Metro Edge Debate and Speech Club - An NCFCA Affiliated Club
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Metro Edge Debate and Speech Club - An NCFCA Affiliated Club

Promoting excellence in communication and personal integrity with the goal of glorifying God.

Metro Edge Debate and Speech Club - An NCFCA Affiliated Club

Metro Edge Debate and Speech Club - An NCFCA Affiliated Club

Metro Edge is a debate and speech club for homeschooled students in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and surrounding suburbs.  Membership is open to homeschooled students between the ages of 12 and 19 years old by September 1 of the upcoming competition season.  Members must be affiliated with the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) speech and debate league.  (please see http://www.ncfca.org/how-to-ge... for affiliation information). Metro Edge is parent sponsored and parent/student run. Our vision is to promote leadership among youth, while still maintaining parental involvement. The club provides the opportunity to learn and exercise analytical and oratorical skills, addressing life issues from a Biblical worldview in a manner that glorifies God.  

"Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe."  1 Timothy 4:12

Debate and Speech Events for the NCFCA 2018-2019 Season

Our primary goal is to train students to be able to engage the culture for Christ in a manner that pleases God.  The NCFCA offers three different styles of debate and nine speech events.  The details regarding the 2019 debate and speech events can be found here: http://www.ncfca.org/what-we-d...

Team Policy debate involves two teams of two members.  Each team either advocates or opposes a resolution that calls for a change in existing policy regarding a political issue. In Lincoln-Douglas Value debate, competitors debate one-on-one to create a clash of competing values. In Moot Court students take part in simulated court or arbitration proceedings, usually involving drafting memoranda and participating in oral argument.

Debate 

Team Policy - (Final wording subject to change) Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its foreign policy regarding international terrorism.

Lincoln-Douglas - (Final wording subject to change) Resolved: When in conflict, governments should value fair trade above free trade.

Moot Court  - All National level events will feature Moot Court as a regular part of NCFCA competition.  The Moot Court case will be released in late summer/early fall.

Speech Events

Limited Preparation: Apologetics (APOL, same topics) Impromptu (IMP, new category of topics) Extemporaneous (EXT, with cross-ex in elim rounds)

Interpretation: Biblical Thematic (BT) Duo Interp (DUO) Open Interp (OPEN) Oratorical Interp (ORAT)

Platform: Illustrated Oratory (IO) Informative (INFO) Persuasive (PERS)

Club Meeting Location and Time

The Metro Edge Debate and Speech Club meets at St. Joseph the Worker in Maple Grove, MN.  https://www.google.com/maps/pl...

The club meets every Monday from 12:00 - 2:00.   The first and third Mondays our time will be dedicated to speech, and the second and fourth Mondays will be dedicated to debate.

Our meeting location does have appropriate space for younger sibling care.  Families with attending small children will take turns covering childcare. 

Student Commitment

• Students are required to attend the club meeting.

• Students are responsible to complete the required research/homework. The amount of time required will vary depending on the interest of the student, but at least two hours per week of outside work is expected.  Students are required to research the debate topics and to share their research and cases with club members.  Access to the internet is necessary.

• Students will agree to attend/participate in at least one practice tournament and the Minnesota Qualifying tournament.  Exceptions may be made for first year students if cleared with their partners. There will be at least one one-day practice tournament held in Minnesota.  Multiple three-day qualifying tournaments are held throughout our region (NCFCA Region V) during the competitive season which runs from January-May.    Students are expected to remain on-site for the duration of the tournaments that they choose to compete in.  The qualifying tournaments are usually held from 7:00 a.m. to about 10:00 pm each day.

• Students will assist in recruiting judges for all practice tournaments and all NCFCA events hosted in Minnesota whether or not they are participating.

Parent Commitment

Debate and Speech club is not a drop-off activity.  Maximum parental involvement is required to assure the success of the club.  

• At least one parent/chaperone must accompany their student for the duration of each club meeting in order to provide feedback to the students and assist with any other club needs. (Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the administrator)

• At least one parent/chaperone must accompany their student for the duration of the practice tournament to assist in judging and other tournament needs.  

• If student competes in a three-day tournament at least one parent/chaperone must accompany their student for the duration of the three-day tournament to assist in judging and other tournament needs. 

• Parents will assist in recruiting judges for the practice tournaments, the Minnesota State Qualifying Tournament, and all NCFCA events hosted in Minnesota.

Club/Tournament Expenses

• Club fees are $75.00 for the first student in a family and $25 for each additional competing student. This fee and a club membership form will be due at the first meeting.

• NCFCA affiliation dues are $100/family if paid prior to July 31st and $125.00 after this date.

• Metro Edge utilizes the NCFCA speech curriculum (http://iew.com/shop/products/n... ) about $50.00

• Metro Edge utilizes the NCFCA TP debate curriculum.

• Metro Edge utilizes the DFW LD debate curriculum - (https://dfwspeechdebate.com/en...) $54.00

• If you choose to purchase source books, debate cases and briefs relating to the current resolution, they range in price from $15-$50 and are available in the fall. 

• Families will be asked to help provide snacks for two meetings per year.

• Tournament fees range from about $50 to $75 per student per tournament.  Other tournament expenses to consider include proper business attire (please see the NCFCA website for dress code details), and travel, food, and hotel costs if competing in other tournaments in the region.

Q&A's

1) If I participate in Team Policy Debate can I choose my own partner?

Students are free to form their own partnerships within our club.  In October students seeking partnerships will submit their goals for the season and their partner preferences.  The administrator will prayerfully consider requests to determine partner matches based on the information provided by the students with the idea of benefitting the club as a whole.  Therefore, student partner requests are considered but their preferences are not guaranteed.  Partnerships are formed with members of our club.  If we have an odd number of debate participants we will seek other partners from outside our club.  Once formed, partnerships are for the full competitive season.  Past partnerships can be formed again but neither partner is obligated to do so.

Some things to consider when choosing a partner:

Club Commitment. Do you want to only be active in the club a few months, go to only 1 or 2 practice tournaments, or qualify for the Region V Tournament and hopefully onto Nationals? 

Geography. Does your perspective partner live near you? 

Opposites. Opposites can make good teams. Are you more technical and detail oriented or more artistic and talkative? Do you like to solve puzzles and fix problems or are you more humorous and dramatic? 

2) Can I participate in speech only?

Yes, students are highly encouraged to participate in both speech and debate.  However, students may choose to participate in either debate or speech only.

3)  Is the club affiliated with a specific denomination?

Our members compete in the NCFCA speech and debate league, a Christian homeschool league.  An eligible competitor shall be an NCFCA Affiliate in good standing and must have read and agreed with the NCFCA Statement of Faith and position statements.

Code of Conduct

Dress Code: Clothing should be neat, modest, and appropriate.  A student should not be dressed in such a way as to draw attention to his/ her body, but to respect and honor God, themselves and others. 

The administrator of this club reserves the right to expel any student for behavior or attitude deemed inappropriate.

*The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) did not contribute to the creation of this site, and does not specifically endorse this website.

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