Key Announcements and Updates

March 2023

  • The 2024 PHSSL State Championships will be held on March 15th & 16th (Friday & Saturday).
  • Board Nominations are now available. You can nominate yourself or another person through this link.
  • Info about a supplemental Debate and Congress Camp is available here.
  • Please check back for additional information and updates.

Recommended steps to enroll your school in phssl

  1. View the list of Action Items for Planning for the 2022 – 2023 school year.
  2. Download the Membership Application Form (This form is also used for membership renewals).
  3. Get your principal’s signature and a school check for the fee.
  4. Mail the Membership Application Form to the address on the form.

  5. Submit a request to your school’s business office to complete the Insurance Requirements Form for participation in the PHSSL State Tournament.

  6. Encourage the participation of many students instead of a few.

From the Director

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Pennsylvania High School Speech League. Founded in 1961, our organization offers high school students the opportunity to compete with their peers while developing advanced communication skills. Please take a few minutes to look around, and see how our organization can benefit you, your children, your school, and your community.

Communication is the cornerstone of a society. Scholarly communication builds a stronger foundation, forging the leaders of tomorrow through forensic skills developed in their youth. Skills learned through competitive speaking events, debate and drama include vocabulary expansion, diction, poise and confidence. Students also become more aware of current events and their impact on society.

Whether you are a public, private, or cyber school, we hope you’ll consider joining the Pennsylvania High School Speech League. If you’re already a member, we hope you’ll take advantage of the information available on this site to help you with league related matters.

-Neil Strine