The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association is a speech and debate league for Christian homeschooled students in the United States. The NCFCA was established in 2001 after outgrowing its parent organization, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), which had been running the league since it was originally established in 1995. NCFCA is now organized under its own board of directors with regional and state leadership coordinating various tournaments throughout the season. “…Speech and debate require my children to develop excellent listening, writing, and speaking skills… judging at Speech and Debate tournaments restores my hope for the future. It’s a chance to share joys and thoughts with other like-minded parents….a place where the “cool” kids are well-dressed, polite and well-spoken, thoughtful and even prayerful.” - Andrew Pudewa, NCFCA Parent and Director of Institute for Excellence in Writing 
|National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA 2000)|
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|Headquarters||Mountlake Terrace, Washington, United States |
The NCFCA is an entirely volunteer-run, non-profit organization. Tournaments are run by volunteers, who are usually parents, club directors, and league officials in the area. The judging pool includes parents of competitors, NCFCA alumni, and members of the community. Coaches also serve as judges on a strictly volunteer basis. The NCFCA is governed by a board and divided into ten regions. Each region has a regional coordinator and each state has a representative.
As homeschooled debaters do not have "schools" to compete with, the fundamental unit of the NCFCA is the "club." A club is a group of competitors, coaches, and families who meet together to practice, help one another, and organize tournaments and classes.
The NCFCA is divided into ten regions. This is known as the Regional System and was adopted during the 2003–2004 season to accommodate the growth of the league. Each region receives a specific number of qualifying slots to nationals, the year-end championship tournament held in a different location each June. The number of slots allotted to the region is determined largely by the number of affiliates in that region. A majority of a region's slots are awarded at a regional championship tournament sometime in April or early May, known as "regionals." The rest are given out on an "at large" basis to the highest performing teams that do not qualify through regionals. In previous years, other methods of dividing slots included giving slots to the states in the region, which then held state championships, or simply dividing the slots up amongst a series of pre-regional tournaments.
The ten NCFCA regions are:
Starting in the 2015–16 season, and due to the overwhelming size of the student population of specific regions in comparison to other regions around the nation, Region 4 and 8 were split into 'Districts.' Competitors must now affiliate with their district based on geographical location within the region, with the regional tournament now encompassing all competitors who advanced to outrounds from each separate district. (e.g. The northern Region 4 cities of Dallas, TX and Oklahoma City, OK, are considered 'District A.' While the more southern cities of Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, TX are grouped in 'District B.' They each will have separate tournaments within the district, but will then combine for the regional tournament in order to divide national slots.)
Additionally, a certain number of wildcard slots are awarded each year at competitions known as National Opens. Currently, each national open awards two nationals slots for every individual speech event and debate event and four slots for moot court. These are large tournaments held mostly at colleges or large convention centers and are open to the entire nation. Qualifying at a National Open tends to be more difficult than a regional qualifying tournament because of their increased size.
National opens since 2005:
March Mixers, officially called mini-opens, are smaller national level tournaments that were introduced by the league for the 2017-2018 season to occur in addition to the larger national opens. As national level tournaments, they host moot court, but they only give out one national championship slot in each individual event and debate event and two slots in moot court. In the first year, there were eight March Mixers, all occurring in the first two weeks of March. There was a mixer in a city inside every region except 1 and 3 which are much smaller than the other eight regions. Because of the large number of mixers and their close proximity in time, most competitors went to only the mixer closest to their home in the first year even though they could technically attend any mixer in the country.
During the 2005–2006 season, there were roughly 5,000 competitors, making the NCFCA the third largest national high school speech and debate league after the National Speech and Debate Association and the National Catholic Forensic League. These competitors vied for 90 policy nationals slots, 49 Lincoln-Douglas slots, and approximately 400 speech slots. Unlike other leagues, however, individuals are not constrained to one event and may compete in one type of debate and up to five individual events. Thus, 550 nationals slots does not necessarily translate to 550 competitors at nationals. Those who qualify to nationals in five IEs are referred to as "marathoners" and those who qualify in five IEs and debate are called "ironmen." Both are recognized at the awards ceremony and in the NCFCA Hall Of Fame. Those who achieve High Speaker points for debate rounds are honored with "speaker awards". Indicating that they spoke well in their rounds compared to the other competitors. For the 2018 national championship, 800 speech slots and 140 total debate slots divided between policy and Lincoln Douglas were awarded.
The NCFCA offers eleven individual events from three categories: Platform, Interpretation, and Limited Preparation. Platform events are memorized informative speeches written by the speaker. The four current Platform events are After Dinner Speaking, Biographical Narrative, Illustrated Oratory, and Original Oratory. (Informative and Persuasive Speaking were both was retired for the 2017–2018 season.) Interpretation events are memorized performances of published literary works, usually involving acting. The four Interpretive events are Biblical Presentation, Duo Interpretation, Open Interpretation, and Original Interpretation. (Dramatic Interpretation was retired for the 2011–2012 season. Humorous Interpretation and Thematic Interpretation were retired after 2015 Nationals.) Limited Preparation events are speeches delivered with two to twenty minutes of preparation. Limited Prep speech topics are randomly assigned to competitors at their turn. The three NCFCA Limited Preparation events are Apologetics, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Impromptu Speaking.
From 2002–2007 and 2013–2014, the NCFCA also provided a different Wildcard event each season:
On July 2, 2013, NCFCA announced the suspension of two of its Individual Events: Biographical Narrative (BN) and Original Interpretation (OI). Biographical Narrative was replaced by After-Dinner Speaking and Informative Speaking, and Original Interpretation was replaced by Thematic Interpretation.
The NCFCA offers two types of debate — Team Policy Debate and Lincoln-Douglas Value Debate. As the purpose of the NCFCA is to train good communicators, not just good debaters, the use of complicated theory and extremely fast talking (also known as "speed and spread") is discouraged. This is accomplished through the judging paradigm. Tournaments employ a mixed pool of judges, but are mostly made up of lay judges. NCFCA debaters are therefore forced to communicate to all levels of judges.
As a result of an emphasis on communication and argumentation over speed and theory, former NCFCA debaters tend to do well in college parliamentary debate leagues, as well as communication-oriented policy leagues like the National Educational Debate Association (NEDA). Former NCFCAers dominated the upper levels of the recent NEDA nationals, taking nearly one third of the varsity speaker and team awards.
Many NCFCA alumni compete in the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA), the largest college debate organization in the United States. Several NPDA colleges actively attract former NCFCA debaters, including Point Loma Nazarene, Biola University, Cedarville University, Hillsdale College, and Patrick Henry College. Nearly a dozen NCFCA alumni have competed at national level NPDA tournaments and finished among the top 40 teams in fields of 120 to 320 college teams. Several former NCFCA debaters have competed at the invitation only National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPT)E, an annual tournament where the top 56 college parliamentary debate teams in the U.S. gather to compete every spring. No NCFCA alumni have ever finished in the top 10 of the 56 top college parliamentary teams at the NPTE championships, though NCFCA alumni have been ranked in the top 10 season rankings.
Former NCFCA debaters also succeed in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMCA). For example, Patrick Henry College's moot court team has won nine ACMA championships from 2005–2016; the team is coached by Home School Legal Defense Association founder Michael Farris and winners include NCFCA alumni Rachel Heflin, Rachel Blum, Jenna Lorence, and Blake Meadows.
...see http://www.ethosdebate.com This site is a help for competitors who wish to learn new tactics, read the opinion of champions, and other debate related subjects.
NCFCA resolutions are chosen annually by affiliate families through a voting process. Each family is allowed one vote per each style of debate.
Team Debate 2017-2018 Policy Resolution: Resolved: The United States should significantly reform its policies regarding higher education.
Lincoln-Douglas 2017–2018 Values Resolution Resolved: Nationalism ought to be valued above globalism.
Team Debate 2016-2017 Policy Resolution: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its policies toward the People’s Republic of China.
Lincoln-Douglas 2016–2017 Values Resolution Resolved: Rehabilitation ought to be valued above retribution in criminal justice systems.
Team Debate 2015–2016 Policy Resolution: Resolved: That the United States Federal Court system should be significantly reformed.
Lincoln-Douglas 2015–2016 Values Resolution Resolved: When in conflict, the right to individual privacy is more important than national security.
Lincoln-Douglas 2014–2015 Values Resolution Resolved: In the realm of economics, freedom ought to be valued above equity.
Team Debate 1999–2000 Policy Resolution: Resolved: That the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution should be repealed and replaced with an alternate tax policy.
Starting in the 2016-2017 season, the NCFCA began offering moot court, but only at national level tournaments. For 2016-2017, this meant only at national opens, but for 2017-2018 they were also offered at the March Mixer/ Mini-Open Tournaments. In moot court, two teams of two students deliver oral arguments before a panel of "judges" similar to a United States Supreme Court or Appellate Court. They cite case law in order to convince the judges that a fictional court decision developed by the NCFCA should or should not be overturned.