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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

October 30, 2015
UT Student Activities Conference

The UIL Student Activity Conference scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31 at the University of Texas at Austin has been canceled due to inclement weather. Thunderstorms, floods and forecasted rain throughout the night could make travel to the event dangerous. To help protect the safety of all participants, the UIL has made the decision cancel the Student Activity Conference at the University of Texas at Austin. There are no plans to reschedule this event.

September 10, 2015
Congress Legislation Due

September 10 (today) is the deadline for each school competing in UIL Congress to submit your legislation to your District Clerk. If you have not yet submitted your school's bill or resolution, go to the Congress page of the UIL website and use the online interactive Legislation template for correct formatting. District Clerk contact information can also be found on the Congress page.

August 18, 2015
Fall 2015 LD Debate Topic

Fall 2015 LD Debate Topic

RESOLVED: When in conflict, an individual's right of self-determination ought to be valued above public health concerns.

This UIL LD Debate topic will be used Sept — December 2015.


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