All rounds on Friday will be judged by a single judge. All rounds on Saturday will be assigned a panel of five judges in the judge scheduling procedure, and each school will have the opportunity to strike one judge so that each round is ultimately judged by a panel of three judges.
The rules found on this page are not exhaustive. All students and coaches should consult the NSDA Competition Events Guide to ensure they are meeting NSDA requirements. This page merely highlights important guidelines. If you need clarification on any rule, please contact Zach Prax at firstname.lastname@example.org PRIOR to the first day of competition.
Some applicable rules:
1. Eligibility. To participate in the NSDA District Speech/Debate Tournament Series and/or the District Student Congress, a person must (1) be a member of the NSDA at a school in good standing (coaches must verify that all of their entries were members of NSDA seven days prior to the tournament), (2) have not attended a secondary school more than 9 semesters, and (3) meet the age and eligibility requirements of his/her State Activities Association.
2. Formula for Determining the Number of Entries from the Members and Degrees (Chapter Strength) on Record (note - these entries are exclusive of additional entries allowed in Congressional Debate; there is a separate formula for that entry total).
1 - 15 members and degrees 4 entry
16 - 20 members and degrees 6 entries
21 - 30 members and degrees 10 entries
31 - 40 members and degrees 12 entries
41 - 50 members and degrees 15 entries
51 - 60 members and degrees 16 entries
61 - 70 members and degrees 18 entries
71 - 80 members and degrees 21 entries
81 - 90 members and degrees 23 entries
91 - 100 members and degrees 24 entries
101-120 members and degrees 27 entries
121-140 members and degrees 29 entries
141-160 members and degrees 32 entries
161-180 members and degrees 33 entries
181-200 members and degrees 34 entries
201-230 members and degrees 35 entries
231-260 members and degrees 37 entries
261-300 members and degrees 38 entries
301-350 members and degrees 39 entries
351-400 members and degrees 40 entries
401-500 members and degrees 42 entries
501-600 members and degrees 43 entries
601+ members and degrees 44 entries
3. Double-entry: The NSDA does not allow double-entry in debate events. Each competitor may choose only one debate event. Competition in debate does not affect the ability of a competitor to register in a single speech event and/or congress.
4. Central MN NSDA Judge Strike Policy. In rounds one through three (in which single judges are used), each entry will be able to strike three judges from the main list and an unlimited number from the supplemental list. From round 4 on, each entry will be able to strike one judge from the main list and an unlimited number from the supplemental list. Additionally from round four on, each entry may strike one judge from a panel of five potential judges (leaving a panel of three judges). The head coach or a designated representative will be allowed to make the strike. If no representative of a school is present, the option to strike is forfeited. The district committee reserves the right to limit the number of strikes permitted if this strike policy makes the placement of judges impossible.
5. Central NSDA Tab Room Policy. The Central Minnesota NSDA Tournament Headquarters is open to all head and assistant coaches. Coaches may be present to observe the pairing of rounds, the assignment of judges, and the tabulation of results. If a coach is in the tournament headquarters once a pairing of a round has begun, that coach must remain in the room until that pairing is released by the tab room to the entire tournament, and MUST NOT COMMUNICATE INFORMATION TO TEAMS OR OTHER COACHES (pairings, judges assignments, etc.) until the district committee has specifically given the "go-ahead" to do so.
6. NSDA Rules of Evidence. In all rounds of LD and Public Forum Debate, debaters should, at a minimum, orally deliver title of the source and the author’s name. In all rounds of debate, complete citations for each piece of evidence introduced in the round must be available in the round. Written citations must include name of the author, qualifications, complete title of source (E.G. title of book, not chapter; title of journal, not article), and complete date. Online sources must also include the title of the site, database, or access point, the date accessed, and the web address. The additional citation required for online sources must appear on all evidence, but is not required to be read. Should two or more quotations be used from the same source, the author and title need be given orally only for the first piece of evidence from that source. In the subsequent oral citation, only the author’s name is required.
7. Computer Use. The Central MN District Committee has ruled that laptops will be permitted in all district debate competition. In addition, the Committee has opted to utilize the new Internet Pilot rules for ALL forms of debate and extemporaneous speaking for the 2019-2020 school year. PLEASE REVIEW THE PILOT INTERNET RULES THAT HAVE BEEN POSTED ON TABROOM.COM PRIOR TO THE START OF EACH TOURNAMENT. Per the NSDA, use of computers subjects all entries to the following conditions.
A. Availability of Evidence: Contestants electing to use computers shall have the responsibility to promptly provide a copy of any evidence read in a speech for inspection by the judge or opponent. Printers may be used. Evidence may be printed in the round or produced electronically, but must be provided in a format readable by the opposing team and the judge.
B. Contestants electing to use computers are responsible for providing their own computers, batteries, extension cords and all other necessary accessories. Tournament hosts shall not be responsible for providing computers, printers, software, paper, or extension cords for contestants.
C. Because public speaking decorum remains an important element of debate, all debaters are expected to stand at the front of the room facing the judge while speaking.
D. Contestants choosing to use laptop computers and related equipment accept the risk of equipment failure. No special consideration or accommodations, including no additional prep time or speech time, will be given by judges or contest directors should equipment failure occur.