NSDA Online Springboard Series
Thanks to the generosity of The Julia Burke Foundation, the online Springboard Series will continue. 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 continue offering these events for the 2023-2024 school year.
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.
2023-2024 Springboard Series Details
For fall 2023, we have a variety of free, after-school scrimmage opportunities.
Springboard Participant Testimonials
Springboard Learning Opportunities
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
NSDA staff describe the purpose and infrastructure of the Springboard Series at the August 2021 National Conference.
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.
NSDA Springboard December Capstone Tournament 2021 Livestream Rounds
Access the Archive for the NSDA Springboard December Capstone Tournament 2021 Livestream Rounds.
Low-Stakes, High-Impact Scrimmages and Tournaments
Catapult your team to success! Download this article to find out how other coaches are using the NSDA Springboard Series in unique and creative ways to engage with their students.
5 Tips For Beginning a New Speech and Debate Program
Learn how to start a speech and debate program. This FREE Springboard Series Webinar is presented by NSDA two-diamond Raymond Shay. Coach Shay distills his years of experience with both middle school and high school speech and debate programs into five tips that you can follow as you start, or grow, your speech and debate program.
How to Judge Congressional Debate for Beginners
Coaches, if your speech and debate program is new to Congress, or if you want to provide your program’s Congress judges with an additional opportunity for training and development, this is the webinar for you! Coach David Long has years of practical experience. In this webinar, he walks you through Congress basics and provides a thorough explanation of this exciting event.
Rhetorical Speech 101
Whether you’re just starting out or could use a refresher on the basics, Rhetorical Speech 101 is sure to get you up to speed! Learn more about Expository Speaking, Informative Speaking, and Original Oratory from a national champion.
How to Compete in Pro Con Challenge
Learn how to coach or compete in Pro Con Challenge, one of the most challenging and exciting events in speech and debate, from the coach of the 2021 Pro Con Challenge national champion!