National Forensic League - State Leagues

State Leagues

While the National Speech and Debate Tournament and the qualifying District Competitions are hosted by the NFL, most forensics tournaments during the school year operate under the auspices of other organizations. Chief among them are the state speech leagues, such as:

  • Arkansas Communication and Theatre Arts Association
  • Forensic League of Arizona
  • California High School Speech Association
  • Florida Forensic League
  • Georgia Forensic Coaches Association
  • Hawaii Speech League
  • Indiana High School Forensics Association
  • Iowa High School Forensic League (Iowa also has the Iowa High School Speech Association though the two bodies are independent and the IHSFL is operated directly by speech and debate coaches)
  • Louisiana High School Speech League
  • Long Island Forensics League
  • Kentucky High School Speech League, Inc.
  • Maine Forensic Association
  • Massachusetts Forensics League
  • Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association
  • New York State Forensics League
  • New Jersey Forensic League
  • North Carolina - Tarheel Forensic League
  • Ohio High School Speech League
  • Pennsylvania High School Speech League
  • South Carolina Speech and Debate Association
  • Texas Forensic Association
  • Tarheel Forensic League
  • Utah High School Forensics Association
  • Wisconsin Forensic Coaches Association
  • Western Bay Forensic League (Western L.A. County)

In other states, speech is classed with other high school interscholastic competition and is overseen by the same organization as football, basketball and gymnastics such as:

  • Alaska School Activities Association
  • Arizona Interscholastic Association
  • Colorado High School Activity Association
  • Georgia High School Association
  • Idaho High School Activities Association
  • Illinois High School Association
  • Kansas State High School Activities Association
  • Maine Principals' Association
  • Minnesota State High School League
  • Mississippi High School Activities Association
  • Missouri State High School Activities Association
  • Montana High School Association
  • Nebraska School Activities Association
  • New Mexico Activities Association
  • North Dakota High School Activities Association
  • Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association
  • Oregon School Activities Association
  • South Dakota High School Activities Association
  • Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League
  • Texas's University Interscholastic League
  • Vermont Principals' Association
  • Virginia High School League
  • Washington Interscholastic Activities Association
  • Wyoming High School Activities Association

State leagues operate independently. Some leagues sponsor events not offered by the NFL. These events may still qualify for NFL points, however.

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