DFW Speech & Debate supports the mission of the NCFCA by providing the training necessary to prepare students in each of the events listed below.
The NCFCA offers 10 speech events within the following three categories:
- Interpretive Speeches - Humorous, Duo, Open Interp, Thematic and a 2013-2014 Wildcard event: After-dinner speaking (interpretation of a published work)
- Platform Speeches - Illustrated Oratory, Persuasive, Informative Speaking (original speeches written by the student on a topic of their choice)
- Limited Preparation Events - Impromptu, Apologetics, Extemporaneous
Team Policy debate is one of 2 styles of NCFCA debate where teams (with 2 speakers per team) either advocate or oppose a resolution that calls for a change in domestic or foreign policy. During the debate round, the Affirmative team upholds the resolution by proposing a specific plan to accomplish the goal stated in the resolution, while the negative team negates the resolution and the proposed affirmative plan. During competition, all teams debate both the affirmative and negative side of the resolution so that they understand both sides of the issue and develop the ability to advocate and oppose a proposition.
The 2013-2014 Team Policy debate topic is:
Resolved: That federal election law should be significantly reformed in the United States.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate, also known as value debate or LD, is one of 2 styles of NCFCA debate named after the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. In LD debate, teams (with 1 speaker per team) either affirm or negate the specified resolution where the core of the clash focuses on value propositions. Rather than arguing about a specific course of action an agency should take, Lincoln Douglas debaters look at the values that underline decisions. During competition, debaters will affirm and negate the resolution so they understand both sides of the issue.
The 2013-2014 Lincoln Douglas debate topic is:
Resolved: National security ought to be valued above freedom of the press
An overview of the NCFCA tournament structure is available at ncfca.org. The Tournament Schedule for the Spring qualifiers is typically published in the Fall. Two National Opens have been announced so far for the 2013-2014 season: Feb. 17-19, 2014 (Black Mountain, NC) and March 13-15, 2014 (St. Paul , MN). Students must be age 12-18 on January 1st of the competition year and home schooled at least 50% of the time to compete in NCFCA tournaments. The dress code for tournaments is professional business attire (suits are recommended). A parent or chaperone is required to accompany students to tournaments and will be trained to serve as a judge. For more information, see www.ncfca.org.
Families are encouraged to prayerfully consider their commitment level when approaching tournament opportunities. Some families attend all the tournaments each season while others are selective based on schedule conflicts and financial constraints. Each tournament is an opportunity to develop skills and bring home valuable ballot feedback. Tournament participation is often related to how fast a student progresses in this activity.
DFW Speech & Debate camps offers training for all NCFCA events!