Tournament Types

The NCFCA offers several different opportunities for students to practice analytical and oratorical skills via tournaments locally and nationally. Below are brief descriptions of the different types of tournaments / competitions in which a student may participate.

Regional (or District) Qualifier

A regional (or district) qualifier is open to all Affiliates in good standing within the region (or district) and offers 10 speech events and 2 debate events. Competitors who advance to elimination rounds qualify to their Regional Championship.

National Mixer

A National Mixer is open to all Affiliates in good standing from all regions and offers 10 speech events and 3 debate events. Competitors who advance to elimination rounds qualify to their Regional Championship. Competitors who place 1st in any event qualify to the National Championship.

National Open

As a national-level tournament, a National Open is open to all Affiliates in good standing from all regions and offers 10 speech events and 3 debate events. Competitors who advance to elimination rounds qualify to their Regional Championship. Competitors who place 1st or 2nd in any event qualify to the National Championship.

Regional Championship

A Regional Championship is open to all Affiliates in good standing who have qualified through a Regional Qualifier, National Mixer, or a National Open.

National Championship

The National Championship is open to all Affiliates in good standing who have qualified through a Regional Championship or the At-Large Qualification System.