Eligibility Requirements


Affiliate Status

An eligible competitor shall be an NCFCA Affiliate in good standing and must have read and agreed with the NCFCA Statement of Faith and position statements.

Age

An eligible competitor shall be no younger than 12 years old and no older than 18 years old on September 1st of the competition season.

An eligible Moot Court competitor shall be no younger than 15 years old and no older than 18 years old on September 1st of the competitive season.

School Status

Home-Educated* – An eligible competitor must be a student whose education is managed by his parent(s) or legal guardian(s). An eligible competitor’s education may include the use of tutors, video courses, internet courses, dual-credit classes, classes in cooperation with other homeschooled students, and other creative methods that supplement home education. *Interested families who do not meet this requirement may submit an application for a waiver to compete.

High School – Competitors who have graduated from high school or who are enrolled in a full-time, college-level degree program shall not be eligible.


Eligibility FAQs


Regarding Age Requirement


No eligibility exceptions shall be made for students who are younger than 12 on September 1. Students younger than this age may participate in Junior-level One Day NCFCA events.

No. A student who will be older than 18 on September 1st may not compete in NCFCA. No exceptions will be made.

Regarding High School Status


No. Once a student has graduated and/or participated in an official graduation ceremony, he is no longer a high school student in terms of NCFCA competition and is automatically ineligible to compete in qualifying tournaments.

Yes, under certain conditions. The student must still be considered a home-educated, high school student (parent or legal guardian managing the student’s education) in order to compete. If a student is enrolled in a full-time, college-level degree program, he is automatically ineligible for NCFCA competition, as he is no longer considered a high school student.

Yes, under certain conditions. The student must still be considered a home-educated, high school student (parent or legal guardian managing the student’s education) in order to compete. Taking and passing CLEP-type tests does not disqualify a student from participation in NCFCA.

No. The NCFCA is a high school league, and those who compete at the college level are disqualified from NCFCA competition.

Regarding Supplements to Home Education


Yes, under certain conditions. A student may be enrolled part-time for purposes of supplementing the student’s home education experience, but the student must be considered a home-educated, high school student (parent or legal guardian managing the student’s education) in order to compete.

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