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Congress NSDA Tournaments

District Congress Legislation

Legislation for the Florida Sunshine NSDA District Congress, to be held online on December 5, is now available on Tabroom and below. Calendars and chamber assignments will be published after the close of registration; debate time limits will likely be 35 minutes to 1 hour per item depending on the chamber.

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Congress Online Tournaments

Congress Rules Updated

Beginning with the December 12 tournament, Student Congress will operate under new rules that we believe will result in a better experience for contestants and judges. These are the key changes:

  1. There will be four sessions, 90 minutes each. Shorter sessions will reduce the need for recesses, improve judge comfort, and reduce the influence of an individual Presiding Officer. Recency will still reset with each new session.
  2. The calendar will be preset. When the docket is released, the legislation will be published in calendar order (set by random draw with adjustment for rotation of sponsoring schools).
  3. Debate times are increased to 40 minutes. This will allow for 2-3 additional speeches per item while still accommodating a brief recess in each session and allowing the entire docket to be debated. Debate time is “use it or lose it”; unused time on one B/R may not be applied to another.
  4. Chamber assignments will be announced on Tournament Day. This will allow the tab staff to balance chambers even if there are substantial drops.
  5. There will be one Scorer per session. Each chamber will still have a Parliamentarian for the full day.
  6. There will be a Best Presiding Officer election at the end of the day. Preferential ballots will be made available on Tabroom at the end of Session 4. All POs will receive medals, and the Best PO in each chamber will receive a gavel. Best Legislator awards will still be determined by Scorers’ ranks.

The Congress Manual and tournament schedule have been updated accordingly and may be downloaded here.

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Tournaments

December Tournament Invitation

The invitation and schedule for the December 12 FGCCFL Online Tournament have been posted to the tournament’s Tabroom site and below.

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Tournaments

November Tournament Awards

All results are available on Tabroom.

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Congress Tournaments

November Congress Chambers

Student Congress chamber assignments for the November tournament have been posted to Tabroom.

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Online Tournaments

Updated Guides

Updated guides, including a new guide for Extemp, are now available on the NSDA Campus Guides page, which may be accessed from the Tournaments menu and the Training menu above.

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Extemp Tournaments

November Extemp Topics

The following topic areas (in no particular order) will be used in Extemporaneous Speaking at the November tournament:

  1. 2020 US Elections and Aftermath
  2. The Coronavirus Pandemic
  3. Big Tech and the Internet
  4. North Africa, Middle East, and South Asia
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Congress Tournaments

November Congress Docket

The Student Congress docket for the November 14 FGCCFL online tournament has been posted on Tabroom and below.

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Tournaments

October Tournament Results

Full results are available on Tabroom. Coaches and students will need to log in to view judges’ comments.

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Tournaments

FGCCFL November Tournament

The invitation for the FGCCFL online tournament on November 14 is now available. Please read the invitation and the tournament website CAREFULLY as some requirements and deadlines have changed based on our experiences in October.