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.

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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.

2017 – 2018 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 9

  • Team Building Workshops and Practice Rounds - held at Bob Jones Academy (email Gail Nicholas at for information!)
September 15-16
September 23
  • Riverside High School, Greer (Novice and Varsity events)  (NIETOC bid) - registration on JOT
September 30
October 7
October 14
  • North Mecklenburg, Huntersville, NC - registration on JOT
October 21
October 28
  • Charlotte Catholic High School, Charlotte, NC (NIETOC bid)
November 4
  • Morristown West, Morristown, TN
November 11
  • Mauldin High School, Mauldin, SC  (NIETOC bid)
November 18
  • Asheville High School, Asheville
  • Youth In Government
December 2
December 9
  • Greenville Tech Charter School - CONGRESS only tournament
  • Northwest Guilford High School, Greensboro

December 16

  • RB Stall High School, North Charleston, SC (cancelled)

January 5 – 6

January 13
  • Hillcrest High School, Simpsonville (NIETOC bid)
January 20
  • Furman University Invitational
January 26-28
  • Emory University, Atlanta
January 27
  • Berkeley High School, Moncks Corner (NIETOC bid)
February 3
  • Southside High School, Greenville 
  • SC Congress District Qualifier Tournament (hosted by Southside, Greenville)
February 10
  • Eastside High School, Greenville (NIETOC bid)

February 17 


February 24

  • Chase HS, Forest City, NC
  • Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, NC
March 2-3
  • SCFCA State Tournament, Greenville High School
March 16 – 17
  • South Carolina NSDA District Tournament, SC, Riverside HS
  • NIETOC  
  • NSDA Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale, FL