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

Speech 2022 Information

2022 Central MN NSDA Speech Tournament

March 11 – Woodbury High School
March 12 - Eagan High School



 All Central MN NSDA schools are invited to participate in the Central Minnesota NSDA District Speech Tournament on March 11-12, 2022 at Woodbury High School (Friday) and Eagan High School (Saturday).  Once again, we will hold the tournament in conjunction with Southern Minnesota NSDA; for the first time in two years, we will be fully in person!

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 website and in any email communications so that you are properly following each procedure.  If at any time you have questions or need assistance with the registration process, please do not hesitate to contact Zach Prax at zachary.prax@district196.org.

Before The Tournament

1. Register at centralminnesota.tabroom.com by Friday, March 4th, at the latest.  No new entries will be allowed after this date.  Teams will be allowed to make changes to their entries (drops and substitutions) on the registration website until Wednesday, March 9th; after that, all changes must be emailed to zachary.prax@district196.org.  Please make sure to fully complete all portions of tournament registration, including submission of Original Oratory, POI, and Informative Speaking titles and all script information for interpretation events.  Though there are due dates, I would appreciate your entry of contestants as early as possible so that the committee can make more informed decisions regarding round schedules.

2. Make sure that all competing students are NSDA members at least seven days prior to the tournament, and that your school has completed the annual Chapter Renewal process. The website will not allow non-members to register.

3. Be sure that you have paid all outstanding membership fees for new members.  If you have not paid, you will need to pay these fees at tournament registration.  A list of outstanding fees will be sent the week of the tournament.

4. Use the invoice provided on tabroom.com to request a check for entry fees.  Local dues ($50) will need to be paid at registration in addition to entry fees if your school has not yet competed at a previous point in the 2021-2022 District Tournament Series.


To Bring To Registration:

1. A check to cover entry fees and local dues (if applicable).  There is a $10 fee for each entry.  There is also a $50 local dues fee if your school has not already paid it during LD/PF, Policy, or District Congress Tournaments.  THE CHECK FOR ALL ENTRY/JUDGE FEES AND LOCAL DUES SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO

Minnesota Debate Teachers Association
c/o Zach Prax
6200 140th Street W
Apple Valley, MN 55124


2. A separate check for any outstanding NSDA membership fees (if applicable).  You will be emailed any amount due to the NSDA office approximately one week prior to the tournament.  THE CHECK FO RALL OUTSTANDING NSDA FEES SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO:


National Speech and Debate Association
401 Railroad Place
West Des Moines, IA 50265

3. Completed Auto-Qualification Forms for students that are auto-qualified to the national tournament based on performance at the 2022 National Tournament.

4. (If applicable) All traveling speech championship trophies.

Other Required Items - not collected at registration, but MUST be on hand and immediately produced in case of protest:

1. Copies of all Original Oratory and Informative Speaking Scripts (see below for more information).

2. Copies of scripts for all interpretation events in accordance with the rules found in the NSDA District Tournament Manual.


 2022 Site Information:

Friday's competition will be held at Woodbury High School, 2665 Woodlane Drive, Woodbury MN 55125.

Saturday's competition will be held at Eagan High School, 4185 Braddock Trail, Eagan, MN 55123.  It will run in conjunction with the Eagan Wildcat Speech Tournament.


Though tournament operations will be conducted solely by the Central Minnesota NSDA Committee, a viewing room will be made available on both days for coaches to audit results tabulation.  In addition, there will be a judges lounge available on both days, and students will be able to purchase concessions.


Qualification to Nationals:

The Central Minnesota NSDA District continues to remain a Level Three Qualifier.  We are guaranteed three entries to attend the NSDA National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky in each speech and debate event.


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






The rules found on this page are not exhaustive.  All students and coaches should consult the NSDA High School Chapter, Rules, and Tournament Operations Manual (found at www.speechanddebate.org) 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 BEFORE the first day of competition!

Please Note: each school will be permitted to bring a maximum of four entries in each main speech event (as long as they do not go over the quota it is allowed by its chapter strength).  Remember, a student may enter no more than two speech and debate events (with the exception of Congress) at the NSDA District Tournament Series in a single year.

Tournament Format

In the Central very entry is guaranteed a minimum of three preliminary rounds, and each entry will receive the same number of preliminary rounds as every other entry in the event.  The number of preliminary rounds is determined by the total number of entries in the field for each event.

In each event, at least 25% of the field will advance to elimination rounds.  The District Committee has voted to advance a minimum of 12 entries to semifinals, no matter the size of a particular event.  Six competitors will advance into the final round.

Each preliminary round will be judged by two judges.  The semifinal round will be judged by a panel of three judges, and the final round will be judged by a panel of five judges.  In accordance with the Unified Rules Manual, entries will be ranked with all preliminary ranks (dropping the lowest rank), and semifinal and final round ranks will be multiplied by two.


Each entry is $10.00 (this includes Duo Interpretation - both students in the duo add up to a $10 fee). In addition, you will need to pay the $50 local dues fee if you have not paid this in either debate event or in Congress.

General Rules

1. Time limits for speeches are as follows: 

Extemporaneous Speaking: 7 Minutes
Everything Else: 10 Minutes

In addition, each event is given a 30 second "grace period".  If the panel of judges all agree that an entry went beyond the time allowed by grace period, that entry is not allowed to get the "1" in the round.

2. No scripts or notes are permitted in any event (with the exception of Program of Oral Interpretation, in which use of a manuscript is REQUIRED).  In everything else, all speeches must be memorized.

3. All coaches and contestants are responsible for reading and understanding all rules pertaining to their events.  All rules can be found in the Unified Rules Manual available at speechanddebate.org

Script Requirements in Main Interpretation Events

A cutting in each main interpretation event must be a single work of literature: one short story or one play or one novel or one or more poems.  The original published source of any selection used in Dramatic, Humorous, or Duo must be immediately available at the tournament as well as a complete script of the cutting used.  A complete script of the cutting includes:

a. A photocopy of every page from which any line of the cutting is taken; pages are to be in the order in which they are performed.

b. All words used from the script should be highlighted (any words/lines not used should be left unmarked).

c. Any word changes (to eliminate profane language) and/or additions (for transition) must be indicated clearly in ink.

It is the affirmative duty of each coach and each student entered in NSDA Interpretation contests to determine absolutely that the cutting performed meets NSDA rules.

Script Requirements in Program of Oral Interpretation

A cutting in POI must include at least two separate pieces of literature that represent at least two separate genres (prose, poetry, drama).  The use of a manuscript is required in the round.  The original published source of any selection used in POI must be immediately available at the tournament as well as a complete script of the cutting used.  A complete script of the cutting includes:

a. A photocopy of every page from which any line of the cutting is taken; pages are to be in the order in which they are performed.

b. All words used from the script should be highlighted (any words/lines not used should be left unmarked).

c. Any word changes (to eliminate profane language) and/or additions (for transition) must be indicated clearly in ink.

It is the affirmative duty of each coach and each student entered in NSDA Interpretation contests to determine absolutely that the cutting performed meets NSDA rules.

Script Requirements in Original Oratory and Informative Speaking

All entries in original oratory and informative speaking must have a script with them at the tournament in case of protest.  The script must identify the quoted materials, state the number of quoted words, include a work cited page in A.P.A. or M.L.A. format (which includes published pictorial material in informative speaking), and both the student and the coach must attest by signature that the speech is the original work of the student.  The Central Minnesota Committee will not collect scripts during registration, but you must have them available at all points during the tournament in case of protest.

 Informative Speaking: Visual Aids

PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING AS SOME RULES DIFFER FROM MSHSL GUIDELINES.  Audio/visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message. During the presentation, no electronic equipment is permitted. The use of live animals or any additional people as visual aids is not allowed during the speech. Items of dress put on and removed during the course of the presentation are considered costumes and may not be part of the contestant’s presentation. Visual aids may not violate law (weapons, drugs, etc.) The host school is not responsible for providing any facilities, equipment, or assistance in a contestant’s use of visual aids. Expedient set up and take down of aids is expected. If a visual aid displays published pictorial material, the source must be included in the works cited page but does not need to be cited orally.



Each school is required to provide one judge per every five entries or fraction thereof.  All judges must be at least in their "third year out" of high school.

In order to facilitate the paneling of judges, all preliminary rounds are flighted with panels of two judges.  This means that Friday is going to be a very long day.  To make the tournament function, it is critical that each school completely fulfills their entire judge requirement.  To help alleviate the long day for judges, it may be advisable to find multiple people to share a single judge obligation.  For instance, two persons can share one judge slot by having Person A assigned to rounds 1A - 2B, and Person B assigned to rounds 3A - 4B.  If you choose to do this, please make sure to clearly notate within tabroom.com the availability your judges have, as well as any schools they should not judge.

All judges will utilize electronic ballots through tabroom.com.  In order to get through rounds as efficiently as possible, we ask that judges not write any comments; instead, judges will just need to submit ranks.

Central and Southern Minnesota NFL will be sharing judges to ensure clean judge assignments.  Please instruct your judges to check BOTH Central and Southern MN postings each round for their assignment. 



A HUGE thank you to Suzanne and Dillon White (Woodbury) and Ross Eichele (Eagan), as well as the Woodbury and Eagan High School coaching staffs and administrations for their willingness to host this event.

A judges lounge will be provided both days of the tournament.  Student concessions will be available on both days of the tournament.  There will be a student meal plan offered to coaches at a later date.






Central Minnesota NSDA

District Speech Tournament

March 11th & 12th, 2022



Tournament Schedule


Friday March 11, 2022 (Woodbury High School)          





8:00 – 8:30 AM                                         

General Meeting

9:00 AM                                             

Extemp Speaking Draw Rd 1A

9:00 AM                                             

Speech Round 1A

9:30 AM                                             

Extemp Speaking Draw Rd 1B

10:30 AM                                           

Speech Round 1B

11:00 AM                                           

Extemp Speaking Draw Rd 2A

12:00 PM                                           

Speech Round 2A

12:30 PM                                           

Extemp Speaking Draw Rd 2B 

1:30 PM                                             

Speech Round 2B

2:00 PM

Extemp Speaking Draw Rd 3A

3:00 PM

Speech Round 3A

3:30 PM

Extemp Speaking Draw Rd 3B

4:30 PM

Speech Round 3B

5:00 PM

Extemp Speaking Draw Rd 4A**

6:00 PM

Speech Round 4A **

6:30 PM

Extemp Speaking Draw Rd 4B**

7:15 PM

Speech Round 4B**

7:45 PM


**Round 4 will only be run for those events needing additional preliminary rounds of competition in accordance with guidelines under development by the district committee.  Remember that because Central MN and Southern MN NSDA share the judging pool, it is highly likely that Central MN NSDA judges will be needed during Round 4.  WE ARE GOING TO ATTEMPT TO DO ALL ROUND 4 EVENTS WITHIN ROUND 4A - hopefully, there will be no "Round 4B" and everyone will go home early.


Check postings outside Tournament Headquarters for the times and locations of each round.  Events will be held at different times throughout the day so please check ALL postings for your assignment.  Judges should consistently check schedules for BOTH Central and Southern NSDA.


Saturday March 12, 2022 (Eagan High School)


Extemp Speaking Draw for Semi A

9:00 AM

Semifinal Round A

9:30 AM

Extemp Speaking Draw for Semi B

10:30 AM

Semifinal Round B

11:00 AM

Extemp Speaking Draw for Final A

12:30 PM

Final Round A

1:00 PM

Extemp Speaking Draw for Final B

2:00 PM

Final Round B

2:30 PM

Results & Awards

4:30 PM



PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU KNOW BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT BEGINS WHICH EVENTS ARE IN WHICH FLIGHTS.  Speaking order in a round cannot be changed due to confusion regarding start times.  Zach will email a list of patterns to coaches the Sunday before the tournament.




It is recommended that all competing entries arrive at the beginning of the tournament on both Friday and Saturday.