NSDA Points for Coaches

Coach Certificate

Each student who accumulates 25 points (10 of which must be earned in interscholastic high school competition) earns individual NSDA membership, referred to as the degree of Merit. Coaches also earn individual membership upon accumulation of 25 points, based upon recording one-tenth of student points (275 student points = 27.5 coach points). A one-time $50 (or NT 1,500) enrollment fee is assessed per new individual member.

Each time a student or a coach achieves a new point threshold as detailed in the following chart, s/he adds a new degree to her/his membership record. The national office will send notification of new degrees earned, along with the corresponding seals, for the coach to place on students’ certificates. Each seal is affixed to the certificate by placing it over the previous seal, but slightly to the right, so that one-quarter inch of the previous seal remains exposed (see example certificate to the right.).

A chapter’s total degrees determines number of entries it is allotted for the district tournament, as well as votes in NSDA district committee and national board elections.

DegreePointsStrength°Certificate SealGem
Merit251Gray on WhiteNone
Excellence1503Silver on WhiteBlue Sapphire
Distinction2504Metallic Gold on GoldRuby
Special Distinction5005Silver on PinkDouble Ruby
Superior Distinction7506Silver on BlueTriple Ruby
Outstanding Distinction1,0007Silver on VioletQuadruple Ruby
Premier Distinction1,5008Silver on BlackQuintuple Ruby
First Diamond1,5008 1 Diamond
Second Diamond3,0009 2 Diamonds
Third Diamond6,00010 3 Diamonds
Fourth Diamond10,00011 4 Diamonds
Fifth Diamond13,00012 5 Diamonds
Sixth Diamond16,00013 6 Diamonds
Seventh Diamond19,00014 7 Diamonds
Eighth Diamond21,00015 8 Diamonds
Ninth Diamond24,00016 9 Diamonds
Tenth Diamond27,00017 10 Diamonds