Rainmakers Speech and Debate

Kick Off
Monday, September 9th, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00p.m. *** Social / BBQ – New Life Church ***
New Life Church
1984 McKillican Street
West Linn, OR  97068

Regular Meetings
Mondays, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. – *** First Monday’s of each month, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. for optional additional speech and Moot Court practice
September 16 – May 18

Tournaments – TBD

Club Information
Rainmakers Speech and Debate is a Christian speech and debate club.  We participate in competition in the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA).  Competition in NCFCA is not required, but is strongly encouraged.  AFFILIATE with NCFCA here: NCFCA Affiliation

In the summer, we offer camps and introductory activities.  In the fall, we have weekly club meetings as well as opportunities for practice events. NCFCA competition season begins in January and continues through the remainder of the academic school year, ending with the National Championship in June.  Weekly club meetings continue through the Regional Championship in May.

Participation requires family registration in the Rainmakers Club.  Families are expected to agree to our Statement of Faith and Rainmakers Policies.  NCFCA competition requires affiliation with the league and agreement with the NCFCA Statement of Faith and NCFCA policies.

Rainmakers Registration is $125 per year per family.  The registration page can be found here – Rainmakers Club Registration 2019

NCFCA affiliation information and eligibility can be found on the NCFCA website here – NCFCA Affiliation.  The minimum age for competition in an NCFCA tournament is 12, however, there are activities offered for junior students at tournaments and at club meetings.

Parents are expected to participate in club meetings to provide feedback to students.  Each family must provide a chaperone to attend for the duration of tournaments for which your student has registered. At tournaments, parents (or a designated chaperone) must participate in a volunteer position or be available to give feedback to students.  Training is provided.

Club Structure
Meetings are 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Monday evenings.  We begin with a short worship time, prayer and devotional.  Our devotional topics will align with questions from the Apologetics resources found here – Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem.  Following our devotional time, there will be a speech instruction and practice time.  Students may choose to practice apologetics speeches, extemporaneous speeches, impromptu speeches, platform speeches, or interpretive speeches.  Following speech practice, we will have debate instruction and practice.  Students may choose to compete or audit any of our debate clubs.  NCFCA offers Team Policy debate, Lincoln Douglas debate and Moot Court.  We will offer weekly instructions and practice for TP Debate and LD Debate.  For those interested in Moot Court, we will offer additional  practice opportunities on the first Monday of each month.

There are 10 speech events offered in NCFCA.  We will discuss rules and preparation during club meetings.  Information about the speech categories and rules can be found on the NCFCA Website.  Participation in Apologetics is strongly encouraged by Rainmakers. 

Team Policy Debate
During a round of Team Policy Debate, a team of two debaters will advocate for this year’s resolution by proposing a specific plan to accomplish the goal stated in the resolution while another team of two debaters will oppose the topic.  During club meetings, we will explore these policies in depth and develop research skills in preparation for debate rounds. Those wishing to compete in Team Policy debate will be matched with a partner based on goals, skills, compatibility, and planned tournament participation. Curriculum is available for additional study.

Team Policy Resolution for 2019-2020
Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its energy policy.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate
In NCFCA, Lincoln-Douglas debate resolutions are constructed to create a clash of competing values rather than the adoption of a specific policy. We will use curriculum to explore and study value debate philosophy and provide practice debate rounds.

The Lincoln-Douglas debate format is one-on-one debating,
named after the famous debates between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln-Douglas Resolution for 2019-2020
Resolved: Preventive war is ethical.

Moot Court
Moot Court is a simulated oral argument, similar to an argument made before an appellate court.

Students present legal arguments from both sides of a fictional case before panels of judges as they focus on convincing the judge panel to either uphold or overturn a lower court’s ruling. There is no cross-examination by the opposing team, but judges may interrupt and ask questions of the speaker.

The 2020 *Moot Court problem packet will be released mid-fall*Moot Court is only offered at national-level tournaments.

The mission of the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) is to promote excellence in communications through competitive opportunities where Christian students develop the skills necessary to think critically and communicate effectively in order to address life issues from a biblical worldview in a manner that glorifies God. The NCFCA offers several different opportunities for students to practice analytical and oratorical skills via tournaments locally and nationally. Additional information about types of tournaments is available on the website. Tournaments are 1 ½ to 3 days in length.