The tournament registration for debate qualifiers is due in Joyoftournaments.com no later than March 16 at 7:00 P.M.
Intent Letters for students who competed at District Congress and are entered in debate will be due at registration.
Nominations for STUDENT, and PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR, Volunteer, and Coach…………….......................................................................................……….…March 22, 2019
Speech Qualifiers at Oak Grove High School………………………MARCH 29-30, 2019 (7:00 P.M.)
This year, the Magnolia District has added Big Questions debate to our qualifying tournament. The follow guidelines as taken from the NSDA Manual for this event are list below:
For additional information about debate rules and access to resources and judge training, visit the Big Questions website at www.NSDABigQuestions.org.
• The top-placing student at each district’s Big Questions division will qualify to the National Tournament.
• District chairs must elect to hold a Big Questions national qualifying event on the Tabroom District Dates form.
• Districts will not be eligible to receive a sub-grant for hosting a Big Questions event.
• Big Questions entries will not count toward a school’s district entry limits.
• The district Big Questions division may be held in conjunction with the district tournament or as a stand-alone event on a separate date as long as it occurs before May 1, 2019.
The district event must meet the following requirements:
• Minimum of 10 high school competitors.
• All students must compete as individuals.
• All competitors must be NSDA members.
• More than one school in attendance.
• The event must be organized through or with the permission of the district chair.
• The event will follow the tabulation method chosen by the District Committee for all other debate events. This includes the double down method or the pilot method.
• The top-placing student will not be eligible to compete at the National Tournament if they have qualified in a main event. Students may choose to attend the National Tournament in Big Questions instead of World Schools Debate.
• If the Big Questions district event is held before the district’s main National Qualifying tournament, the topplacing student’s name may be withdrawn and replaced with an alternate’s if the top-placing student qualifies in another event.
• Only entries composed of individual debaters may compete at Nationals.
• Each qualifier must provide a full-time judge for the entirety of the competition at the National Tournament.
Students who do not provide a full-time judge will not be permitted to enter.
***For this year, the district committee has not placed a cap on the number of entries each school is allowed to enter in BQ. However, the committee is in the process of setting the judge quota for this event and it will be posted to this website by February 25.
Magnolia District Qualifiers Judge Policy:
Former competitor's of the Mississippi Forensics League MAY NOT judge at any Magnolia District Qualifier until he/she has been out of high school for eighteen months. College students who did not compete in Mississippi Forensics may judge earlier than 18 months past high school graduation. However, this will be on a case by case basis and must be approved by the District Committee. High School students MAY NOT judge at any Magnolia District Qualifier.
COACHES SHOULD REVIEW THE UPDATED TOURNAMENT MANUAL FOR THE 2018-2019 SEASON ON THE NATIONAL SPEECH AND DEBATE WEBSITE.
THERE ARE NEW RULES FOR DISQUALIFICATION FOR STUDENTS FOUND COPYING NSDA FINAL ROUND VIDEOS IN THE INTERP PERFORMANCES.
STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD AND DISTRICT PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
Coaches wanting to nominate a senior member or his or her team or an administrator should go online at www.speechanddebate.org and fill out the form.
This form will be forwarded to the District Chair.The deadline for the nomination is March 22.When writing the application essay, your target audience is the national committee so that you will not have to rewrite if your student or administrator is chosen!
WORLD SCHOOLS TEAM SELECTION:
The Magnolia District will field two World Schools Debate Team. The following information was taken directly from the District Manual.
Teams are comprised of three to five members from each district opting to participate. After the entire district tournament series (speech, debate, congress) is complete, any student who competed at districts but did not qualify to Nationals would be eligible for participation on the World Schools District Team.
Each school participating in the district tournament series may nominate a student to participate in the World Schools Team. The following criteria will be used for determining the students selected.
Option A – Districts may invite alternates to be on the team. To provide an objective method of selecting the team members, districts would do the following: • Invite the highest point earners that are senior, 1st alternates to serve on the team. • If a student turns down the opportunity, go to the next name on the list of senior, 1st alternates by merit points. • If you get through all senior, 1st alternates, then go to senior, 2nd alternates by merit points. • Keep working through the senior alternates (3rd, 4th, 5th, etc.). If there are no seniors left, go to junior, 1st alternates by merit points, then sophomores, and then freshmen. Joy of Tournaments can produce this report for any district that uses the JOT software to tabulate the district tournament series.
• Give preference to applicants who are from schools that did not qualify to the National Tournament. • Give preference to applicants from schools with fewer than three entries.
Students do not have to be a non-qualifying entry from districts to be selected to compete for the district World Schools Debate team. Students who attend the district tournament and qualify in a main event for the 2019 National Tournament may forgo their qualification and participate in the 2019 USA World Schools Debate Invitational, if they are selected for the team by their district and have preferred it on the Single Letter of Intent prior to the District Tournament Series.