2020 April 4,5 NSDA Taiwan District Qualifier (for High School) & Taiwan Invitational for NSDA members (for Middle & Elementary)

Registration & Payment Deadline is March 21

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  • All teams’ affirmative cases must be submitted to ADL coach Tyler by April 2, 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. 


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  • 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)

2019 NSDA Schedule


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

HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS FOR G9 – 12 (top 2 teams qualify for the U.S. nationals)

  • 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)


  • 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


WSD APPLICATION FOR G8 – 12 (10 students selected for the U.S. nationals)

Ten 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. This will look great on your college portfolio, as you are representing your country Taiwan. Read more about it here https://www.speechanddebate.org/nationals/.

Qualification process will begin after the NSDA Taiwan District Tournament (first week of April). If you are interested, please follow the necessary steps below.

Answer the questions 1, 2, 3 below and email them to Chase Williams <williamsc@tas.tw> and/or Jessie Chen <jc@asiandebateleague.com>.

  1. Are you able to finance your trip to the US? If your answer is no, you cannot be qualified.
  2. Are you able to attend all after school and weekend practices as requested by the WSD coach in the month of May and June? If your answer is not yes, then tell us about your limitations.
  3. Explain what relevant experiences you have that have prepared you to compete successfully at the U.S. National World Schools Debate Championship. Please limit such references to “team debate” competitions, as opposed to MUN and other individual events.

Top priority will be given to students who have already competed in PF, LD, or Policy event and performed well in the April Taiwan District tournament.

You can read more about how USA Debate Team for WSD is selected and trained here https://www.speechanddebate.org/usa-debate/

WSD APPLICATION FOR G5 – 8 (all students can go to the U.S. nationals)

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 leave your 1) name, 2) grade, and 3) school here by clicking comment.

To read more about the debate format of WSD, click here: https://asiandebateleague.com/programs-2/programs/parliamentary-congress-debate/


DEBATE TOPICS (April NSDA Topic will be used)

  • Smart Debate (same as PF topic, but 1/2 PF time)

Resolved: The United Nations should grant India permanent membership on the Security Council.

  • Public Forum Debate 

Resolved: The United Nations should grant India permanent membership on the Security Council.

March 1 here: https://www.speechanddebate.org/topics/

  • Lincoln Douglas Debate

Resolved: The illegal use of drugs ought to be treated as a matter of public health, not of criminal justice.

  • Policy Debate

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.

  • World School Debate

Will be released on April 1 here: https://www.speechanddebate.org/topics/


  • 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.



  • 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 school preliminary at NTNU (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)


As of January 2020, Scott Wunn has designated Taiwan Speech & Debate Association (TSDA) as the exclusive sponsor of NSDA Taiwan District that is responsible for 1) membership registration, 2) NSDA fee collection, 3) NSDA points maintenance, and 4) district tournaments operation. TSDA is a committee of five members who each represent a school, and currently three ADL coaches representing the schools they teach are members. 

Non-Profit Operation: NSDA tournaments are run on non-profit basis as shown in the attached cost analysis of 2019 NSDA District & InvitationalCost items A and B below go to NSDA office in the U.S. and cost item C includes the travel costs of NSDA representatives coming to Taiwan, facility rental, trophies, lunch, judge & staff compensations, and other costs related to the operation of this tournament. Cost item D is spent on hiring judges. 

  1. Annual School Membership:
    • High School – NT 4,500
    • Middle School – NT 3,000
    • Elementary – NT 1,500
  2. Onetime Student Membership:
    • High School – NT 1,000
    • Middle School – NT 1,000
    • Elementary – NT 1,000
    • *A student shall pay a total of $3,000 in their lifetime, if they have been a member of NSDA for Elementary, Middle, and High schools.
  3. Tournament Registration:
    • NT$ 4,000 per one middle and high school student
    • NT$ 3,000 per one elementary student
    • 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 3/9
    • 10% off if registered and paid by 3/16
    • Payment Deadline 3/25
    • Registration Deadline: 3/21
  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: https://asiandebateleague.com/points/njfl-points/


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

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