Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of participating in debate and speech?
Debate and speech develop the ability to clearly and persuasively articulate ideas publicly with poise, courtesy and grace and also teach important skills such as critical thinking, effective communication, independent research and teamwork.

How can I find out if there is a CCofSE club in my area?
Contact us and if we know of one, we will do our best to connect you.

If there is no club in my area, can I still participate?
Yes, you may participate as an individual (or team). If you need a partner, you might want to contact one of the existing clubs to see if they would be willing to include you as an offsite member. With the availability of FaceTime, Skype,etc. that has worked well in the past.  Or you might consider starting a club in your area.

How old do you have to be to participate in the various events?  
The League goes by the age of a participant on January 1st of the competition year.  See the HELPFUL INFORMATION link for specifics.

Do you have to belong to CCofSE to participate in league tournaments?
Yes.  For insurance purposes, we require that all participants are members of CCofSE.

What is the dress code for tournaments?
Look under CODE OF CONDUCT.

What are the costs for attending a tournament?      
Specific costs vary tournament by tournament, but we make every effort to keep fees low.  Often host housing is available.

What if my parent cannot attend a tournament?  May I still participate?
We understand that sometimes things come up that keep a parent from attending a tournament.  However, not only do students do better when parents are involved, the league is dependent on parents to make a tournament successful.  The decision to make an exception is made on an individual basis by the tournament director.

Do I have to submit my script for a speech event?
Script submission is required at every CCofSE tournament.  The Script Submission Form is available online with the other IE documents.

Why do I have to cite sources in my speech?
The purpose of referencing sources in your speech, and not just in your bibliography, is so that your audience knows when you are presenting your own ideas and when you are quoting or referencing someone else.

How much information do I need to give when referencing sources in a public address speech?
The goal is for your audience to know whose ideas are being presented. Here are two examples:
1. “In her book, Walking By the Sea, Jane Smith presents a fascinating theory of God’s
revelation to man through creation.”
2. “A recent New York Times editorial by Joe Doe Smith on the decline of western civilization has brought this issue to the forefront.” 

May I use a speech used in a previous season?
No. Material must be newly prepared for the current CCofSE season.

What is the Robin Hancock Award?     
You will find the information under HELPFUL LINKS.

I have a suggestion/concern/encouragement.  To whom do I address it?         
Click on the CONTACT US link.  We will be happy to see that it is delivered to the appropriate person or place.

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