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NITOC 2012

 2012 National Invitational Tournament of Champions
Focus on the Family. Colorado Springs, CO

NITOC 2012 Memories




Focus on the Family Hosting NITOC 2012
NITOC is moving from the picturesque shores of the Pacific Ocean to the stunning setting of the Rocky Mountains. The 2012 NITOC will take place on the beautiful campus of Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, June 4-9. (June 4 for Stoa University - education, training and information classes and June 5-9 for competition.) 

Colorado Springs welcomes families from across the country to enjoy the blue sky, cool evenings, and majestic mountains for the 2012 National Invitational Tournament of Champions.




NITOC 2012 hosted 11 Individual Events (Speech Events) grouped into three main disciplines.

Interpretive SpeechesLimited Preparation Speeches
Platform Speeches
  • Expository Speaking
    •  Illustrated Oratory/Illustrated Informative is included in this event. Check the Stoa rules and make any necessary modifications.
  • Original Oratory
    • Biographical Informative/Narrative and Current Issues students will be invited to compete in this event. Check the Stoa rules and make any necessary modifications.
  • Persuasive Speaking
    • Public Advocacy is included in this event. Check the Stoa rules and make any necessary modifications.
NITOC 2012 hosted two debate events with the following Resolutions:

         Lincoln-Douglas Value Debate
Resolved: When in conflict, personal freedom ought to be valued above economic security.

Resolved: That the United States federal government should substantially reform its revenue generation policies.



Stoa NITOC Invitations and Seeding


The document attached at the bottom of this page contains further explanation about the Stoa National Invitational Tournament of Champions. The document discusses the philosophical goals leading to the creation of the tournament. Next, the dilemma of how to meet and balance the representational needs of states with differing levels of participation is discussed. The bicameral National and State Invitational models are reviewed. The specifics of the point system for seeding using information from the National Christian Homeschool Speech and Debate Rankings (aka Speechranks) website is explored.

For those who don't like to read or just want to know the basics:

Stoa is using the open and public National Christian Homeschool Speech and Debate Rankings website to determine invitations to the National Invitational Tournament of Champions. Tournaments must meet certain minimum criteria for rounds competed as specified on the Speechranks website. Stoa tournament results posted through the end of April will be used for invitational purposes. (As these make up the bulk of the invites it is important that all Stoa events be completed by the end of April. It is recognized that a few Regional tournaments from other leagues will be completed by the first weekend of May and supplemental invitations will be sent out to student entering results from those tournaments.) Initial invitations were sent early in May. Supplemental and reminder invites will be sent out before the close of registration. NITOC registration opens May 7 and closes May 21 (both at noon Mountain Time).


There are two invitational models:


National Invitation Model: Two Green Check Marks

  • Two Green Check Marks next to your name in a NITOC event means you will receive an invitation  to NITOC in that event.
  • Green Check Mark = Winning Record
    • Defined as:
    • Speech
      • A top 40th percentile finish (top 40%) in a speech event at a tournament
    • Debate
      • Having at least two more wins than losses after prelims or at some point during outrounds
        • In even-round prelim tournaments approximately one-third of students/teams will achieve a winning record (3-1, 4-2, or 5-3 or better)
          • If a student/team does not advance to outrounds, they still have a winning record
          • If the student/team advances and loses their first outround, they still have a winning record
        • In odd-round prelim tournaments, the same formula cannot be used because one-half of students/teams will be 3-2, 4-3 or better
          • To keep the math the same for all tournaments, students/teams with a 3-2 or 4-3 record would need to win at least one outround, making their record 4-2 or 5-3 (thus placing them in the top one-third of students/teams). If they lose  the following outround they would still have a winning record.
          • Students/teams achieving a 4-1, 5-2 or better record in and odd-round prelim event would have a winning record because they have at least two more wins than losses. They are in the top one-third of students/teams. Whether they advance to outrounds or not, or whether they lose in outrounds, they will have a winning record.

State Invitation Model:

  • The top speaker from each state in each NITOC event will receive an invitation to NITOC in that event
  • The top two debaters in Lincoln Douglas Value Debate  and the top two teams in Team Policy Debate from each state will receive an invitation to NITOC in that event
    • There are Stoa tiebreakers built in to the State Invitation model

 

Seeding Competitors at NITOC

  •  Events at the Stoa National Invitational Tournament of Champions will be seeded based on the rankings on the Speechranks website. Seeding is based on a student’s three best performances during the speech and debate season. This provides a motivation toward continued excellence throughout the year, as that excellence is rewarded at NITOC.

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Van Schalin,
May 1, 2012, 6:53 PM