Team Policy Debate

Statement of Purpose: The purpose of Team Policy Debate is to train Christian home school students in the skills of presentation, critical thinking, and research in an environment of honorable competition, to cultivate maturity, wisdom, grace, and poise, bringing glory to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its agriculture and/or food safety policy in the United States.

Lincoln Douglas Debate

Statement of Purpose: Lincoln Douglas Debate centers on a proposition of value, which concerns itself with what ought to be instead of what it is. A value is an ideal held by individuals, societies, governments, etc. Debaters are encouraged to develop argumentation based upon a values perspective.

Resolved: The needs of the public ought to be valued above private property rights.

Parliamentary Debate

Statement of Purpose: The Purpose of Parliamentary Debate is to train students to employ advanced debate and speaking skills informed by an accumulation of general and specific knowledge on a broad range of topics. The goal is to prepare students to deal with real world advocacy and argumentation in a manner that exhibits maturity, wisdom, grace and poise, bringing glory to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Parliamentary Debate resolutions are announced/released prior to the beginning of each round.

Parliamentary Debate Procedures and Protocol for NITOC 2017

NITOC Speech Competition Events

Judge Orientation for Speech Events: We understand that each Stoa tournament around the country may use different Judge Training presentations at local tournaments throughout the year. To ensure that all our judges are judging from the same, national mindset for NITOC, we will present a mini Speech Judge Orientation at our Opening Ceremonies for our parents and coaches so everyone will be on the same page at NITOC. For those unable to attend the presentation at Opening Ceremonies, we will provide more JOs throughout the week of NITOC (including right after the Opening)

NITOC 2017 will offer 12 Individual Events (Speech Events) grouped into four main disciplines.

Interpretive Speeches:

Speakers select and analyze literature, then bring it to life through the creative use of voice, movement, and facial expression.

Dramatic Interpretation: In Dramatic Interpretation, the competitor creates a serious, original rendition from a single piece of literature which captivates and moves the audience.

Duo Interpretation: In Duo Interpretation two competitors create an original rendition from a single selection or multiple selections of literature which captivates and moves the audience.

Humorous Interpretation: In Humorous Interpretation, the competitor creates an amusing, original rendition from a single piece of literature which captivates and entertains the audience. Stand-up comedy, or telling a series of jokes without a corresponding plot, is not Humorous Interpretation.

Open Interpretation: In Open Interpretation, the competitor creates an original rendition from a selection or selections of prose or poetry (including unpublished work) which captivates and moves the audience.

Limited Preparation Speeches:

In limited preparation speeches, students are given a limited amount of preparation on a topic that is given to them at the speech event.

Apologetics: In Apologetics the competitor is given four (4) minutes to prepare a speech that defends a tenet of the Christian faith. The speaker crafts a speech to reach those curious, not in agreement, or Biblically uninformed with persuasiveness and reasoning.

Extemporaneous Speaking: In Extemporaneous Speaking the competitor answers a given question based on a recent event in the news. The competitor, alone or as part of a club, researches national and international current events and may create reference files of newsworthy information.

The Extemp Prep Room is located in the Building 7 Logos Library along with all the Extemp competition rooms.

Extemp Competitors, Please read!

Mars Hill Impromptu: In Mars Hill Impromptu the competitor uses books, movies, and other genre to discuss the appeal and impact of the theme(s) within the topic, holding them up in light of Christian truth found in the Bible.

Attention Limited Prep competitors and tournament directors: NITOC 2017 will be using large timepieces for the competitors to self-time in MHI, Apol, and Extemp for both prep time and presentation time. We encourage you to consider incorporating the new Limited Prep protocol procedures for upcoming local tournaments. Please see the revised Room Administration for each of these events.

Platform Speeches:

A platform speech is a prepared speech, written by the competitor.

Expository Speaking: An Expository speech explains or “exposes” a topic usually with the help of visual aids. The goal is to develop a winsome, polished, speaker who can present a creative, well-organized speech while efficiently employing audio/visual aids or props.

Original Oratory: An Original Oratory is composed on a topic of the speaker’s choice. The goal is to develop a polished, winsome speaker who can present an engaging, well-organized speech on any topic.

Persuasive Speaking: A Persuasive speech advocates a specific position or course of action. The goal is to develop a polished, winsome speaker who can state a clearly-worded position supported by convincing arguments and well-researched support.

Wild Card Event Speeches:

Cold Reading: In Cold Reading competitors read from a short selection given in the competition room. The Competitors will have two minutes to prepare approximately 3-4 minutes of material. Material could include well-known literature, speeches, poetry, or other genre selected by the tournament for each round.

Monologue: A Monologue is a speech from a single character. The competitor interprets a monologue from a single published source. No original material for the monologue selection is allowed. A portion of the presentation may include a brief analysis, background, and/or context of the monologue. The entire presentation has a maximum time of five minutes.

Reminder for Monologue: This is not a Platform Speech in which "eye contact" is on the ballot. As in any interpretive event, the student may or may not make eye contact depending on their interpretation of the selection.

Pattern A:
Dramatic Interpretation
Open Interpretation
Original Oratory

Pattern B:
Cold Reading
Duo Interpretation
Humorous Interpretation
Mars Hill

Tournament Seeding and Ranking

Speech events at the Stoa National Invitational Tournament of Champions will be seeded based on the rankings on the Speechranks website. Seeding is based on a student’s three best performances during the speech and debate season. This provides a motivation toward continued excellence throughout the year, as that excellence is rewarded at NITOC.

Preliminary Rounds of speech will be “power protect” rounds. In Speech Events, all preliminary rounds will spread the top-ranked students, one per classroom, equal to the number of classrooms per event. This has advantages for both the top-ranked students and those that are not highly ranked as the competition is spread more evenly among the rooms.

For the top students, this means they will not have to compete against the other top students in prelims. This should increase their chances of advancing to out rounds. For the lesser-ranked students, this means they will not have to endure a prelim round with all the top-ranked students in their room. This should also increase their chances of advancing to out rounds.

Extempers! Important Information!

The Extemp Prep Room is located in the Building 7 Logos Library along with all the Extemp competition rooms.

Mandatory Meeting

Mandatory meeting on Tuesday at 12:00 pm in the Extemp Prep Room located on the main floor in the Union Library. Eat Lunch before Mandatory Meeting! Parli competitors - have parent or someone pick up a bag lunch for you so you can come to the meeting.
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The Founders Award

The Stoa Board created an award for presentation at NITOC that recognizes the contribution of Mr. Scott York and his fellow Stoa Founders for their pioneering efforts in bringing Stoa into existence.

The Founders Award will be presented to students at NITOC who receive invitations and compete in one or more events in all of the following five categories:

1. Interpretive Speeches

Dramatic Interp
Duo Interp
Humorous Interp
Open Interp

2. Limited Preparation Speeches

Extemporaneous Speaking
Mars Hill Impromptu

3. Platform Speeches

Expository Speaking
Original Oratory
Persuasive Speaking

4. Wildcard Events

Cold Reading

5. Debate

Lincoln Douglas Value Debate
Parliamentary Debate
Team Policy Debate

The Founders Award is not based on how a student performs at NITOC, but honors students competing at NITOC in the full breadth of events offered by Stoa.