2019 Western Ohio NSDA Congress Tournament
Dates: 3/16/2019

Files for Download

2019 NSDA Western Ohio Docket (Additional Legislation.  MUST DEBATE LAST)


2019 NSDA Western Ohio Docket


2018-2019 NSDA Unified High School Manual

NSDA Congressional Debate Guide

Bill Template

Resolution Template

Amendment Template

NSDA Letter-of-Intent Form - For students who have already qualified in another event.


Western Ohio NSDA
District Congressional Debate Tournament
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Contact Information:
Bill Prater
(419) 392-7948
Matt Deters
(937) 545-2560
On behalf of the Western Ohio NSDA District Committee, it is my pleasure to cordially invite you to the
2019 Western Ohio NSDA Congressional Debate District tournament! This year's tournament will take
place on Saturday, March 16. For this event, we wlll be returning to the Ohio Statehouse so please take
note of the change.
Any Western Ohio NSDA team may send speakers to the District Congressional Debate Tournament, as
long as those students are registered members of the NSDA. Registration for the tournament is free. The
total number each team is permitted to register is based on your team's overall degrees and membership
strength. The chart for this can be found on page 60 of the NSDA High School Unified Manual.
You may make changes to your registration on Joy of Tournaments until the end of the day on Friday, March 9.
After this point, you will only be able to drop students and no chamber group changes will be permitted. ​In addition
to completing the online registration information, teams must complete the NSDA's “District Congress
Entry Form (The Green Sheet)â€. Complete the form and bring it to the competition. I must have this form
in hand prior to the start of competition.
Finally, all students qualified to the National Tournament in another event must sign the NSDA's letter of intent
form. This can be found by clicking on the following link:
All legislation must be submitted by Wednesday, February 20, 2019. ​Per NSDA rules, schools may submit
legislation after this deadline, but a chamber may not consider that legislation until all other legislation has been
heard. Legislation should be submitted via email at bprater@fcs.org. Please DO NOT simply share a Google Doc
without emailing it.
Legislation may be accepted, rejected, or sent back for minor formatting and content revisions. All selected
legislation will be posted on the Joy of Tournaments website at least 14 days prior to the District Tournament. Those
who qualify to the NSDA National Finals in Birmingham will have the opportunity to make the final selection of
what legislation is submitted for the NSDA National Docket.
Please make sure your legislation follows the appropriate format.
Chamber Numbers and Qualifiers
Speakers will qualify to the NSDA National Tournament based on the number of chambers at the District
Tournament. A senate chamber will qualify two speakers, and each house chamber will now also qualify 2 speakers,
up to 3 chambers. The more chambers we fill, the more speakers we can send. Please send as many speakers as you
When you complete your School Entry Form, you will specify which students you would like to group together for
chambers. Chamber selection will be conducted according to NSDA rules. However, in order to comply with NSDA
requirements, individual students may be moved to account for drops and balance the numbers in each chamber.
Rules and Procedures
Please be sure to familiarize the rules of Congressional Debate prior to the District competition. In
particular, please note that for the 2019 tournament the following items will remain in effect:
1. We will be using Direct Questioning, as it has been common practice at tournaments all year.
2. The rules for proper use, citation, and documentation of evidence will apply (though I would encourage
students to be extremely juidicous on whether or not to make an evidence-based challenge).
3. There is no internet usage allowed in chambers or during sessions. While this is not a change, it is
always good to remember.
All additional rules are clearly outlined in the Unified Manual. If you have any questions, please contact
Jason or Matt as soon as possible.
Judges and Tabulation
We are looking for independent judges to score the speakers. Judges' preference will determine who qualifies from
each chamber.
Tournament Schedule
8:00 - 8:20 Registration
8:30 - 8:45 Opening Assembly & Judge Meeting
8:50 - 9:00 P.O. Elections & Committees
9:00 - 10:25 Session 1A
10:35 - 12:00 Session 1B
12:00 - 12:05 Orders of the Session
12:05 - 12:50 Lunch
12:50 - 1:00 P.O. Elections & Committees
1:00 - 2:25 Session 2A
2:35 - 4:00 Session 2B
4:00 - 4:10 Orders of the Day/Selection of Best P.O.
4:30 Awards/Dismissal
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bill Prater at (419) 392-7948 or Matt Deters at (937) 545-2560.
We look forward to seeing you all at Districts!

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