2017 Heart of Texas NSDA
Dates: 2/24/2017 - 2/25/2017
NSDA Heart of Texas District Tournament
Invitation and Information
Dear Colleague:
You and your squad are cordially invited to attend the National Speech and Debate Association Heart of Texas District Tournament and Congress Meet on February 24-25, 2017, at Westlake High School on Friday, February 24th and Bowie High School on Saturday, February 25th. 
This tournament allows students to qualify for the NSDA National Tournament to be held June 18-23 in Birmingham, Alabama. If you would like to participate and have not yet joined NSDA as an affiliate, I urge you to do so immediately. You will find the necessary forms online at: https://www.speechanddebate.org/join/. Your school must become a member of our district, and you must enter your students points at least seven business days prior to the district tournament. For current members of our HOT District, please fill out the following forms and email them to Joseph Uhler (juhler@eanesisd.net) when you have completed them: https://www.speechanddebate.org/wp-content/uploads/District-School-Entry-Forms.pdf
If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of the NSDA Heart of Texas District Committee members listed below. We hope to see you in February.
Joe Uhler (District Chair)             Debbie Johnson                                 Ruishi Wang
Westlake HS                                Round Rock HS                                Westwood HS
4100 Westbank Drive                   201 Deep Wood Drive                       12400 Mellow Meadow
Austin, Texas 78746                     Round Rock, Texas 78681                 Austin, TX  78750
512-732-9280                              512-464-6000                                   512-464-4000
Marco Bazan                           Elizabeth Waldrop
James Bowie HS                     Pflugerville HS
4103 Slaughter Ln.                  1301 Pecan St.
Austin, TX  78749                   Pflugerville, TX  78660
                      512-414-5247                         512-594-0500
Tournament Dates and Locations:
Friday, Feb 24th          Congress Portion of District Tournament (morning/afternoon)
            Extemps/CX/LD/PF (Rounds 1 and 2)            
Westlake High School
4100 Westbank Drive
Austin, Texas 78746       

Saturday, Feb 25th           Remaining Events and Rounds of District Tournament
Bowie High School
4103 W. Slaughter Lane
Austin, Texas 78749
Tues., Feb 14th           Final entry is due on Joy of Tournaments
Mon., Feb 20th          Official entry forms with signatures must be scanned and emailed to 
Wed., Feb 22nd           Drop deadline (4:30 p.m.)  

Entering NSDA Points and District Participants:
If you have not submitted all NSDA points for your students, please do so at your earliest convenience in order to finalize your members and degrees on record for entry slots. Please fill all of your available slots so as to give the greatest number of students from our district the opportunity to qualify for NSDA Nationals. NOTE: Your members and degrees that are on record with NSDA 7 days prior to the district and congress tournaments will officially determine the number of available slots. All students participating in our district tournament must be registered on this Joy of Tournaments 2017 NSDA Heart of Texas District Tournament page.
A student may enter two events at the NSDA HOT district tournament and may enter congress. However, a student may not enter two debate events, or both extemps. If a student chooses to enter more than one event at district and/or congress, a ‘Single Entry Letter of Intent’ must be completed indicating the event in which the student would prefer to participate should the student qualify for NSDA Nationals in multiple events. Keep in mind, a student is allowed to enter only one main event or congress at the NSDA National Tournament.
POI and INF are now main events this year and count toward overall qualification or entry numbers.  
Entry slots for our NSDA district tournament are calculated by event. Each individual event counts as one slot and each team event counts as only one slot. A double entered student counts as two slots.
The formula for calculating the number of entry slots for our district tournament is as follows:
Members         Number           Members         Number           Members         Numbers
& Degrees      of Entries         & Degrees       of Entries         & Degrees      of Entries
1-15                 4                      71-80               21                    181-200           34
16-20               6                      81-90               23                    201-230           35
21-30               10                      91-100           24                    231-260           37                   
31-40               12                    101-120           27                    261-300           38       
41-50               15                    121-140           29                    301-350           39       
51-60               16                    141-160           32                    351-400           40
61-70               18                    161-180           33                    401-500           42
                                                                                                                            501-600           43
                                                                                                  601+          44
In addition to the slots listed above, if a school has two entries in every NSDA event, who actually compete at the district tournament, that school may enter two bonus entries into the tournament, but not more than four in each event. There is an additional form to fill out on the NSDA website for bonus entries.

Please find the number of slots allowed for your school at https://www.speechanddebate.org/rankings/.
The formula for calculating qualifying numbers to NSDA Nationals is as follows (based on numbers actually participating in first round):

Entries Required per Qualifier

National Qualifying Level 1 Qualifier 2 Qualifiers 3 Qualifiers 4 Qualifiers
Level 1 At least 4 entries 16 team entries


20 solo entries

32 team entries


46 solo entries

56 team entries


66 solo entries

Level 2   At least 4 entries 30 team entries


38 solo entries

50 team entries


58 solo entries

Level 3   At least 4 entries 10 team entries


12 solo entries

50 team entries


58 solo entries

An explanation of requirements to achieve a particular level is explained on the NSDA
Tournament Administration:
We will be using NSDA evidence rules. Coaches and competitors are expected to familiarize themselves with these rules.
We will utilize the up/down system of 'two downs and you’re out.'  We will post 'up and away' lists (students advancing to the next round) starting after round two of each event. We are required to use panels of judges in all IE events beginning with round three and debate events when eight competitors remain. It is crucial that you submit your numbers by February 14th so that the district committee may plan appropriately for judging needs. The sooner you get your entries in, the better!
The NSDA requires two individuals to audit each event round by round. Thus, we will utilize coaches to run events, so at least one coach from each participating school must be available for duty in the tab room. Tab room and other tournament administration assignments will be determined by the district committee and sent out prior to the tournament. Please understand that the tab room is CLOSED during this tournament. Students may not see their ballots until the entire school's entries have been eliminated from the tournament. Schools caught violating this rule risk disqualification from the tournament.
We will be using the February topic for PF, the Jan/Feb LD topic, and the 2016-2017 CX topic.

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