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Christian School Participation

In a culture that has lost the art of logical and winsome rhetoric, Christians have a unique opportunity to communicate truth with integrity and grace.

NCFCA can help!
Participation is fun and rewarding!
Participation in Christian speech and debate cultivates tools to think about cultural issues through the lens of a biblical worldview

Two pathways for participation

Pilot Program
Traditional Program
The pilot program is designed for schools who are just getting started or desire less frequent, non-qualifying competition. Applications due by Oct 1, 2021.

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

All participating schools must have an active NCFCA Christian School Affiliation

All participating schools must affirm the NCFCA Foundational Beliefs prior to acceptance into the pilot program

Students must be of eligible competition age: between 12 years old by January 1, 2022 and 18 years old on September 1, 2021

Schools must provide judges for the competitive events in December and April

PARTICIPATION BENEFITS

Discounted NCFCA School Affiliation for the 2021-2022 school year

Marketing resources to encourage participation within your school and training resources to prepare students for competition

Educational support designed specifically for administrators, teachers, or coaches with Live Q&A

One, one-hour preseason planning session consult with NCFCA staff

COMPETITION STRUCTURE

Fall and spring online, speech and debate competition opportunities (December/May, Friday afternoon/Saturday)

*One fall and spring speech tournament - students may participate in Impromptu (fall/spring) and/or Platform (fall)/Interp (spring)- $40/student

*One late fall spring debate tournament - students can choose from LD or Policy - $40/student

Schools participating in the pilot program in the fall are welcome to continue the pilot program for spring OR to participate in traditional competition

affiliatION

The NCFCA Christian Speech & Debate community is composed of tens of thousands of people working together to accomplish our purpose of preparing ambassadors for Christ to communicate truth with integrity and grace.

Join this incredible community today!

To get started, affiliate for the current competition season.

School Affiliation

When you affiliate as a school, eligible parents and students in your family receive the following:
  • Access to compete at in-person and online tournaments during the competition season.
  • Exclusive FREE training opportunities and resources.
  • Support in finding or starting a local club.
  • Scholarship opportunities and exclusive discounts from partner universities.
In order to affiliate, families must certify that they have read and agree with the NCFCA Statement of Faith and position statements.

Supporter Affiliation

When you affiliate as a supporter, you receive access to updates for the competition season and local volunteer judge opportunities. Schedule a call to learn more!
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Pilot Program

When you affiliate as a supporter, you receive access to updates for the competition season and local volunteer judge opportunities. Schedule a call to learn more!
SUBMIT AN APPLICATION
This option is designed for schools who are already participating in NCFCA and are happy with the format, are interested in qualifying competition that allows students to advance to Regional and National Championships, or who desire more competitive opportunity flexibility.

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

Schools will receive specific affiliation benefits and resources geared towards administrators and classroom teachers including educational seminars, marketing resources, and training tools.

Schools may choose affiliation levels based on the number of students they anticipate will participate in competitions. These levels may be adjusted as needed by paying the additional cost difference.

PARTICIPATION BENEFITS

Students of participating schools will create an NCFCA account and then use the coupon code provided by their school to affiliate. Schools may establish their own guidelines regarding tournament participation but must conform to all published NCFCA tournament rules.

Registration and payment for tournaments must be completed by the student on their own profile. 

COMPETITION STRUCTURE

Schools will have the competitive opportunity to participate in a choice of:
- 10 speech events, 2 debate styles, and Moot Court.
- Online tournaments (take place December - April)
- In-person tournaments (take place between January and April)
- Regional and National Championships (in-person, qualification required)

Traditional program COMPETITION

Through regional and national competitions supported by an elite qualification system, we provide a proven framework that challenges students to grow their communication skills.

Tournaments

Hundreds of high-capacity volunteers band together as we host more than 50 competitions for Affiliate families across the country. Each year, thousands of students participate in competitions, resulting in over 38,000 speeches and 14,000 debates delivered nationwide.

Programs

Speech Program
Debate Program
Our speech program is designed to challenge young people to communicate truth with integrity and grace. Each event offers unique educational opportunities that promote critical thinking, research, literary analysis, and effective delivery.

PLATFORM SPEECHES

Digital Presentation is an original platform speech that informs or persuades and is accompanied by digital visual aids.

Informative is an original platform speech that explains a significant topic.

Persuasive is an original platform speech that influences the audience to consider a particular point of view or course of action.

After Dinner Speaking is an original humorous platform speech that informs, inspires, and/or attempts to persuade the audience on a noteworthy topic.

INTERPRETATION SPEECHES

Biblical Presentation is an interpretation speech in which the speaker creatively develops one or two selections of Scripture to present a unique and original performance using a visual aid, if desired.

Duo is an interpretation speech in which two speakers explore a published literature selection and develop a unique, original performance.

Open is an interpretation speech in which the speaker explores a published or self-authored literature selection and develops a unique, original performance.

LIMITED PREPARATION SPEECHES

Apologetics is a limited preparation speech in which the speaker draws a topic and is given four minutes to prepare a six-minute speech that presents a well-reasoned defense of basic tenets of the Christian faith.

Extemporaneous is a limited preparation speech in which the speaker is assigned a current event topic and given twenty minutes to analyze news and other sources while preparing a seven minute, evidence-based speech.

Impromptu is a limited preparation speech in which the speaker draws a topic and is given two minutes to prepare a unique and meaningful five-minute speech.
Our debate program is designed to challenge young people to communicate truth with integrity and grace. Each style offers unique educational opportunities that promote organizational skills, logical argumentation, respectful refutation, and effective delivery.

Debate Categories

Lincoln-Douglas VALUE DEBATE

One debater affirms the resolution while another opposes or negates it, demonstrating a clash of competing but morally defensible values. This style of debate simulates the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas.

2022 Resolution

In the context of innovation, the proactionary principle ought to be valued above the precautionary principle.

TEAM POLICY DEBATE

A team of two debaters proposes a specific plan to accomplish the goal stated in the resolution while another team of two debaters opposes the plan and/or the resolution. This form of debate simulates argumentation in a legislative body.

2022 Resolution

The United States Federal Government should significantly reform its policy regarding convicted prisoners under federal jurisdiction.

MOOT COURT

A team of two debaters presents legal arguments to appeal the decision in a fictional court case while an opposing team of two students responds with legal arguments to defend the fictional decision. This form of debate is designed to simulate oral argument before an appellate court.
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