District Leader Quick Guide



We hope these resources serve as a one-stop shop for what you need to help grow speech and debate in your area, communicate with the coaches in your district, and run a successful district tournament.

Please feel free to contact us at info@speechanddebate.org with any questions you may have.

All About Districts Videos

Running a district tournament can be a daunting task. Luckily, the National Speech & Debate Association is here to make sure your tournament runs as smoothly as possible! In this new collection of videos, we introduce the district tournament series, take viewers behind the scenes, and answer frequently asked questions about eligibility, requirements, and more. Watch the videos ยป

Helpful Links

Unified Manual

Read the most up-to-date district tournament operations manual starting on page 57 of the High School Unified Manual.

District Roles

Learn about the suggested roles each member of your District Committee can play.

Introduction to Tabroom.com

Download this guide for instructions on setting up your district tournament on Tabroom.com.

Leader Toolkit

Check out this Building Community guide with core elements and resources for creating a team with teams.

District Finance Guide

Get an introduction to 501(c)3 status at the district level by reviewing this presentation from the 2017 National Conference Leadership Track.

Judge Training

View and/or pass along the judge training course developed by the NSDA and the NFHS.


District Leader Training

Coming Fall of 2019!

Important Registration Reminders

Be sure to register your district tournament on Tabroom.com, even if you are not using Tabroom.com as your tournament software.

  • Any district that runs any portion of the district tournament series between August and December must register their district tournament dates by October 31.
  • All other districts must register their district tournament dates by November 30.

Districts and Nationals Prep

  • Celebrate the contributions of coaches, administrators, parents, or volunteers to your district by nominating them for a District Leader Commendation Award. (This form closes May 10, 2019.)
  • View the District Leadership Election Results for 2019-2021.
  • Affirm your leadership role and RSVP to attend the 2019 District Leadership Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. (This form is for leaders who were elected/re-elected to serve in 2019-2021.)
  • RSVP to attend the 2019 District Leadership Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. (This form is for leaders who were not re-elected to serve in 2019-2021.)
  • If you are highly qualified to judge and would enhance the diversity of our panels, consider completing a diversity profile and nominating yourself to judge late elimination rounds on Tabroom.com. Please encourage the judges you bring to Nationals to do the same! Instructions are available here.
  • Submit your district ad for the Tournament Book. (The 2019 form is now closed. Chairs who already requested ad space were allowed to submit final ads to emily.kriegel@speechanddebate.org by May 1.)
  • Report your district award winners for national-level consideration. (The 2019 form is now closed.)

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