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Topics and Resources

The following is a compilation of topics for research and competition in the National Speech & Debate Association. There are also resources that can be helpful for research, information, and practice. Also, there are links to local organziations. 

Debate Topics

Policy Debate Topic for 2018-2019: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.

Policy Debate Novice Topic Areas: 

  • A path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

  • Expansion of the H-1B visas for skilled workers

  • Lifting the Trump Travel Ban (We know that the courts have blocked much of it)

  • The Dream Act

2017-2018 Lincoln Douglas topics:

September/October -Resolved: In the United States, reporters ought to have the right to protect the identity of confidential sources.

November/December -Resolved: TBA October 1st 

January/February -Resolved: TBA December 1st 

March/April -Resolved: TBA February 1st


2016-2017 Public Forum topics: 

September/October- Resolved: The United States should accede to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea without reservations.

NovemberResolved:  TBA October 1st

December- Resolved: TBA November 1st

JanuaryResolved:  TBA December 1st 

FebruaryResolved: TBA January 1st 

MarchResolved: TBA February 1st



Important Resources

Main website for the National Forensics League, which has resources and information on each form of debate or speech event and news. The NFL Points application site is also included here.
You will find state rules that govern our activities as well as state tournament listings.
You will find district specific information here about tournaments and requirements. 
We compete in the GSL year round. Find more information here about it.