Affiliation Information

 

Affiliation Fee Structure

Affiliation with the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) is per family and based on the current competitive season. The Affiliate fee is $125 per family regardless of the number of competitors in the family. Affiliation before October 15th will result in a $25 discount (net cost is $100 per family). Scholarships are available in the case of financial hardship by demonstrating the financial need to Office@NCFCA.org. Affiliate fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Eligibility Certification and Participation Requirements

Competition in NCFCA-sanctioned Tournaments is governed by rules, policies, and procedures published on the NCFCA website. Each family who affiliates agrees to abide by the NCFCA Qualifying Tournament Participation General Rules and all other NCFCA policies and documents. Each family who affiliates also certifies that they have read and agree to the NCFCA Statement of Faith. Finally, as part of NCFCA Affiliation, each family certifies that their competing children meet the NCFCA eligibility requirements for the current season as documented on the NCFCA website.

Affiliate Status

An eligible competitor shall be an NCFCA Affiliate. (*Affiliated students whose birthdates fall between September 2, 2003 and December 31, 2004 may request that this age requirement be waived by clicking the waiver request once the student has been added to the family account on their NCFCA dashboard. This option will be available until May 1, 2017.)

Age

An eligible competitor shall be aged 13* to 18 on September 1st of the competition season. (*Affiliated students whose birthdates fall between September 2, 2003 and December 31, 2004 may request that this age requirement be waived by clicking the waiver request once the student has been added to the family account on their NCFCA dashboard. This option will be available until May 1, 2017.)

School Status

Home-Educated - An eligible competitor must be a homeschooled 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 homeschool students, and other creative methods that supplement home education.

High School - Homeschooled 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


For the 2016-17 season, affiliated students whose birthdays fall between September 2, 2003 and December 31, 2004, may request a waiver to compete. 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 in an official ceremony, he is no longer a high school student and is automatically ineligible to compete in qualifying tournaments in the NCFCA.

Yes, under certain conditions. The student must still be considered a homeschooled, high school student according to NCFCA eligibility specifications in order to compete. A parent or legal guardian must still manage an eligible student’s education. 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 homeschooled, high school student according to NCFCA eligibility specifications in order to compete. Taking and passing CLEP-type tests does not disqualify a student from participation in NCFCA activities.

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 still be considered a homeschooled, high school student according to NCFCA eligibility specifications in order to compete. A parent or legal guardian must still manage an eligible student’s education.

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