The homeschool community, nationwide, has two different organizations that run speech and debate tournaments. These are Stoa and NCFCA. Our small band of students participate in Stoa. I am their coach. I have no idea what I am doing but am enjoying learning beside them.
I have six students including Brother and Sister. We plan on adding at least two more and losing one as she's a senior.
This past week, they competed in the Westlake Escalade speech and debate tournament. Brother competed in the Dramatic Interp with the St. Crispin's Day speech, in Original Oratory on NFL quarterbacks, and Impromptu. Sister competed in the Humorous Interp with a section from Anne of Green Gables, in Original Oratory on ballet, and Impromptu. Neither made it to the finals, but both have really been bitten by the bug. Even Pumpkin has. She has decided she wants to do an Interp(pretation) for the next junior tournament. We are saving up to send the kids to a speech camp this summer.
Despite their protest (and tears), both will compete in debate next year as well. I have thought about team policy debate for the novice debaters but think we will stick with Lincoln-Douglas debate. And, they'll just have to jump into the deep end.