Speech & Debate
Speech Coach Information Form
General Speech Information
- UIL Speech Coaches Information Form
- Speech Judges List
- Contact Info for High School Speech Organizations
- Resources for Speech and Debate Materials
- Study Materials Order Form
- Order Speech and Debate Championship DVDs From the Online Store
- 2015-2016 New Coach’s Manual
- Speech Regional Advisory Committees
- Volunteer to Serve on Committees
Academic Invitational Meet Calendar
Academic Spring Meet Alignments
Spring Meet Online Entry System
Debate is the League’s longest-running contest, dating back to 1910. A small group of debate coaches met in Abilene and enthusiastically began an interscholastic forensic program to motivate their students and provide them with a practical application for the skills they were developing. It was then that UIL was born. Ten teams representing ten divisions of the state competed in the first state tournament. One hundred years later, the UIL Cross-Examination Policy Debate State Meet is celebrated as the largest high school debate tournament in the nation.
At the first state meet, educators voted to add declamation as a state-qualifying contest. Since that time, the League has expanded speaking competition to include two debate contests, two public speaking contests and two oral performance contests. Thousands of students from across the state of Texas compete each year in Cross-Examination Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Extemporaneous Informative Speaking, Extemporaneous Persuasive Speaking, Prose Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation.
Speech & Debate News & Updates
1A Congress Legislation Update
Attention: Congress State Legislation for Conference 1A has a revision in the prelim docket as of 12/10/15. Coaches and competitors should access the updated docket on the UIL Congress webpage.
2016 LD Debate Topic is now posted.