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
Legislation for all conferences is now posted.
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.
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.