Sierra District Tournament

2023 — CA/US

Sierra District Qualifier

for the 2023 National Tournament
Speech and Debate
Edison High School
Fresno, CA
Congress and BQ
Stockdale High School
Bakersfield, CA
Sat 3/25 Sat 3/25 BQ HSE SEN

Welcome to the 2023 Sierra District National Qualifier for Speech and Debate Events. ***** Please see the Congress and World Schools pages for more up to date information******

The Schedule- please see the schedule under the "Schedule" tab. Note that the preliminary rounds 1 and 2 for debate will be held on online on Friday evening.

Online Debate: We will be using Zoom for Friday's debates.

Judges: Please be sure to provide judges. For the online debate rounds, you will need to ensure that your judges have created Tabroom accounts. We will only be using online ballots for the first 2 preliminary debate rounds on Friday. So judges that will be attending on Saturday do not need to create Tabroom accounts.

Judge Resources: Please share these Judge Resources with those judges that will be judging debate online on Friday.

Tutorial Videos

How to Create a Tabroom Account

Zoom – Information Central

We will open the Zoom to coaches, students, and judges at 4:15 p.m. Please go to this Zoom throughout the tournament if you run into trouble or technical difficulties. Judges :

Meeting ID: 867 0754 9753 | Passcode: Sierra2023

Money- Please print your invoice from Tabroom and bring a check on Saturday. If you are unable to get a check by Saturday- please be sure to bring/mail a check prior to the Nat Quals Congress tournament on 3/25. If you owe money the the NSDA - you MUST have it paid before your students begin competing (either on the 17th for debate or the 18th for speech only).

Debate- We will be utilizing Single Elimination for all debate events. Details on this are available in the NSDA High School manual. Because we have online rounds we will be using the "New Guidelines for Use of Internet-Enabled Devices in Debate Events" (HS Event Rules Manual pg 28-29).

Speech - There will be 3 preliminary rounds for all speech events. However, speech events with 7 or less entries will NOT have a final round. Events with 8 or more entries will cut directly (top 6) to Finals after the 3 preliminary rounds. All speech rounds are in person, on Saturday the 18th, at Clovis North HS. We will use 1 judge for preliminary rounds 1 and 2 and if we can, 2 for round 3 (1 if we don't have enough).

Coaches- it is your responsibility to make sure that you and your students are aware of the NSDA event rules. Also be sure you have completed the NSDA forms section of registration (Single Entry Preferences and Consent Forms).

High School Unified Manual

Extemp Topic Areas - in no particular order




Asia: East & Southeast

Asia: Central Asia & Indian Subcontinent


North Africa & Southwest Asia

Ukraine War

United States

US Business & Industry

US Economy

US Environmental Issues

US Foreign Policy

US Healthcare, Housing & Immigration

US Politics

US Supreme Court & Legal Issues