2018 Florida Oceanfront NSDA District Tournament
Dates: 3/9/2018 - 3/10/2018





March 9 Congress @ Palm Beach State College,

Palm Beach Gardens campus


March 9-10 Speech/Debate @ Wellington Landings MS


Please read EVERYTHING carefully!


Questions about entry or NSDA rules?

Contact: Paul L. Gaba


561-795-4911 or 561-352-0635


Questions about hotel, meals, and directions?

Contact: Christopher Cartagena, Wellington Landings MS




 An Overview


All NSDA chapters in the Florida Oceanfront District are cordially invited to participate in this year’s District Tournament, to be held on the campus of Palm Beach State College: Palm Beach Gardens campus on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 7am-3pm, and Wellington Landings Middle School the evening of  Friday, March 9 , 2018 and all day Saturday, March 10, 2018.


These tournaments determine all of our district’s congress, speech and debate event qualifiers to the Lincoln Financial Group/NSDA National Championship to be held June 17-22, 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.


NSDA District Tournament entry procedures and event rules are quite different from CFL and FFL tournaments; please expect to meet all of the requirements established by NSDA.  The NSDA staff in Ripon, Wisconsin will audit the entire tournament.  Our failure to follow NSDA procedures could result in the invalidation of our results, so it is imperative that you meet all deadlines and follow all NSDA rules.  The District Committee must follow and enforce NSDA policies!


The District Tournament Philosophy


In all events, students are guaranteed two preliminary rounds. All participation after round two is on the basis of surviving elimination. In speech events, any student who finishes in the bottom half of his/her section twice is eliminated.  In debate events, any student who loses two rounds is eliminated. (This is known as the Up/Down Method.) Because of the use of double elimination, it is impossible to know how many rounds will be held or establish a schedule for this tournament. Some events will finish earlier than others. A final round in each event will be held as soon as 7 or fewer contestants remain in a speech event or 4 or fewer contestants remain in a debate event. The awards assembly will take place after all events have held a final round.


Get All of the Facts!


While this website will highlight major rules and procedures, each member school has an affirmative responsibility to review the rules that are published by NSDA.  Specifically, all coaches should go to the NSDA website and review the NSDA Unified High School Manual.


Coaches should copy the event-specific rules and judging guidelines for their students and judges so that everyone will know what to expect. Coaches have an affirmative duty to verify that their students’ interpretation pieces and oratories conform to NSDA publication guidelines. Coaches should also confirm that their debaters’ case citations conform to NSDA citation guidelines. All of this information is available in the publication mentioned above.


We look forward to working with you!


Your Florida Oceanfront NSDA District Committee:

Paul L. Gaba, Angela Anyzeski, David Childree, Richard LoSardo, and Traci Lowe

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