Verity is a speech and debate club, formed in 2012 for the purpose of providing training and competitive opportunities for home educated students in the Richmond area to participate in the time-honored skills of public speaking and academic debate.
Our club is currently associated with the regional league, Christian Communicators of the Southeast (CCofSE) and the national league, Stoa. Our students compete in both of these leagues throughout the year. Our coaches have also received training from other speech leagues, including the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA)— the oldest homeschool forensics league in the country, and also from some volunteers who were trained in a few other forensics leagues.
What are the requirements for participation
Verity requires that you contact us and register yearly in order to participate. Family registration with Stoa each year is also required to participate in Verity. We are a parent and volunteer-led club with each parent serving in many roles throughout the year. A parent is required to remain in club and serve in various roles for each meeting. Without the dedication of parents and our volunteer coaches, we would not be able to succeed as a club. Parent responsibilities include some of the following:
- Coaching/Instructor Role – Parents will serve as a parent coach/instructor/judge during club meetings. Verity will guide you in these roles so please do not feel intimidated. New parents will be paired with more experienced parents to not only help the students, but also so parents can learn and be able to help not only their own children but others. All parents have valuable feedback to give to the students.
Tournament Volunteer – Parents will serve at each tournament hosted by our club in a capacity that will be coordinated with them by the tournament director. Tournaments are very exciting for the students but do take many volunteers to ensure a successful event. We so appreciate and need your help in order to be able to offer this opportunity to our students.
At Home Assistance – Parents are expected to work with their student(s) at home on their speech & debate preparations and assignments. This is very important to help your child succeed, especially for novices. Students typically spend 2-6 hours per week at home on their speeches–researching, writing, revising, and practicing. This is a rough guideline. Sometimes students spend more time, sometimes less, depending on what needs to be done on their speeches.
Verity Speech & Debate Club meets on Wednesday afternoons during the school year. A parent attends club meetings with their children ages 5-18. Possible accommodations may be made for preschool siblings. We provide training for CCofSE Junior & JV speech (ages 5-11), as well as for Stoa’s speech events (ages 12-18). We coach / teach debate for Public Forum (ages 10-13), Team Policy (ages 12-18), and an optional Lincoln Douglas class (ages 12-18).
Early Bird sign-up:
until August 1, 2023 – $175 per child with a $400 family cap