Welcome to the Baltimore Catholic Forensics League

The Baltimore Catholic Forensic League is a Speech and Debate  League open to all schools in the greater Baltimore area. Our goal is to encourage and to assist in the development of articulate leaders, and  to promote curricular and extracurricular speech and debate activities in all area secondary schools.

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Announcement from the League Director

Welcome to the 2020-2021 tournament season! This is, as we all know, an unprecedented time, and the COVID-19 restrictions currently in force in many of our school systems and the need for social distancing make in-person competition difficult, if not impossible. The BCFL Leadership has worked together over the summer to examine options and we are thrilled to announce that the tournament season will go forward! We are currently planning for at least the first 4 tournaments to be conducted online (much the way that many National tournaments have been). Be sure to check out the Tournament Calendar, and we look forward to seeing all of you (virtually) soon!


Tournaments

The Baltimore Catholic Forensic League provides a series of tournaments throughout the year. In each month from September through March there is one BCFL Tournament, with Speech and Debate events, and one Student Congress tournament. Due to school and/or calendar restrictions both events may be held on the same date.

At each of the preliminary tournaments students compete to qualify to attend the Metropolitan Championship Tournaments held in March. This tournament determines the students who will represent the BCFL at the NCFL Grand National Tournament held on Memorial Day weekend each year.