National Tournament

"Speech and debate builds self-confidence in young kids. As a mom, it's also given me confidence that my son has the ability to pursue anything he wants. He's transitioned from someone not comfortable standing in front of a crowd to thriving at tournaments."

– Ajitha Watal

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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!

 

The National Tournament is such an exciting place! There is so much energy, the experience is amazing, and you learn so much. I'm thrilled that my students have this once in a lifetime opportunity."Gay Brasher, Hall of Fame Coach

Future Host Sites

2016 Salt Lake City, Utah
2017 Birmingham, Alabama

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