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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

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.


May 18, 2015

Now available. Contestants should download and bring to competition.

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