What is the purpose of Club 19:14?

Club 19:14 exists to teach home schooled students oratorical and analytical skills through the vehicle of competitive speech and debate. Our name refers to Psalm 19:14, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." Our desire is that pleasing the Lord be at the center of how we conduct all matters in this club.

Who is eligible for membership?

Club 19:14 is open to any homeschooling family that home schools 51% of the time. However, there is a membership cap. There are two classes of membership, senior members and junior members.

For 2017-2018 season:

Senior members are ages 13-18 by September 1, 2017. Senior members are required to compete in two tournaments per year. 

New junior members are ages 8-12 by Sept. 1, 2017 and must have an older sibling participating as a senior member in the club. Junior members are not required to compete at tournaments, but are encouraged to do so when the option is available.

Membership is also contingent on new member families agreeing with and signing the club's Statement of Faith and Code of Conduct, as well as affiliating with the NCFCA league.  For more information, please see our Join page.

When and where does Club 19:14 meet?

See our Club Calendar for information.

What is the cost for joining Club 19:14?

Membership Dues are $125 for each family.  There are additional costs for mandatory debate camps that vary depending on the camp but can be at least $95 per student.  If you need childcare while at club, that is an additional cost.  We try to be creative to keep costs low.

What is NCFCA?

NCFCA is the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association. NCFCA believes that formal speech and debate can provide a means for home schooled students to learn and exercise analytical and oratorical skills, addressing life issues from a Biblical worldview in a manner that glorifies God. To provide these opportunities to home schooled students, NCFCA shall facilitate qualifying tournaments throughout the country and the annual national tournament.  Family NCFCA affiliation is required for all Club members.  For more information on the NCFCA, see: www.ncfca.org

What skills can members acquire from participation in speech and debate?

Speech Skill Set

  • Grammar skills are refined
  • Writing skills
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Non-verbal communication skills
  • Organization skills

Platform Speech Skills Set

  • All the speech skill set PLUS
  • Thematic learning on topic that the speech is written about
  • Outline writing
  • Writing of speech

Apologetics Speech Skills Set

  • All the speech skill set PLUS
  • Thematic learning of central Bible themes
  • Writing outline cards to be used for event
  • Logic
  • Analysis Skills
  • Worldview

Extemporaneous Speech Skill Set

  • All the speech skill set PLUS
  • Current Events
  • Economics
  • Policies (Foreign and Domestic)
  • Organization skills
  • Quick Reading skills
  • Analysis skills

Debate Skill Set

  • All the speech skill set PLUS
  • History (world and U.S.)
  • Civics
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Worldview
  • Logic
  • Listening skills
  • Organization skills
  • Persuasive skills
  • Analysis skills

Participation in the Club can “replace” other school subjects, depending on the level of involvement your student chooses. By being involved in Debate and Speech you are covering most subjects except Math and Science

What is required of members on Club days?

All students are responsible for coming prepared to Club Day with completed assignments in order to benefit fully from what is being offered.  Assignments are designed to help students produce finished works and be ready for competition by January.

All club members are to exhibit a kind, polite and respectful attitude toward others at all times and to behave in a manner that brings glory and honor to God.  Public display of affection at any club event (including tournaments) is cause for dismissal from Club 19:14. Your behavior directly affects club members and we ask that you please refrain from flirting and romantic relationships.

In the spirit of our Psalm 19:14 motto ("May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer"), all members must adhere to a code of conduct.

All club members are required to stay within the geographical boundaries set by the administration of the facilities we use and are to strictly adhere to all established rules/regulations.

Negative attention brought to the club by any student will not be tolerated because it reflects on the coaches, families and your teammates of Club 19:14.  If a student is disrespectful, uncooperative or disruptive, the student will be given 1 warning. If the behavior continues the leadership will consult with the parents. Habitual problems will result in dismissal from the club.

Mistakes will occur, but how they are dealt with is important. Conflicts will be resolved according to Matt 18:15-17, whereby the offended goes “directly" to the offender to resolve the issue, refraining from gossip and rumor. If necessary, one or two board members will assist to resolve the matter.

Is tournament participation required for members?

Yes, all senior students are required to compete in at least two tournaments with at least one event during the competition season.  All spring competitions are sanctioned through the NCFCA.  Practice tournaments and/or Round Robins MAY be available in the fall for senior students, further enhancing the learning process and preparation for competing.  Junior members are not required to participate in tournaments, but are encouraged to do so when opportunity is available.

What are the student estimated time requirements outside of Club?

Speech Time commitment per speech event: (If you are doing multiple speech events, additional time may be needed.)

  • Fall Semester: 3 - 5 hours per week
  • Spring Semester: 2 - 3 hours per week

Debate Time commitment:

  • Fall & Spring Semester: 6 - 10 hours per week

Time Commitments are in addition to participating in Club Day. Time requirements will vary depending on the student’s age and ability.  

ALL Students are responsible for coming prepared to participate in Club Day with completed assignments in order to benefit fully from what is being offered. Assignments are designed to help students produce finished works and be ready for competition by January.

What are the parent's requirements at Club 19:14 and Tournaments?

Teaching speech and debate skills is labor intensive.  Club meetings will include instruction and practice. We need parents to coach: that is, to listen to the students and offer helpful advice, depending on what was taught that day. For this reason, every child must have a parent present at Club. If you think you have no skills to share, do NOT despair! You can learn along with your child. We’re in this together! You will learn by doing and by observing others.

  • Parents with students in speech are required to participate during speech sessions
  • Parents with students in debate are required to participate during debate sessions
  • Parental time and support in judging and serving is mandatory for all tournaments that the student attends and any Practice Tournaments hosted by Club 19:14
  • Parents are responsible for making sure their students are completing their assignments

What is the Junior program like?

The Junior program is available for younger siblings of Senior members who are age 8-12 by September 1 of the competition year and it's purpose is PURE FUN!!!  This is a no pressure, no high expectations activity that we want them to ENJOY as they learn speaking skills.  All junior speech students will have instruction, assignments, practice and critiquing during Club days.  Memorization of speeches is occasionally required.  Parents may help their students with speech writing assignments.  Debate is not available for this age group.

How is club information communicated?

All announcements including club meetings, assignments, tournament information and other events will be communicated through the Club 19:14 parent Yahoo group.  Families are responsible for checking email regularly to stay informed.  You will automatically be added to the Yahoo group as a member.  If your students are participating in Apologetics, Extemporaneous or Debate there are additional Yahoo groups that you and your students may join to receive further help/instructions.  

Is there childcare for younger siblings and what is the cost/family?

Yes, the club does provide childcare and is available for younger siblings at the church during Speech and Debate club.  The fees do vary depending on how many children participate, please contact the Club administrator for costs to your family.

Is there a dress code?

Yes.  The spirit of the dress code is modesty and professionalism with the intent to glorify Christ. The goal is to minimize the focus on the body or outward appearance and maximize the focus on the development of ideas and communication skills. Students should wear modestly fitted clothing. No shorts (long athletic shorts for boys is OK). No t-shirts with offensive slogans, no tank tops, no midriffs showing, no low-cut blouses, no short skirts.

What are typical tournament fees?

Example: ONE tournament in Houston, for a family with one student competing in debate and speech events:

  • $55 to $105 - tournament fees per student
  • $400 - hotel expenses / room ($100 x 4 nights)
  • $6 to $8 per meal, lunch and dinner per person OR bring your own
  • $150 - gas

Approx. total costs for one tournament = $350 - $705

Travel expenses vary by distance and need for housing. Most tournaments are in Texas. You choose the tournaments in which you would like to participate. Note: Expenses can be lowered depending on where you stay, taking your own food, carpooling options, sharing hotel rooms, and optional free “Host Housing” provided by the families where tournament is hosted. 

NCFCA Fee:   This year’s affiliate fee is $125 per family prior to Sept. 15th.

Tournament Fees:

  • General Registration fee is &15 per student.
  • Approximate Speech entry fee is $13 per event.
  • Approximate Debate entry fee is $35 per team member for Team Policy and Lincoln Douglas.
  • Tournament Clothes:  All competing students are required to wear Professional Business Attire (suits/sport jackets + tie) at every tournament.
  • Traveling Expenses: You will need to also add travel expense to the above costs.