South Oregon District Tournament

2023 — OR/US

South Oregon District Qualifier

for the 2023 National Tournament
South Medford High School
Medford, OR
South Oregon Online Campus
Sat 3/4 Sat 3/4 HSE SEN

South Oregon Coaches,

It's time once again to test ourselves and decide who is off to Phoenix, AZ this June 12-16! Please read over this page as well as the pages for each of the Tournament Series events, and email or call me with questions.

As always, I would encourage you to fill your slots. Please be aware: We must have 4 entries in each event in order to run the event.

Participant Requirements:

Both schools and competitors must be members 7 days prior to the tournament start date (3/4/2023). The number of entries allowed is based on the formula as of that date, which you can find by clicking on the District Info tab in your NSDA Account. Big Question (BQ) and World Schools have unlimited entries. Note that all competitors in the BQ qualifier must also be NSDA members.

NSDA Forms:

Single Entry Preferences- Please rank your preferences in Tabroom and print & sign the forms. These must be turned in BEFORE the student’s first round of competition.

School Consent- Please print and sign. These must be turned in BEFORE the first round of competition for your school.

Note: You may email me a scanned copy of both. Please send to

Piece Submission Information:

Oratory, Informative Entries: Prior to March 11, create and share a copy of the speech through Google Docs with Please bring a signed copy of the script with any quoted words highlighted. By signing, you and your competitor testify that it is the original work of the student. We encourage all coaches to be proactive and verify this in advance.

Interpretation Event Entries: Please bring a signed copy of the script with any quoted words highlighted. You must also present a copy of the original source material and have it with you throughout the tournament. Digital material must meet the current NSDA digital publication guidelines.

Proof of Publication: All interpretation material must be published according to the rules found in the Competition Events Guide. BE SURE YOU HAVE RECORDED YOUR PUBLICATION INFO IN TABROOM.

World School:

Please complete no later than 3/3/2023. Worlds Nomination Form

Student of the Year:

Each school attending the NSDA tournaments may nominate one senior for the honor of South Oregon District Student of the Year. Please complete the form available on the NSDA website and bring it with you. All submissions are due at registration to the Speech and Debate portion of the series.

High School Coach of the Year:

Each school attending the NSDA tournaments may nominate one coach for the honor of South Oregon District Student of the Year. Please complete the form and letter of recommendation. All submissions are due at registration.


Please bring qualified judges with you, as we would like to finish on time. This can only be done with a large pool willing to judge all events.

  • Congress, Speech and Debate Expectations: 1-6 entries: 1 judge, 7-12 entries: 2 judges, 13+ entries: 3 judges (congress judges may wind up judging BQ if they are affiliated with a team).

  • BQ Expectations are 1 judge per 2 entries.

  • Coaches are expected to judge. Please make yourself available for all rounds your students advance to, plus 1 round after. For both judging and official reasons, please check with the tournament director if you need to leave for any reason.

If you bring judges beyond your obligation, they can be paid on a per round basis by request.

Electronic Ballots

All rounds will use electronic ballots on this year. Every judge should bring an internet capable device (phone, tablet, laptop, etc). We will not have computers available to judges. All judges will need to set up accounts on to receive and return ballots. There will be several people on-hand to help train judges new to the system.

Schedules: Subject to change based on entries

WORLD SCHOOLS: Saturday, March 4 (Link will be sent out prior to the meeting.)

10:00: WSD coach discussion online Worlds Nomination Form

CONGRESS: Saturday, March 4 ONLINE (We will use Zoom for Congress. Please let us know ASAP if your school blocks Zoom.)

Note: We must have 8 schools to seat the Senate and 16 entries to seat the House

8:45 Oath of Office and chambering

9:00 – 12:00 Congress Session 1 (multiple House chambers of 18 or fewer)

12:00 – 1:15 Lunch

1:30 – 4:30 Congress Session 2

5:30 Awards (WSD team will be announced at the Speech and Debate Qualifier)

BIG QUESTION: Saturday, March 4 ONLINE (Please put in your entries ASAP)

9:00-10:00 BQ Round 1

10:00-11:00 BQ Round 2

11:00-12:00 BQ Round 3

1:30-2:30 BQ Round 4

2:30-3:30 BQ Round 5

3:30-4:30 BQ Round 6

4:30-5:30 BQ Round 7 (if needed)

SPEECH & DEBATE: Saturday, March 11, South Medford High School

9:00-9:30 Registration

9:30-11:00 Round 1: Debate

11:00-12:30 Round 2: Debate

12:30-2:00 Round 1: All Speech Events + Extemp Prep starting at 12:00

2:00-3:30 Round 2: All Speech Events + Extemp Prep starting at 1:30

3:30-5:00 Round 3: Debate

5:00-6:30 Round 3: All Speech Events + Extemp Prep starting at 4:30

SPEECH & DEBATE: Sunday, March 12, South Medford High School

9:00 – 10:30 Round 4/Finals: Debate

10:30 – 12:00 Speech Finals: TBA

12:00 – 1:30 Round 5/Finals: Debate

1:30 – 3:00 Speech Finals: TBA

3:00 – 4:30 Round 6/Finals: Debate

5:30 Speech and Debate Awards


$40 school fee (owed only once for the tournament series)

$15.00 per speech or debate event

$10.00 per congress entry

$5 per Big Question debate

Judging fees: $15 per uncovered speech, debate (including BQ and Worlds) entry

Please make checks payable to:

South Oregon NSDA

c/o Kayla Crook

333 S. 10th Street

Coos Bay, OR 97420

If you owe fees to NSDA National, please be sure you bring proof of payment to me. You will not be able to participate if you owe the NSDA money!!

Committee Members:

Kayla Crook, Marshfield, Chair

Caroline Campbell, South Medford

Molly Bruins, St. Mary’s

Ann McDonald, Hood River Valley

Kayla’s Contact Information:


National Speech & Debate Association Harassment and Discrimination Policy

The National Speech & Debate Association is committed to providing its participants, judges, coaches, and staff the opportunity to pursue excellence in their endeavors. This opportunity can exist only when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of mutual respect. The NSDA prohibits all forms of harassment and discrimination. Accordingly, all forms of harassment and discrimination, whether written or oral, based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by any applicable federal, state, or local law are prohibited, whether committed by participants, judges, coaches, or observers. Individuals who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to the full range of sanctions, up to and including removal from the tournament premises.