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
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Big Questions
Wed 2/10 Thu 2/11 BQ

Policy 2020 Information

2020 Central MN NSDA Policy Debate Tournament
December 11-12, 2020

All Central Minnesota NSDA Schools are invited to participate in the Central Minnesota NSDA Policy District Debate Tournament to be held December 11-12, 2020 ONLINE using the NSDA Campus platform. If there are ten entries in the field, the top three entries will qualify to compete at the NSDA National Tournament whether it be in Des Moines, Iowa or online.

The NSDA has many important procedures in registering for the tournament that can seem daunting, especially for schools participating for the first time.  Please make sure to thoroughly review the instructions on this site so that you are following each procedure.  If at any time you have questions or need assistance in the registration process, do not hesitate to contact District Chair Zach Prax at zachary.prax@district196.org.

Before the tournament:

1.       Register on tabroom.com by Friday, December 4th at the latest. No new entries will be allowed after this date, but you will be allowed to make changes to your registration.  NOTE:  You will only be allowed to register if you have paid your national dues and your chapter is in good standing.
2.       Be sure that you have paid all outstanding bills for new members. If you have not paid, you will need to pay these fees at tournament registration (this is true of all new members even if they are not competing). In addition, all students competing at the district qualifier must be registered with the NSDA...this is done by completing the registration process (which includes submitting an email address and accepting the NSDA Honor Code) on the NSDA website.  Tabroom.com will not allow non-members to be registered.
Items to Submit:
1.      A check to cover entry fees and local dues. There is a $25 entry fee for each entry (each policy team counts as one entry). There is a $75 fee for each hired judge. If you have 4 entries in a single event, you must pay for one hired judge. There is also a $50 fee for local dues (which covers congress, debate, and speech for the year...this may have already been paid by your school at the Congressional Debate qualifier). THE CHECK FOR ALL ENTRY/JUDGE FEES AND LOCAL DUES SHOULD BE PAYABLE TO
      Minnesota Debate Teachers Association
       c/o Zach Prax, Central Minnesota NSDA
      6200 140th Street W
      Apple Valley, MN 55124
2.       A separate check for any outstanding NSDA membership fees (if applicable).  I will email you any amount due to the NFL office one week prior to the tournament date. THE CHECK FOR ALL OUTSTANDING NSDA FEES SHOULD BE PAYABLE TO 

                                                                                                 National Speech and Debate Association
                                                                                                                   401 Railroad Place
                                                                                                        West Des Moines, IA 50265
2019 Site Information: The tournament will be held ONLINE using NSDA Campus.  All judges and students must have a linked account at tabroom.com.
Resolution: 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.
Qualification to Nationals:
During the 2019-2020 school year, the Central Minnesota NSDA District met criteria to remain a Level Three District Qualifier.  This means that we are guaranteed three entries to attend the NSDA National Tournament this year in each speech and debate event.  This bonus is conditional on a requirement that we meet the original criteria for qualifying two contestants in each event we want to have the bonus in.  THANK YOU TO ALL SCHOOLS that helped us achieve this goal by consistently entering NSDA points for your students - please keep up this great work.

Please email zachary.prax@district196.org with any questions or if you need assistance registering for the tournament.  


Zach Prax
District Chair, Central Minnesota NSDA
Judge Coverage Rules for Policy Debate :
  1. Head Coach (covers 1st & 2nd entry)
  2. Assistant Coach or Hired by tournament (covers 3rd entry)
  3. Hired by tournament (covers 4th entry)


Friday, December 11th
Tech Check      3:30 p.m.
Round 1           4:00 p.m.
Dinner              5:40 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Round 2           6:15 p.m. - 8:00 p..m.
Saturday, December 12th
Tech Check      9:00 a..m.
Round 3           9:30 a.m.
Round 4           11:45 a.m.
Round 5+         TBD if needed based on remaining entries