Welcome to the home page of the
Quo Vadis Speech & Debate Club!
Our annual practice tournament will be TBA.
Tournament information will be available at https://lafayette.homeschooldebate.net/ at a later date.
Tournament Registration opens in October 15, 2018 at noon and closes October 22 at noon.
JUDGES registration opened in September 24, 2018 and will close November 5th at 5pm.
Our mission statement: Provide an opportunity for students to develop skills in public speaking and debate so that they can communicate effectively in a manner that glorifies God.
CLUB REGISTRATION: WILL OPEN MAY 1, 2020. We do anticipate club being full and there being a waitlist again, so register early. Registration will close July 1, 2020.
REGISTRATION / CLUB INFORMATION <----MUST READ BEFORE REGISTERING! (No need to print or mail, just read)
REGISTRATION FORM <----- Click to register.
For Fall 2020, we will meet on MONDAYS from August 10 - November 16. (No club on Labor Day).
We meet at Faith East Community Center at 5572 Mercy Way, Lafayette.
We meet from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. (We eat lunch together.)
The club's mandatory all day tournament is TBA.
We have a variety of activities for the whole family to work on communication skills.
Visitors are always welcome! A detailed schedule can be found in the club information link above.
10:30-12:00 PM Speech
12:00-12:30 PM Lunch
12:30-2:30 PM Debate
We ask that the family's oldest child be at least 12 by 9/1/20 to join.
**The NCFCA Board of Directors has made two major changes to the competition eligibility policy. The first is to change the age requirement date to September 1 (the child must now be 12 by Sept 1 instead of on January 1), and the second change is to move the age requirement to 12 to 18 years old.
There are activities for younger siblings as well:
We are pleased to announce the Lafayette Speech & Debate Practice Tournament will be held on
We encourage our students to compete because this is the fastest way to get in the required practice to actually develop these skills. In addition, there's nothing like being judged to encourage students to strive for excellence. Finally, tournaments are fun. Students make homeschooled friends from around the Midwest.
Students must be 12 years old by September 1 of the school year to compete in most tourneys for the next season that runs from late fall through Nationals, which takes place during June. There are a few tournaments for children younger than 12. The competitions in which our students compete are governed by a national league called National Christian Forensic and Communications Association (NCFCA). Some tournaments are sanctioned by NCFCA and are thereby considered "qualifiers" which allow competitors to "qualify" for Nationals. Competitors must be members of NCFCA to compete in these tournaments. Other competitions are considered "practice" tournaments and are hosted by local forensics clubs. These still typically follow NCFCA rules and regulations.
At the bottom of this page is a listing of the various kinds of events in which a student can compete. There are links to the various rules and ballots for each event as well. .
SPEECH (Events may be subject to change)
Platform Events - Click HERE to see examples of a speech event. This takes you to the NCFCA page.
Digital Presentation - (replaces Illustrated Oratory) is an original platform speech that informs or persuades and is accompanied by digital visual aids.
Informative (INFO) - an original platform speech that explains a significant topic.
Persuasive (PERS) - is an original platform speech that influences the audience to consider a particular point of view or course of action.
Interpretative Events - Click HERE to see examples of a speech event. This takes you to the NCFCA page.
Biblical Thematic (BT) - is an interpretation speech in which the speaker analyzes three or more literature selections, including at least one Scripture selection, and develops a unique, original performance using a visual aid.
Duo Interp (DUO) - is an interpretation speech in which two speakers explore a published literature selection and develop a unique, original performance.
Humorous - is an interpretation speech in which the speaker explores a published literature selection and develops a unique, original, and humorous performance.
Open Interp (OPEN) - is an interpretation speech in which the speaker explores a published or self-authored literature selection and develops a unique, original performance.
Limited Preparation Events -Click HERE to see examples of a speech event. This takes you to the NCFCA page.
Apologetics (APOL, same topics) - is a limited preparation speech in which the speaker draws a topic and is given four minutes to prepare a six-minute speech that presents a well-reasoned defense of basic tenets of the Christian faith.
Extemporaneous (EXT, with cross-ex in elim rounds) - is a limited preparation speech in which the speaker is assigned a current event topic and given twenty minutes to analyze news and other sources while preparing a seven minute, evidence-based speech.
Impromptu (IMP, new category of topics) - is a limited preparation speech in which the speaker draws a topic and is given two minutes to prepare a unique and meaningful five-minute speech.
Team Policy (TP) Debate
During a round of Team Policy Debate, a team of two debaters will advocate the resolution by proposing a specific plan to accomplish the goal stated in the resolution while another team of two debaters will oppose the topic. Public policy debate is about matters of public policy such as might be debated in a legislative setting or a community meeting. A winning debate team will clearly present a problem and provide a plan to solve this problem. (or clearly show that what their opponents presented isn't a significant problem or that their plan will not solve the problem). Everything in debate must be backed by reliable evidence. Definitions of terms are often important.
LAST SEASON'S NCFCA Team Policy Debate Resolution (2019-2020): Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its energy policy.
THIS SEASON'S NCFCA Team Policy Debate Resolution (2020-2021): Resolved: The European Union should substantially reform its immigration policy.
Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate
Lincoln-Douglas debate resolutions are constructed to create a clash of competing values rather than the adoption of a specific policy. This is an individual (vs. team) event. Instead of presenting and solving a specific problem, as is done in policy debate, LD debate deals with valuing one concept over another concept. A winning participant may present evidence but (s)he will define his/her value, present its major premises, and give justification to convince the judge that their value should be given precedence over the opponent's value.
LAST SEASON'S NCFCA Lincoln Douglas Resolution (2019-2020): Resolved: Preventive military strikes are ethical.
THIS SEASON'S NCFCA Lincoln Douglas Resolution (2020-2021): Resolved: In democratic elections, the public’s right to know ought to be valued above a candidate’s right to privacy.