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Colorado Grande NSDA Rules

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This is a High School tournament in Colorado.

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November 4, 2021


Dear Colleagues:


This letter shall serve as your invitation to the NSDA Rules Tournament which will be held at Liberty High School on December 4, 2021. Registration will open on Speechwire on November 10, 2021.  


Deadlines: Register on Speechwire.com by NOON November 30 so we can figure out rooms and food. We are just doing one registration deadline; what is registered on November 30 is what you will pay for. Because this is practice for NSDA Quals, you MUST enter titles and authors for interp students and TOPICS for OO and INFO. Do NOT forget this step, and it MUST be done when you register your students, so be sure you are getting their titles and authors now.


Fees: PF teams- $15.00; LD- $15.00; DI, HI, OO, US, IX, INFO, POI, POE, and Storytelling- $10.00; DUO-$15, Please make checks out to Colorado Grande NSDA.  Remember, your school dues need to be paid to the NSDA for you to come to this tournament, but as it is so early in the year, individual students do NOT have to be members yet.


Events: We will offer PF, LD, USX, IX, OO, INFO, DI, HI, DUO, POI.


Doubling: Students may compete in a max of two events with the following limitations: students may do ONE debate (LD or PF); students may do ONE extemp (USX or FX); students may do ONE solo interp (DI, HI, POE, or POI); students may do ONE prepared speech (OO or INF).


Committee Decision: As you know, we need coaches to run meets.  We understand that December Saturdays are at a premium, but due to liability and other issues, your students cannot attend if you or another OFFICIAL coach from your school isn’t present. Each school must provide one OFFICIAL coach to work the tournament as a judge or worker in another area. If a school brings two coaches, the second coach can count toward that school’s judge quotas (see below).


COVID: We will follow the COVID protocols agreed on by our coaches:

  1. Masks are required for everyone while inside with the exception of those actively giving a speech. The students may remove their masks for their presentation only.
  2. Students and judges will sit in the back of classrooms to provide for separation between the student presenting and the rest of the competitors/judges.
  3. Debate students will have their masks on except when speaking. During CX, students will stand at their desks so they are separated.
  4. Food will be individually packaged or will be served so that only one person is touching a serving utensil.
  5. Masks may be removed only while students/judges are actively eating or drinking; masks should be worn as much as possible, and we will encourage students and judges to socially distance while eating or sit outside when possible.

Registration: Registration will take place from 7:00 to 7:30. 


Schedule: WSD will be held on November 18 and Congress on December 7; invitations for those tournaments have been sent out seperately. There will be no final rounds at this tournament.

  • Rounds will be run as quickly as possible, and just like Nat Quals, there is not set schedule. We will start extemp draw at 7:30 a.m., and awards are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Based on the doubling entries, we will try to send a tentative schedule out closer to the date of the tournament.


Awards: The purpose for this tournament is to give students an opportunity to “practice” procedures and rules BEFORE Nat Quals, so we will use the doubling and pairing rules that will be used at Nat Quals. As such, we will not run finals. Rather, students who place in the equivalent of finals and semis after prelim rounds will receive ribbons.


Judges:  Here’s the bottom line:

  1. Anyone who enters an LDer must provide an LD judge. Anyone who enters PF must provide a PF judge.
  2. In addition to the official coach on site, schools must provide 1 judge for every 2 debate entries and 1 judge for every 5 event entries. Failure to provide a judge will result in a $50 fine/judge.
  1. We pay judges! If any of you have any extra judges available to bring, we need them! They will be paid $9.00 per round.
  2. Judges must be at least two years out of college and must be trained.


Rules: Please remind your students that the rules for NSDA are different.  That’s why we have a practice tournament.  The major differences are highlighted below:

  1. Extempers will be penalized for using a notecard.  Files will be checked.
  2. DI, HI, DUO will be penalized for using a script; POI must use a script. Interp cuttings must come from only one source.
  3. There is no poetry.  
  4. POI students must have a full, printed bibliography with them in each round and available for tournament officials.



The topic for the Public Forum Debate is Resolved: Increased United States federal regulation of cryptocurrency transactions and/or assets will produce more benefits than harms.


The topic for LD is Resolved: A just government ought to recognize an unconditional right of workers to strike.


Food: As always lunch is provided for the coaches and the judges. We will send more info about student food closer to the date.


Can’t wait to see you all!

Renee Motter, Colorado Grande NSDA Chair



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Renee Motter
Email address: renee.motter@asd20.org
Phone number: 7193103809

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Colorado Springs, CO 80917

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