In keeping with our Mission Statement, NCFCA seeks to provide debate resolution choices which are appropriate for a Christian high school league. Topics should be able to be debated fairly from both the Affirmative and Negative position without blatantly violating a student’s core Christian beliefs.
NCFCA recognizes the importance of homeschool parents to have a voice in the subject matter their students are studying and the debaters themselves to have input into the resolution choices. Because this Affiliate input is key to the selection process, the Board of Directors solicits ideas and concepts from Affiliates and Coaches at the beginning of the process and then again at the end by allowing the final topic choice to be determined by Affiliate votes.
To begin the process, NCFCA’s Debate Committee solicits topic ideas and reviews many different suggestions to ultimately offer a sizable slate of proposed resolutions to the NCFCA Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors reviews the recommendations from the Debate Committee and crafts a smaller slate of three proposals per debate style for Affiliate voting at the end of every season. So as not to be an unnecessary distraction to the season at hand, this slate of resolutions is offered to the Affiliate families for consideration between the Regional Invitationals and the National Championship. At that time, all NCFCA Affiliate families are eligible and encouraged to vote on their favorite topic. The topic with the most votes is carefully formulated into the final resolution for the next competitive season.
The unveiling of the upcoming year’s topic occurs at the National Championship, traditionally during the Banquet celebration, and is a highlighted part of Nationals’ festivities. Minutes after it is announced to the attendees, the resolution choices are posted to the NCFCA website for all Affiliates.
For those of you interested in submitting topics, please know that submissions are most helpful when they include as much information as possible, such as potential Affirmative and Negative positions and potential resolution wording.
Traditionally, the policy debate topics have rotated between international and domestic topics. A listing of previously chosen topics can be found here.
If you are interested in submitting ideas or have questions about the process, you may contact the Debate Committee here.