Speech & Debate
LD Debate State Meet Judging Forms
This form must be received NO LATER THAN APRIL 25.
Speech Coach Information Form
Speech Judge Interest Form
Interested in being a judge for UIL Speech and Debate events?
General Speech Information
Speech & Debate Calendar
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
Conference 4A and 5A State Champions and complete tournament results now posted.
Conference 1A, 2A and 3A State Champions and complete tournament results now posted.