More than 300 tournaments
all year round
Exciting academic projects
Enhance overall expression skills
Complete the membership system
Scores and rankings are acknowledged
by colleges around the U.S.
Stable club support for all students
National Speech & Debate Association,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.
NSDA China, as the exclusive NSDA affliation in Mainland China, was created in 2012 in partnership with Dipont Management Group, in charge of the "High School Academic Speech and Debate" program in China. NSDA China is devoted to promoting and supporting academic speech and debate in Mainland China. We host tournaments, organize both domestic and international workshops, support speech and debate programs within schools, as well as organize teams of students to compete in tournaments worldwide.
NSDA members receive merit points for their training and accomplishments, which accumulates in the NSDA membership system. Such membership is seen as the national high school speech and debate honor society; with higher degrees and membership carrying more weight than ever in college admissions reviews. Students who are members of NSDA stand out in the college admissions process.
Why Become A Member?
Community As a member you are instantly connected to a robust community of professionals passionate about speech and debate.
Tools and Resources Members have full and unlimited access to the tools and resources they need to succeed in speech and debate events including videos, classes, textbooks, and many more.
Textbook and Lesson Plans From lesson plans to running a practice, recruiting students, or fundraising for your team, we're here with the resources and support you need to help you and your debate club members thrive.
Tournaments As a member of NSDA, you have access to tournaments at the local, district and national level hosted by NSDA China, and a chance to qualify for the largest academic competition in the world, the National Speech and Debate Tournament.
Ranking The NSDA point and merit system is used as a "barometer of success" by leading colleges. Earning Points and Degrees reflects your individual growth and achievement as well as your commitment to your team and the speech and debate community. Colleges and universities consider membership to be a badge of academic honor and distinction.
"The meaning of debate is that you'll learn to see problems critically, and do things with a more thorough attitude. You'll start approaching issues from every possible angle instead of what's stereotypically given. When I started debating, I've became more aware of my words and arguments, and less extreme. You'll become more understanding, because debate teaches you to make warranted arguments instead of just throwing an opinion out there."
“If I were to define debate, I would say it's not just simply about learning to think critically, or accumulating knowledge, or improving your english reading and writing skills, or reconstructing your values. That's only a part of it. To me, debate was an unforgettable experience: it was perserverance despite crazy schedules, the urge to have explore the greater world, and the desire to spread my voice."
"Debate has given me the opportunity to come across and discuss issues that I've never had to think about before. I've learned to think critically, and through debate, I've gained a simple but broad understanding of various academic areas such as economics, politics, international relations and others. I love how I was continously challenging myself and learning."
"Debate had me start asking questions, and through public speaking and logic reasoning, I've also learned to think from various perspectives. I realized that persuasive speech is not my forte, because simlpy telling someone something and persuading them are very different things. In order to get better, I worked on my speaking skills with my coaches and my teammates, and I saw myself improving after every session. I've also learned to become more confident in this process."
"Debate has lit up my passion for life, for learning, and for the world. I used to be a little socially akward, and didn't really care about anything, but debate has helped me find myself."
"Debate has made me realize that the world isn't just divided into black and white, and there isn't such thing as absolute right or absolute wrong. PRO and CON are merely perspectives backed by a series of arguments. That's when I stopped wanting to be so righteous all the time and started accepting the validity of differing opinions. I would say I've became more accepting as a whole.
"Debate has taught me how to approach issues and problems that happen in our world today more critically and rationally. What's more, I've come to realize the purpose of an education. For most people, a good education is important because it helps you find a good job and hence lead a good life. I don't disagree, but I think it's more than that. I've come to see the complexity of the world through debate- things that seem completely unrelated may in fact connect and impact each other in ways you can't imagine. Most people spend their ... "
"I used to hate planning ahead. I'm more of a spontaneous person, making decisions as I go along. But debate has changed me. To me, debate isn't a competition where you just improvise on the spot. A good debater is someone who prepares ahead of time- all the possible arguments, rebuttals/blocks, crossfire questions that could come up. This then makes it easy to win."
" Debate, like other academic competitions, is a rigous program that requires commitment and hard work. In the U.S., debate is a very mature program from middle school up until college: universities would offer scholarships at debate tournaments; high schools have interscholastic, district, and even national events. We don't value debate nearly as much as they do. I think this is why they have so many excellent debaters and public speakers."