The National Speech & Debate Tournament is the largest academic competition in the world! To attend the National Tournament, students must place among the top competitors at one of 110 district tournaments across the country. Qualifiers will compete for college scholarships in one of 11 main events—Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Congressional Debate-House, Congressional Debate-Senate, Original Oratory, United States Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation—as well as seven consolation and supplemental events.
THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC FORENSICS LEAGUE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
NCFL sponsors the annual Grand National Tournament on Memorial Day weekend, offering six forensics events and four debate events. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities for 2015. The Grand National Tournament is held at a different site each year. Recent cities have included Omaha, Chicago, Milwaukee, Boston, Arlington VA, Pittsburgh, and New York City. The competitions have been held in colleges, universities, high schools, government buildings, and hotels.
NATIONAL DEBATE COACHES ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) hosts an annual national championship tournament at the end of each school year. Each school is guaranteed to send at least one team to the National Tournament. The mission of the NDCA is "Our ultimate vision is to provide opportunities for high school coaches to strengthen their abilities in order to provide stronger learning environments for their students. This vision and support comes in many concrete and diverse forms: sharing best practices in coaching and teaching; fostering curriculum development; compiling coaching resources; creation of the Open Evidence Project; providing professional development opportunities; and promotion of regional debate."