Central Minnesota District Tournament

2019 — US

Central Minnesota District Qualifier

for the 2020 National Tournament
Minnesota State Capitol
Minneapolis, MN
Wed 11/13 Wed 11/13 HOU SEN
Como Park High School
St. Paul, MN
Fri 12/13 Sat 12/14 CX
St. Paul Academy
St. Paul, MN
Sat 12/14 Sat 12/14 LD PF
Woodbury High School
Woodbury/Eagan, MN
Fri 3/13 Sat 3/14
East Ridge High School
Woodbury, MN
Sat 4/25 Sat 4/25

Congress 2019 Information

2019 Central MN NSDA Congressional Debate Tournament
Minnesota State Capitol / State Office Building
St. Paul, MN
Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
1. The 2019 Central MN NSDA District Congress will take place at the Minnesota State Office Building (100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Blvd, St. Paul, MN, 55155)

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, each school needs to provide only one coach that is able to serve as a judge for the other districts, and they will provide coaches that will judge our students.  Each judge will be paid a $35 stipend by the other district.
3. All registration will take place on the tabroom.com.  Please register your students on or before November 6th at 5:00 p.m.  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 3 three pieces of legislation for debate at the NSDA Congress Qualifier.  The legislation should be e-mailed to Zach Prax (zachary.prax@district196.org) in a Microsoft Word document by 3:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, October 29th.  They will be distributed via email sometime during the day on Wednesday, October 30th to advisors from each school, and will be published on the tabroom.com registration site.  Please label your legislation as Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary; all "Primaries" will be debated first, then "Secondaries", then "Tertiaries".  The order of the docket will be established within each chamber by the contestants.
5. Students must be members on record with the NSDA Main Office no later than Wednesday, November 6th 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 6th.  The more members and degrees you have the more slots you may enter at the district congress.
8. At 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
2019 District Congressional Debate
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Central MN NSDA will follow TWO DIFFERENT PATTERNS for scheduling.  Two chambers will go under Schedule A, and two chambers will go under Schedule B.  Schedules for each chamber will be released at registration the morning of the tournament.  We are adopting two different schedules in order to accommodate the lunch break, as well as make final tabulation easier to process to ensure awards start on time.
8:00 - 8:15       Registration for all schools and entries
4:15 - 4:45       Unified Awards Ceremony

Schedule A (two chambers)
8:30 - 8:45       Seating Charts and Orders of the Day
8:45 - 11:45     Session I
11:45 - 12:45   Lunch
12:45 - 3:45     Session II

Schedule B (two chambers)
8:45-9:00         Seating Charts and Orders of the Day
9:00 - 12:00     Session I
12:00 - 1:00     Lunch 
1:00 - 4:00       Session II
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 NFL 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.