You and your students are invited to enter the National Speech and Debate Association’s District Debate Tournament for Hoosier Heartland to be held at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268
The tournament will begin on Friday evening and continue on Saturday until we have our district’s representatives for the National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale in June.
Participation is open to schools who have registered with the NSDA and students who are members in good standing with the association.
Each team may enter up to four entries in each of the three categories, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Policy Debate, and Public Forum. Schools have a designated allocation of entries for district tournaments, so coaches should be mindful of how they wish to spend entries. A coach can check the district slots to use at the debate and speech tournaments at the NSDA site under “membership reports.”
Registration: Registration will open on Friday, January 5th. Please submit your entries by Friday, January 12. To register, go to www.joyoftournaments and follow the site directions. (Remember, students must be activated –a star will appear next to their names on your NSDA team roster—and fees must be paid with NSDA.) Finally, there is a link after you have made your entries called "NFL DISTRICT REGISTRATION FORM." This form will allow you print out a GREEN SHEET with students’ names. This sheet must be filled out and SIGNED when you come to registration on Friday.
Fees: Teams must pay an entry fee of $5 per entry. Checks for fees should be made payable to Hoosier Heartland District.
Judges: Teams are to bring 1 judge for each PF or Policy team and 1 judge for every 2 LDers. 3 LDers = 2 required judges. There is a $25 charge for uncovered judges.
Schedule: On-site registration will run from 4-5 p.m. on Friday, January 20. We plan to have a brief judge and competitor meeting at 5:15 and begin round one at 5:30. On Saturday teams should return and check in by 8:00 a.m. We hope to begin rounds at 8:30 that morning.
LD Resolved: Plea bargaining ought to be abolished in the United States criminal justice system.
PF Resolved: Spain should grant Catalonia its independence.
POLICY Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.
Other ideas and information:
Please bring single entry letters of intent for students you know will double enter in the district tournament series.
Don’t forget nominations for NSDA District Student of the year. The district committee will not make this selection and announcement until the district speech meet, but I will accept nominations via email (email@example.com) beginning now. I will also have a form available at the district meet.
Please bring any perpetual plaques your students won in 2017. I will store them until the next event.
Come and join us to qualify our students to the National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale this June!
Hope to see you,
Anna, Aaron, Eddie, Evan, and Fred