Dates: Friday February 15 and Saturday February 16, 2019 at Howland High School, 200 Shaffer Drive NE, Warren, OH.
Times: On Friday Feb. 15, registration and check-in will start at 11A.M. and close at NOON with rounds to begin at as soon as possible. Any registration not turned in by noon will result in the dropping of your team. We will compete as late as necessary on Fri. night. Everything is flighted. The NSDA rule states that we may begin our last rounds at 9:30 p.m. (9:45 for Extemp)
On Saturday Feb. 16, return check-in will be at 8:00 am with rounds to resume at 9:00 am and will continue until we have our National Qualifiers!!
Registration Deadline: February 11th at NOON
Entry Fees: Registration fees will be $6.00 per entry. Make checks payable to Northern Ohio NSDA. Please try to have PO or check day off. Any judge fees must be included in this.
Student Details: Each contestant must be a member of the NFL (25 points on record at the National Office) and registered on the league website. This status is determined one week prior to the start of the tournament - Friday February 8. (Please don't have a student not able to compete because this was not done). .
Additionally:Rules require that all NSDA membership fees or other NSDA invoices must have been paid. Any outstanding NSDA fees must be paid to the District Chair at the start of the tournament in order for a school or student to participate.
Team Entry Limits: Each school may enter not more than four (4) Public Forum Teams and four (4) Duo Interp teams of two members each. Each Public Forum or Duo Interp team counts as one (1) entry in your quota. Each school may not enter more than four (4) contestants in each of the following categories: US Extemp, International Extemp, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Original Oratory, Humorous Interp and Dramatic Interp, Program Oral Interp, and Informative.
The total number of contestants each school may enter is based upon the total number of active members and degrees on record at the National Office one week prior to the start of the tournament - Friday February 8, 2019.
To check your team’s strength, go to your team profile page in the NSDA points application. Check in the district info. tab to see how many speech/debate entries you can bring. (see page 60 in the NSDA Unified Manual for how many entries you are allowed)
Double Entry: We will be allowing RESTRICTED Double Entry at this year's District Tournament, but there is NO double qualification at Nationals. Any student who is double-entered at the District Tournament MUST fill out the Single Entry Letter of Intent Form, which specifies which event the student will attend at Nationals in the event of double qualification.
This form must be submitted at the time of registration.
****THERE IS NO DOUBLE ENTRY BETWEEN EXTEMPS AND AN EXTEMPER MAY NOT DOUBLE ENTER. SAME FOR DEBATE. DEBATERS MAY NOT DOUBLE ENTER IN ANY OTHER 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 DOUBLE-ENTERED: FILL OUT THE SINGLE ENTRY LETTER OF INTENT. Please make sure to have all signatures and turn-in at registration.
Pay Attention: A STUDENT ENTERED IN TWO EVENTS MAY NOT USE THE SAME PIECE IN BOTH EVENTS
Auto Qualification: I don’t think this is the case, but if we have any students who have auto-qualified from last year’s national tournament, let me know immediately.
Judge Requirements: We will use three (3) judges in all rounds of competition in all events. However, if we do not have enough judges to begin the tournament, we will use one (1) judge for the first two rounds of Debate events.
Each school must bring judges as follows:
In Debate Events, bring one (1) judge for every entry.
In IE Events, bring one (1) judge for every three (3) entries, plus one (1) additional judge.
We also ask that you bring as many judges as possible AND that you bring different judges each day. I know that it is difficult on Fridayafternoon. PLEASE get some judges at the tournament or we will not be able to run anything. Any school missing judges at 8:00 P.M. Monday Feb. 11th will be charged $15 per missing judge---this must be paid by check or included on a PO presented at registration the day of the tournament to be eligible to compete. I will notify you about any fines Monday after 8.
*Judges*Any Speech judge who is in their 1st year out may not judge the event he/she competed in last year. No family member should judge the event in which they have a relative competeing in. These rules do not apply for debate.
Judge Registration: Once registration is opened on JOT, I will be sending out a google spreadsheet to register your judges. Judges must be in by Monday February 11, 2019.--8 P.M, using the google doc that she or I will email to you. At that time fines will be assessed if judges are not registered by this time. Inform judges to begin checking in at 11:30 A.M. on Friday Feb. 15th.
Legality of Scripts: Since we haven’t had any problems with the legality of scripts this season, we are expecting no problems at this tournament. However, it is the coach’s responsibility to make sure that all speeches are legal and that coaches “have a script ready upon request should a speech be challenged.”
WE WILL NOT COLLECT SCRIPTS; HOWEVER, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE IN CASE OF A PROTEST!!
**COACHES WILL SIGN OFF ACKNOWLEDGING THEY UNDERSTAND ALL RULES IN REGARDS TO SCRIPTS AT REGISTRATION**
IN THE EVENT OF A PROTEST COACHES MUST PROVIDE ORIGINAL SCRIPT IN A TIMELY MANNER (5-10 MINUTES) AND BE ABLE TO SHOW THE CONTENT BEING PROTESTED.
SCRIPT INFORMATION AND ALL PUBLISHER INFORMATIONMUST BE ENTERED IN JOY OF TOURNAMENTS WHEN OPENED. ALL INFORMATION MUST BE ENTERED OR NSDA WILL CONSIDER YOUR REGISTRATION INCOMPLETE.
Please read all the information in the manual about the legality of scripts. The new unified manual provides all the information needed about legality of scripts. AGAIN, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION IN CASE OF A PROTEST!!!!
Debate: Please make sure your debaters understand the Debate Evidence Rules beginning on page 24 and the Guidelines for Laptop Use on pages 25 and on. We don’t want any issues.
Extemp: Please review the materials allowed in the prep room, the use of electronic devices and the Guidelines for Laptop Use on pages 48. Cell phones are prohibited. Power plugs or outlets may not be used and the internet may not be accessed. Files will be checked by members of the District Committee.
Auditing Committee: (pg. 74) “At the completion of each round, the District Committee will produce an audit sheet. That sheet will be compared to the ballots for each round to determine that the ballots have been accurately tabulated. If mistakes have been made, the results will be evaluated and corrected. Once events are tabulated, the District Committee must audit or check the results of rounds in two ways:
1. The audit will be conducted by an Audit Committee appointed by the District Committee.” (Northern Ohio: We will call this the District Audit Committee)
“2. Ballots and the audit sheet will be made public so that head coaches or their designees may take responsibility for the audit.”
(Northern Ohio: We will call this the Coach Audit Committee)
Each team’s head coach or other designee may look at results after each round. We will do the same thing we have done at Youngstown Districts. The Coach Audit Committee will have to remain in the front part of the tab room all day, both days, and will not be allowed to leave the room without a partner. (This does not allow you to be short on judges) Please let me know who your designated committee member will be if you chose to have one.
Awards: Our Leading Chapter Award this year will go to Ursuline Congratulations!!!
“Each Chapter may nominate one graduating senior as District Student of the Year, using the concise, two-page application. The nominee must: be an Association member in their senior year of high school; demonstrate strong academic standards; actively engage their community through service and action; exhibit dedication to forensics and commitment to values of the Association.
Each District Student of the Year is eligible for consideration as National Student of the Year, determined through a review process coordinated by the national office.”
If you have read and understand all this material, congratulations, you are very wise indeed!
If you have any questions, please text or email. If the question isn’t an emergency, you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 330-647-0353 You can also contact any member of the district committee via email.