The Basics


Stoa uses 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 for tournaments through April 30 will be used for invitational purposes.

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 Marks are 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 2016


Speech

  • Speech 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.
    Preliminary Rounds of speech will be “power protect” rounds.
  • In Speech Events, all preliminary rounds will spread the top-ranked students, one per classroom, equal to the number of classrooms per event. This has advantages for both the top-ranked students and those that are not highly ranked as the competition is spread more evenly among the rooms.
  • For the top students, this means they will not have to compete against the other top students in prelims. This should increase their chances of advancing to outrounds.
  • For the lesser-ranked students, this means they will not have to endure a prelim round with all the top-ranked students in their room. This should also increase their chances of advancing to outrounds.

Debate

  • Round one will be random and rounds two through six will be power matched.
  • State protection has been removed.
  • Club protection has been increased from 2 rounds to 4 rounds.

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