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Recent Speech & Debate Site News & Updates

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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 18, 2022
Welcome to the 2022-2023 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 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.

August 15, 2022

The 2022 Fall Lincoln Douglas topic is now posted.

April 05, 2022
FAQs About Speaking Events at the Regional Meet
April 01, 2022
State Speech Honor Crew

Coaches: If you would like to recognize someone on your speech squad that has exhibited dedication, discipline and character in your forensic program this season, nominating them for the State Speech Honor Crew is a perfect way to honor them.

The State Speech Honor Crew is designed for exemplary speech students who are not already involved in the Speech State Meet but who demonstrate outstanding qualities. The Honor Crew assists tournament officials during the State Meet through chairing competition rounds, timekeeping and serving as monitors for the rounds. Not only is it an honor to serve, but these students participate in a great learning experience, seeing the best of the best competitors as they compete for a state championship.

It is required that students be nominated by their UIL speech coach. Nominations should be based on academic and competitive excellence in your speech and debate program and must meet eligibility standards. Since maturity is vital to the role these students play in the State Meet, it is recommended that students be upperclassmen.

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