LA NCFL Qualifiers

2018 — CA/US

NOTIFICATION FROM THE NATIONAL OFFICE: Since there were only 4 registered schools before the deadline, our League will only have a total of 5 slots at the national tournament. This means that events that do not have substantial entries will have 0 entries to the national tournament. It is in the best interest of the League to send the most competitive entries to the national tournament, thus we will distribute the 5 qualifying spots across the different events based on how competitive each event is.


Entry and Drop Deadline: Sunday, March 11. 


Entry Fees:

$55 NCFL dues for the National Office (For those schools that did not already pay this in January)

$25 School Fee

$15 per Individual Entry

$30 for Public Forum, Policy, and Duo Interp 


Judge Requirements:

1 Judge per 5 IE entries

1 Judge per 4 Debate entries



Single-Pattern: DP, DUO, EXT, OI, OIL, OO (Double-Entry Allowed)


Round 1: 9:00AM - 10:30AM

Round 2: 11:00 AM - 12:30PM

Lunch Break: 12:30PM - 2:00 PM

Round 3: 2:00PM - 3:30PM

Finals: 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Awards: 6:00PM - 6:30PM



Congressional Debate in Congress Session. Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate is Debate Rounds. No double entry allowed within or between flights.


Congress Session 1: 9:00AM - 10:30AM

Debate Round 1: 9:00AM - 10:30AM

Debate Round 2: 10:30AM - 12:00PM

Congress Session 2: 10:45AM - 12:15PM

Lunch Break: 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Congress Session 3: 1:30AM - 3:00PM

Debate Round 3: 1:30PM - 3:00PM

Debate Round 4: 3:00PM - 4:30PM

Final Congress Session: 4:30PM - 7:30PM

Debate Elim 1: 4:30PM - 6:00PM

Debate Elim 2: 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Awards: 8:00PM - 8:30PM



The events at this tournament follow NCFL guidelines, which vary from CHSSA and NSDA guidelines, please make sure to read all event descriptions below:

Dramatic Performance - Students present selections from published plays, screenplays, fictional or non-fictional work that are either serious or humorous in nature. The selections must be memorized with a maximum length of ten minutes.

Duo Interpretation of Literature - A presentation by two participants of a single selection of literature. Each performer may present one or more characters. Each character should be sufficiently developed and should interact meaningfully with the other characters. The sections must be memorized. Movement should be limited and suggested rather than exaggerated. The maximum length is ten minutes.

Extemporaneous Speaking - Each student draws three topics on current issues; chooses one and has thirty minutes to prepare a speech of a maximum length of seven minutes. Any periodical or other published material is permitted in the preparation room. Students may not refer to any written notes during the speech.

Oral Interpretation of Literature - Students present selections in two categories -- prose and poetry. Each selection must be a maximum of ten minutes in length. The student must hold a manuscript and appear to be reading. The students alternate between rounds of prose and rounds of poetry.

Oratorical Declamation - Open to students in the ninth or tenth grades only. Students must use a speech or portion of a speech previously given by another person. The speech must be memorized with a maximum length of ten minutes.

Original Oratory - Students prepare original orations, usually persuasive or informative on a current topic. Any topic is permissible and any form of oration is permitted. The presentation must be memorized, with a maximum length of ten minutes.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate – Individual students debating issues of values and philosophy. The NCFL Grand National Resolution is used for this competition only.

Public Forum Debate - A team event that advocates or rejects a position posed by the resolution. The focus of the debate is a clash of ideas in a persuasive manner that can be understood by a “lay” judge. Good debaters should display logic and analysis. They should use evidence when needed. They should win their case and refute that of their opponents. They should communicate effectively, using the fundamentals of good speaking. There are no burdens on either side.

Policy Debate – Two person teams using the 8-3-5 switch side format debating issues of policy. The National Resolution is used.

Student Congress - Permits students to participate in parliamentary debate. Legislation covers areas of Domestic, Economic, and Foreign Affairs. Students debate the merits of the legislation presented.