Since 1951, Beach Forensics has empowered CSU, Long Beach students–and high school and college students from around the nation–through competitive speech and debate programming. Each year, our program actively involves over 500 college students and at least 1,000 high school students in competitive speech and debate programs on our campus. We host two high school and one college tournaments. And by the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, we will have hosted three national college forensics tournaments, including the 1996 Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament, the 2004 American Forensic Association’s National Individual Event Tournament, and the 2016 National Parliamentary Debate Association’s National Tournament. In all these tournaments have attracted over 10,000 college students and instructors to our campus.
Whether it was in an intramural tournament, judging at a high school speech contest, or debating at an intercollegiate speech contest over 4000 Beach undergraduates have experienced “Speech at the Beach. These outreach efforts not only help strengthen the high school and regional competition in Southern California, but they also help build the depth and talent of our team. It is fair to say that The Beach is the campus of “choice” for high school and college forensics programs in the area.