Competition Eligibility

An eligible competitor must:

  • Be an NCFCA Affiliate in good standing and must have read and agreed with the NCFCA Foundational Beliefs.
  • 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.
  • Not have graduated from high school.

FAQs

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, through 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 agreed to.

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 college 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 graduated is no longer a high school student in terms of NCFCA competition and is ineligible to compete in NCFCA tournaments.

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