Organizations for Speech & Debates
There are several different forensic organizations we will compete in throughout the year. While they all have some of the same principles and events, it is very important to acquire the knowledge and understand the distinctions of each one.
TFA – (Texas Forensic Association): This is an association that brings together students and teachers from throughout the state to experience a fellowship in rigorous competition. These tournaments are held on the weekends between September and mid-February. Every TFA tournament we attend is a state qualifying tournament.
NSDA – (National Speech & Debate League): The National Forensic League Honor Society promotes secondary school speech and debate activities and interscholastic competition as a means to develop a student’s lifelong skills and values, as well as the public’s awareness of the value of speech, debate, and communication education. Points and levels are awarded by competing at TFA and NFL tournaments.
UIL – (University Interscholastic League): This organization is also statewide. Tournaments are usually restricted to district and regional competitions plus a state competition held annually in Austin. These are held in March, April, and May. All members are expected to audition for one of the three positions available for a UIL district event. Freshmen are also expected to try out for their respective freshman events.
TOC - (Tournament of Champions): By excelling at nationally competitive tournaments, students can earn an invitation to compete at one of the three Tournaments of Champions. The Tournament of Champions for debate held in Lexington, Kentucky. The Tournament of Champions for Extemporaneous Speaking is held in Chicago, Illinois. The National Individual Events Tournament of Champions changes locations each year and will be moving to Alabama for the 2017 competition.