GAD Coaches’ Manual

The Coaches Manual was updated for the 2017-18 school year and updates for the 2018-19 school year will be made soon. The pages included in each section are listed below the section heading. You can download all of the pages within a tabbed section by clicking on the title of that section.

Cover and Notebook Tabs

Cover Page
Spine
Labels for Tabs (2 versions)
p. i Table of Contents
p. iii How to Use This Manual

Contact Information/Names and Dates

p. 1 Advisory Board
p. 2 Competition Coordinators
p. 3 Names and Addresses
p. 4 Competition Dates
p. 5 Calendar

Background Information

p. 6 GAD History
p. 7 How the Decathlon Works
p. 8 To the AD Coach

Registration/Team Eligibility/Study Strategies

p. 9 School District or School Registration
p. 10 Sample Registration Form

p. 11 Team Selection
p. 13 Team Eligibility
p. 17a Examples of Courses for GPA Computation
GPA Calculation Information (links to GPA section on USAD website)
p. 18 Request for Student Replacement

p. 19 Academic Elective Course
p. 21 Study Strategies
p. 22a Additional Study Strategies

District Competition

p. 23 Conducting a District-level AD Program

Testing

p. 24a Testing
p. 25 Tests to Order
p. 26 Test Request Form
p. 27 Guidelines for District-level Testing
p. 28 USAD Calculator Policy
p. 29 Testing Answer Form

Essay

p. 30 Essay
p. 32 Judging Essay
p. 33 Essay Scantron
p. 34 Essay Rubric Domains
p. 35 Essay Practice Prompts

Interview

p. 36 Interview
p. 37 How Interview is Judged
p. 39 Interview – Sample Topics
p. 40 Tips for Constructing a Resume
p. 41 Interview – Sample Resumes
p. 43 Interview -Sample Schedule
p. 44 Interview Scantron

Speech

p. 45 Speech
p. 46 Prepared Speech
p. 48 Speech – Coaching Tips
p. 50 Speech Descriptors
p. 51 Impromptu Preparation
p. 54 Speech “Toastmasters” Tips
p. 55 Speech Evaluation Form
p. 56 Timing Cards
p. 59 Sample Speech Schedule
Showcase Speeches

Super Quiz

p. 60 Super Quiz – Oral Relay
p. 61 Super Quiz – Scoring

Scoring

p. 62 Explanation of Scoring
p. 63 Scoring Tips
p. 64 Division Groupings
p. 65 Wild Card Invitational
p. 66 Wild Card-Directions for Calculating Scores
p. 69 Wild Card-Sample Score Sheets
Wild Card Self-calculating Excel Spreadsheet

State Competition

p. 71 Teams Advancing to State Competition
p. 73 Code of Student Conduct
p. 74 Dress Code
p. 75 General Rules
p. 76 State Competition – Identification Numbers
Volunteer Form (online form)

Sample Documents

Pages in this section are samples only. Please use the updated pages found in the Forms and State Competition Registration Packet sections of the website (will be updated every January). If a link to an online form isn’t active the form is probably not updated yet. 

p. 77 Competition Schedule
p. 78 Directions
p. 79 Berkmar Campus Map
Intent to Participate (online form)
Preliminary Team Roster (online form)
p. 80 Return Cover Sheet
p. 81 Coach’s Agreement
p. 82 Team Registration
p. 84 Request for Special Needs/Consideration
p. 85 Student Registration
p. 86 GPA Worksheet Instructions
GPA Excel Worksheet
p. 88 Awards Banquet Reservations
p. 89 Hotel Room Registration Information
p. 90 Hotel Rooming List
Media Information (online form)
T-Shirt Order (online form)
p. 18 Request for Student Replacement
p. 35 Essay Practice Prompts
p. 41-42 Sample Resumes
p. 59 Sample Speech Schedule
p. 43 Sample Interview Schedule

Appendix

GAD Honor Cord Order Form

USAD Content Standards

USAD Online Testing & Training Center