Join us as a volunteer judge!

Community volunteers are a crucial part of our mission to challenge and equip young people to communicate truth with integrity and grace.

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Empowering Tomorrow's Communicators

Your perspective
makes a difference!

Help students foster speaking and thinking skills by providing your valuable feedback on thier presentations and debates.

Feel equipped with our judge resources.

We offer a wide range of resources to help you understand our events and feel prepared to judge. See our Judge Quick Start Page to begin.

Flexible options and schedules.

Each round of judging takes 2-3 hours. Choose between online and in-person tournaments for maximum flexibility.

NCFCA Tournaments

Choose a tournament on the map or use the filter below to narrow down options by region, state, or type (online or national).

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  • "The students participating in the NCFCA competitions on our campus are a breath of fresh air; bringing encouragement and hope as future leaders. Equally encouraging are the parents and staff of NCFCA; modeling a high level of engagement and professionalism to the students they serve as well as our campus community. We are blessed each time we join together to create unique opportunities for these students."
    Bryon D. Krueger
    VP for Finance and Operations at the University of Northwestern
  • "It was inspiring to be part of this event. It gives me hope to see so many thoughtful and articulate young men and women exploring deep ideas and societal issues with a Biblical and Theistic foundation. God was glorified by this competition."
    Volunteer Community Judge
  • "Keep on keeping on! This is one of the most productive youth programs with which I've ever been associated."
    Volunteer Community Judge
  • "I volunteer with several nationally-known organizations and have never encountered a volunteer event this organized and this impactful."
    Volunteer Community Judge
  • "I love being a community judge and look forward to every competition."
    Volunteer Community Judge

Frequently Asked Questions

AM I QUALIFIED TO JUDGE?
In order to offer competitors varied feedback and encourage them to be universal in their impact, NCFCA values a diverse judge pool. In addition to our parent judges, we actively recruit people from all walks of life who may or may not have judging experience. We intentionally extend judging invitations to judges with worldviews which are both similar to and different from those of NCFCA competitors. See our Judge Quick Start Page to begin.
WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO JUDGE?
A judge must be at least 18 years old, must not be currently enrolled in high school, and must not have been eligible to compete in any NCFCA event during the current season. Please direct any questions regarding a judge’s eligibility based on age, graduation, or competition eligibility status to the National Judge Coordinator at [email protected].

Relationship
Judges must be unrelated to the competitors they are assigned to judge.

Re-Judging
A judge should not judge a specific speaker more than one time in the same prepared speech or on the same side of a debate round in any given tournament. The same judge may judge a speaker in a different event or more than one time in limited preparation speeches.
WHERE CAN I PREVIEW PREVIOUS SPEECH AND DEBATE ROUNDS?
WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Please contact us at [email protected]
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