Central Texas District Tournament

2020 — US

Central Texas District Qualifier

for the 2020 National Tournament
IE, Debate
Saint Mary's Hall
San Antonio, TX
Winston Churchill HS
San Antonio, TX
Fri 2/28 Fri 2/28 HOU SEN




Wednesday, FEBRUARY 12 @ 8:00 p.m.



Central Texas NSDA


 District Tournament


February 21-22, 2020



How to Register with Tabroom


PLEASE NOTE: We will once again being using the NSDA recommended pilot schedule for the district tournament in speech and debate this year. You can find specific information about this new pilot program here. Similarly, we will once again be disallowing internet in Extemp to maintain continuity with the National Tournament. 


Individual Events: By default, 25% of an event’s entry total (rounded up to the nearest whole number) and all entries whose rank totals are tied with an advancing entry will clear. 


Debate Events: By default, debate events will hold four preliminary rounds and break to a single elimination bracket with all 3-1 records or better advancing. 


Additionally, we are a level 3 district this year meaning every event will automatically qualify 3 slots to the National Tournament (with standard benchmarks applying to additional qualifying slots based on entry size). 


Saint Mary's Hall
9401 Starcrest Drive,

San Antonio, TX 78217

(210) 445-2425 (Colin Malinak cell)




Students must be officially registered as a member user with a valid, unique email address on the organization website. Students must have a minimum of 25 merit points, at least 10 of which were gained in interscholastic contests.


Be sure to read the most current version of the NSDA District Tournament Manual.  Some of the rules and procedures have changed, and you do not want your students disqualified because you (and they) didn’t know the rules.  NSDA Public Forum rules are different from TFA rules.  Please make sure you are abiding by NSDA rules.  


Public Forum will debate the FEBRUARY topic at the District Tournament.

Lincoln-Douglas will debate the JANUARY/FEBRUARY topic at the District Tournament. 


We CANNOT hold the tournament if students are late, or if paperwork is incomplete.  Please make sure all paperwork is complete and turned in on time, as the tournament MUST proceed on schedule.


We are allowing double entries at the tournament and because the NSDA rules require that the speaking order be unchanged, students will need to make it to their rounds on time. Students may not enter both divisions of extemporaneous speaking, nor may they enter both LD and PF debate.





Oratory manuscripts and interpretation materials must be available at all district tournament tournaments in the event of a protest. Materials are required to be uploaded to Tabroom by February 12, 2020. The script must identify quoted materials, state the number of quoted words, include a work cited page in APA or MLA format, and both the orator and the coach must attest by signature that the oration is the original work of the contestant.


INTERP REQUIREMENTS (Humorous, Dramatic, Duo, POI):
Please be sure to enter the title, author and ISBN number of your interpretation selections when you register.  This information is needed because NSDA rules require this information to be validated and certified and to avoid (as much as possible) sectioning the same selections in rounds.  You will need to bring the original scripts to the tournament as well as upload a photocopy of each page from the original script used in your cutting with each line of the cutting highlighted.  


Titles for oratories and informative speeches need to be entered into Tabroom.
 This can be either a .doc or .pdf file. An oratory or informative certification form can be downloaded from this website.  A works cited page is also required.  




Please bring as many students as you are eligible to bring!!   FILL ALL YOUR SLOTS!    Many of us do not bring our full contingent to the District and Congress Tournaments.   Remember, the District Tournament can only qualify a few students for Nationals, BUT it can provide excellent competitive experiences for ALL of our students.  Additionally, the number of students we enter at these two competitions definitely can help or hinder the health of the Central Texas NSDA District as a whole.