The Arkansas NSDA Committee is proud to invite you to the
2018 Arkansas District Tournament
to be held February 23-25 at Searcy High School in Searcy, Arkansas
School Eligibility and Entry Limits
The number of entries a school is permitted to enter is based upon the number of active members and degrees on record with the national office as of 4 p.m. (CST) a minimum of seven days (168 hours) prior to the district contest beginning. Current school strength can be found on the school profile page of the NFL points website. Each school may enter up to four entries in each event. Congress uses a separate formula for entry limits.
The completed tournament entry must be submitted seven days prior to the beginning of the tournament, including downloading and printing the official form and obtaining necessary signatures. Entries after this date may incur a late fee. Entry to the tournament is prohibited within 48 hours of the start of the contest. Only cancellations or substitutions within the same event will be permitted within this time period.
We are a LEVEL TWO qualifier this year! This means we may take 2 Qualifiers in each event as long as our 4 entry-minimum is met!
Student Eligibility and Requirements
In order to be eligible to participate in the district tournament, students must be members of the NFL (merit degree; 25 points) seven days prior to the official start time of the contest. All necessary points and fees must be submitted to the national office by this deadline. A student may not have attended a secondary school more than nine semesters and must meet the age/eligibility requirements of his or her state activities association.
While double entry will be allowed at the district tournament, triple entry is strictly prohibited. No student may double enter at the national tournament; therefore, a Single Entry Letter of Intent must be filed with the district chair indicating which event the student will attend the National Tournament in, should they qualify. This letter must be on file before the student competes in the second event. Students that double enter within the speech and debate district tournament are still eligible to compete in the district congressional debate contest.
Students may only enter one partnership debate event (Policy Debate or Public Forum). Students may enter in one partnership debate event as partners and in Duo Interpretation as the same partnership. A student may not enter a partnership debate event and a Duo Interpretation with different partners. If a student qualifies in a partnership event (Public Forum Debate, Policy Debate, or Duo Interpretation) and an individual event, the student must attend the national tournament in the partnership event. If two students qualify for the national tournament in a partnership event and both individuals also qualify for the national tournament in their respective individual events, the students may choose to enter the national tournament in their individual events if indicated on their Single Entry Letter of Intent. If two students enter the district tournament in a partnership debate event and in Duo Interpretation, the students must choose one of the team events and both indicate the same preference on their respective Single Entry Letter of Intent prior to the beginning of the tournament in which the partnership would double qualify.
Students may NOT double enter any debate event with the exception of World Schools. Debate may double enter with Congress, but no competitor may double enter World Schools and Congress.
In interpretive events (DI, HI, Duo), the same selection of literature entered at on‐site registration should be used for the duration of the tournament. Each orator's script must be sent to the District Chair at least two weeks prior to the district tournament. The script must identify quoted materials, state the number of quoted words, include a work cited page in A.P.A. or M.L.A. format, and both the orator and the coach must attest by signature that the oration is the original work of the contestant.
Complete rules on entry are avaliable here and full event rules are avaliable here.