Latest News & Events of the NCFL

  • 2020 Grand National Tournament

    Thanks to all members of the Milwaukee CFL for making us feel at home at the 2019 NCFL National Grand Tournament.

    Congratulations to our winners. Full results have been posted on the NCFL APP,, and on

    Diocesan Directors can get the eletronic ballots from

    We will see you in Chicago 2020 for another Memorial Day Weekend Extravaganza.

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  • In Memoriam - Steve Sexton

    The NCFL is saddened by the loss of Steve Sexton. Steve served as the Diocesan Director of the Milwaukee League. He and his team have been working to welcome us to Milwaukee over Memorial Day Weekend. He will be greatly missed and the thoughts and prayers of the entire NCFL are with him and his family.

    The following speech was given at the CFL Qualifier in Milwaukee to honor Steve and his contributions to the League.

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  • 2019 Service Project

    Milwaukee, WI

    This year, our hosts in the Milwaukee Diocese have selected Pathfinders Milwaukee to be the beneficiary of the NCFL's annual service project.

    Empowering Youth
    Changing Lives

    Click here to find out more.

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  • Connectivity Rules in Place for 2019 NCFL Grand Nationals

    This document covers the Internet Connectivity rules that will be in place and enforced at the 2019 NCFL Grand National Tournament in Milwaukee.

    These rules supercede any rules posted elsewhere.

    2019 NCFL Connectivity Guidelines

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  • Extemp Topic Release and Call for Questions

    The topic areas for the 2019 NCFL Milwaukee Grand National Tournament are as follows:

    The NCFL invites YOU to write the Extemp Questions for NCFL 2019. Please send any and all suggested questions to before April 20. When sending questions, be sure that each question is from one of the designated Extemp Topic Areas, and please indicated which Topic Area your question(s) are for.

    You can send as many questions as you'd like.

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  • Hotel Blocks Open Tuesday 1/22

    Start looking out for Information for Milwaukee will be available there starting on Monday, January 22nd.

    Site Locations and Hotel Information will be available there, along with links to the Conference Direct Hotel Reservation Pages.

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  • Fall Meeting Minutes

    The minutes from the 2018 NCFL Fall Meeting have been posted. We are sorry for the slight delay.

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  • NCFL Web Updates

    As a result of rules changes from the fall meeting, the following documents have been updated on this website.

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  • Hurricane Michael

    Once again, the NCFL is saddened by the devastation of the latest storm.

    The collective thoughts and prayers of the NCFL are with all of our friends that were affected by Hurricane Michael.

    Please let us know what we can do to help.

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    2019 NCFL Grand Nationals - Milwaukee

    Many thanks to Steve Sexton and the Milwaukee group for the work they are doing to get everything ready for NCFL Nationals in 2019. We are confident that this tournament will be an amazing experience for all competitors, coaches, and judges.

    This is the power point presentation that Steve presented at the NCFL Fall Moderators' meeting.

    We are posting it here and will mirror it on the NCFLNationals website as we get closer to the tournament.

    Click here to see the presentation.

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  • 2019 - 2020 Policy Debate Topic Selection

    The 2019 — 2020 list of Policy Resolutions has been released.

    The NCFL moderators have been asked to cast their vote and the league will then cast their vote for the topic.

    NCFL Diocesan directors should have a link to survey monkey to cast the vote for their league. If they cannot access the link, they can simply email to get a copy of the link.

    Here are the five topics (in no particular order)

    Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States.

    Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its development and/or military assistance to the Republic of India.

    Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with one or more of the following: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria.

    Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially change its nuclear weapons strategy.

    Resolved: The United States federal government should ratify or accede to, and implement, one or more of the following: Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Trans-Pacific Partnership, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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  • To Those Affected by Hurricane Florence

    The collective thoughts and prayers of the NCFL are with all of our friends in the path of Florence.

    We hope all remain safe. Please let us know what we can do to help.

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    Fall Meeting Information

    The 2018 Fall Meeting for NCFL Moderators will be held at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Friday-Saturday, Sept 28-29, 2018. Start time and agendas will be posted as they become available.

    You may book rooms through this link: Hilton NCFL Fall Meeting Booking

    Please send agenda items to Mike Colletti ( as soon as possible.

    The meeting will run from 4:30 until 6:00 on Friday. Saturday times will be decided on Friday night.

    Steve Sexton and the folks from Milwaukee have put together a number of incredible opportunities. Please see the attached PDF for a list of available activities.

    Fall Meeting Activities

    Payment may be made by check or credit card. Please click:

    We look forward to seeing you in Milwaukee.

    The following article should get you and your leagues excited about why Milwaukee is a great destination: WHY MILWAUKEE.

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    Congratulations to the 2018 NCFL National Champions

    Thanks to all that made the 2018 NCFL Grand National Tournament a great success. We would like to thank all speakers, coaches, and judges. Thanks to our Tab Staff and all of our Tab Chairs for working so hard over the weekend. Thanks to our hosts in Washington and Arlington for putting together an amazing weekend. We will see you all in Milwaukee next year.

    • Declamation:
          Tani Washington - Deep Run High School
      • Coached by: Sheryl Gibson
      • Diocese of Richmond
    • Dramatic Performance:
          Taylor Turner - James Logan High School
      • Coached by: Justin Kurup
      • Diocee of Sacramento
    • Duo Interpretation:
          Rashon Leday and Jacob Foster - Comeaux High School
      • Coached by: Jacob Simon and Ginna Biddick
      • Diocese of Lafayette
    • Extemporaneous:
          Jackson Segal - Needham High School
      • Coached by: Paul Wexler, Adam Nir, and Greg Cunningham
      • Diocese of Boston
    • LD Debate:
          Eva Lamberson - Canfield High School
      • Coached by: Jeremy Hamilton
      • Diocese of Cleveland
    • Oral Interpretation:
          Anthony Redriguez - Comeaux High School
      • Coached by: Jacob Simon and Ginna Biddick
      • Diocese of Lafayette
    • Original Oratory:
          Morgan Johnson - Marist High School
      • Coached by: Samantha Paoletti, Laurie Hrad, Kara Fleharty, and Robbie DiStasio
      • Diocese of Chicago
    • Policy Debate:
          Sumaya Hussaini and Rachel Holzer - Blue Valley Southwest
      • Coached by Jared Zuckerman
      • Diocese of Kansas City
    • PF Debate:
          Brusie & Linck - Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches
      • Coached by Audrey Addison
      • Diocese of Palm Beach
    • Congressional Debate:
          Gabrielle Cabeza - Western High School
      • Coached by Nancy Dean and Dario Camara
      • Diocese of MiamI

    Click Here for a Full Set of Breaks

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    2019 NCFL Grand Nationals - Milwaukee

    Now that Nationals 2018 is in the books, we can look forward to next year's tournament in Milwaukee. Our Milwaukee hosts have been working hard to get the city ready for our arrival. They put together the following preliminary information for the tournament. Click here to see the presentation.

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    NSDA Summer Conference

    The NSDA hopes you will join them July 28-31, 2018, for the second annual National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. They are excited to offer a range of sessions that support their theme of Radiant Voices: Empowerment through Speech and Debate.

    This year's conference will feature an NSDA Leadership Track!

    There are reduced rates for NSDA and NCFL Members.

    Click here for more information.

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  • In Memoriam - Br. George Zehnle, S.M.

    The NCFL is saddened by the loss of Br. George Zehnle, S.M. Many of you will remember him as the coach of Chaminade High School in N.Y. He served as President of the NCFL from 1986 - 1988. He will be missed by all. Please keep him and the Chaminade community in your prayers.

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  • Congratulations - Catherine Luhr

    Congratulations to Past-President Catherine Luhr who recently received the Richard Gaudette Award, who through her time with the NCFL promoted service and "leadership through speech" at either a local, state or national level. Miss Luhr was honored for instituting a service project to benefit the cities where the NCFL National Tournament. She said "I started the service project and with the help of many other coaches from around the country. There are close to 5,000 people at the national championship who contributed money, food, baby items, gift cards and toiletries. The idea is to leave our national host city better than we found it."

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