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What Are Tournaments?

Tournaments provide the opportunity for students to put their hard work into practice and their skills to the test as they compete against other debaters and speakers from all across the country. Students may pick and choose which and how many tournaments to attend at their (and their parents) discretion. It is highly recommended that students compete in at least two tournaments each year. 

Where Are Tournaments Held?

Tournaments held all over the country, as close as the Atlanta area and as far away as California.  It is up to you, your partner, and your parents how often and how far you travel.

When Are Tournaments Held?

Tournament season runs roughly November through April. Clubs around the nation host the individual tournaments, so the schedule may vary from year to year. Typically, the Atlanta area clubs host roughly one tournament per month from December through April. 

How Long Are Tournaments?

Most tournaments are 2 or 3 days.  2-day tournaments are usually held on Fridays and Saturdays and 3-day tournaments are held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Students and a parent are required to attend every day of the tournament.

What Costs Are Associated with Tournaments?
  • Tournament Fees are usually around $35-40 per competitor per debate event. Speech event costs vary by tournament.

  • Tournament Meals - It's a busy day so you will typically eat at the tournament between rounds. Tournaments offer student meals for a cost or you may bring a cooler with your own meals.

  • Travel Costs - If applicable.

What is NITOC?

NITOC or the National Invitational Tournament of Champions is Stoa's annual national tournament which is held late May at rotating locations around the country.  To qualify for NITOC, competitors must earn 2 checkmarks in a particular event at local tournaments. Checkmarks are earned at local tournaments by finishing in the top 38% in a debate event and by finishing in the top 40% in a particular speech event.  Competitors can qualify for NITOC in more than one event.  

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