Expanded Access to National Tournament Supplemental Events
Every member school that participates in the district tournament series will have the opportunity to enter up to two non-qualifying students in supplemental events at the online 2021 National Tournament. These students must have attended the district tournament but not earned qualification in any event. Stay tuned for more information.
New Supplemental Events for 2021
In 2021 we will offer two new supplemental events for high school students. These events will allow students to explore more avenues for personal expression and approach topics in new and exciting ways.
- Original Spoken Word Poetry: Competitors will write and perform original poetry in order to express ideas, experience, or emotion through the creative arrangement of words according to their sound, their rhythm, their meaning. The maximum time limit is 5 minutes with a 30-second grace period. The delivery must be memorized, and no book or script may be used. An original poetry contest was offered at prior National Tournaments. Watch original performances by the finalists to get a feel for the event.
- Pro Con Challenge: Students will select the National Tournament topic for Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, or Public Forum Debate, or choose a piece of legislation from the Congressional Debate Docket and write a 3-5 minute affirmative speech and a 3-5 minute negative speech on that topic. They will read both of those speeches within a time limit of 10 minutes and 30 seconds. Visit our topics page to find the resolution for Policy Debate and potential topics for LD and PF. The Pro Con Challenge was offered at the 2020 Middle School Speech Challenge. Watch an exemplary video from the showcase to get a feel for the event.
For rules and more information about these events, please visit the Unified Manual.
District Entry Requirements
We understand that team recruitment, online tournament scheduling, and participation numbers have been impacted this year. To help alleviate concerns over entry numbers and ensure students can be represented at the National Tournament, the entry requirements for earning qualifiers to the online 2021 National Tournament have changed. Learn more on page 64 of the Unified Manual.