The GGSA is part of Area 1 of the California High School Speech Association (CHSSA).
The GGSA serves the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, Siskiyou (west of Yreka), Solano (sw of Hwy 12), Sonoma and Trinity. The GGSA develops and promotes speech and debate programs for high schools through the active association of speech and debate coaches dedicated to student development through speech and debate competition. Membership is open to any high school within the boundaries of the GGSA as defined by CHSSA.  At GGSA tournaments, we hope to provide the best possible experience for all of our member schools, coaches, students and parent volunteers.  
David J. Matley, GGSA President

Recent News and Announcements:

The Golden Gate Speech Association mourns the loss of Dan Leahy, one of our member coaches.  Dan is survived by his wife Becki and his two children.  A GoFundMe page has been set up to help provide for his children's education.  Dan Leahy Memorial Fund.

GGSA DUES INVOICE CHSSA DUES INVOICE:  use these forms to pay your GGSA and/or CHSSA  dues for 2021-22.

CHSSA DUES WAIVER FORM: use this form to apply for  limited waivers of our CHSSA Assessment/ Dues ($100) for qualified schools. 

All first semester GGSA tournaments will be held online.  See GGSA Calendar for dates.  Registration will take place on Tabroom.

Virtual Competition Format-GGSA Individual Events

GGSA New School Application: this form must be completed by all schools wishing to join the GGSA or have not competed in our League in the last two years and are located within the geographic boundaries of our League (see boundaries above). 

Coaches, please remember your responsibilities as outlined in the GGSA By-Laws.

Article V, Section G

  • Shall attend every official meeting of the GGSA legislature. A qualified certificated teacher must be present in the absence of a coach.
  • Shall be present or arrange for a qualified person approved by the school administration for each tournament the school is entering to carry out tournament duties assigned to that school. Violation of this makes the school liable for a $50.00 fine.
  • Shall assume the responsibility for each contestant observing accurately all the rules of an event in which s/he is to be entered.
  • Shall volunteer to host tournaments as required, at least once every three years.
  • Shall complete registrations in time and handle drops as prescribed.
  • Shall have contestants registered accurately (including drops) and on time.
  • Shall be present online for the duration of a tournament and make sure that his/her students observe all regulations regarding conduct.
  • Shall coach students in the tradition of the highest ethical and performance standards.
  • Failure to abide by the rules above may jeopardize a school’s ability to participate in GGSA tournaments.