How much shorter would the tournament be? 2 days instead of 3? While in the NCFCA short tournaments might not seem attractive, it is actually huge. Pretty much every other league does one and two day tournaments. Public School leagues like the NFL have tournaments which ensure that students miss a minimal amount of school days. It's time homeschoolers get on board with that. Taking an entire 5 days of a work week is an extreme luxury that only works in the world of homeschooling. As someone who is no longer homeschooled, it is really just absurd that people can literally spend months out of the year competing in a speech and debate league.
I would tend to think that the problem is a combination of the number of tournaments people attend and the length. Not to mention the over-the-top people who spend 10+ hours a week every week on speech and debate.
My last few years of competition I usually attended maybe 3 or 4 tournaments, with negligible hours prep. That's 9-12 days vacation off school - pretty reasonable I think.
The real problem with the proposal, imo, is not so much the concept itself. If people could throw a short two day tournament (maybe just 6 rounds?) with less logistics maybe there'd be small laid back tournaments popping up here and there that there didn't used to be. But since this is the NCFCA, there's no such thing as optional, so everybody would have to do it all the time, and there's plenty of valid reasons (not to mention fun) for having those elimination rounds. At least I'm no longer competing, but it'd be a real letdown if this becomes the law.
Something we should all keep in mind about complaining though: NCFCA is a service offered on its own terms. I'm a vendor at a farmer's market, and though most folks are very supportive there's the occasional customer who complains about the quality of the produce, goes ahead and buys it, and then comes back next week complaining about last week's produce, then busy more... ad infinitum. They've got every right to their opinion of my stuff, but at some point I stop selling to them. If you compete in the NCFCA, apparently you must think it's a net positive, so you're attitude to the organization and the people who work to run it and rule it should be net thankful. In a sense it's a testament to the character of the leadership, that in an organization so draconian about anything perceived as possibly rregular or unfair, that the organization has such a high tolerance for all the negativity from the folks benefiting from their work.
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