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It’s National Tournament Time! The largest academic competition in the world returns next month with nearly 7,000 students vying for a national championship. Tournament info »

Who We Are

The National Speech & Debate Association was created in 1925 to provide recognition and support for students participating in speech and debate activities. While our organization has evolved over the decades, our mission is more relevant today than ever before. We connect, support, and inspire a diverse community committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate.

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What We Do

As the national authority on public speaking and debate, the National Speech & Debate Association provides the infrastructure for speech and debate competitions around the world. We create a platform for youth voices to be heard and celebrated, which culminates with an annual National Tournament, the pinnacle of public speaking.

Our Impact

Speech and debate changes lives. NSDA membership builds confidence, boosts classroom performance, improves communication, and increases critical thinking skills to prepare students for college. Our activity provides life skills vital to a young person’s success in the future.

87% - Increase in analytical skills, 36% increase in reading test scores, 15% higher self-esteem.
Speech and debate taught me courage, generosity, and an understanding that diversity makes us strong. Our voices are what connect us, and this activity allows me to spread that message.” – Jaylon Muchison

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Events & Current Topics

Interested in what our students are currently talking and debating about? See our list of current topics or learn more about competitive events.

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Browse and search our extensive list of speech and debate resources. Upgrade to the Resource Package for access to even more!

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Find all the guides and resources you need to learn about competitive speech and debate, team management, and all you can do with a membership.

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