Stoa is a speech and debate league intended for Christian homeschooled students. It was founded in 2009 by a group of Californian NCFCA coaches after a long series of disagreements between Californian coaches and the NCFCA. Since then, it has expanded to include members from 32 states and 2 foreign countries. The name Stoa was taken from the name for ancient Greek covered porches, stoa (plural stoae), in which debates and discussions were often held.
Stoa now offers two wildcard events in each season, with one retiring and being replaced every year, so that each wildcard runs for two years. Wildcards for the 2013-2014 season will be storytelling and broadcasting.
Past wildcards have been storytelling and Mars Hill impromptu (2012-2013), and original interpretation (2011-2012).
Stoa's leadership consists of a board of directors each of whom is elected by Stoa members after being nominated by a Stoa member for the position. Board members serve three year terms, and may not serve more than three consecutive years. The board elects a President, Secretary, and Treasurer from within itself. Beginning in the 2013-2014 season, Stoa's board will consist of the following individuals:
- Van Schalin, President
- Wally Long, Treasurer
- Laura Yeates, Secretary
- Patsy Butman
- Mark Russell
- Robert Kwong
- Danny Eldridge
Stoa charges $40 per family, per year for membership in the league. To be eligible, a student must be between 12 and 18 years old on January 1st of the competitive year. Exemptions may be made for students over 18 with proof of high school status. Students must also be homeschooled according to Stoa's definition. Parents must also support Stoa's statement of faith.
Statement of Faith
The Stoa statement of faith, as found on their website, is as follows: