The National Forensic League is the national honor society for middle school and high school speech and debate. The vision of the NFL is “that every child in the United States will be empowered to become an effective communicator, ethical individual, critical thinker and leader in a democratic society.”

Most forensic tournaments in South Carolina (and in nearby states) use Joy of Tournaments for registration. This website allows participating schools to easily register competitors and, if needed, make changes. Host schools benefit from a simplified and streamlined registration process. If your school is attending a tournament, click on the JOT logo above to register.

Blog Index
The journal that this archive was targeting has been deleted. Please update your configuration.

What to expect at a tournament

Most speech and debate tournaments are held on Saturdays, usually at the host school’s facility. Generally, tournaments begin about 9 a.m. and end following the awards ceremony by 6 p.m. Contestants often arrive around 8 a.m., and judges around 8:30 a.m. These are general guidelines, however. Some tournaments run two or more days.

Tournaments can end earlier or much later depending on the size of the tournament, the number of available judges, the number of events offered and other factors. If you are attending as a contestant or judge, it is imperative that you always check with your school to find out specifics.

2018 – 2019 tournament schedule

The following schedule reflects tournaments scheduled as of August 1, 2017, in North and South Carolina, as well as key out-of-area tournaments. This schedule will be updated as needed. 

Registration on JOT can be found at

September 8

  • Team Building Workshops and Practice Rounds - held at Bob Jones Academy (email Gail Nicholas at for information!)
September 14-15
  • Laird Lewis at Myers Park HS, Charlotte, NC
September 22
September 29
October 6
October 13
  • North Mecklenburg, Huntersville, NC - registration on JOT
October 20
October 27
  • Charlotte Catholic High School, Charlotte, NC (NIETOC bid)
November 3
  • Morristown West, Morristown, TN
November 10
  • Mauldin High School, Mauldin, SC  (NIETOC bid)
November 17
  • Asheville High School, Asheville
  • RB Stall High School , North Charleston, SC  - registration on JOT
  • Youth In Government
December 1
December 8
  • Greenville High School, Greenville, SC

December 15

January 5

January 12
  • Hillcrest High School, Simpsonville (NIETOC bid)
January 19
  • Furman University Invitational
January 25-27
  • Emory University, Atlanta
January 26
February 2
  • Southside High School, Greenville 
February 9
  • Eastside High School, Greenville (NIETOC bid)

February 16 


February 23

March 1-2
  • SCFCA State Tournament, Location TBA
March 15 – 16
  • South Carolina NSDA District Tournament, SC, Location TBA
  • NIETOC  
  • NSDA Nationals in Dallas, TX