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National Tournament Topics 2022

National Tournament Topics 2022

The following topics will be discussed during the 2022 National Speech & Debate Tournament. Select a tab below to access high school, online supplemental, or middle school topics. Visit our Nationals page to learn more about this prestigious event!

High School Policy Debate

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.

 

High School Public Forum Debate

TOPIC AREA: Trade

Resolved: The United States should establish a comprehensive bilateral trade agreement with Taiwan.

(A total of 389 coaches and 851 students voted for the resolution. The winning resolution received 50% of the coach vote and 50% of the student vote.)

 

High School Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Resolved: Radicalism is preferable to incrementalism to achieve social justice.

(A total of 401 coaches and 832 students voted for the resolution. The winning resolution received 36% of the coach vote and 41% of the student vote.)

 

High School Congressional Debate

Download the 2022 high school docket containing preliminary, semifinal, and final round legislation (updated 05/13/22).

 

High School Big Questions Debate

Resolved: On balance, societies benefit from religious belief and practice.

 

High School World Schools Debate

(Prepared motions are listed in round order.)

  • Round 1: This House regrets political parties.
  • Round 2: This House regrets political parties.
  • Round 3: Impromptu
  • Round 4 : This House supports the rise of celebrity influencer activism.
  • Round 5: Impromptu
  • Round 6: Impromptu
  • Round 7 (Triple Octafinals): This House would eliminate player drafts in professional sports.
  • Round 8 (Double Octafinals): This House, as the United Nations, would revise The Global Compact on Refugees.
  • Round 9 (Octafinals): Impromptu
  • Round 10 (Quarterfinals): Impromptu
  • Round 11 (Semifinals): Impromptu
  • Round 12 (Finals): This House believes that housing is a guaranteed right.

High School International Extemp

(Topic areas are listed alphabetically.)

  • Africa
  • Central and South America
  • Central and South Asia
  • East and Southeast Asia
  • Environmental Issues
  • Europe
  • Global Human Rights
  • International Diplomacy
  • International Economics
  • The Middle East
  • Militaries and Armed Conflicts
  • North America and the Caribbean
  • The World Next Week

High School United States Extemp

(Topic areas are listed alphabetically.)

  • Arts, Entertainment, and Society
  • Education
  • Entitlements and Health Care
  • Environment and Energy
  • The Executive Branch
  • The First Amendment
  • The Judicial Branch
  • The Legislative Branch
  • Racial Justice
  • Science and Technology
  • U.S. Economics and Business
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • The U.S. Next Week

High School Extemporaneous Debate

Tournament officials post the resolution to be debated for each round 30 minutes prior to the start of flight A. Each resolution will address one of the following topic areas (listed alphabetically).

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education Policy
  • Environment and Conservation
  • The First Amendment
  • Governmental Structure
  • Health and Wellness
  • High School Student Life
  • International Policy
  • Media
  • Personal Freedom
  • Social Culture/Movements
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Transportation

High School Extemp Commentary

(Topic areas are listed alphabetically.)

  • All Things Kentucky (topics about Kentucky)
  • All the President’s People (topics linked to President Biden’s cabinet members)
  • The Big Blue Marble (topics related to the resources and health of planet Earth)
  • Billionaires Buzzing (topics about billionaires, millionaires, etc.)
  • Education Nation (topics concerning current issues in education)
  • The Final Frontier (topics related to new sectors of scientific and technological discovery)
  • Her Story (topics featuring women or women’s history)
  • *snap* Work! (topics related to unions/unionizing, job reform, the supply chain, etc.)

High School Impromptu

(Topic areas are listed alphabetically.)

  • Children’s Programming Wisdom (quotations from children’s programming and children’s literature—e.g., Sesame Street)
  • Friendship (quotations about friendship)
  • Games (quotations from video game characters, athletes, coaches, etc.)
  • International Proverbs
  • Kentucky Native: Muhammad Ali (quotations from Ali)
  • Opposites (pairs of words that contrast—e.g., sour and sweet)
  • Pure Imagination (quotations about innovation, creativity, and wonder)
  • Wacky Words (prompts that are only one word)

High School Storytelling

Students competing in Storytelling may use any theme/topic area.

High School Congressional Debate – Online Supps ONLY

Download the 2022 high school online supplemental docket containing preliminary, semifinal, and final round legislation.

 

High School Prepared Commentary – Online Supps ONLY

In Prepared Commentary, students select one prompt from the list below, prepare a 5-minute speech, and submit it through the recording process.
TOPIC AREA – In Memoriam: People We Lost In 2022

  • Madeleine Albright: 1937 – 2022
  • Clyde Bellecourt: 1936 – 2022
  • Betty Davis: 1944 – 2022
  • Emilio Delgado: 1940 – 2022
  • Robin Herman: 1951 – 2022
  • Brigadier General Charles McGee: 1919 – 2022
  • Sidney Poitier: 1927 – 2022
  • Ronnie Spector: 1943 – 2022
  • André Leon Talley: 1948 – 2022
  • Rep. Don Young: 1933 – 2022

High School Prepared Prompt Speaking – Online Supps ONLY

In Prepared Prompt Speaking, students select one prompt from the list below, prepare a 5-minute speech, and submit it through the recording process.

  • Electric Vehicles
  • Live Action Disney Movies
  • Standardized Testing
  • TikTok
  • Virtual Classes
  • “I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.” – Maya Angelou
  • “We learn from every natural disaster. Whether it’s a fire or flood, we learn something from it so we can respond to the next one better.” – Malcom Turnbull
  • “Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life.” – A.A. Gill
  • “He took pride in belonging to the world’s most exclusive club—the United States Senate.” – Margaret Truman
  • “Housing is absolutely essential to human flourishing. Without stable shelter, it all falls apart.” – Matthew Desmond

High School Extemporaneous Debate – Online Supps ONLY

Tournament officials post the resolution to be debated for each round 30 minutes prior to the start of flight A. Each resolution will address one of the following topic areas (listed alphabetically).

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education Policy
  • Environment and Conservation
  • Governmental Structure
  • Health and Wellness
  • High School Student Life
  • International Policy
  • Media
  • Personal Freedom
  • Social Culture/Movements
  • Sports
  • Technology

High School Async Pro Con Challenge – Online Supps ONLY

The Pro Con Challenge is an event in which students will select the National Tournament topic for Policy, LD, or PF or a piece of legislation in the High School Online Supplemental Congressional Debate Docket and write a 3-5 minute affirmative speech and a 3-5 minute negative speech on that topic.

Middle School Policy Debate

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.

 

Middle School Public Forum Debate

TOPIC AREA: Trade

Resolved: The United States should establish a comprehensive bilateral trade agreement with Taiwan.

(A total of 389 coaches and 851 students voted for the resolution. The winning resolution received 50% of the coach vote and 50% of the student vote.)

 

Middle School Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Resolved: Radicalism is preferable to incrementalism to achieve social justice.

(A total of 401 coaches and 832 students voted for the resolution. The winning resolution received 36% of the coach vote and 41% of the student vote.)

 

Middle School Congressional Debate

Download the 2022 middle school docket containing preliminary, semifinal, and final round legislation.

 

Middle School Async Pro Con Challenge

The Pro Con Challenge is an event in which students will select the National Tournament topic for Policy, LD, or PF or a piece of legislation in the Middle School Congressional Debate Docket and write a 3-5 minute affirmative speech and a 3-5 minute negative speech on that topic.

 

Middle School World Schools Debate

  • Round 1: This House supports activism via social media.
  • Round 2: This House supports activism via social media.
  • Round 3: This House would ban space colonization by private corporations.
  • Round 4: This House would ban space colonization by private corporations.
  • Round 5: This House would ban lifelong political appointments.
  • Round 6: This House would ban lifelong political appointments.
  • Round 7 (Quarterfinals): This House believes that the Belt and Road Initiative is beneficial for low income countries.
  • Round 8 (Semifinals): This House would remove Russia from the UN Security Council.
  • Round 9 (Finals): This House regrets cash bail.

Middle School Mixed Extemporaneous Speaking

(Topic areas are listed alphabetically.)

  • Arts, Entertainment, and Society
  • Education and Health Care
  • Global Human Rights
  • International Diplomacy
  • International Economics
  • Militaries and Armed Conflicts
  • The Three Government Branches
  • U.S. Economics and Business

Middle School Impromptu

(Topic areas are listed alphabetically.)

  • Animals
  • Book Characters
  • Fashion
  • Inventions
  • Movies/TV
  • Musical Artists
  • Quotations
  • Sports

Middle School Storytelling

Students competing in Storytelling may use any theme/topic area.