NITOC 2014

National Invitational Tournament of Champions
May 19-24
San Diego Area

NITOC 2014 was the largest Christian homeschool speech and debate tournament in history. Students from all five Christian homeschool organizations/leagues participated in this grand event. Approximately 5000 speeches were presented during the course of the tournament! Over 330 debate teams competed 1500 debates in Lincoln Douglas, Team Policy and Parliamentary Debate! NITOC 2014 is a testament to the Lord's gracious provision in the lives of the 630 students and 500 families in attendance. Wildfires in the North County of San Diego forced the closure of the California State University San Marcos campus 36 hours before the tournament opened. Two different churches in Carlsbad were used as check in locations. The tournament was moved 3 times in the first four days. Competition began at the Stoa at Point Loma Nazarene University overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  On day two, the tournament moved to the Town and Country Hotel in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. Day four saw the tournament move to San Diego State University. The awards were held in the park-like Kit Carson Amphitheater in Escondido. God was magnified and glorified in all aspects of His miraculous provision for NITOC 2014.

NITOC Competition Events

NITOC 2014 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 were invited to participate in the associated NITOC event. Other leagues also have events that are already grouped with NITOC events on Speechranks.

NITOC 2014 hosted three debate events:

Debate Events:

Resolved: The United States has a moral obligation to mitigate international conflicts.

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reform its marine natural resource 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 (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.

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
    • 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 3-1, 4-2, 5-3 or better record.
          • If a student/team does not advance to outrounds, they still earn a Green Check Mark.
          • If the student/team advances and loses in outrounds, they still earn a Green Check Mark
        • 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 earn Green Check Mark.
          • Students/teams achieving a 4-1, 5-2 or better record in an odd-round prelim event would earn a Green Check Mark 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 earn a Green Check Mark

State Invitation Model:

  • The top speaker (duo team) from each state in each NITOC speech 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 and Parliamentary Debate from each state will receive an invitation to NITOC in that event

NOTE: For Duo Interpretation, Team Policy, and Parliamentary Debate only teams may be invited to the Stoa National Invitational Tournament of Champions. In other words, a student may not receive an invitation with one partner and then compete at the Stoa National Invitational Tournament of Champions with another. If a student receives an invitation with two different partners in the same event, he/she must choose with which partner to compete.

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.

Van Schalin,
Apr 9, 2014, 6:23 PM
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Sep 24, 2013, 1:20 AM