******REGISTRATION WILL OPEN AT THE END OF JUNE******
(The following information is from last year's club season and will be updated soon. It will give you a good idea of how registration works, but some details will change.)
Registration for the 2020-21 competitive year opened July 20, 2020, and closes Aug. 17, 2020.
CLUB START DATE — Aug. 24, 2020
2020-21 Membership Requirements:
All Mars Hill Club members must agree with the following statement of faith.
Statement of Faith:
There is one God eternally co-existing in three persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30, 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Man is sinful and therefore separated from God, who is holy and perfect. (Isaiah 53:5-9, Romans 3:23, I Peter 1:15-16)
Jesus Christ paid the eternal penalties for our sin through His death on the cross. (Luke 24:46, I Peter 2:21)
Jesus Christ also resurrected bodily and ascended into heaven and will return one day to fulfill His kingdom. (Matthew 28:6, Revelation 19:11)
Only through Jesus Christ and the grace of His provision of salvation, may we be saved from eternal punishment, enter into God’s family and receive eternal life. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 6:23, Romans 8:11, I John 1:9)
We believe in the Scripture of the Old and New Testament (66 books) as being verbally and completely inerrant in the original writings and of supreme and final authority in faith and in life.
All Mars Hill club members must join our national affiliate - Stoa USA.
Our insurance requires all members of Mars Hill to also be members of Stoa USA, our national affiliate. Visit the Stoa Membership link directly and register. There is a modest fee to join Stoa, and it is paid directly to Stoa. Per Stoa rule, all students must be considered homeschoolers per the legal definition of the State of Arizona. Please see our home page and click on the link - Definition of Homeschooling. Students cannot participate in our program unless they meet this legal definition.
You will need to forward your electronic Stoa membership receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before the start of club.
All Mars Hill parents are required to stay onsite and coach other students.
We are a parent-run club. We provide all the training you will need to learn to coach and help our students grow in forensics. We are not a drop-off club. All students must come to club accompanied by at least one parent. Students are not allowed to remain at club without a parent/guardian.
Parents must serve in the following roles:
Parent Coach - They will serve as a parent coach/judge during that portion of club meetings in which they have a student participating – speech, debate or both. Mars Hill will help equip you for this role, so please do not be intimidated. All parents have valuable feedback to give to the students.
Tournament Volunteer - They 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.
At-Home Assistance - Parents are expected to work with their student(s) at home on their speech and debate preparations and assignments. This is very important to help your child succeed, especially for novices.
Student Conduct Issues - In the unlikely event that the Student Code of Conduct is violated, parents agree to work with their student(s), the Mars Hill coaches and/or the Mars Hill Board of Directors to rectify the situation so that their student can remain in good standing with the club. If the situation cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the Mars Hill Board of Directors, in their sole discretion, the student’s club membership will be terminated and the parent(s) will hold the Mars Hill Board of Directors harmless in that event. In the event that a student’s club membership is terminated, there will be no refund of club fees paid.
Your Mars Hill Board of Directors Members for the 2020-21 year are:
Theresa Ellington (Tournaments and Chair), Wendi Walker (Speech), Yamile Romaguera (Debate), Ryan Nicholas (Finance/Treasurer), and Sonya Hemmings (Registration and Communications).
All Mars Hill club members must pay the annual dues set by the club and compete in at least two tournaments.
Full club dues payment deadline is Aug. 17, 2020, through the PayPal link provided below. A late fee of $50 will be assessed on payments made after Aug. 17.
1st Student - $200
2nd Student - $150
3+ and Junior Students - $100 (Juniors are age 10-12. If your child is younger than 12 years old on October 1, they are considered a Junior student.) Juniors meet every other Monday at 5 p.m. Juniors are taught all basics of speech in the main categories offered by Stoa. Mars Hill offers two Juniors tournaments each year. The Juniors membership number will be capped at maximum 30 students. Juniors will be accepted as members on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tournaments: Just as iron sharpens iron, we believe that participating in competitive tournaments propels students to excel in their speaking abilities. Tournaments are where parents see the vision for speech and debate come to life, and students become excited about the fruits of their labors. Knowing this, we highly recommend students participate in tournaments, and require students to compete in at least two during the season. Mars Hill will be hosting the following tournaments in Arizona:
~ Cactus Clash - November (in Fountain Hills)
~ Camelback Classic – March (in North Phoenix, near Glendale)
Student members agree to observe the following rules:
Behavior - Students shall engage only in God-honoring behavior and activities at all times, including team meetings, club social events, and tournaments. Students will treat all meeting facility, club, and personal property with respect.
Dress - Students shall dress in a modest, appropriate manner at all club events and tournaments.
Language - Students shall use language conducive to proper public speaking decorum. Profanity is strictly prohibited.
Attendance - Students are expected to attend club meetings and arrive on time accompanied by their parent(s) or an adult chaperone approved by their parent(s) unless an emergency or illness warrants further absences. Students shall complete all assignments and tasks given to them by their coaches by the assigned due date.
Partner Commitments - Students will honor all commitments to their speech and debate partners. Team Policy (TP), Parli, and Duo Interpretation students should create and sign a partnership agreement that specifies the level of commitment to such things as practice, case writing and tournament attendance, including whether or not they intend to go to nationals if they qualify. This is highly recommended to prevent partnership conflicts during the season.
Club Communication - Students shall keep apprised of all club meetings, activities and developments by regularly checking their email. Students should promptly answer all emails where a response is requested.
Electronic Devices - During club time, students must focus on the speech and debate activities that have been prepared for that meeting. No texting, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, computer games or other electronic distractions will be permitted during club meetings.
FINAL Step: Registration Form and Payment
You must register first before paying.
If paying now, a PayPal link will be made available at the end of the registration process.
If paying later, remember the total amount due (before the 3% surcharge) and pay through the PayPal link below on or before Aug. 17, 2020.
Click here to register.
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