Arizona District National Qualifying Tournament
March 19, 20, & 21, 2020
at Horizon High School
Please make sure your checks and/or PO's are made out to:
Arizona District - National Speech and Debate Association.
If your school or district's accounting department requires it, please download the NEW W-9 and turn it in as soon as possible.
MY PLEA TO YOU: PLEASE READ EVERY WORD OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED HERE AND ON THE OTHER TABS AND CALL ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.
It is vitally important for everyone to understand that this tournament, above all others, is absolutely the most tedious to prepare and run for everyone involved. As coaches, YOU have so many details YOU must take care of if you want your students to be able to compete in this tournament. The committee cannot and will not allow a school to enter and compete if the requirements have not been met.
The Arizona NSDA District Committee is pleased to invite you to this year’s national qualifying tournament. We also want to take this time to thank the entire Horizon High School community for stepping up to host this year’s tournament. We look forward to your participation in one of the most exciting and the most important tournaments of the year, and we eagerly anticipate the selection of the finest slate of competitors to represent our state at the NSDA Nationals in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
PLEASE bring as many entries, in both Congress and the District Qualifier, that your team is allotted. We automatically qualify 3 entries in each event if we meet the minimum entries required. However, if we exceed 50 entries, who actually compete, in any event, we will qualify a 4th competitor in that event. This can be the most exciting of tournaments because we never know who will qualify. I have personally qualified freshman and novices in almost all of the events. Coaches, we have an obligation to keep the dream alive. Please never tell them, "It isn't worth going, because you won't qualify."
TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The District Tournament will be a three (3) day event and follow the new NSDA PILOT rules. In order to be completely transparent on how this tournament is run, please make sure you, your judges and most importantly, your students read this MANUAL linked here.
It is also vitally important for all coaches, judges, and competitors to be aware of the rules and regulations governing each event. You can find these in the UNIFIED MANUAL linked here.
Pay particular attention to the following:
DEBATE EVENT LAPTOP & INTERNET USE - page 27
DEBATE EVIDENCE RULES - page 29
CONGRESS LAPTOP & INTERNET USE - 36
CONGRESS EVIDENCE RULES - 38
POI RULES (specifically what source information must be included) - page 44
INTERP RULES (specifically Print and Digital Publication rules) - page 45
EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING LAPTOP & INTERNET USE - page 50
Your District Committee - We promise to work hard to provide you with the best tournament possible. We want to hear about your concerns and help you with your questions, so please do not hesitate to contact us.
Chair – Meg Howell-Haymaker
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 480.294.7455
Fax: 480.472.6983 (Put ATTN: Meg Howell on anything faxed.)
Mailing Address: 2700 E. Brown Road, Mesa, Arizona 85213
Committee –Kevin Berlat – email@example.com or cell: 480.330.3430
Richard Glover – firstname.lastname@example.org or cell: 480.270.4314
Tim Cornwell - email@example.com or cell: 480-216-3787
Nick Klemp - firstname.lastname@example.org or cell: 602-616-4555
John Wolnisty – email@example.com or cell 480.298.9509