Fortunately I've never had to have a run-in with adjudication or rules committees, since I was a good little boy
So keep in mind that my comments are only based off of knowledge of Stoa's procedures and stories about NCFCA.
There needs to be a balance. While we cannot judge the thoughts and intents of the heart, as only God can, I feel that there needs to be two improvements for both NCFCA and Stoa adjudication procedures:
(1) Have specific
penalties for specific
actions. Maybe a three-strikes system where the punishment becomes more severe upon repeat infractions. This would help stop the arbitrary rulings where students like Shayne's friend get harshly punished for the "Hot or Not" app. Sure, you can't envision every possible undesirable action, and we shouldn't have regulations that run longer than War and Peace. But right now, we have the somewhat vague penalty of getting auto ranked 8th or thrown out of the tournament for using the Internet in Extemp, for example. But what if someone does have a compelling case that they simply forgot? What do we do then? Perhaps have some sort of a reduced penalty that still hurts, but isn't as severe as tossing them out of the entire tournament for an unintentional mistake. True, you want to teach students to operate above board and not get themselves into such situations, and we need to enforce rules, but in cases where the student is innocent or most likely innocent, tossing them out of the tournament or the league is too severe.
(2) If I understand correctly, there doesn't seem to be any sort of appeals process in place. Once the ruling is handed down from on high, that's it. You're done. Which is strange, considering the fact that even pro athletes accused of major rule infractions like drugs or steroids get at least some form of appeal. So why shouldn't high school students in a Christian homeschool league get the opportunity to appeal?
So basically I'm saying let's make this more like a court, where you're innocent until proven guilty and where evidence and testimony get presented to prove guilt, and there is a specific penalty for a specific crime.
Oh yeah, and specifically for Stoa, could we pretty please actually write and publish formal adjudication procedures? Cause we don't have any right now to my knowledge. I've heard NCFCA has a public document to this affect but have not seen it; could someone link it to me? Kthxbai.