Q: Where do I register for Stoa?
Q: What does “Stoa” mean?
“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?
Q: What are the membership dues?
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.
Read more information HERE
Q: What are the debate resolutions for Stoa?
The Lincoln Douglas Value Debate and Team Policy Debate resolutions can be found HERE.
Q: How does Stoa determine their debate resolutions?
Stoa uses 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.