Baton Rouge Speech and Debate Club Baton Rouge Speech and Debate Club

Club Policies

Code of Conduct

1. Students should endeavor to be on time.  Debate Club will begin at 1:00 pm and Speech at 3:30 pm.

2. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, respectful of both their instructors and their fellow students.
"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." Philippians 1:27 "A wise man will hear and increase learning." Proverbs 1:5

3. Students are expected to conscientiously complete their homework assignments. These will be both written and unwritten. Debate assignments may include reading, research or study. Speech assignments may include writing, memorizing or rehearsing. Students must also bring required materials to class.     

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10

4. Students are expected to take an active role in the class. Listen carefully, participate in discussions, and ask questions. For some students, it may take a little time to become comfortable doing this, but just give it a try!  

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17

5. Students must adhere to the rules regarding the facility and respect the property which belongs to the congregation of Community Bible Church. 

"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12


We are grateful to Community Bible Church for hosting our weekly club meetings and want to respect the property fully. Parents are financially responsible for any damage to the facilities caused by their children.

Release of Liability

As stated on the Liability Release Form, Baton Rouge Speech and Debate Club, Community Bible Church, and any other facilities and and their staff are released from all liability in the event of accident or injury while participating in speech or debate club meetings or activities.


It is our belief that competition helps to produce excellence. So, while not required, it is highly recommended that your student attend at least one NCFCA tournament in the spring.

The Baton Rouge Speech and Debate Club hopes to host an NCFCA Tournament in Baton Rouge this spring. If so, it will require the gifts and talents of all our club families. Parent volunteers will be needed to recruit judges, help setup/cleanup the facility, bring food for judges and other functions. This is a great opportunity to serve alongside other Louisiana families.

NCFCA Affiliation

BRSD is affiliated with NCFCA, or the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association, ( In order to participate in a tournament, your family must be registered with NCFCA. The eligibility requirements are listed on the site. The cost is $125 per family per year. Affiliation before September 15 will result in a $25 discount (net cost is $100 per family).

Parental Involvement

This is genuinely not a drop off activity. We view parents as an integral part of our club. We need their experience, knowledge and feedback for our students during weekly critique rounds and practice sessions.

The most successful students have parents that are committed and involved in the activity.
Towards that end, we encourage parents to attend club meetings whenever possible. So much of the work of Speech and Debate is done at home; the more you know and understand, the more you will be able to help your student and give valuable help to others in club.