National Speech and Debate Season Opener

2020 — Lexington, KY/US

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are pairings?


Where are competition rooms?


Do I need to know my Tabroom password?

Yes! It is necessary to login to


What web browser should I use?

Google Chrome


How do I clear cookies/cache?

On your computer, open Chrome.

At the top right, click More .

Click More tools  Clear browsing data.

At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.

Next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files," check the boxes.

Click Clear data.


Mic and/or Camera Not Working, Experiencing Issues, or Poor Quality

1. If you’re in the browser, ensure that permissions to access your microphone are enabled. Click the camera button in your navigation bar and grant permissions to access camera and microphone.

2. Try using the Zoom app vs. the web browser integration. Then close out of the browser.

3. Make sure you’re using the latest version of Google Chrome.

4. If your picture is fuzzy, it’s likely your internet connection.

a. Try moving closer to your router.

b. Close windows you aren’t using.

c. Ask other users on the network to cease or limit use, if possible.

5. If those steps don’t resolve the issue, try these tips ) Toggle at the top to see solutions for computer, android, and ipad/iphone.

6. If the mic was working during round and then it is not working, try signing out and clearing cache/cookies.

7. If all else fails, try another device, if possible.


There’s an echo

Ensure everyone in the room is muted and has closed out of the browser tab if joining via Zoom app.


What’s Check in Time?

Within the first 10 minutes of a pairing being released all competitors and judges should go to their Zoom room. Three things should be accomplished. First, ensure all video and audio works. Second, do any necessary disclosure. Third, setup any necessary email chains. It is ok if this process takes less than 10 minutes. Folks should stay connected to the room with video off and mic’s muted and then turn video back on at start time.


What’s Tech Time?

If a team has to pause the debate for a tech related issue their tech time runs. If they run out of tech time they forfeit the debate


Can you prep during Tech Time?



Can you convert Tech Time to Prep Time?



What is the Digital Bus?

It is the time before the first pairings of the day when a team confirms all participants and judges are awake and ready to participate in the day.


Do I keep my camera on during a round?



How do I name myself in Zoom?

If you are using the web app, the naming will be done automatically to identify if you are a judge or participant or observer.


If you are using the Zoom app you need to make sure your name starts with Participant, Judge or Observer depending on your role


How do I boost my internet

1. Use ethernet

2. Be in the same room as your router if using wireless

3. Minimize obstructions between you and your router.