2021 Competition Season Update

Tournament Types

NCFCA offers a number of tournament opportunities for students to hone their analytical and oratorical skills both online and onsite. Below are brief descriptions of the different types of tournaments / competitions in which a student may participate.

Regional (or District) Qualifying Tournament

A regional or district qualifying tournament is a multi-day event open to eligible competitors within their region or district, and offers six preliminary rounds of debate, three preliminary rounds of speech, and elimination rounds for both speech and debate. Students advancing to elimination rounds earn an invitation to the Regional Championship.*

National Qualifying Tournament

A national qualifying tournament is a multi-day event open to eligible competitors from all regions that may include any combination of events, any of which will offer full preliminary (six debate/three speech) and elimination rounds. Students advancing to elimination rounds earn an invitation to their Regional Championship and top competitors in each event earn an invitation directly to the National Championship.

Regional Championship

A Regional Championship is a multi-day event open to competitors within a region who have earned an invitation through a qualifying tournament. Top competitors in each event earn an invitation to the National Championship.

National Championship

The National Championship is open to competitors who have received invitations through a national qualifying tournament, Regional Championship, or the National At-Large System.
*Regions are assigned by the geographical location of the address on your NCFCA account. Once affiliated, if you would like to reassign to a region other than the one prescribed, reassignment is available in the NCFCA Shop. Reassignment must be processed prior to December 31st, is accompanied by a $20 surcharge, and is valid for the current competition season.