Central Minnesota District Tournament

2021 — MN/US

Central Minnesota District Qualifier

for the 2022 National Tournament
Robbinsdale Cooper HS
Robbinsdale, MN, MN
Fri 11/19 Sat 11/20 HSE SEN
Online/St. Paul Central HS, MN
Fri 12/10 Sat 12/11 CX
Fri 12/10 Sat 12/11 LD PF
Eagan High School
Woodbury/Eagan, MN
Fri 3/11 Sat 3/12 DI DUO HI INF IX OO POI USX
Big Questions
Wed 2/9 Thu 2/10 BQ

Congress 2021 Information

2021 Central MN NSDA Congressional Debate Tournament
Robbinsdale Cooper High School
Friday and Saturday, November 19-20, 2021
1. The 2020 Central MN NSDA District Congress will take place at Robbinsdale Cooper High School (8230 47th Avenue N, New Hope MN .

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 must provide one judge for every six Congressional debaters.
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 Monday, November 1st.  You should label one piece of legislation as finals, one as semifinals, and then the three remaining as primary, secondary, and tertiary (all earmarked for preliminary rounds).  Finals legislation will be reserved for the final sessions of competition; Semifinals legislation will be reserved for House semifinals (but may be debated in House Finals if there is no semifinal round).  If there is no SuperSession in the Senate, all legislation may be debated in the preliminary sessions.  The order of the docket within sessions will be established within each chamber by the contestants.  
5. Students must be members on record with the NSDA Main Office no later than Friday, November 12th 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 November 12th.  The more members and degrees you have the more slots you may enter at the district congress.  The apportionment chart can be found below.
8. Entry fees should be payable to Minnesota Debate Teachers Association (c/o Zach Prax, 6200 140th Street W, Apple Valley MN 55124).  In addition, if you have outstanding membership dues, you should bring a check payable to NSDA (401 Railroad Place, West Des Moines IA 50265).    NO GREEN SHEETS NEEDED!
9. Placards will be provided by the tournament to all students participating in the District Congress.
Let me know if you have any questions regarding the District Tournament Series.
Zach Prax
District Chair, Central Minnesota NSDA
                                                       Central MN NSDA
                                       2021 District Congressional Debate
                               Friday and Saturday, November 19-20, 2021
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, November 19, 2021
4:45 p.m.                        Registration/Check-In
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.     Preliminary Session I
Saturday, November 20, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   Preliminary Session II

12:15 p.m.                      House Finals Posting

12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Final Session (House) /
Preliminary Session III (Senate)
Awards will happen as soon as possible after the completion of the last session of the day.
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.