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National Catholic Forensic League
The National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) was formed in 1953. It is organized into regions which correspond to Roman Catholic diocese. Member schools include both public and parochial high schools. The NCFL recruits member schools in both the United States and Canada. As of January 2003, there were 65 active diocese with chapters of NCFL.
NCFL offers an array of events similar, but not identical to, the National Forensic League. .
- Policy Debate - Two-person, switch-side, cross-examination debate, with five minutes of preparation time per team, on the national topic.
- Lincoln-Douglas Debate - Value debate on a topic chosen by the NCFL specifically for the Grand National Tournament. Three minutes of prep time for each debater.
- Oral Interpretation - A ten-minute reading event, alternating between Prose and Poetry each round.
- Dramatic Performance - A ten-minute memorized performance of a dramatic or humorous selection of literature. See also Humorous Interpretation.
- Duo Interpretation - A ten-minute memorized performance of a dialogue, story, or script by two performers, who are required to maintain off-stage focus and to not look at or touch each other.
- Oratorical Declamation - A ten-minute memorized performance of a historical speech, to be delivered as if it were the speaker's own address. Limited to freshmen and sophomores.
- Original Oratory - A ten-minute memorized original speech delivered to inspire or persuade the audience.
- Extemporaneous Speaking - A seven-minute analytical / persuasive speech on a question of current events, given with only 30 minutes' prior notice.
- Student Congress - Mock legislative sessions where students debate bills and resolutions submitted by schools from participating dioceses.
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