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Christy and Jay both cited our experiences in Kentucky and provided strong analysis of the issues I think are universal. I like Jay’s idea about taking the coach to the tournament, and I’m hoping that video conference competition expansion will help with this exponentially. Once they try it from home, they’ll be more willing to get on the road and do it “live and in person” (and to advocate for schools to make it happen).
To me, this is the MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE NSDA SHOULD BE PUTTING ENERGY AND RESOURCES INTO — growing the activity. While we have more resources than we used to for help with spreading the gospel (the celebrity videos are a big plus), we need even more. I have an elevator speech idea I’m going to throw at the ROSTRUM, and I would love to have resources like a one-sheet with the information Jay refers to above that I can hand to an administrator as a souvenir of our talks together.
Many of our awards get a nominee from someone on the committee, and the rest of the committee says, “that’s a good idea” and that’s who it is. For the Coach of the Year, the District Chair just picks the person who has it coming that year in the District Chair’s opinion. We offer two scholarships to graduating seniors in our District — one for an outstanding student overall, and one specifically for a Congressional Debate kid. Both are named after legendary coaches in our District, and each team contributes $10 toward each as part of registration. Like many of your Districts do, the Committee reads the letters of nomination for these and votes. We use three readers for each, which usually allows us to omit the coaches with “kids in play.” We then choose the Student of the Year from one of the two scholarship winners based on which one of them fits the SOY requirements best.
I’d also like to thank Julie Roos for teaching me a new word today — “reprographics”!!!!
The very best resources you have are the former chairs in your District. Ask them for a phone call or (even better) a drink or a coffee and then ask them to let you know what they found the most challenging when they were chair — what issues did they struggle with? This will give you a head start working on those issues. I know mine was always finding enough qualified yet neutral Congressional Debate judges and Parliamentarians as our most qualified were always knocked out by having kids in the chambers.