Value Debate

All too often we focus on the question, "WHAT should we do?" Rather than asking the more important question, "WHY should we do it?" In our 3-day Value Debate Intensive, you'll discover how to analyze the values that drive our decision-making, using real life scenarios to illustrate your case.

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 19th at 5pm CT.



Monday, August 2, 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 philosophical roots, basic structure, and presuppositions of value debate.

Surveying the Land (12:30pm CT) Shannon Kerr

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

Defining the Topic (2pm CT) — Allison Dillow

Are we on the same page? Learn how to identify and define the terms, actor, and conflict in the 2022 value resolution. Discuss potential values and criteria.

Building Your Arguments (3:30pm CT) — Joel Erickson

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.


Tuesday, August 3, 2021 (11am to 5pm CT)

Mining for Gold (11am CT) — Shannon Kerr

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.

Making Your Case (12:30pm CT) — Shannon Kerr

How can I convince you that the affirmative position is better? Learn the parts of the AFF case and begin writing your own for the 2022 value resolution.

Preparing for Negative (2pm CT) — Micah Miller

How can I convince you that the negative position is better? Learn how to prepare multiple arguments for direct refutation and write a NEG case.

Clashing with Class (3:30pm CT) — Joel Erickson

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, August 4, 2021 (11am to 5pm CT)

Clarifying the Case (11am CT) — Micah Miller

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) — Christy Shipe

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) — Allison Dillow

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 or NEG case, 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


  • 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.



Allison Dillow is a 2019 Region V Alumnus who competed in 1 debate style and 4 speech events, placing 2nd in Value Debate at the Region V Championship. She is currently studying Political Economy and Marketing at Hillsdale College in Michigan where she competes in Mock Trial.


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.


Joel Erickson is a 2016 Region VI Alumnus who competed in 3 debate styles and 4 speech events. After placing in LD at the 2016 National Championship, he has coached multiple national champions. He currently works for a small marketing firm and coaches the Wheaton College debate team while applying for graduate schools.


Shannon Kerr is a 2020 Region III Alumnus who competed in 3 debate styles and 7 speech events. Having earned her bachelor’s degree shortly after she graduated from high school, she is currently studying for the LSAT and will pursue law.

"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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