TRANSCRIPT: The Director’s Chair (January 2020)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a transcript of segments from The Director’s Chair, which originally was published/emailed to OSDA coaches on January 20, 2020.

Dear OSDA Coach:

Happy 2020! I wanted to use this month’s letter to encourage you to participate in nominating students for scholarships, ask you for help with a new initiative that takes our mission beyond the scope of the OSDA, and remind you of District Finals protocols.

CSM Excellence in Critical Thinking Scholarships

As I wrote back in November, supporters of the Christian Science Monitor are funding eight $500 scholarships for the next three years to recognize excellence in critical thinking for our students who engage in evidence-based speaking and debating. Students in IS, OO, USX, IX, Policy, PF, LD, and Congressional Debate will be eligible to receive the award. District chairs and tournament hosts have been publicizing the scholarship at recent tournaments; however, we have not received enough nominations to cover each of the eight events. 

Please encourage your judges and fellow coaches to nominate students for this scholarship. You may find information and the nomination form on the OSDA HS Judging webpage.

Lebanon Correctional Institution Academy

Julie Busby, a volunteer at the Lebanon Correctional Institution, which is located between Dayton and Cincinnati, is interested in starting a debate program as part of a learning academy for a select number of inmates. Specifically, she would like help creating a four-month curriculum modeled after the Bard Prison Initiative, whose team made national news when they beat Harvard.

After spending some time researching prison debate programs, corresponding with the director of Bard’s program, and speaking with debate coaches at the Sylvania tournament, I discovered that there are current debate initiatives in Ohio. In fact, Peter Paik was the guest speaker at a debate event at the Lake Erie Correctional Institute. I also discovered that Bard uses World Schools Debate as a model for their curriculum and competitions. Finally, I discovered that inmates who participate in academic programs like the BPI have a far lower recidivism rate, which should surprise none of us.

If you have any suggestions for curriculum development or for teaching debate and communication skills to a group with limited resources (no Internet use and one class per week), please contact me.

District Finals

It’s hard to believe that we’ve turned the corner on another season and that District Finals are a mere two weeks away! Now that this realization has set in, here are some administrative reminders to help make the experience a smooth one:
  • Register for District Finals in SpeechWire through the invitation sent by your district chair.
  • Familiarize yourself with district tournament rules, which begin on p. 11 of the TOM.
  • You may register up to four entries per event; however, remember that BQS and PDQ entries count toward this ratio.
  • There are no double entries at Districts.
  • Your judges must meet the qualifications listed on p. 11 of the TOM.
  • Consult the CEM for script rules and make sure your students follow them. State qualifiers in INFO and OO will submit scripts and cover sheets to the OSDA.
  • New School Grant teams do not have to pay District Finals registration fees; however, teams receiving OSDA membership fee waivers do.
  • Contact your District Chair or Treasurer for specific payment information (fees, deadlines, forms of payment).

Thanks for your attention and cooperation. I look forward to another great year of speaking!

Sincerely,

Paul Moffitt

Executive Director

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2019-2020 OSDA Competition Calendars:

High School: the tentative calendar can be found here!
Middle School: the tentative calendar can be found here!
Please let us know if any corrections need to be made.

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INFORMATIVE SPEAKING and ORIGINAL ORATORY State Qualifiers:

Please remember that ALL qualifiers in INFO and OO MUST submit their speeches to the OSDA Board (osdasubmissions@gmail.com) by WEDNESDAY, 2/26. This submission must include the COVER PAGE, FULL SPEECH, and COMPLETE BIBLIOGRAPHY.

Please comply with the instructions for submission (copy the Google Doc, rename it with your School – Student Name, and share it with the email address above).

Informative Speaking

Original Oratory

Without proper submission, the Qualifier will be ineligible to compete at the State Tournament.

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BID QUALIFIERS

Any BID qualifiers to the State Tournament MUST appear on your district registration. However, they cannot compete at the District Tournament.

If a BID qualifier competes at the District Tournament, they forfeit their bid qualification.

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Congressional Debate Dockets

The High School docket for the State Tournament will be released soon.

The Middle School 2019-2020 docket can be found here.

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DISTRICT TOURNAMENTS

The website has helpful information regarding the district tournament. Please see the District Tournaments page for important information and helpful forms.

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State Finals 2020

Information on the 2020 State Tournament is available on our website.

Follow this link to the State Finals information!

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REMINDERS FOR ALL!

DEBATERS are allowed to use internet in-rounds for evidence and research! They cannot communicate with others outside of the round, but they ARE able to access the internet for research.

COACHES should be the only ones with access to and management of Speechwire accounts. Students should not be able to access or manage team accounts.

The “Coach in Charge” feature of Speechwire should designate the school-approved individual who is attending the tournament and who is responsible for the team. Remember that your team cannot compete without a coach in attendance!

Students cannot use the same selection they used even once in any previous year.

Please ensure that you have familiarized yourself with our governing documents. If you have questions about anything, please reach out! We are here to help, and we want everyone to have a great competitive experience!

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Additional Tournament for Middle School!

The Canton District will be offering a MS tournament on Friday, February 20 at New Philadelphia High School. Keep your eyes on Speechwire for an invitation!

Rounds should begin at approximately 4:00 PM.

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Middle School Public Forum Topic for January/February

Resolved: Technology does more harm than good.

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2019-2020 OSDA Board Officers
Chair – Jeremy Hamilton (Canfield)
Secretary – Holly Custer (Wooster)
Financial Secretary – Jodi West (Poland Seminary)2019-2020 OSDA Board Assignments
Hall of Fame – Missy Stertzbach (Hoover)
PDQ – Alan Bates (Princeton)
Congress – Amy Roediger (Mentor)

2019-2020 OSDA Board Committee Chairs
Alumni Outreach – Leslie Muhlbach (Gahanna Lincoln)
Branding & Merchandising – Sam Zulia (Wadsworth)
Ethical Standards – Missy Stertzbach (Hoover)
Fall Conference – Penny Harris (Canton Central Catholic)
Member Resources – John Weaver (Perry)
Middle School – Bill Prater (Findlay and Whitmer)
Publications – Ryan Peoples (Berea-Midpark) & Trish Pletcher (Norton)
Redistricting – Alan Bates (Princeton)
Rules/Competition – Bill Prater (Findlay and Whitmer)

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www.theosda.org

Paul Moffitt
OSDA Executive Director
2933 Glaston Oaks Ct.
Toledo, OH 43617
Phone / Fax: 1-844-SPEAKOH (1-844-773-2564)
Mobile: 419-360-3794
director@theosda.org

Copyright © 2019
The Ohio Speech and Debate Association
All rights reserved.

TRANSCRIPT: The Director’s Chair (August 2019)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a [slightly updated] transcript of segments from The Director’s Chair, which originally was published/emailed to OSDA coaches on August 15.

Dear OSDA Coach:

Welcome back to another season!

I hope you have had a relaxing and rejuvenating summer. With our annual coaches’ meeting [days] away, I wanted to preview some of the important issues we will be addressing in Wooster [this] weekend and go over a few reminders regarding OSDA registration.

The meeting agenda and invoice are available at the conference page on our website.

As you will see from the agenda, we plan to address some important changes for this year, including those involving debate and the development of ethical standards. Additionally, I will be meeting with each district to go over registration protocols and changes for this season, and to address particular district needs. You are welcome to complete your registration at the conference during these sessions; however, if you wish to register before our meeting, you are welcome to log in to your SpeechWire account and complete the required fields at the OSDA registration link.

Please remember to register each school separately and with a separate email address.

Two things will be generated upon registration. The first is an invoice that you may use to generate payment. High school membership is $125.00, and middle school membership is $50.00. Please make checks payable to OSDA. If your treasurer requires an updated W-9 to process payment, one is posted at the Join page on the OSDA site.

The second generated item is new this year: an email will be automatically sent to school administrators informing them of your registration, describing our competitive season, and reminding them of supervision requirements at tournaments. I ask that you accurately and completely fill out information for every coach on your team. Please do not have students access or manage your SpeechWire accounts.

New programs may wish to access these resources to apply for new school grant or membership-fee waiver. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have. Again, I will review this information during our afternoon district sessions at the coaches’ meeting.

Thank you for your cooperation. I look forward to another great season.

Sincerely,

Paul Moffitt

Executive Director

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OSDA Calendar

The tentative calendar for 2019-2020 High School competition can be found here!

The tentative calendar for 2019-2020 Middle School competition can be found here!

Please let us know if any corrections need to be made.

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OSDA Fall Coaching Conference

Our annual coaches conference will be at Wooster High School on August 24.  See the Tentative Agenda here.

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2019 Winning Orations : Available Now!

All State-qualifying Original orations and Informative speeches that had all necessary information (cover sheets and bibliographies) are available on our website.

You can access them here!

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Application to Host the 2021 OSDA State Tournament:

Any interested school may apply to host the State Finals beginning in the 2020-2021 season. Please see the application form and details here!

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Application to Host the 2021 OSDA Novice State / Middle-School State Tournament:

Any interested school may apply to host the MS State/State Novice Tournament for this season. Please see the application form and details here!

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2019-2020 OSDA Board Officers
Chair – Jeremy Hamilton (Canfield)
Secretary – Holly Custer (Wooster)
Financial Secretary – Jodi West (Poland Seminary)

2019-2020 OSDA Board Assignments
Hall of Fame – Missy Stertzbach (Hoover)
PDQ – Alan Bates (Princeton)
Congress – Amy Roediger (Mentor)

2019-2020 OSDA Board Committee Chairs
Alumni Outreach – Leslie Muhlbach (Gahanna Lincoln)
Branding & Merchandising – Sam Zulia (Wadsworth)
Ethical Standards – Missy Stertzbach (Hoover)
Fall Conference – Penny Harris (Canton Central Catholic)
Member Resources – John Weaver (Perry)
Middle School – Bill Prater (Findlay and Whitmer)
Publications – Ryan Peoples (Berea-Midpark) & Tricia Pletcher (Norton)
Redistricting – Alan Bates (Princeton)
Rules/Competition – Bill Prater (Findlay and Whitmer)

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www.theosda.org

Paul Moffitt
OSDA Executive Director
2933 Glaston Oaks Ct.
Toledo, OH 43617
Phone / Fax: 1-844-SPEAKOH (1-844-773-2564)
Mobile: 419-360-3794
director@theosda.org

Copyright © 2019
The Ohio Speech and Debate Association
All rights reserved.

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CONTEST: Why Speech & Debate?

Why Speech & Debate?

The Ohio Speech and Debate Association wants to promote the wonderful work that our student-competitors exhibit throughout the year.

And we want YOU to help.

We want student-competitors of The OSDA to create one-minute videos promoting the joys, challenges, and value of being a part of speech and debate.  (What that means is yours/your student’s to convey through the video.)  The target audience is other high-school students who may be considering what extracurricular activities to join.

GUIDELINES:

  • This contest is limited to high-school OSDA student-competitors.
  • There is no limit to how many people can be in the video.
  • Limit those receiving production credit to (no more than) two.
  • DISCLAIMER: By submitting a video for this contest, you knowingly and willfully acknowledge bestowment to The OSDA the rights to, and authority to share, said video for promotional and/or academic purposes solely at its own discretion.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  • Post your video to YouTube and send a link to The OSDA at osdavideos@gmail.com.
  • Include in the email to osdavideos@gmail.com:
    • the first- and last names of (no more than two) student-competitors primarily responsible for filming and editing the video;
    • your school(s) / team affiliation(s);
    • your video’s title (if applicable).

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES:

  • TBA

FINALIST ENTRIES:

  • Finalist- and champion videos will be selected by The OSDA Board of Directors.
  • The champion video entry will win a $100 scholarship and be recognized at The OSDA State Finals in March, in Canton.  Recognition also will be posted to The OSDA web site.
  • Finalist- and champion video-production information will be publicized.
  • The champion video producer(s) also will be invited to participate in an official OSDA Public Service Announcement to be released in the near future.

We ask you: Why Speech & Debate?  Now is your time to tell us.

Good luck!

It’s time to represent.

Rep Your Event 2019 is here.

Contest Rules & Guidelines:

  • Create a 1-minute video encapsulating what makes your OSDA competitive event great.
  • Voiceovers, interviews, and demonstrating the event are all allowed.  There are multiple ways to present your message, but performance clips are encouraged.
  • All videos must be appropriate for public display.  Use discretion.

How to Submit: 

Post your video to YouTube and send a link to the OSDA at osdavideos@gmail.com

Deadline for Entries:

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Winning Entries:

  • Finalist videos will be voted on via online voting before (and their submitters/producers will be recognized at) the State Tournament Awards Assembly in Canton in March 2019.
  • Finalist entries will be determined by the OSDA Board of Directors.
  • The Grand Prize Winner, who will be determined at the State Tournament in March, will win a $100 scholarship (and be forever recognized as the winning video producer for that year).
  • The OSDA reserves the right to award additional prizes.

DISCLAIMER: By submitting a video to this contest, or by assisting with production of a video submitted to this contest, you acknowledge that OSDA retains the right to use any submitted video, or portions (including still images) thereof, for promotional purposes.

2016 Winning Video: Melissa Liang (Sylvania Southview, TOL)

2017 Winning Video: Amelia Mainzer (Highland, AKR)

2018 Winning Video: Grace Cousens (Laurel School, CLE)

2019 Winning Video: Yours?

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Lights! Camera! Action! We look forward to seeing you represent.

Rep Your Event 2018 Finalist voting is LIVE!

The Finalists have been selected and it’s time to vote for the winner.

Each competitor was tasked with doing his or her best to encapsulate, within a 1-minute video (perhaps with a slight grace period), what makes a particular competitive OSDA event great.  This year’s Finalists represent the events of International Extemporaneous Speaking, Public Forum Debate, and Original Oratory.

International Extemporaneous Speaking

submitted by Aditi Rajgopal, Mason High School (GMV)

 

Public Forum Debate

submitted by Grace Cousens, Laurel School (CLE)

 

Original Oratory

submitted by Natalie Zachariah, Olentangy Liberty High School (COL)

 

Now YOU get to decide who wins the $100 scholarship from the OSDA, and which event is best represented for the year.

Head to TheOSDA.org or click this link to vote.

One of these three finalists will be announced the RYE Winner at the State Finals Awards Ceremony in Sylvania.  Votes are limited to one per person/account, so get out the vote!

Voting will be open until sometime shortly before the Awards Ceremony at State Finals on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Best of luck to you all!

Is your team ready to represent?

Rep Your Event 2018 is here.

Contest Rules & Guidelines:

  • Create a 1-minute video encapsulating what makes your OSDA competitive event great.
  • Voiceovers, interviews, and demonstrating the event are all allowed.  There are multiple ways to present your message, but performance clips are encouraged.
  • All videos must be appropriate for public display.  Use discretion.

How to Submit: 

Post your video to YouTube and send a link to the OSDA at osdavideos@gmail.com

Deadline for Entries:

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Winning Entries:

  • Finalist videos will be voted on via online voting before (and their submitters/producers will be recognized at) the State Tournament Awards Assembly at Sylvania in March 2018;
    • Finalist entries will be determined by the OSDA Board of Directors;
  • The Grand Prize Winner, who will be determined at the State Tournament in March, will win a $100 scholarship (and be forever recognized as the winning video producer for that year).
  • The OSDA reserves the right to award additional prizes.

DISCLAIMER: By submitting a video to this contest, or by assisting with production of a video submitted to this contest, you acknowledge that OSDA retains the right to use any submitted video, or portions (including still images) thereof, for promotional purposes.

2016 Winning Video: Melissa Liang (Sylvania Southview, TOL)

2017 Winning Video: Amelia Mainzer (Highland, AKR)

2018 Winning Video: Yours?

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Lights! Camera! Action! We look forward to seeing you represent.

Rep Your Event 2017 voting is online!

“You get to decide who wins the $100 scholarship from the OHSSL.”

At the State Tournament 2017 in Cleveland, the Board of Directors had narrowed the “RYE” finalists to the following two videos before the Awards Ceremony. Unfortunately, during the ceremony there were some technical issues that prevented the videos from being displayed in the auditorium.

Nevertheless, each video (and each competitor/filmmaker) deserves YOUR consideration for the titles of 2017 RYE Champion and Runner-Up. With the State Tournament behind us and the end of the school year approaching, we ask that you watch each video and cast your vote for this year’s best RYE entry.

Each competitor was tasked with doing his or her best to encapsulate, within a 1-minute video, what makes a particular competitive OHSSL event great.  This year’s finalists represent the events of Duo- and Humorous Interpretation.

YOU get to decide who wins the $100 scholarship from the OHSSL.

Head to OHSSL.org or click the link right here to vote.

Voting will end at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, May 7, 2017. The winner and runner-up will be declared on Monday, May 8.

Vote now!

Lights! Camera! Action! “Rep Your Event” Video Contest Is Back (2017)

The OHSSL is excited to announce “Rep Your Event” 2017!

Contest Rules & Guidelines:

  • Create a 1-minute video encapsulating what makes your OHSSL competitive event great.
  • Voiceovers, interviews, and demonstrating the event are all allowed.  There are multiple ways to present your message, but performance clips are encouraged.
  • All videos must be appropriate for public display.  Use discretion.
  • HOW TO SUBMIT: Post your video to YouTube and send a link to the OHSSL at ohsslvideos@gmail.com
  • DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Friday, February 10, 2017

Winning Entries:

  • The top finalist videos will be shown (and their submitters/producers will be recognized) at the State Tournament Awards Assembly at Berea-Midpark/Olmsted Falls in March 2017;
    • Top finalist entries will be determined by the OHSSL Board of Directors;
  • The Grand Prize Winner, who will be determined at the State Tournament in March, will win a $100 scholarship and will have his or her video added to the OHSSL web site.  (The OHSSL reserves the right to award additional prizes.)

DISCLAIMER: By submitting a video to this contest, or by assisting with production of a video submitted to this contest, you acknowledge that OHSSL retains the right to use any submitted video, or portions (including still images) thereof, for promotional purposes.

Lights!  Camera!  Action!  We look forward to seeing your creative vision.