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Recent Speech & Debate Site News & Updates

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August 15, 2023
Welcome to the 2023-2024 season of Speech and Debate

Welcome to a new exciting season of Texas UIL speech and debate competition! As educators, some of the most rewarding experiences you will have this year will be with your speech team at forensic tournaments.  Whether you are new to coaching speech or are a decades-long veteran of the speech community, we are here to provide resources to support your competitive endeavors and unforgettable championship tournaments. 

Remember: It’s the journey, not the destination that will enrich the lives of you and your students.

UIL provides an individual webpage for each of the speaking contests that includes rules, procedures, and a wealth of resources. There is also a newly-updated complimentary digital handbook for each event designed to provide expanded discussion, rule clarification, coaching strategies, links to UIL training videos and curriculum.

August 14, 2023

The 2023 Fall Lincoln Douglas topic is now posted.

February 03, 2023
December 12, 2022

January – May 2023 UIL Lincoln Douglas Debate Spring Topic now posted.

December 01, 2022

Legislation for all conferences is now posted.

October 26, 2022
CX Debate

Potential CX Debate topics for 2023-24 advancing to the final ballot are Economic Inequality and Climate Change. Coaches can access details about each of these topic areas and the wording of each resolution at this link:

Coaches of schools who compete in Policy Debate are encouraged to submit their vote. Deadline is December 20.

August 17, 2022
Top 5 CX Debate Resolutions on the Ballot

The National Debate Topic Selection Meeting was held in Kansas City this month and after 13 topic reports were presented and thoroughly discussed by 64 delegates, 5 resolutions were selected to be placed on a national ballot to become next year’s policy debate topic. Here is the announcement of those topics.

Take the opportunity to examine the topic reports and discuss each of these potential resolutions with your students. The UIL State Office will be sending out a ballot for you to rank the 5 soon.

April 05, 2022
FAQs About Speaking Events at the Regional Meet

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