Competition Eligibility

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

May exceptions be made for younger students who are eager to compete?
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.

May exceptions be made for students who will be older than 18 on September 1st of the competition season?
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

May a student graduate from high school and remain eligible for NCFCA competition?
No. Once a student has graduated, he is no longer a high school student in terms of NCFCA competition and is automatically ineligible to compete in qualifying tournaments.

May a student take classes at a local community college or through a dual enrollment program and still be eligible for NCFCA competition?
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.

May a student accumulate college credit through CLEP-type tests and AP courses and be eligible for NCFCA competition?
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.

May a student compete in college forensics leagues and still compete in the 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

May a student enroll in a public charter school or in a private school and be eligible for NCFCA competition?
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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