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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

January 27, 2015
Process for Entering & Certifying CX Results

Please review this informational sheet to Enter and Certify your CX results in the Spring Meet System. This must be done within 10 days of your competition.

December 10, 2014
Spring 2015 LD Debate Topic

RESOLVED: When in conflict, human rights protection ought to supersede state sovereignty in the conduct of United States foreign policy.

This UIL LD Debate topic will be debated from January to May 2015.

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