Ready. Set. Go! This week’s update includes vital details to prepare you for a successful launch into the competitive season. The first online tournament begins in just five weeks!
Registration requests are open for all confirmed competitive opportunities. Additional dates will be added soon.
National Opens - upcoming deadlines
Parents are an essential part of successful NCFCA competition, both onsite and online. We cannot offer competitive opportunities for our students without you!
For online competition:
For each tournament, speech events are divided into two groups called patterns. On the tournament schedule, any rounds labeled with “A” include the events designated as pattern A, and rounds labeled “B” include the events designated as pattern B. Competitors present speeches three times in preliminary rounds - once during each designated pattern.
Typically, patterns vary from tournament to tournament depending on facility constraints and the number of competitors signed up for each type of speech. For online competition, many of the barriers to predetermining patterns do not exist.
The following patterns will be designated for all online National Opens and Regional Qualifiers:
Predetermining patterns means our system will not factor in the number of events any participant has per pattern. We strongly advise competitors to avoid registering for more than three events in a pattern. Competitors are not permitted to register for more than five speech events per tournament.
We hope publishing the patterns now will enable families and judges to plan ahead!
As a reminder, competitors will be assigned speaking times within the rounds in 12-minute intervals. NCFCA software will account for multi-entered competitors to avoid conflicting times for each student.
A helpful "Whom should I contact if I need assistance?" resource is available on page 25 of the League Handbook for the applicable contact information.
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