South Oregon District Tournament CANCELLED

2020 —

South Oregon District Qualifier

for the 2020 National Tournament
Congress & BQ
North Valley High School
Grants Pass, OR
Sat 2/29 Sat 2/29 BQ HOU SEN
Speech & Debate
Thu 4/30 Thu 4/30


Dear South Oregon Coaches:


First, thank you so much for your patience and understanding in this unprecedented situation. On Monday, March 16, the NSDA sent out an email which detailed their expectations for qualification to the National Tournament if it takes place. Due to NSDA and OSAA restrictions, we will not be allowed to hold an in person or online tournament. In lieu of a tournament, the selection committee will be appointing students to national spots based off of data points provided by the NSDA. You will find South Oregon’s NSDA approved process, rationale, and timeline below. 


  1. Eligibility:  Students must be members of the NSDA. All students applying must have been registered for the event(s) as of 3/12. 


  1. Application Process: Students or coaches must fill out the appropriate Google Forms. Please make sure to read each question and fill out as completely as possible. For PF, DUO, and CX, only one application per partnership should be filled out. After the deadline, the committee will finalize the rankings based on points earned in each of the categories identified in the selection process. Please indicate on the form where you would like the award to be mailed.


  1. Selection Process: The NSDA has released a set of criteria for the selection process. The committee has come up with a formula much like sweepstakes based off of those suggestions. Students will be ranked based off of the point values earned in their applications.

  1. NSDA Rankings (Partner events ranked on a combination of partner NSDA points)- 42%

  2. Tournament Placings/Win-Loss Records- 32%

  3. 2019 State Placings- 9%

  4. Auto Qual for State (Partner events must have auto quals with same partner)- 5%

  5. Prior Qualification to Nationals in Event- 5%

  6. School Size- 5%

  7. Grade Level- 2%

NOTE: All Congress/BQ/World Schools results still stand. All Single Letters of Entry as of 3/12 still apply. If you did not put in your single entries, please contact me before applying. Be sure to fill out ALL forms necessary based off of entries.


  1. Rationale: The committee wanted to create a system that is both equitable and objective. We feel that this system will best represent our strongest speakers from South Oregon while still factoring in equity. 


  1. Timeline: All forms must be turned in by April 10th at 11:59 pm.


See below for links to each event. Please let us know if you have any questions.



Kayla Crook, District Chair

Caroline Campbell, Committee Member

Brandon Johnson, Committee Member

Mat Marr, Committee Member

Kristin Sullivan, Committee Member


Links to Applications:


Public Forum

Policy Debate

Lincoln Douglas


Duo Interpretation

Humorous Interpretation

Dramatic Interpretation

Program Oral Interpretation


Informative Speaking

Foreign Extemporaneous 

Domestic Extemporaneous







It's time once again to test ourselves and decide who is off to Albuquerque! Please read over this page as well as the pages for each of the Tournament Series events, and email or call me with questions. We really want to field our strongest team possible.

As always, I would encourage you to fill your slots.

This not only helps us qualify others, but also gives younger competitors a glimpse into the qualification process at a time when they are not under the same pressure to perform as they might be in subsequent years. With the addition of events (notably Big Question and World Schools), more kids are going to Nationals than ever before. This is not only exciting, but it also makes it a little easier for some of our less experienced competitors to move up into vacated slots.


CONGRESS and BIG QUESTION: Saturday, February 29, 2019, North Valley High School

8:45 Oath of Office and chambering

9:00 – 12:00 Congress Session 1 (multiple House chambers of 18 or fewer)

9:00-10:00 BQ Round 1

10:00: WSD coach discussion in room C-4

10:00-11:00 BQ Round 2

11:00-12:00 BQ Round 3

12:00 – 1:15 Lunch

1:30 – 4:30 Congress Session 2

1:30-2:30 BQ Round 4

2:30-3:30 BQ Round 5

3:30-4:30 BQ Round 6

4:30-5:30 BQ Round 7 (if needed)

5:30  Awards (WSD team will be announced at the Speech and Debate Qualifier)


SPEECH & DEBATE: Friday, March 13th, Central Oregon Community College

9:30-10:00 Registration

10:00-11:30 Round 1: Debate

11:30-1:00 Round 2: Debate

1:00-2:30 Round 1: All Speech Events

2:30-4:00 Round 2: All Speech Events

4:00-5:30 Round 3: Debate

5:30-7:00 Round 3: Partial Speech Round

7:00-8:30 Round 3: Partial Speech Round

SPEECH & DEBATE: Saturday, March 14th, Central Oregon Community College 

8:30 – 10:00 Round 4: Debate

10:00 – 11:30 Round 4: All Speech Events

11:30 – 1:00 Round 5: Debate

1:00 – 2:30 Round 5: All Speech Events

2:30 – 4:00 Round 6: Debate

4:00 – 5:30 Round 6: Speech and Round 7: Debate as needed

6:00 Speech and Debate Awards

Participant Requirements

Both schools and competitors must be members 7 days prior to the tournament date. The number of entries allowed is based on the formula as of that date, which you can find by clicking on the District Info tab in your NSDA Account. Big Question (BQ) and World Schools have unlimited entries. Note that all competitors in BQ qualifier must also be NSDA members.

Student of the Year

Each school attending the NSDA tournaments may nominate one senior for the honor of South Oregon District Student of the Year. Please complete the form available on the NSDA website and bring it with you. All submissions are due at registration to the Speech and Debate portion of the series.

High School Coach of the Year

Each school attending the NSDA tournaments may nominate one coach for the honor of South Oregon District Student of the Year. Please complete the form and letter of recommendation. All submissions are due at registration.

The only school forms you need to bring to the tournaments this year are Single Entry Letters of Intent and School Consent forms, both printable from


$40 school fee (owed only once for the tournament series)

$15.00 per speech or debate event

$10.00 per congress entry

$5 per Big Question debate

Judging fees:  $15 per uncovered speech, debate (inlcuding BQ and Worlds) entry 

Please make checks payable to: 

South Oregon NSDA

c/o Kayla Crook

10th and Ingersoll

Coos Bay, OR 97459


If you owe fees to NSDA National, please be sure you bring a separate check or proof of payment to the meet.



Please bring qualified judges with you, as we would like to finish on time. This can only be done with a large pool willing to judge all events.

  • Congress, Speech and Debate Expectations: 1-6 entries: 1 judge, 7-12 entries: 2 judges, 13+ entries: 3 judges (congress judges may wind up judging BQ if they are affiliated with a team).

  • BQ Expectations are 1 judge per 2 entries.

  • Coaches are expected to judge. Please make yourself available for all rounds your students advance to, plus 1 round after. For both judging and official reasons, please check with the tournament director if you need to leave for any reason.

If you bring judges beyond your obligation, they can be paid on a per round basis.


Electronic Ballots

All rounds will use electronic ballots on this year. Every judge should bring an internet capable device (phone, tablet, laptop, etc). We will not have computers available to judges. All judges will need to set up accounts on to receive and return ballots. There will be several people on-hand to help train judges new to the system.


Committee Members:

Kayla Crook, Marshfield High School, Chair

Caroline Campbell, South Medford High School

Mat Marr, Ashland High School

Brandon Johnson, South Albany High School

Kristen Sullivan, Crater High School


Kayla’s Contact Information:

Marshfield High School

10th and Ingersoll

Coos Bay, OR 97420


National Speech & Debate Association Harassment and Discrimination Policy

The National Speech & Debate Association is committed to providing its participants, judges, coaches, and staff the opportunity to pursue excellence in their endeavors. This opportunity can exist only when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of mutual respect. The NSDA prohibits all forms of harassment and discrimination. Accordingly, all forms of harassment and discrimination, whether written or oral, based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by any applicable federal, state, or local law are prohibited, whether committed by participants, judges, coaches, or observers. Individuals who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to the full range of sanctions, up to and including removal from the tournament premises.