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About the National Tournament

Since 1931, the National Speech and Debate Tournament has elevated public speaking. Every summer, more than 6,000 middle and high school students travel to the largest academic competition in the world to debate current events, voice their views, and share their stories. After months of preparation, rigorous qualifying tournaments, and five days of prestigious national competition, the best of the best will be crowned champions in front of a live audience of thousands and tens of thousands more streaming the events online.

Feel the energy at Nationals!

 
Why Speech and Debate?

The Road to Nationals

Only the best of the best make it to this pinnacle of public speaking. Learn more about competitive events, the qualification process, and student membership.

Dramatic Interpretation by Lanny D. and B.J. Naegelin

Watch #Nats21!

Stream live postings, final rounds, and award ceremonies to experience the magic of Nationals. Tune in at live.speechanddebate.org.

2021 National Tournament

After months of careful consideration, we have made the decision to host the 2021 National Speech & Debate Tournament online for middle school and high school students due to the ongoing pandemic.

Every day bears out the importance of teaching speech and debate at our schools. Our mission remains the same: to connect, support, and inspire a diverse community committed to empowering students through speech and debate. The National Tournament offers students an unparalleled platform to share their stories and speak up on the issues they care about, and we are committed to giving students that opportunity through an online event.

Tournament Results

High School

Results
Live tournament results are available under the Results tab at nationals.tabroom.com.

Ballots
To access ballots, students will log in to their Tabroom.com account, select National Tournament, and click the document icon in the far right column to see RDFs and comments. Coaches can view ballots and feedback when they log in to Tabroom.com, select the “Results” tab, and click “Results” next to the National Speech and Debate Tournament. They should click the “Show ballots” button and then select the eye icon to view feedback for each student.

Middle School

Results
A list of showcase finalists and teams earning School of Excellence awards is listed at msnats.tabroom.com in the yellow tabs on the right side of the page. We will not be posting a final results report that ranks the non-advancing or advancing students; the top students are considered tied as Showcase Finalists. Showcase performances will be uploaded to the resource table by July 1.

Ballots
Students can view ballots by logging in to Tabroom.com, selecting the Middle School Speech Challenge, and clicking the document icon in the far right column to see RDFs and comments. Coaches can view ballots and feedback when they log in to Tabroom.com, select the “Results” tab, and click “Results” next to the NSDA Middle School Speech Challenge. They should click the “Show ballots” button and then select the eye icon to view feedback for each student.

Help take their stories to the stage!

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Future Host Sites

2022 | Louisville, Kentucky – June 12-17
2023 | Phoenix, Arizona – June 11-16

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2021-2022 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.