Heart Of Texas District Tournament
Heart Of Texas District Qualifier
for the 2022 National Tournament
IE, Debate, Congress
Austin, Texas, TX
NSDA Heart of Texas District Tournament
Invitation and Information
You and your squad are cordially invited to attend the National Speech and Debate Association Heart of Texas District Tournament on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, 2022. This year, the Heart of Texas District Tournament will be held in person at Lake Travis High School in the Southwest Austin (Lakeway) area.
This tournament allows students to qualify for the NSDA National Tournament to be held in Louisville, Kentucky from June 12-17.
If you would like to participate in our district tournament, as a member of our district, and have not yet joined NSDA as an affiliate, we urge you to do so immediately. You will find the necessary forms online at:
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. Please keep in mind that our district tournament (and nearly every member of the district) is located in the Austin area.
For current members of the Heart of Texas District, please fill out the District School Entry Form and email it to Kirsten Nash at
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 March!
Kirsten Nash (District Chair) John Mast Yao Yao Chen
Hendrickson HS James Bowie HS Liberal Arts and Science Academy
19201 Colorado Sand Drive 4103 Slaughter Lane 7309 Lazy Creek Drive; Suite 225
Pflugerville, Texas 78660 Austin, Texas 78649 Austin, Texas 78724
512-594-1100 512-414-5247 512-414-5272
Marco Bazan Davy Holmes
James Bowie HS Dripping Springs HS
4103 Slaughter Lane 940 Highway 290 West
Austin, Texas 78749 Dripping Springs, Texas 78620
Friday, March 4: Congress, Extemp., and Debate
Saturday, March 5: Individual Events, Extemp., and Debate
Friday, February 25: Final event entry due (8:00 PM)
Monday, February 28: Official entry forms and paperwork with signatures due (8:00 PM)
Tuesday, March 1: Drop deadline (8:00 PM)
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 register your students for the tournament as soon as possible, so that the district committee may plan appropriately for judging needs.
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. Tabulation 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 and may not know their results until the entire school's entries have been eliminated from the tournament. Schools caught violating this rule risk disqualification from the tournament.