Skyhawk Smackdown

2020 — NSDA Campus, UT/US

Skyhawk Smackdown

A.K.A. NSDA Points grab!


Debate: SATURDAY:  LD, Public Forum, Policy and Congress.  Varsity LD and PF will be single-flighted for 5 rounds.


Individual Events---Synchronous: FRIDAY  SPAR, Character SPAR, Extemp, Impromptu, Parliamentary, Big Questions


Asynchrnous Events---LOAD UP on NSDA Points!!!  HI, DI, DUO, Oratory, Poetry, POI, Informative, Lip Sync, Freedom Speech, News Anchor, Declamation 


Friday: SPAR, Impromptu, Character SPAR, Extemp, Parli, BQ

2:30-3:00PM Check-in

3:00PM-3:30PM Round 1 pre-start. All judges and students go to round and check equipment, answer questions, etc. 

3:00PM Extemp Prep start

Rd 1: 3:30PM-5:00PM

Rd 2: 5:30PM-7:00PM

Rd 3: 7:00PM-8:30PM


Saturday: LD, PF, CX, Congress

8AM Check-in and judge instructions/Q&A

8:30-9AM Pre-Round setup. Judges and competitors login 

LD & PF--Varsity CONGRESS Novice LD & PF, and ALL Policy

Rd1: 9AM-10AM RD1: 9AM-11AM Rd1—9AM-11AM

Rd2: 10AM-11AM RD2: Noon-2PM Rd2---11AM-1PM

Rd3: 11AM-Noon Rd3---1PM-3PM

Lunch Noon-1PM

Rd4: 1PM-2PM

Rd5: 2PM-3PM


Asynchronous Events: Links must be submitted Wednesday @ midnight! Judging will start on Thursday. Assigned judges will have from Thursday morning to Saturday at 2PM to complete their assigned rounds. 


REGISTRATION DUE NOVEMBER 16th @ 8PM! November 14th is preferred. Adds after this will be accepted as room allows. We will not overbook rooms!


Judge Requirements:

SATURDAY JUDGES:  One judge for every TWO Varsity PF, LD, and Policy Teams. One judge for every THREE novice PF and LD.  1Judge for every 5 Congress competitors.  Due to the unique nature of single-flighting Varsity LD and PF, any schools without their full judge compliment will have their Varisty LD and PF entries receive a Bye-Loss for every round we are short judges. Example, a school with 3 varisity entries is required to have 2 judges, but they only bring 1 judge.  One of their entries (not all three) will receive a “Bye-Loss” for every round we are short judges.


FRIDAY JUDGES: One judge for every 5 IE’s, Except Parliamentary and BQ one judge for every three teams or portion thereof.

Smackdown Warrior Award: Awards will be given to the top NSDA points winners from all events combined.

Salem’s Unique Events:


Character Spar: This unique event is Spar with a twist.  In addition to be given three topics to choose from, each competitor will be given a list of three characters (Drill Sargent, Robin Williams and Pres. Obama).  They must choose one and spar as the character they chose.  A regular Spar ballot will be used with an additional column covering how well they debated in character.


News Anchor: In this event competitors present the news (real or fictional) as a news anchor or news anchor team.  The news can be presented in a serious nature if you choose.  However, satirical news presentations in the vein of Steven Colbert, John Stewart and Saturday Night Live are preferred.  7-10 minutes. As this is asynchronous this year, you may screen share images as part of your performance. Content must be school appropriate. 


Parliamentary: For information see

20 minute prep

First Proposition Constructive: 7 minutes

First Opposition Constructive: 7 minutes

Second Proposition Constructive: 7 minutes

Second Opposition Constructive: 7 minutes

Opposition Rebuttal: 5 minutes

Proposition Rebuttal: 5 minutes


Poetry: Competitors can alternate between poetry and prose, but it is not required.  They can do the same poetry piece or prose all three rounds.  We will use the ballot on the UDCA website.  Pieces should be 5-10 minutes (5-7 is preferred). 


Declamation: This is a 5-10 minute speech given in a public setting by a prominent individual.  We will use the ballot on the UDCA website.


Freedom Speech: This unique event is meant to promote the Freedom Foundations speech contest that is held in November.  The speech should be 4-6 minutes.  There will be a $25 prize for the winner of the Smackdown.  For topic details and official Freedom Festival entry instructions (separate from the Skyhawk Smackdown) visit


There is an official Freedom Festival Speech Contest. All students are encouraged to enter the Freedom Festival Speech contest.  1st place is $600.  Places 1-6 will win a minimum of $100.