NSDA October Springboard Tournament

2020 — NSDA Campus, US

Competition Details

Event Details: 

1. The tournament will consist of four preset, preliminary rounds held on Saturday, October 24. The purpose of this event is to provide an educational, low-pressure competition experience for high school and middle school students to receive feedback that springboards them into additional competition opportunities.

2. Public Forum will use the September/October topic, Resolved: The United States federal government should enact the Medicare-For-All Act of 2019.

3. Lincoln-Douglas will use the September/October topic, Resolved: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory.

4. Policy will use the 2020-2021 topic, Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing. There will be no Policy Debate case limits. 

5. There will be two prepared World Schools motions. Students will debate both sides of these two motions:

This House would ban non-recyclable plastic.

This House would require students in grades K-8 to participate in team sports.  

6. The Congressional Debate docket will be released by October 5.

7. There must be 14 entries in an event for it to be held. No divisions will be collapsed, e.g. we will not combine a MS/novice division to meet minimum numbers. Coaches will be given an opportunity to re-register students in a different event if an event is unable to be held.


There will be no formal awards ceremony; all results will be made publicly available on Tabroom.com at the conclusion of the tournament. All coaches will be emailed a digital certificate template celebrating their students' participation. 

Events Offered:

Middle School Public Forum Debate

Middle School Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Middle School Policy Debate

Middle School World Schools Debate 

Middle School Congressional Debate

Novice Public Forum Debate

Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Novice Policy Debate

Novice World Schools Debate 

Novice Congressional Debate

Additional NSDA Springboard Tournaments:

For speech competition opportunities or additional debate competition opportunities, check out the other two free tournaments offered as part of the NSDA Springboard Series, presented by the Julia Burke Foundation! An asynchronous speech tournament will be held on November 14, and a live speech and debate tournament will be held on December 5. More information about the NSDA Online Springboard Series, visit www.speechanddebate.org/springboard-series