2020,April,4,5 NSDA Invitational(High School) & NSDA Invitational (Middle+Elementary School)

Registration Deadline is March 21

WHY NSDA TOURNAMENTS MATTER?

NSDA is the oldest, the biggest, the most recognized in the world, thus most beneficial for your future college and beyond!

NSDA alumni exude prominent influence in the U.S. and beyond.

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    U.S. Academia considers NSDA awards favorably because NSDA is considered the most prestigious and official speech and debate association in the U.S. and abroad. For example, according to Yale Professor Luong and the Wall Street Journal (Interactive Edition, April 16, 1999), U.S. top-tier U.S. colleges admits 22 – 30 % more debaters, as opposed to students in other extra-curricular activities “school newspaper reporter (+3%), sports team captain (+5%), class president (+5), and band (+3).”

    NSDA was founded in 1925, and its national tournaments are the world’s largest. As of 2017, it has 30,000 regional qualifying participants and nearly 8,000 national tournament attendees. To date, it has enrolled over 1.4 million members in all 50 states, U.S. possessions, and several foreign countries. Currently, NSDA serves more than 150,000 students and 6,500 coaches.

    NSDA alumni exude prominent influence in the U.S., and to name just a few are Presidents John F. Kennedy, Hillary & Bill Clintons; Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Samuel Alito; Senators Richard Lugar, Russ Feingold, and William Frist; Amazon founder Jeff Bezos; CNN founder Ted Turner; media visionaries Oprah Winfrey, Brett Pitt, and Michael Moore.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

See last year’s schedule as an example.
  • 4/4 Varsity & Novice Preliminary Rounds
  • 4/5 Varsity & Novice Elims &  Finals
  • 4/5 Elementary Prelims, Elims, and Finals (Elementary events will require only one day)

HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS (top 2 teams qualify to the U.S. nationals)

Disclaimer: High School Events will be held at TAS and operated by the new NSDA Chair Chase Williams, but ADL can help in the registration process.

  • Speech: Original Oratory, Dramatic Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking (G9-12); click for instruction
  • VPF: Varsity Public Forum (G9-12)
  • VCX: Varsity Policy (G9-12); 
  • VLD: Varsity Lincoln Douglass (G9-12)

HIGH SCHOOL WSD APPLICATION

Ten (10) World School Debate students (grades 8-12) will be qualified by TSDA to form two “WSD Taiwan” teams for the U.S. Nationals to be held in the third week of June in the U.S.  Read more about it here.

If you are interested, please email Chase Williams <williamsc@tas.tw>.

MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENTS G6 – 8

Disclaimer: ADL will be operating the middle and elementary events.

  • NPF: Novice Public Forum (G6-7 with 1 year/less debate experience) 
  • NCX: Novice Policy, speech times are 1/2 of OCX; (G6-8 with 1 year/less debate experience)
  • NES: Novice Extemporaneous Speaking

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EVENTS FOR G1 – 5 

  • ESD: Smart Debate (G4-5): It is half speech time of PF debate.
  • EOO: Speech Block A (G1-4): Original Oratory or  Storytelling
  • EI: Speech Block B (G1-4): Impromptu
  • Double-Entries must be selected from different time slots (A + B) to avoid time conflicts.  Click for more instruction on kids’ speech preparation.

MIDDLE WSD APPLICATION (G5-G9)

For students grades 5-8, AD

For students grades 5-8, ADL can send an unlimited number of WSD Taiwan teams to the NSDA Nationals Middle school Championship without the above qualifications, but you must register with the ADL staff.

To read more about the debate format of WSD, click here.

DEBATE TOPICS (NSDA April Topics)

  • Policy Debate: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States.

LIMITATIONS

  • Debate partner can be from a different school for the Taiwan District, but a partner must be from the same school for the U.S. NSDA.
  • Double entries ONLY permitted for grade 1-4 if both entries are speech events. For all other situations, NOT permitted.

REGISTRATION METHODS

VENUE

  • 4/4 High school preliminary at TAS
  • 4/5 High school elims at NTNU
  • 4/4 Middle school preliminary at NTNU
  • 4/5 Middle school elims and Elementary entire events at
    • 國立臺灣師範大學公館校區: 116台北市文山區汀州路四段88號
    • NTNU Gongguan Campus (No.88, Sec. 4, Tingzhou Rd., Wenshan Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan).
    • NTNU google map

COSTS

  1. Annual School Membership:
    • High School – NT 4,500
    • Middle School – NT 3,000
  2. Onetime Student Membership:
    • High School – NT 1,000
    • Middle School – NT 1,000
    • *A student shall pay a total of NT$ 2,000 in their lifetime, if they have been a member of NSDA for Middle and High schools.
  3. Tournament Registration:
    • NT$ 2,000 per one high school student (*High school qualifier is sponsored in part by TSDA in alliance with Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, a program within Fullbright.)
    • NT$ 4,000 per one middle school student
    • NT$ 3,000 per one elementary student
  4. Judging fee:
    • NT 4,000 will be waived if a school provides either a parent or teacher judge per 6 students; if not, must pay NT 4,000.
  5. Optional:If your school does not manage NSDA points for you, then a student can pay ADL 1,500 NT annually to 1) record NSDA points and 2) receive NSDA Certificates. Read more about NSDA points here.

Please read to understand how NSDA tournaments are operated as nonprofit service to the students.

DISCOUNTS

  • 30% off for students traveling from Tainan, Taitung, Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Kenting
  • 50% off for students who qualify for financial aid (the coach must submit a letter of request to <jc@asiandebateleague.com>
  • 20% off if registered and paid by 3/7
  • 10% off if registered and paid by 3/14

PAYMENT

For your convenience, all fees can be wired to ADL account directly.

Cathay United Bank, Nangang Branch: 國泰世華銀行, 南港分行
Account 帳號#: 106035009666,
Account Name: 臺北市私立亞太思辯文理短期補習班天母分班, 陳南光

CONFIRMATION

If you have questions, please call us at 02-2876-1866 from 2:00 – 8:00 PM (Monday – Friday) and 10 AM – 6 PM (Saturday). You can also LINE us <http://nav.cx/6qTXpan>.

If you have questions, please call us at 02-2876-1866 from 2:00 – 8:00 PM (Monday – Friday) and 10 AM – 6 PM (Saturday). You can also LINE us <http://nav.cx/6qTXpan>.

TOURNAMENT RULES

NOVICE POLICY PREREQUISITE

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  • All teams’ affirmative cases must be submitted to ADL coach Tyler by March 30, no later than midnight, via tyler.prochazka@gmail.com
  • Ultimately, all submitted cases will be shared openly to all teams via google doc.
  • Teams who don’t submit their cases risk the possibility of being disqualified.

GENERAL RULES

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  • 1.Judging fee: A judging fee of NT$ 4,000 is waived, if you bring ONE school teacher/parent judge for 8 students. If there are more than 8 students from your school, then you need to provide TWO parent/teacher judges.
  • 2.Accuracy in Personal Info: Accuracy in Personal Info: If there is any misinformation in the student’s status (name, grade, school, etc.), you must notify us immediately, as intentional or not, fabrication or misrepresentation of personal status can cause automatic disqualification at the tournament. Please note that inaccurate information you have noticed during the tournament cannot be corrected until the tournament has ended.
  • 3.Accuracy in Personal Info: Accuracy in Personal Info: If there is any misinformation in the student’s status (name, grade, school, etc.), you must notify us immediately, as intentional or not, fabrication or misrepresentation of personal status can cause automatic disqualification at the tournament. Please note that inaccurate information you have noticed during the tournament cannot be corrected until the tournament has ended.
  • 4.Food & Drink: Bring enough snacks and drinks, and eat between the rounds. Eating in the classroom will be allowed. However, you must take care of your own trash; if you don’t, you might be temporarily suspended from the tournament until it is cleaned up.
  • 5.Video Recording: You CANNOT video record the debate rounds, unless you have the permission of EVERYONE in the room. However, if other participants in the room give you the permission to record, ONLY then you can record the entire round.
  • 6.Online Ballots Are in the Tabroom: If you are a tabroom member, you will be able to see your ballots online immediately. For instructions, please click this link.
  • 7.Random vs. Fixed Arrangement: During the pre-elimination rounds, the system will automatically prevent competition between teams of same school as much as possible. During the finals, however, if multiple teams from the same school advance, then the teams of same school might compete.
  • 8.Elimination Rounds: Please don’t leave prematurely until the speaker awards are announced, even if you have lost all the rounds, as you could have still won a speaker award, which is separate from the debate award.
  • 9.Final Rounds: Those who have qualified to at least the octo-final rounds are a winner, and an appropriate award will be issued at the end of the day.
  • 10.High School Student Judges: High school students who have not advanced to the final rounds are obligated to serve as judges for middle and elementary divisions. You will be given an NSDA-Taiwan Certificate of Service. This kind of community service is rare and thus will stand out on your college application since most high school students are not good enough to neither understand nor judge debate.

CODE OF CONDUCT

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  • 1.Punctuality: If you are not in the room on time, the debate will start without you. If your team is absent, your opponent wins automatically. Under pressure, a judge might decide to skip grand crossfire.
  • 2.Electronic Devices: Electronic devices during the debate and speech rounds will be permitted, ONLY if they are disconnected from the internet and muted. One caught using the internet during the rounds, will be suspended from the tournament. But internet usage in between the rounds is allowed.
  • 3.Judges’ Decision is Final: A judge may disclose or close the decision, meaning for various reasons (usually due to time pressure), a judge may refrain from explaining the results in detail. However, it is the duty of the judge to write clearly the reasons for voting on the ballot.
  • 4. Judges’ Fairness: ADL has handpicked the very best judges available in Taiwan. However, if you feel that you were judged unfairly, please don’t complain to anyone on the day of the tournament, as no one will have the time to listen. Wait until you have received your ballot. Then address your concerns directly to your debate coach during the class time, so everyone can learn from the experience.
  • 5. Grievances about Unfairness: ADL will not listen to unsubstantiated grievances.
  • 6. Participants’ Code of Conduct: Participants must not a) make insulting comments, jokes, insults, or insinuations about another person’s culture, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation whether in the presence of that person or not; or b) engage in any form of violence or uninvited physical contact with another individual.
  • 7. Coaches’ Code of Conduct: a) coaches cannot confront judges in an aggressive manner after a debate; b) feedback between teams and judges must be given and received in a constructive and non-confrontational manner.
  • 8. Parents’ Code of Conduct: a) Parents CANNOT video record the debate rounds, unless EVERYONE in the room give you the permission to do so; b) during the contest, parents CANNOT TALK with their child via vocally, facially, or bodily; c) parents CANNOT COMMUNICATE with their child during the contest by means of showing notes, passing notes, or by texting via devices.
  • 9. Everyone’s Code of Conduct: Any contestant or a judge leaving the tournament prematurely MUST first obtain permission to leave because you could have advanced to higher rounds or needed to judge in later rounds, but by you leaving prematurely creates a delay and chaos in later rounds.
  • 10. Breach of Code: If a participant believes that another participant has breached this Code of Conduct, s/he may report the breach to the tournament tab room officers. If found guilty, the violators will be disqualified from the tournament.

DEBATE RULES

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  • 1.Make Copies of your Case for the Opponent: Your opponent has the right to scrutinize your evidence, so please bring enough copies for your opponent.
  • 2.If you don’t speak loud or clear: Then, your opponent has the right to sit/stand near you to discern your arguments.
  • 3.Time Your Own Speech: Contestants must time themselves; cannot entirely depend on the judges.
  • 4. Open Crossfire: If both teams agree, partner assistance will be allowed during the crossfire.
  • 5. Judge Adaptation: Before each round, debaters can assess “judging preference” simply by asking the judge how s/he personally votes. A good debater can use different strategies to persuade judges of different backgrounds. Thus, be mindful that it is not the fault of the judge that s/he is not convinced, since the burden of proof and persuasion lies with the debater.

SPEECH RULES

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  • 1.Make Copies of your Case for the Opponent: Your opponent has the right to scrutinize your evidence, so please bring enough copies for your opponent.
  • 2.If you don’t speak loud or clear: Then, your opponent has the right to sit/stand near you to discern your arguments.
  • 3.Time Your Own Speech: Contestants must time themselves; cannot entirely depend on the judges.
  • 4. Impromptu Resources Allowed: Impromptu contestants can bring in hard copies of articles, organizers, notebooks, dictionaries, and etc. into the rounds to prep for their speeches.
  • a. Drawing: The first speaker draws 2-4 topics/questions, choose one, and return the other; the other contestants draw in like manner, in the order of speaking. If a contestant draws a topic/question which s/he has spoken already in a different round must return it and draw again.
  • Preparation: As soon as a question is chosen, the contestant will prepare a speech without prepared notes. However, students may use published books, magazines, newspapers and journals or articles.
  • No other material will be allowed in the prep room other than stated above – e.g., speeches, handbooks, briefs and outlines are prohibited from the prep room.
  • 5. Time Limit: After you have spoken for a half minute past your speech limit (5. 5 minutes), a judge might or might not allow you to continue and finish your speech. After one minute past the time limit (6 minutes), a judge might decide to disqualify you.

JUDGE TRAINING

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    All new judges must receive judge training either by A) via LINE or email and/or B) the first day face-to-face training from 7:30 – 8:30 AM before the tournament begins.

2019 NSDA Taiwan Qualifier & Invitational Results

2018 NSDA Taiwan Qualifier Results & Pictures