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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 2019-2020: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States.

Policy Debate Novice Topic Areas: 

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Small Arms and Light Weapons
  • Drone Exports
  • India

2019-2020 Lincoln Douglas topics:

September/October -Resolved: TBA AUG 15th

November/December -Resolved: TBA October 1st 

January/February -Resolved: TBA December 1st 

March/April -Resolved: TBA February 1st


2019-2020 Public Forum topics: 

September/October- Resolved: TBA AUGUST 15th

November/DecemberResolved:  TBA October 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.