Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The National Catholic Forensic League is an organization originating from the Catholic secondary school community in the United States for the purpose of providing a service to all secondary school students. In imitation of the example of Jesus Christ, who gave both humble service and articulate leadership, we seek the truth spoken in charity. All of the following regulations are inspired by and seek to further these fundamental human values.

The purposes of the LEAGUE shall be:

  • to encourage and to assist in the development of articulate leaders through whose skills truth may be widely spread and become an influence in the life of the nation,
  • to promote curricular and co-curricular speech and debate activities in Catholic, private, and public secondary schools throughout the nation,
  • to establish, to maintain, and to coordinate a system of Diocesan Leagues with the purpose of administering schedules of interscholastic speech and debate activities,
  • to assist individual schools in speech and debate activities where no Diocesan League has been established,
  • to sponsor and to administer the annual Grand National Tournament of the League.

The National Catholic Forensic League was founded in 1951. Based upon the ideal of open membership, the NCFL welcomes membership to all schools public and private in the United States and Canada.