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The first 50 entries in a tournament are free of charge. There is a $4 fee per every 5 entries beyond the first 50. For example, a 100 entry tournament will cost $40.
NSDA district tournaments and tournaments that use NSDA Campus for an event will not pay the per-event Tabroom.com fee for that event. For example, if a tournament ran LD on NSDA Campus, LD entries would not count toward the per-entry fee.
How to Pay
Tournament directors will pay a fee based on the number of entries in their tournament before they are able to proceed with tabulation of their Tabroom.com tournament. Like NSDA Campus, use of Tabroom.com will remain unrestricted until tournament directors move on to the tabulation stage of their tournament. The payment process will be initiated in Tabroom.com similar to the NSDA Campus payment system. At any time, tournament directors can pay their per-entry fee through the automated payment process, and tabulation will be enabled immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I have to pay?
The payment process is now automated. After checking out to pay for NSDA Campus roooms or Tabroom.com usage, all features will unlock within 30 minutes. Make sure you complete purchases at least 30 minutes in advance of when you need to publish your first round. We understand that it can be hard to estimate the exact number of entries your tournament will have with late adds and drops. You can complete payment and unlock all Tabroom.com features early or immediately before your event starts. For example, a tournament director could pay for 200 entries in advance and then pay for any additional entries over that 200 when it is time to run the tournament. Alternatively, a tournament director could wait until they are ready to begin the tournament to pay, and they will be able to move ahead immediately.
Do drops count toward my per-entry cost?
No, Tabroom will only ask you to pay for the active entries in your tournament. If you anticipate drops the morning your tournament begins, you are welcome to pay that morning after drops have been processed. The payment process is automatic, and all Tabroom features will be unlocked immediately after payment. If you pay in advance of knowing the number of entries needed, there are no refunds for uncovered entries that are paid.
Can I receive a refund or credit if I paid for more entries than I needed?
No refunds or credits are available for overpayments. Since payment is automated, we encourage you to wait until you are sure of the range your entry numbers will fall in before purchasing to avoid overpayment.
How is the per-entry cost calculated?
Entry numbers are different than student numbers and can be found in your Tabroom.com tournament by going to Entries > Events. In a partner event, a two-student partnership counts as one entry. If a student is double-entered in OO and POI, that student counts as two entries. Only active entries will count toward the per-entry cost.
To calculate the cost, take the total number of entries in your tournament and subtract 50 since the first 50 entries are free. Then, subtract the number of entries that are in an event using NSDA Campus, if applicable. Multiply the remaining entries by $0.80 to determine your cost.
What Tabroom.com features can I use before I pay?
You can set up your tournament, adjust tournament settings, allow schools to register for your tournament, and pair rounds before Tabroom.com will prevent you from moving forward in your tournament without payment. This is intended to allow you to be comfortable with your entry numbers before paying, estimate the number of rooms you will need based on pairings in advance, and allow new users to test the software before purchasing. Any actions taken past the pairing stage of the tournament, including publishing or printing schematics, will not be possible until payment is complete.
How does the fee waiver for NSDA Campus work?
All online tournament features, including NSDA Campus, will remain available for tournaments to use. Tournaments will not be charged double to use NSDA Campus and Tabroom.com. If your tournament uses NSDA Campus rooms for an event, you will not need to pay the Tabroom.com entry cost for that event. For example, if Extemp uses NSDA Campus rooms at your tournament, Extemp entries will not count against your entry total that determines the cost of using Tabroom.com for your tournament. The cost of NSDA Campus rooms will remain the same at $6 per room per day.
Do NSDA members get a discount?
We will charge the same fee to all tournaments, regardless of membership status, to simplify the administrative, billing, and customer service impact of the change. This simplification will significantly decrease the overall cost of providing the service to everyone, especially as we continue to address legacy parts of the system unequipped to handle more complex billing. We will revisit the fee structures over time to assess the best way to ensure the system is sustainable.
Why is the NSDA charging for the use of Tabroom.com?
We are at a critical point in Tabroom.com’s serviceable lifetime. High demand has massively increased the need for customer service and system bandwidth. We know there is work to be done, and we plan to increase customer service levels to meet the needs of the thousands of tournaments that depend on us. Additionally, Tabroom.com is written in a programming language that has become obsolete, and all 400,000 lines of Tabroom.com code are currently being rewritten to ensure usability and reliability of the system. The day-to-day costs, coupled with our plans for additional investment in the future of the software, have made the long-term support of the system using general operating funds untenable. Without a change in the business model of Tabroom.com, the organization will not have the resources to guarantee future performance at a level that meets the expectations and needs of the speech and debate community. The revenue from this fee will go directly to improvements we believe are critical to Tabroom.com’s service to our community: funding new code development, increased customer support staff, and improvements in functionality and reliability of the system.
Seven years ago, the National Speech & Debate Association partnered with Chris Palmer, the founder and creator of Tabroom.com, to ensure that this budding piece of tournament software would have a future home for its development and expansion. Through ownership of Tabroom.com and employment of Chris Palmer as the lead developer, the NSDA has been able to foster significant advancements and improvements to the software, and usage has skyrocketed beyond what we imagined was possible. We are grateful to those who will continue to support the development, maintenance, and ongoing services of Tabroom.com.
Thank you for your trust that we will be good stewards of the system that so many have relied on over the past decade and a half.