Team Policy

Every day, governments pass policies to solve current problems and benefit their citizens, but do all policies live up to their promised results? In our 3-day Policy Debate Intensive, you'll discover how to research current topics, evaluate potential harms, develop comprehensive plans, and address opposing arguments.

Your coaches are NCFCA alumni who have all stood in the trenches and understand the challenges you face. Using a sample affirmative case and negative brief, they’ll model a step-by-step process and lead you to engage in meaningful debates.

Registration closes Monday, July 12th at 5pm CT.



Monday, July 26, 2021 (11am to 5pm CT)

Laying the Foundation (11am CT) — Christy Shipe

Is debate a game to be won or a skill to be developed? Learn the inherent purpose, basic structure, and persuasive techniques of policy debate.

Surveying the Land (12:30pm CT) Aley Oliver

What does this resolution mean? Get a bird’s eye view of the 2022 policy resolution and practice broad research techniques that guide argumentation.

Finding the Facts (2pm CT) — Emma Shipe

How do I research all of the possibilities? Learn how to focus your research on the key issues in the 2022 policy resolution, reducing your time investment.

Mining for Gold (3:30pm CT) — Eden Burson

How do I find the best evidence? Discover how to find and cite the best sources and quotations, supporting your claims, and improving your credibility.


Tuesday, July 27, 2021 (11am to 5pm CT)

Building Your Arguments (11am CT) — Micah Miller

How can I convince you to accept my claims? Discover the structure of a compelling argument that impacts your audience and moves them toward your position.

Making Your Case (12:30pm CT) — Emma Shipe

How can I convince you that things need to change? Learn the function of each part of the case and begin writing your own case for the 2022 policy resolution.

Preparing for Negative (2pm CT) — Christy Shipe

How can I convince you that things need to stay the same? Learn how to use the stock issues to anticipate arguments and prepare a negative defense.

Clashing with Class (3:30pm CT) — Micah Miller

Are you ready to spar? Discover and practice 4-point refutation and impact analysis to address your opponent’s arguments in a meaningful way.


Wednesday, July 28, 2021 (11am to 5pm CT)

Clarifying the Case (11am CT) — Aley Oliver

What do you mean by that? Learn the art of preparing and asking good questions to clarify the key issues in your own mind and in the minds of your judges.

Polishing Your Persuasion (12:30pm CT) — Eden Burson

How can I improve my ability to move the audience? Discover how to connect with your audience by including ethics and emotion in communication.

Delivering Your Message (2pm CT) — Eden Burson

How do I give an unwritten speech? Discover how to listen well, outline ideas, and deliver extemporaneous speeches with confidence and clarity.

Putting it Together (3:30pm CT) — Activity Facilitators

Yes! There’s no time like the present to give debating a try. Using your AFF case and the NEG brief, debate fellow participants in a round.


Customize your experience:

Student Online

PRICE — $120

  • Online coaching (Twelve 30-minute sessions)
  • Online activity groups (Twelve 45-minute activities)
  • Activity guide to print for registered student

Parent: Register each student participating from home.

Club Hybrid

PRICE — $480

  • Online coaching (Twelve 30-minute sessions)
  • Activity guide to print for coaches & club members (Twelve 45-minute activities)

Club Leader: Register your club. Print activity guides for coaches and club members. Secure a meeting place during the scheduled event. Determine local  fees per student. Stream online coaching and arrange facilitators to lead small groups activities. Use the recordings to review the content throughout the year.

Club In-person

PRICE — $360

  • Activity guide (Print for coaches & club members)
  • Year-long access to coaching & activity video recordings for club use

Club Leader: Register your club. Print activity guides for coaches and club members. Host local summer camps or fall clubs at your convenience. Present recorded coaching and facilitate activities.

Club Guide

PRICE — $240

  • Activity guide (Print for coaches & club members)

Club Leader: Register your club. Use games and activities to supplement your summer camps or fall clubs.

Meet the Team


Christy Shipe is the founder of NCFCA and a Region IX NCFCA parent of 5 children. Christy authored The NCFCA Comprehensive Guide to Team Policy Debate and Lincoln-Douglas Value Debate and currently serves as the NCFCA Board Chair.


Aley Oliver is a 2020 Region XII Alumnus who competed in 2 debate styles, 5 speech events, placing 1st in Informative at the Region XII Qualifier and breaking to double octafinals at the 2019 National Championship. She is studying Political Science, History, and Public Policy at Anderson University in SC.

Eden Burson


Eden Burson is a 2019 Region VII Alumnus who competed in 3 debate styles and 11 speech events, placing 6th in Policy Debate and earning an ultra-ironman award at the 2019 National Championship. She is currently pursuing a nursing degree from Cedarville University in Ohio.

Emma Shipe


Emma Shipe is a 2016 Region IX Alumnus who competed in 1 debate style and 3 speech events, qualifying to Nationals in Impromptu and Regionals in Policy Debate. She is attending Patrick Henry College where she competes in forensic activities, earning first place for her 2020 National Moot Court Appellate Brief.


Micah Miller is a 2020 Region III Alumnus who competed in 2 debate styles and 12 speech events, placing 1st in LD and 1st place in APOL at the 2019 NC Open. He currently serves on staff at Summit Ministries and is studying philosophy, theology, and physics at Hillsdale College in Michigan.

"Thank you so much. This was a life changing event! We will watch all the videos we missed, and we will make plans to attend the Online Intensive next year."

- 2020 Online Intensive Attendee

Sharpen your skills.

Receive high quality training from the leading Christian speech and debate league. The 2021 Online Intensives are designed to help club leaders, parents, and students prepare for NCFCA's 2022 season. If you want event specific training, look no further!

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