Calif. Coast District Tournament
Calif. Coast District Qualifier
for the 2020 National Tournament
Speech & Debate
Bellarmine College Preparatory
San Jose, CA
Santa Clara, CA
Dear California Coast National Speech and Debate District Chapters and Affiliates:
You are cordially invited to attend this year’s qualifying tournaments for the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament. The qualifying tournament for all NSDA speech and debate events will be held March 21st and 22nd at Bellarmine College Preparatory, 960 W. Hedding St., San Jose.
You can also register on this website for the Student Congress Qualifier at SCU, which will be held March 28th.
Please note the schedule changes. This is a different schedule from last year.
***Any new students who wish to attend the qualifier must a.) be members of the Association with 25 NSDA points and b.) sign up on the National Website. If they do not have accounts, they may not compete nor will their memberships and degrees count toward the schools allowed entry number.
All participants must park on the street adjacent to Bellarmine property or in parking lots on campus. If you park in the neighborhoods, or even across the street from Bellarmine, you will be ticketed. There is also parking around the soccer field and on the south side of campus near the baseball field.
In order to enter the tournament, please keep the following in mind:
1. Only students who are members of the NSDA AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS PRIOR to the tournament are eligible to enter. It is critical, then, that all points must be on record at the National Office by Friday, March 13th.
2. You need to enter your students on Tabroom for the national qualifier . As we are a pilot district for NSDA, please let me know if there are any problems if you encounter them (and as SOON as you encounter them)
3. Each student double-entering also needs to complete a “Single Entry Letter of Intent.”Students may double enter in any two events, EXCEPT they may NOT enter both extemps nor both team debate events. If a student is entered in both an individual event and a team event, they MUST attend Nationals in the team event. These are due at the beginning of the tournament, printed out and properly signed.
4. If you have two entries in each and every event, and would like to take advantage of your resulting bonus entries tabroom should automatically recognize this.
5. Also,interpers must have an original copy of the text (book, published manuscript etc) not the cut version at the tournament.
6. All fees owed to the NSDA MUST be paid before you are allowed to compete in the tournament. They will not let you compete if the check is in transit to Ripon. Therefore, please bring any fees owed to the national office directly to me after March 8th or include with your registration materials.
7. One more critical item. The Diocese of San Jose and the administration of Bellarmine require that the names of all adults on campus for ANY activity must be run through the Megan’s List website. The documentation specifically mentioned speech and debate judges (but will also include coaches), even though there is limited to no contact with students. This could lead to some very uncomfortable conversations, so be very upfront with your parents and judges (well ahead of time,) and let them know that this will occur (so that the judge they select has no problem.) We will require First and Last legal names and zip codes to run them through the program. This is a legal thing at this point.
FIRST, LAST NAMES OF JUDGE AND HIS/HER ZIP CODE OF RESIDENCE IS DUE WITH ENTRY, BY FRIDAY MARCH 13th. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO COMPLETE ENTRY WITHOUT THIS INFORMATION. LAST MINUTE SUBSTITUTIONS WILL REQUIRE THE SAME SCAN AND YOU CAN SEE HOW THIS WILL DESTROY THE TIMING OF THE TOURNAMENT. WE ABSOLUTELY NEED TO HAVE ALL NAMES AND ZIP CODES THE FRIDAY PRIOR TO THE TOURNAMENT. THIS IS THE ONLY INFORMATION THAT SHOULD BE TURNED IN DIRECTLY TO AARON LANGERMAN AT BELLLARMINE AND NOT TO THE DISTRICT CHAIR.
8. The NSDA requires ALL forms be turned in no later than seven days before the tournament. Accordingly, the entry deadline for this tournament is Friday, March 13 at 10pm. All printed out forms/letters of intent/fees owed to the national office need to be completed by this date. You will not need to pay your tournament fees until registration at Bellarmine on the day of the tournament.
9. Please note that these checks are payable to California Coast District NSDA; We cannot cash a check payable to Coast Forensic League.
These are requirements imposed by the National Office. We cannot make exceptions. If you do not have all the required forms, and have not paid all the required fees, you will not be allowed to compete.
Speaking of fees, we are excited to announce that we have managed to keep our entry fees the same as last year. That means entry fees are again $25/student. That means Duo, Public Forum, and Policy teams cost $50. Due to a small surplus, we are not charging district dues this year. Please make purchase orders and checks payable to California Coast District, not to Coast Forensic League. Entry fees must be paid prior to the beginning of the qualifier. If a check has not been cut, I will take a cashier's check or personal coach's check, but students won't be allowed to compete if all fees are not paid.
10. Judges: Because of exceptionally large judging requirements for this tournament, you are required to provide one judge PER STUDENT. That means you will need to provide two judges for one debate team or one duo.
Please note that, under NSDA rules, first year "outs" (out of high school,) may not judge at the tournament.
11. Debate teams and duos count as one entry. If you have two entries in every event, you may claim an additional two bonus entries, though you still may not enter more than four in any single event. Finally, remember that you may enter NO MORE THAN 4 entries in any event. And remember that your total number of entries is constrained by the total number of NFL members/degrees you have on record seven days prior to the tournament. (This is called your chapter strength.) You can check your strength online at speechandebate.org.
The number of students we send to the National Tournament is based on the number of entries at this tournament. So please do whatever you can to help both yourselves, and your district, by taking advantage of as much of your entry limit as possible. Thank you!
Your California Coast District Committee
Heath Martin, Chair
Karen Cruz, Aaron Langerman, Mariel Cruz and BJ Cruz- Calfiornia Coast District Committee