Central Minnesota District Tournament

2020 — MN/US

Central Minnesota District Qualifier

for the 2021 National Tournament
Fri 12/11 Sat 12/12 HSE LD CX PF SEN
Online, MN
Thu 3/11 Sat 3/13 DI DUO HI INF IX OO POI USX
Big Questions
Wed 2/10 Thu 2/11 BQ

Congress 2020 Information

2020 Central MN NSDA Congressional Debate Tournament
Friday and Saturday, December 11-12, 2020
1. The 2020 Central MN NSDA District Congress will take place ONLINE.

2. Again this year, we will be running the District Congress in conjunction with both the Northern Lights and Southern Minnesota NSDA Districts. 
 Because of this partnership, we are able to reduce the judge burden for each member school.  Schools bringing 1-7 entries must have one judge available for both days of competition; schools bringing 8+ entries must have two judges available for both days of competition.
3. All registration will take place on the tabroom.com.  Please register your students on or before December 4th at 3:00 p.m.  Earlier is preferred, so that we can make plans regarding number of chambers and qualifiers!  The site will allow you to group your students together.  You can choose which students will be together in a House from your school, but the distribution of those groupings into chambers will be randomized.
4.  Each school that attends the District Congress may submit up to 5 (five) pieces of legislation for debate at the NSDA Congress Qualifier.  The legislation should submitted on tabroom.com in a Microsoft Word document by 3:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, November 18th.  You should label one piece of legislation as primary, one piece of legislation as secondary, and the remaining three pieces of legislation should be labeled as Tertiary.    Primary legislation will be reserved for the final sessions of competition; Secondary legislation will be reserved for House semifinals (but may also be debated in Senate prelims).  The order of the docket within sessions will be established within each chamber by the contestants.  +++If there aren't enough pieces of legislation received to allow for full debate, legislation will be pulled from the most recent NSDA docket of legislation.  Legislation will be released to schools no later than Friday, November 20th.
5. Students must be members on record with the NSDA Main Office no later than Friday, December 4th in order to compete at the tournament.
6. Entry fees are $5 per student.  Local yearly dues of $50 are due from all schools as this is the first qualifier in the District Tournament Series.  
7. You may only enter the number of students allowed by your level of members and degrees on record with the NSDA on or before Friday, December 4th.  The more members and degrees you have the more slots you may enter at the district congress.
8. Entry fees should be MAILED as there will be no physical registration.  All you will need to provide are (1) a check for registration fees (payable to Minnesota Debate Teachers Association) and (2) a check for any outstanding membership dues (payable to National Speech and Debate Association).  NO GREEN SHEETS NEEDED!
Let me know if you have any questions regarding the District Tournament Series.

Zach Prax
District Chair, Central Minnesota NSDA
                                                                                     Central MN NSDA
                                                                2020 District Congressional Debate
Friday and Saturday, December 11-12, 2020
The House will features two preliminary sessions of competition with a break to semifinals. 
If there are 16 or more entries in the Senate, there will be two preliminary sessions of competition with a break to finals.  If there are 15 or fewer entries, there will be three preliminary rounds of competition, with qualifiers chosen from cumulative ranks from all sessions.
Each chamber (both preliminary and elimination rounds) will have 8-15 competitors in accordance with NSDA rules.  We will attempt to maximize the number of participants advancing to elimination rounds in all events.
Each preliminary and semifinal session will have two scorers and a parliamentarian (who will also rank contestants).  Finals of both the House and the Senate (if applicable) will have four scorers and a parliamentarian (who will also rank contestants).

Friday, December 11
3:30 p.m.                        Registration/Check-In
4:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.     Preliminary Session I
Saturday, December 12
8:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.   Preliminary Session II
12:15 p.m.                      House Semifinals Finals Posting / Senate Finals Posting (if applicable)
12:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.   Semifinal Final Session (House) / Finals Session OR Preliminary Session III (Senate)
3:45 p.m.                        House Finals Posting
4:00 p.m.                        House Finals Technology Check
4:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.     Finals Session (House)
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 email zachary.prax@district196.org PRIOR to the day of competition.
Dress Code :  Professional attire is recommended for the Central NSDA Congressional Debate Qualifier. 
Entries. Each student competing in any portion of the Congressional Debate Qualifier counts as one entry. The number of entries from a school shall be based upon the number of active members and degrees on record in the National Office for that chapter by 4 p.m. (CST) seven (7) days before the tournament begins. The District Committee shall not allow any excess entries. If a school enters excess entries it shall forfeit all coaching credit points.
Members/Degrees Senate House Members/Degrees
1-20    2  Senators 2 House Members
21-35 2  Senators 3 House Members
36-55 2  Senators 4 House Members
56-75 2  Senators 5 House Members           
76-100 2  Senators 6 House Members
101-150 2  Senators 7 House Members
151-200 2  Senators 8 House Members
201-250 2  Senators 9 House Members
251-300 2  Senators 10 House Members
301-350 2  Senators 11 House Members
351-400 2  Senators 12 House Members
401-451+ 2  Senators 13 House Members
PLEASE NOTE: A school’s allotment in the Senate may not be moved to increase a school’s allotment in the House.  Only NSDA members may be seated in the District Congress. An affiliate school may seat up to four members in the Congress. All students must be NSDA members on record 7 days before the convening of the Congress. Students who double enter in the District Speech/Debate Tournament Series are still eligible to participate in the District Student  Congress.