2013 National Invitational Tournament of Champions
John Brown University. Siloam Springs, AR
NITOC 2013 hosted 12 Individual Events (Speech Events) grouped into four main disciplines.
The Italicized Events are Speechranks events from other leagues whose rules are compatible with Stoa's NITOC events. Students receiving two Green Check Marks on Speechranks in those events will be invited to participate in the associated NITOC event. Students should modify their speeches as neeeded to abide by NITOC event rules.
Other leagues also have events that are already grouped with NITOC events on Speechranks. Those invitations will be administered as described further below on this page.
NITOC 2013 hosted three debate events:
Lincoln-Douglas Value Debate
Resolved: Privacy is Undervalued
Team Policy Debate
Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its foreign military presence and/or foreign military commitments
NITOC 2013 provides both a Tournament and Training
Stoa University: Monday, May 20th – a day of informative class sessions with multiple tracks for coaches, parents, and competitors
Parliamentary Debate: This is an exciting new addition to NITOC 2013. In order to accomodate its inclusion, Parli competition will begin on Monday, May 20th.
Check-In: Monday, May 20th for all participants. There will be NO Tuesday Check-In.
Opening Ceremony & Welcome Party: Monday Evening
Ballot party: Following the Awards ceremony on Saturday Evening
Special Activities: Held on-campus throughout the week.
Housing: On-campus package, including JBU rec center passes & meal options
By Air: Flights available through several airports in the region
By Car: A day’s drive from most of the southern and Midwestern USA
Local Attractions: Many local recreation and sightseeing attractions
Laura Yeates, NITOC Tournament Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Alsop, NITOC Local Area Coordinator – email@example.com
Please join us in thanking God for His wonderful provision of this great venue for NITOC 2013! We look forward to having you join us in experiencing a delightful slice of southern hospitality this coming May at Stoa’s National Invitational Tournament of Champions!
Stoa NITOC Invitations and Seeding
(All tournaments must be completed by April 27 for use toward NITOC invitations.)
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 (Speechranks) 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. Results posted through April 27 will be used for invitational purposes.
There are two invitational models:
State Invitation Model:
Seeding Competitors at NITOC
Registration Opens Monday, April 22, at noon Central Time
Registration Closes Sunday, May 5, at 6:00 pm Central Time