Who We Are
The National Speech & Debate Association was created in 1925 to provide recognition and support for students participating in speech and debate activities. While our organization has evolved over the decades, our mission is more relevant today than ever before. We connect, support, and inspire a diverse community committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate.
What We Do
As the national authority on public speaking and debate, the National Speech & Debate Association provides the infrastructure for speech and debate competitions around the world. We create a platform for youth voices to be heard and celebrated, which culminates with an annual National Tournament, the pinnacle of public speaking.
Speech and debate changes lives. NSDA membership builds confidence, boosts classroom performance, improves communication, and increases critical thinking skills to prepare students for college. Our activity provides life skills vital to a young person’s success in the future.
Explore what speech and debate can do for you
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Events & Current Topics
Interested in what our students are currently talking and debating about? See our list of current topics or learn more about competitive events.
Forms & Manuals
Find essential forms, rules, and manuals like the High School Unified Manual, the Middle School Unified Manual, and our Competition Events Guides.
Browse and search our extensive list of speech and debate resources. Upgrade to the Resource Package for access to even more!
Find all the guides and resources you need to learn about competitive speech and debate, team management, and all you can do with a membership.