National Tournament

"Speech and debate has helped me become a better person. It's helped me determine my career path and get into the college I want to attend."

– Katrina Adams

Have Questions?

Contact the National Office

Online form »
Email »

Phone: (920) 748-6206
Fax: (920) 748-9478

National Tournament

The National Speech & Debate Tournament is the largest academic competition for middle school and high school students in the world. To attend nationals, students must place among the top competitors at one of 110 district tournaments. Qualifiers to the National Tournament 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

Location: Dallas, Texas

High School Dates: June 14-19

Middle School Dates: June 16-19

Watch highlights from the 2014 National Tournament below


History and Results

View all history and results

Future Host Sites

2016 Salt Lake City, Utah
2017 Birmingham, Alabama

View previous host cities