Basics of Directing Speech and Debate Tournaments

How to guide of planning competitive speech and debate tournaments.
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  • Lectures 21
  • Length 1.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

This course is designed to give a coach who is new to the activity or new to directing a guide to putting together a tournament. Included in this course are useful planning tools and examples of items you will need to produce for your tournaments. Most of the course is geared towards the planning phase. Additionally, the day of the tournament and post-tournament evaluation is also covered. The course also included samples and templates that can be adapted for your tournaments.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic understanding of competitive speech and debate activities.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Able to run and direct a speech and debate tournament.
  • Understand key planning processes.

Who is the target audience?

  • Coaches who will be working at tournaments.
  • Coaches interested in running their own tournaments.

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21 pages

Presentation at 2015 NSDA Coaches Clinic. Dallas, TX

Section 1: Pre-Tournament
Setting Dates
Process for Reserving Rooms
Determining Number of Rooms Needed
The Invitation
1 page

This is an invitation that I used at a recent tournament.

The Budget
Budget Example
1 page
Establishing a Schedule
1 page

Sample schedule from tournament. We ran debate only, offering Public Forum and Parliamentary Debate. Both formats run under an hour to complete the debate.

Staffing Needs
Trophies and Awards
Two Weeks Leading Up
Section 2: During the Tournament
Morning of the Tournament
Afternoon of the Tournament
Section 3: After the Tournament
After the Tournament
Section 4: Tabulation and Results Examples
Tabulating a Debate Tournament with Excel-Debate
3 pages
Tabulating a Debate Tournament with Excel-Speech
5 pages
Section 5: Concession Stand Information
Concession Stand Information
2 pages
Concession Excel Document
3 pages

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Instructor Biography

Dan Leahy, Executive Director-Teacher-Coach

Currently I work on a couple of different projects.  I coach forensics at a high school in the Bay Area, California.  I have been the Director of Forensics for over three years now.  I have been coaching and judging competitive speech and debate for about five years total.  Two years ago, I formed a non-profit organization who's mission is to support speech and debate education through various initiatives.  

My background in Communication began back in 2004 when I took my first Public Speaking course.  It was life changing, and enabled me to find my true passion.  Since then I have taken several courses in the field earned a certificate and competed on college debate teams.  My proudest achievements competitively have been taking a Gold Medal in Team Parliamentary Debate and a Silver in L-D/Parliamentary Debate.  

My goal is to help as many people as possible realize their voice.  By teaching the fundamentals of communication I have helped numerous students begin the journey of articulating their own voices on issues that matter to them the most.  I'm hoping that Udemy can help me explore new ways of teaching these skills.

I look forward to working with you.

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