The NCFL Grand National Tournament
Tournament announcements will be posted here. Please check the tabs on the right for additional information.
*** IMPORTANT: Wristbands ***
Wristbands are required for access to the convention center.
These will be made available to your Diocesan Director on Friday afternoon.
You MUST make arrangements to pick these up from your director.
Otherwise your students will not be able to enter the convention center on Saturday.
This is not a minor bookkeeping issue.
Power Outlets for Debate:
We are pleased to announce that all the cubicles on the Convention Center Exhibit Hall Floor for Policy, Public Forum, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate will have power available in them. Each cubicle will have 2 standard power plugs.
To accommodate all debaters and judges in each cubicle,
Thank you to the donors who have made contributions to help make this possible.
Each Policy & PF debate team should bring a power strip with at least 5 sockets on it, and each LD Debater should bring a power strip with at least 4 sockets on it. If a team does not bring a power strip, then they are not allowed to plug in at all.
Debaters and judges who expect to plug into the power strips should bring their own adapters and extension cords. Please bring extension cords because we cannot rearrange the furniture in the cubicles. Due to the power restrictions we are not allowed to plug in more than 7 laptops in any cubicle at any one time.
The tournament will not supply power strips or extension cords. Bring your own!
Tentative Schedule Posted:
For scheduling and planning purposes the Tournament Schedule has been posted
2018 Service Project:
The NCFL is proud to partner with Martha's Table. For over 37 years, Martha’s Table has worked to support
stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities by increasing access to quality
education programs, healthy food, and family supports. For more information about this amazing opportunity
Congress Legislation for Prelims, Semifinals, and Final Rounds has been posted
Lunch Orders: Saturday boxed lunches are now available for students and judges.
Please click the link for ordering information.
Please order by May 15.
PF Resolution: Resolved: Resolved: Municipalities in the United States ought to be able to declare themselves “sanctuary cities”.
LD Resolution: Resolved: Bystanders have a moral obligation to act in the face of injustice.
Event Locations: Preliminary locations for Friday, Saturday have been posted under
General Info Tab (in this section)
Parking: Parking in D.C. can be a challenge. We have provided a PDF document to help
you navigate through the process. It is posted in the
of this website.
United Airlines Discount: The NCFL has negotiated with United Airlines for a
discount for those flying to D.C. for nationals. Information and discount code is located in the
of this website.
Judging: Quality judging is crucial to any tournament. Links for individuals looking to be hired as a judge at the National Tournament
and for coaches looking to hire judges at the National Tournament have been posted under
General Info Tab (in this section)
. Please fill out the appropriate form.
Extemp Topic areas: Posted under
Topics Tab (in this section)
. The window is open for submitting Extemp Questions.
Hotel Blocks: Now open.
See the links below.
Please book through the Conference Direct Links.
Copy of 2017 NCFL Fall Meeting Power Point
for DC Nationals.
Extemp Questions can be submitted between February 5 and April 15.
Submission information will be posted as it becomes available.
Detailed league and tournament information can be found at NCFL.org
The NCFL sponsors the annual Grand National Tournament on Memorial Day weekend, offering six forensics events and four debate events.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities for 2018.
What are the deadlines?
Schools joining through a Local Diocesan League, must submit their Membership Forms and Dues to their Local League according to their Local Diocesan League deadlines.
Local Diocesan Leagues must submit all membership forms and dues ($50 per school) by December 10.
New and Existing Local Diocesan Leagues may submit late membership forms and dues ($55 per school) by January 10.
New Leagues must submit membership information not later than January 10.
Schools requesting Individual Membership must apply not later than January 10.
Tournament Registration must be completed, and fees paid, by April 15
What is the tournament format?
Registration by league directors is on Friday afternoon. Directors arrange to distribute registration materials to coaches and judges from their local leagues on Friday night.
Preliminary rounds are held on Saturday. Elimination round participants are announced on Saturday evening after Mass. Elimination rounds are held on Sunday and are followed by an awards ceremony, which will recognize the top contestants in each event. School and League awards are also distributed at the awards ceremony.
How can a student qualify to compete?
The student’s school must be a member of an NCFL Local League. These leagues are geographically distributed across the United States. Each league develops its own qualification system for the national tournament. Some leagues use a point system while others hold a qualifying tournament. League quotas represent the maximum number of entries in each category that can advance to the Grand National Tournament from each local league.
NOTE: A school that is not a member of an NCFL league may enter as an independent school for one year only. As such, that school could send one entry to the Grand National Tournament. After that, the school would have to join an NCFL league in order to continue participating. Only schools that are not geographically near an existing local league can apply for individual membership. Application for this membership should be made to the President via email, not later than December 10 each year.
What are a participating coach's responsibilities?
The coach must become familiar with all rules and procedures of the NCFL. Certain categories may be unique to the NCFL, or be slightly different from those of one’s state or region. NCFL coaches must also arrange to pay all fees and provide all required judges. A significant fine will be assessed to any school who fails to provide a judge after registering for the tournament.