2022 National Speech and Debate Tournament
2022 National Speech and Debate National Tournament

2022 National Speech & Debate Tournament

Louisville, KY – June 12-17, 2022

Journey Begins In








As of May 1

Topics for the 2022 National Tournament (including high school, online supps, and middle school) are now available.

As of March 29, for the in-person high school National Tournament

    1. Registration is open.
    2. COVID-19 Health and Safety Document is updated and exemption application form is available.
    3. Tournament Logistics are available.
    4. Housing portal is open.

As we experience the National Speech & Debate Tournament from Louisville, Kentucky, it is important for us to acknowledge the Indigenous peoples who have called Louisville home. We acknowledge that the place we now call Kentucky is the ancestral home of more than 20 Indigenous tribes, including the Adena, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Hopewell, Miami, Osage, Seneca-Iroquois, and Shawnee peoples. We honor and acknowledge the presence and influence of Indigenous people of the past and the over 30,000 Native Americans living in Kentucky today. We recognize that our presence here is the result of the ongoing exclusions and erasure of Indigenous people. We thank the Indigenous peoples who have made essential contributions to Kentucky. We also want to recognize and thank Indigenous peoples, such as the Native American and Indigenous Coaches’ Caucus, for their contributions to speech and debate. We affirm our commitment to conscientiously work to meet the needs of Native American and Indigenous peoples.

Inspired by recommendations from the Native American and Indigenous Coaches’ Caucus and in partnership with the Native American Rights Fund, we have created a series of classroom and competition resources for your use. Learn more »




It’s time for Nationals 2022!


National Tournament Sponsors

WKU Logo

Colorado College Logo

American Legion Logo

Debate US!

International Public Policy Forum presented by The Brewer Foundation

ISD - Institute for Speech and Debate


Golden Home Bakery Products

PI Kappa Delta

The Delores Taylor Arthur School For Young Men

Thrive Scholars

WKU Logo

Arthur N. Rupe Foundation

John Templeton Foundation

The Julia Burke Foundation

Council on Foreign Relations

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute

Simpson College

Spark Investment Management

Summit Debate


Lafayette College

Red Hill - Patrick Henry National Memorial


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National Speech & Debate Tournament

Future Host Sites

2023 | Phoenix, Arizona – June 11-16

2024 | Des Moines, Iowa

2025 | Des Moines, Iowa – Centennial Celebration Year