Q: Where do I register for Stoa?

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“Stoa” is not an acronym, as so many people assume. It is a Greek term for a place of gathering that was popular in ancient Classical times. Scott York, founding president of Stoa, wrote a good article on the background of the word, “Stoa,” and how it relates to the goals of the organization. More information can be found here.

Q: What are the eligibility requirements?

Stoa is organized to serve the privately educated, Christian homeschool community. Stoa recognizes and accepts that homeschooling families use a wide variety of homeschooling strategies and supports the parental right to direct the education of their children.

Eligibility for Stoa and the National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC):
It is expected that a student registering for a tournament is able to compete the entire tournament.Competitors joining Stoa shall meet the following criteria:

1. AGE
  • Competitors shall be ages 12 to 18 on October 1st.
  • NOTE: For the 2016-2017 season only, competitors who turn 12 between October 1st 2016 and January 1st 2017 will be eligible to compete.

2016-2017 Age Eligibility Timeline


The parent member(s) must agree with the Statement of Faith.

  1. There is one God eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30, 2 Corinthians 13:14)
  2. Man is sinful and therefore separated from God, who is holy and perfect.
    (Isaiah 53:5-9, Romans 3:23, I Peter 1:15-16)
  3. Jesus Christ paid the eternal penalties for our sin through His death on the cross
    (Luke 24:46, I Peter 2:21)
  4. Jesus Christ also resurrected bodily and ascended into heaven and will return one day to fulfill His kingdom. (Matthew 28:6, Revelation 19:11)
  5. Only through Jesus Christ and the grace of His provision of salvation, may we be saved from eternal punishment, enter into God’s family and receive eternal life.
    (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 6:23, Romans 8:11, I John 1:9)
  6. The Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible and authoritative Word of God and the truth for Christian faith and practice.
    (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, John 17:17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Psalm 19:7-11,
    John 6:67-69)

If the following statements can be affirmed (with a yes) the student shall be deemed privately home educated for Stoa purposes.

Your student is eligible to be covered by HSLDA based on their criteria as written on the “Homeschool Laws in Your State” HSLDA page. click here


Your student is at least ONE of the following:

(a) Exempt from public education enrollment and/or attendance in your state
(b) Homeschooled under the statutes or regulations in your state
(c) Enrolled in a non-public home-based educational program according to the laws in your state


(a) Not enrolled full-time in a public charter school or public school independent study program.

(b) Not enrolled full-time in a college. The college institution defines what constitutes full-time.

Q: What are the membership dues?

$55.00 for families with at least one 12-18 year old student competing at tournaments (regardless of the number of children).

$30.00 for Coaches/Parents (without their own students) / alumni or families with junior students only (all students less than 12 years old on 1/1/16) – this status is sometimes necessary for junior tournament insurance purposes when all competitors must be Stoa members.

Dues are not refundable or transferable.

Q: Do I have to pay for registration by computer, or may I send a check?

Registration is paid exclusively by credit card.

Q: I participate in other speech and debate leagues. May I register for Stoa, too?

Yes. Stoa tournaments are open to anyone from anywhere. Some Stoa tournaments will require Stoa membership and others do not. This is up to the tournament administrators.

Stoa hosts the National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC) at the end of the tournament season. Stoa welcome orators and debaters from other organizations/leagues. If you know someone from another league, you may inform him or her about this opportunity to further sharpen their skills.

Q: How do I obtain an invitation to NITOC?

NITOC is truly a “national” tournament that invites Christian homeschool speakers and debaters to attend. As an “invitational” students must meet specific requirements to receive an invitation. Stoa utilizes the online database Speechranks to determine who may receive an invitation. (See the NITOC 2016 page for details.) For the 2016 NITOC, it is expected that students must have their data into Speechranks shortly after April 30 in order to receive an invitation.

Q: What are the debate resolutions for Stoa?

Specific resolutions can be found in the links below:

Lincoln Douglas Value Debate
Team Policy Debate

Q: How does Stoa determine their debate resolutions?

Beginning with the planning for the 2011-2012 season, Stoa initiated a proposal process and voting procedures to select resolutions before the end of the debate year. This is in keeping with the pattern of many other debate leagues. Voting for the next year’s resolutions will take place in May, and the winning resolutions will be announced in May or June.

Note: Students earn invitations to NITOC by their debating success, not by debating a particular resolution. Debaters from leagues with different resolutions are still able to earn invitations Any league may adopt the Stoa resolution for their season, especially kindred leagues of Christian home educators.

Q: How do I donate to Stoa?

Donate right here! Thank you.

Q: May I see some examples of Stoa speeches?

Sure!  Watch videos from nationals on our our YouTube Channel right here!

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