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NCFL Coronavirus Statement

The National Catholic Forensic League has been carefully following the latest updates regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

At this time, based on the latest posted CDC travel recommendations, the NCFL Grand National Tournament will be held in Chicago as scheduled. We continue to monitor updates from the CDC and federal, state, and local health organizations and will post updates on this and all other important tournament matters on NCFL.org and NCFLNationals.org.

We encourage you to check the CDC guidelines and updates at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov and follow all personal care recommendations. Be well. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago in May.


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.

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.

2020 Grand National Tournament

Chicago Updates

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Congress, Extemp, and Debate

Extemp Topic Areas

    In no Particular Order
    • US Legal & Constitutional Issues
    • US Foreign Policy
    • US Economic Policy
    • 2020 US Political Issues
    • Medicine, Environment, Science, Tech
    • Societal Values & Ethical Issues
    • International Conflict & Civil Unrest
    • Foreign Economics
    • Leaders of Developing Countries
Everyone is encouraged to write Extemp QUestions and send them to us. We'll select and edit the questions for use at NCFL 2020. Yes, you could write your own question!

Questions should be submitted to Extemp@NCFL.org by April 24, 2020.


Legislation is due to Congress@NCFL.org, in the correct format (using the templates on NCFL.org), not later than April 1

2020 Service

2020 Elyssa's Mission

Chicago, IL

This year, our hosts in the Chicago Diocese have selected Elyssa's Mission to be the beneficiary of the NCFL's annual service project.

What is Elysa's Mission

Elyssa's Mission provides resources to help prevent teen suicide. The community-based organization was founded in 2006 in honor of Elyssa, a bright, gifted and outgoing Chicagoland girl who bravely battled post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Elyssa's Mission provides hands-on support to area public and private schools in order to educate students, staff, parents and guardians on how to recognize and assist those teens most at-risk. We have helped educate over 400,000 students since inception.

Elyssa's Mission funds and implements the evidence-based Signs of Suicide (SOS) program in 200 middle and high schools in Illinois through our partnership with MindWise Innovations, a Massachusetts-based organization that pioneered the concept of large-scale mental health screening and education programs. We assist with all components of the SOS program including planning, teaching and training for staff and parents.

Donations cane be made directly to Elyssa's Mission through their web page. Please be sure to mention NCFL as part of your donation.

CLICK HERE to go to the donation page.

2020 NCFL Nationals Tournament Hotels

Hotel blocks for 2020 NCFL Nationals are Open (1/20).

Please book all hotels through Conference Direct.
To make a reservation at our hotels,
please use Conference Direct Housing.

Click the BOOK NOW link if you are only reserving a few rooms.

If you need to reserve 6 or more rooms please set up a sub-block by clicking the BOOK GROUP link.

Book Now (1/21) Book Group (1/21)

The hotel websites are linked as a courtesy.
*** Please, do not book rooms for the NCFL Tournament through the hotel websites. ***

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Custom Tournament Booklet

The following documents can be viewed separately or combined into a single PDF.

To view a single PDF, click on the NAME of the document. To create a custom PDF, select the files you want and then hit the CREATE CUSTOM PDF button below. Alternatively, you can print all of the PDFs, by selecting PRINT ALL.

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2020 NCFL Nationals Tournament Sites and Locations

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