National Tournament

"The people, the tournament, the skills you gain—speech and debate is an amazing experience. Before this activity, I was really shy. Now, performing in front of people makes me excited. Speech and debate is awesome!”

– Jared Shapiro

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National Tournament

2015 Dallas Nationals

The National Speech & Debate Tournament is the largest academic competition in the world! To attend the National Tournament, students must place among the top competitors at one of 110 district tournaments across the country. Qualifiers will compete for college scholarships in one of 11 main events—Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Congressional Debate-House, Congressional Debate-Senate, Original Oratory, United States Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation—as well as seven consolation and supplemental events.

2015 National Speech & Debate Tournament – Dallas, Texas

Middle School National Tournament

June 16 - 19, 2015

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High School National Tournament

June 14 - 19, 2015

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USA World Schools Debate Invitational

June 14 - 19, 2015

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Watch highlights from the 2014 Nationals below!


Future Host Sites

2016 Salt Lake City, Utah
2017 Birmingham, Alabama

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