Bettendorf Bulldog Invitational

2020 — NSDA Campus, IA/US

Thank you for your interest in attending the Bulldog Invitational!  We hope your year is going as well as it can in these uncertain times.  This year has been a challenge so far, but we are hoping we can still host an outstanding tournament for the benefit of all of our students.  We don't really know how this will go and I'm a little hesitant as we all strive forward into the unknown...but I know we plan to do our best to make the experience a good one for all of our students.

The Bulldog Invitational will be hosted on Friday, November 13th - Saturday, November 14th.  We will be fully online this year, using the NSDA Campus software platform.  You'll see a lot of information on the tabs on the right - but here's the overview:

Debate events - 5 prelim rounds and then outrounds over Friday and Saturday.  We're planning on Novice and Varsity divisions of everything, but as always - that will be dependent on our numbers in each event.  

Speech events - 4 prelim rounds and then a final round all on Saturday.  A few big things here though:

1.  We will be focused on live, synchronous rounds for all events.  We're making this as close to 'normal' as possible.  Students will compete in virtual rooms on NSDA Campus - live, for all Speech events.

2. Duo Interpretation will be offered, but we leave that to the individual school / entries to figure out the logistics on how to make that work.  I know this is one of the bigger question marks for Speech this year, but this is an NSDA event - I'm assuming we'll have it still as a qualifier to Nationals and it will be held at tournaments throughout the country - might as well start figuring out the logistics now rather than later.

3.  Single entry Speech only for tournament logistical reasons associated with attempting the live, synchronous tournament setup.    

Congress - We're going to give this a try.  The NSDA recommends a max of 15 people per room.  So, we'll try for rooms with 12 students and 2-3 judges.  This will be a Friday night only event.  

So...2020, huh? :(  I believe we have the full schedule figured out as best as we can, for now.  As always, we appreciate your support and hope things run smoothly for the Bulldog Invitational.  Things are definitely in flux right now and I hope we get some stability in our lives sooner than later.  Hope to see you this November!

Joe Rankin

Speech/Debate coach/teacher

Bettendorf High School

Bettendorf, IA