Heart Of Texas District Tournament

2021 — TX/US

Heart Of Texas District Qualifier

for the 2021 National Tournament
IE, Debate, and Congress
CC- Worlds
Austin, TX
Wed 4/21 Sun 4/25 DI DUO HSE HI INF IX LD OO CX POI PF SEN USX
Big Questions
Online, TX
Tue 9/28 Tue 9/28
NSDA Heart of Texas District Tournament
Invitation and Information
                                   
Dear Colleague:
 
You and your squad are cordially invited to attend the National Speech and Debate Association Heart of Texas District Tournament on April 21-24, 2021. Because of continued concerns caused by the Coronavirus, this tournament will be held entirely online through Classrooms.Cloud.
 
This tournament allows students to qualify for the NSDA National Tournament to be held June 13-19.
 
If you would like to participate and have not yet joined NSDA as an affiliate, I urge you to do so immediately. You will find the necessary forms online at ... 
 
https://www.speechanddebate.org/join/
 
Your school must become a member of our district, and you must enter your students points at least seven business days prior to the district tournament.
 
For current members of the Heart of Texas District, please fill the District School Entry Form and email it to Frank Rivera (frankrivera@chaparralstaracademy.com). The District School Entry Form is also available in the Forms Tab when you start the registration process for the tournament. 
 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact one or more of the NSDA Heart of Texas District Committee members listed below. We hope to see you in April!
 
Frank Rivera (District Chair)                   Cara Beth Nichols                            Yao Yao Chen
Chaparral Star Academy                          Round Rock High School                 Liberal Arts and Science Academy
14046 Summit Drive                                201 Deep Wood Drive                      7309 Lazy Creek Drive; Suite 225
Austin, Texas 78728                                 Austin, Texas 78681                         Austin, Texas  78724
512-989-2672                                           512-464-6000                                   512-414-5272
 
Marco Bazan                                            Kirsten Nash
James Bowie HS                                      Hendrickson HS
4103 Slaughter Lane                                19201 Colorado Sand Drive
Austin, Texas  78749                               Pflugerville, Texas  78660
512-414-5247                                          512-594-1100
                            
TOURNAMENT DATES:
Individual Events (other than Extemp): Async. Preliminaries on April 21 & 22. Live elimination rounds on April 23 & 24 (as needed).
Congress: Live rounds April 22 & 23.
Extemp. and Debate: Live rounds April 22, 23, & 24 (as needed).
 
DEADLINES:
Friday, April 16: Final event entry due
Monday, April 19: Official entry forms and paperwork with signatures due 
Monday, April 19: Drop deadline (5:00 PM)  
Tuesday, April 20: DI, DUO, HI, INFO, and OO Video Links Due
 
TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION:
We will be using NSDA evidence rules. Coaches and competitors are expected to familiarize themselves with these rules.
 
We will utilize the up/down system of 'two downs and you’re out.'  We will post 'up and away' lists (students advancing to the next round) starting after round two of each event. We are required to use panels of judges in all IE events beginning with round three and debate events when eight competitors remain. It is crucial that you submit your numbers by April 16, so that the district committee may plan appropriately for judging needs. The sooner you get your entries in, the better!
 
The NSDA requires two individuals to audit each event round by round. Thus, we will utilize coaches to run events, so at least one coach from each participating school must be available for duty in the tab room. Tab room and other tournament administration assignments will be determined by the district committee and sent out prior to the tournament. Please understand that the tab room is CLOSED during this tournament. Students may not see their ballots until the entire school's entries have been eliminated from the tournament. Schools caught violating this rule risk disqualification from the tournament.