The National Christian Homeschool Speech and Debate Rankings Point and Recognition System was developed with input from families around the country to fairly reward competitors in all leagues and states with the same points for the same percentile finish in any event and at any tournament. All eligible competitors in all speech and debate events, regardless of league affiliation and independent of state lines, may earn points and receive recognition that will be tabulated on this site.
Great time and effort has gone into developing a Speechranks system that takes into account the needs of competitors in different leagues and in areas of differing student participation. Two means of acknowledging performance were decided upon, one method using mathematical percentile finishes and the second using mathematical consistency.
Speechranks recognizes that there is no means of accurately determining the level of competition between one event and the next, and from one tournament to the next, and from one league to the next. It is also impossible to fairly “weight” different events at different tournaments in different leagues. Thus, it is vitally important to utilize mathematical models that exclude interpretive bias in producing calculated results. This eliminates the arbitrary assignment of points for a particular place of finish in any event, tournament, or league.
Speechranks believes that competition in any event, tournament, or league is modeled upon a Gaussian distribution. This is a statistical model also known as a Normal Distribution or a “Bell-Shaped” curve. It follows that the best way to award points is based on a student’s percentile finish, since achieving a particular percentile finish will be the same for any event, tournament, or league. This statistical model does not assume that a student who finishes first at a large tournament is better than the student who finishes first at a small tournament. However, because of the greater mathematical difficulty, and subsequent lesser percentile finish, in winning at large tournaments, students participating in large tournaments will have the opportunity to accrue a greater number of points than students participating at small tournaments. Mathematically this only affects the top couple of students at large or small tournaments. All students with the same percentile finish will accrue the same number of points. (This is explained and demonstrated in detail utilizing the blue link to the PDF document at the top of this page. As an example, all students finishing in the top 10th percentile in any event, tournament or league will receive 10 points.)
As the Founding Fathers endeavored to reconcile representation for large versus small states, Speechranks has sought to follow their wisdom by developing methods of recognition that are independent of the size of an event, tournament, or league. This is accomplished in two ways.
A student’s or team’s three best finishes are utilized to compute Rank Points. Students/Teams that attend one or more National Championship (NC) tournaments will have their point totals from those tournaments added to their scores. A student/team may thus have the point total from their three best preliminary tournaments plus a NC tournament. This equals four tournaments for those students attending a NC tournament. (For students/teams that attend two NC tournaments, they may use the results from both NC tournaments if this helps their point total. They would still have points from a total of four tournaments.)
The complete Points and Recognition (Green Check Mark) document can be downloaded from the blue link at the top of this page.