ability to

pay for their child to compete. This was their first chance to compete, and although they struggled, they learned a lot. By giving them this opportunity, the Foundation provided a stepping stone to a new experience. I believe our students will become leaders of our community in the future, the experience of debating and public speaking will best equip them for this.

Michelle, Coach

Thank you so much Julia Burke Foundation! I am the coach of a new middle school team with high poverty and low funds! This opportunity allowed our students this year to compete in their first tournament! Without you, we likely would not have had a tournament this year. Thank you so much for the incredible generosity and treating our students so well!

Kelvin, Coach

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