Oaks Speech & Debate Club

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Speech & Debate

Oaks SDC seeks to cultivate compelling communicators for Christ by equipping middle and high school students to apply and communicate a biblical worldview with skill and clarity. We are located in Huntsville, AL, and affiliated with the NCFCA Christian Speech & Debate League.

Invest in what will LAST

Our mission is from Isaiah 61:3.

They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

Here at Oaks, we believe in investing in what lasts, and we believe that the skills learned in speech and debate last a lifetime.

Andrew Peterson sums this up in the end of his song “Planting Trees”:

So many years from now
Long after we are gone…
These trees will spread their branches out
And bless someone


Students may choose between value or policy debate in a given tournament. Only value debate is currently offered in our club. Moot court tournaments are separate and online.

Lincoln-Douglas (Value)

In Lincoln-Douglas, one debater affirms the resolution while another opposes or negates it, demonstrating a clash of competing but morally defensible values. This style of debate simulates the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. A typical round takes about 40 minutes.

Team Policy

In Team Policy, a team of two debaters proposes a specific plan to accomplish the goal stated in the resolution while another team of two debaters opposes the plan and/or the resolution. This form of debate simulates argumentation in a legislative body. A typical round takes about 1 hour 20 minutes.

Moot Court

A team of two debaters presents legal arguments to appeal the decision in a fictional court case while an opposing team of two students responds with legal arguments to defend the fictional decision. This form of debate is designed to simulate oral argument before an appellate court. A typical round takes about 45 minutes.

2023-2024 Debate Resolutions

LD - Resolved: Rationalism should be valued above empiricism.

TP - Resolved: The United States Federal Government (USFG) should significantly reform its domestic transportation policy implemented by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Read the white papers on these resolutions.


NCFCA offers 10 speech events in 3 categories: Platform, Interpretation, and Limited Preparation. Students may compete in up to 5 speeches per tournament.


Digital Presentation is an original platform speech that informs or persuades and is accompanied by digital visual aids.

Informative is an original platform speech that explains a significant topic.

Persuasive is an original platform speech that influences the audience to consider a particular point of view or course of action.


Biblical Thematic is an interpretation speech in which the speaker creatively develops a Biblical theme using three or more literature selections with one or more visual aids.

Duo is an interpretation speech in which two speakers explore a published literature selection and develop a unique, original performance.

Open is an interpretation speech in which the speaker explores a published literature selection and develops a unique, original performance.

Original is an interpretation speech in which the speaker brings a single original or derivative work to life.

Limited Preparation

Apologetics is a limited preparation speech in which the speaker draws a topic and is given four minutes to prepare a six-minute speech that presents a well-reasoned defense of basic tenets of the Christian faith.

Extemporaneous is a limited preparation speech in which the speaker is assigned a current event topic and given twenty minutes to analyze news and other sources while preparing a seven minute, evidence-based speech.

Impromptu is a limited preparation speech in which the speaker draws a topic and is given two minutes to prepare a unique and meaningful five-minute speech.

Learn more

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Learn more about our league

We are affiliated with the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA). Visit NCFCA's website to learn more.

Agenda for Meetings

We meet about every other Friday during the school year from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Willowbrook Baptist Church in Jones Valley.

2023 Fall Meeting Dates: Aug. 25, Sept. 8 & 22, Oct. 6 & 20, Nov. 3 & 17, and Dec. 1

2024 Spring Meeting Dates: TBD

Agenda for Typical Club Meetings

Alternating Fridays starting August 25, 2023

11:45 am


Dress code: business casual

12:00 pm


1 hour instruction & 1 hour debating

2:00 pm


All club members

2:15 pm


Mentor groups and breakout rooms for speech practice

4:00 pm


All families are asked to assist with cleaning and resetting rooms before leaving.