The invitation for the 2021 Florida Sunshine NSDA District Tournament, to be held online on March 5-6, has been posted. Registration is on Tabroom; the deadline is 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26.
Updated instructions for judges at FGCCFL Online Tournaments are now available for download. These instructions pertain to both NSDA Campus and Tabroom electronic ballots.
REMINDER: Judges must ensure that they have the necessary equipment, including camera, Chrome browser (Microsoft Edge is currently 100% compatible), and reliable internet connection.
The topic areas for Extemporaneous Speaking at FGCCFL tournaments in Spring 2021 have been released. These topic areas will be used, one per round, at the January and February tournaments and at Grand Finals. Topic areas may repeat from one tournament to another.
One notable development is the return of the political cartoon round. For the uninitiated, in such a round, contestants are given three political cartoons. They select one of them and then compose and answer their own question based on the cartoon. Contestants and judges alike find this format both challenging and fun. (The similar format using @realDonaldTrump tweets will not be returning, for obvious reasons.)
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:
- 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.
- 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). The docket may additionally contain 1-2 supplemental items, which will always be scheduled last and will not be guaranteed debate time.
- 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.
- Chamber assignments will be announced on Tournament Day. This will allow the tab staff to balance chambers even if there are substantial drops.
- There will be one Scorer per session. Each chamber will still have a Parliamentarian for the full day.
- 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.
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.
The guides have been moved to a separate page.