2021 Competition Season Update

Competition Eligibility

An eligible competitor must:

  • Be an NCFCA Affiliate and read and abide by the NCFCA Participant Code of Conduct AND
  • Be no younger than 12 years old and no older than 18 years old on September 1st of the
    competition season with the exception of Moot Court competitors who shall be no younger than 15 years old and no older than 18 years old on September 1st of the competitive season  AND
  • Not have earned a high school diploma.

FAQs

Regarding Age Requirement

May exceptions be made for younger students who are eager to compete?
No.  Eligibility exceptions will not be made for students who are younger than 12 on September 1st of the competition season. Students younger than this age may participate in junior-level One Day NCFCA events.

May exceptions be made for younger students who are eager to compete in Moot Court?
No.  Eligibility exceptions will not be made for students who are younger than 15 on September 1st of the competition season. Students younger than this age are encouraged to participate in any of the other currently offered NCFCA events.

May exceptions be made for students who will be older than 18 on September 1st of the competition season?
No.  Eligibility exceptions will not be made for students who are older than 18 on September 1st of the competition season. Students older than this age may not compete in NCFCA

Regarding Exceptions

Are students with special needs or learning disabilities allowed to compete?
Yes. Students with special needs or learning disabilities are encouraged to compete; however, no exceptions to tournament rules may be made.

Are students with physical limitations eligible for competition?
Yes. Students with physical limitations are eligible to compete. NCFCA will make accommodations when practical, but as NCFCA does not own its tournament locations, those accommodations may vary from tournament to tournament.
Requests for special arrangements that may affect competition must be made in advance by sending a detailed explanation of the situation to the Director of Forensics.

Regarding School Status

May a middle school student participate in NCFCA competition?
Yes. NCFCA is a high school league that allows middle school student participation. Parental consideration should be given as to the social and spiritual maturity required to wrestle with high school, age-appropriate material.

May a student take classes at a local community college, participate in a dual enrollment program, or attend a school and still be eligible for NCFCA competition?
Yes. A student is eligible for NCFCA competition regardless of educational method so long as all eligibility requirements are met and tournament policies and procedures are understood and affirmed.

May a student accumulate college credit through CLEP-type tests and AP courses and be eligible for NCFCA competition?
Yes. A student is eligible for NCFCA competition regardless of educational plan so long as all eligibility requirements are met.

May a student compete in a college forensics leagues and still compete in NCFCA?
No. NCFCA is a high school league, and a student who competes at the collegiate level is ineligible to compete in NCFCA tournaments.

May a student graduate from high school and remain eligible for NCFCA competition?
No. A student who has earned a high school diploma is no longer a high school student in terms of NCFCA competition and is ineligible to compete in NCFCA tournaments.