About Us

The Arizona Speech and Debate Coaches Association is the officially recognized organization of Speech and Debate coaches and sponsors throughout the state of Arizona.  Our executive board also serves as the Arizona Interscholastic Association State Speech and Debate Advisory Committee.

Our mailing address is:


P.O. Box 23665

Tempe, AZ 85285


15 Comments on “About Us”

  1. Sheryl Anderson says:

    We want to re-start the Speech and Debate Club at our high school. Is there training for beginning coaches available through your organization?

  2. Linda Stevenson says:

    Are there any secular homeschool speech and debate clubs in the Phoenix area?

    • None that I know of. The National Speech and Debate Association and the Arizona Interscholastic Association do not recognize homeschool groups as eligible for competition.

    • tclementscottsdalepreporg says:

      AzSDCA is for AIA public and private schools competing in the National Speech & Debate Coaches Association. Home school students are welcome to join their local school’s S&D team with approval from that school’s administration.

      Some home school students compete in a different organization called STOA. One home school club for that organization is Mars Hill S&D (just keep in mind they do note participate in any of the tournaments on this ASDCA website)

  3. Alexis A. Vega says:

    I want to start a debate team at the Jr. high I work at. I did debate in high school and was a captain but have not clue hope to start and enroll a new team into the debate world.

    • We have a growing middle school community in Arizona. The first step is to get some students involved. I recommend coming to the New Coach Workshop on August 19th at Mountain View High School to get some more information and meet some other Middle School coaches. Email Meg Howell-Haymaker at mmhowellhaymaker@mpsaz.org to register and get more information about the workshops.

  4. Tom Fore says:

    I’m a speech coach in Northern Illinois and I’m retiring at the end of the 2017-18 school year. We plan to move to Sierra Vista as soon as possible after May of next year. Are there any schools that offer competitive speech in the Tuscon/Sierra Vista area?

    • Salpointe Catholic, Sahuaro High and Catalina Foothills High in Tucson are the largest teams in the area. Buena High in Sierra Vista traditionally has had a team, but hasn’t had a team in recent years. Welcome to the heat!

  5. Phaedra Culley says:

    I am a new coach. I did not know about the training, and I would like to find resources. **Also, how do I find times for the tournaments?**

    Thank you

  6. Chloe says:

    I can’t get a hold of anyone but I am brand new to coaching and I want to be sure we have paid fees etc.

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