NFA sponsors a national championship tournament for both individual event speaking and Lincoln-Douglas debate. The tournament normally covers 4-5 days, and championships are awarded in nine individual events and Lincoln-Douglas debate. Team awards are given in several divisions, based on the entry size of each school. Normally, between 75-125 colleges and universities attend the national tournament.
Congratulations to Western Kentucky University, the 2014 national champions, and to Andrew Neylon, Ball State University, the pentathalon (individual sweepstakes) champion.
The 2015 National Tournament will be at Ohio University on April 16-20, 2015. It will return to a five-day schedule. Below you will find logistical information for planning travel, as well as 2015 policy changes announced at the NCA General Business Meeting in November.
Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
The Ohio University Inn & Conference Center is delighted to offer preferred rates to those attending National Forensics Tournament in April 2015. A Preferred Group rate of $115.00 is available- per night, plus applicable taxes. (Room rate is net, non-commissionable)
The Inn is the closest hotel to the campus of Ohio University (located on Campus edge) and is also Athens only full service hotel. Amenities include: Complimentary Hi-Speed wireless internet, 24 hour business and fitness centers, Cutler's restaurant, Bunch of Grapes Tavern, In-room coffee makers, irons with ironing boards. The bike- jogging path is within walking distance of the hotel as well as many uptown restaurants and shopping.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
2091 East State Street Athens, OH
Contact: MK Patel Phone: 740-594-4900
Rate: $99.88 + tax
The following hotels have asked that you call individually for a rate
Baymont Inn 20 Home Street Phone: 740-594-3000
Days Inn 330 Columbus Road Phone: 740-593-6655
Additionally please visit: http://www.athensohio.com/wheretostay/ to secure lodging at B&Bs, cabins in the Hocking Hills or any of the other unique places Athens County has to offer
Other accommodations outside of Athens can be found in the following surrounding cities:
Logan, Ohio - 25 miles
Lancaster, Ohio - 43 miles
Jackson, Ohio - 40 miles
Marietta, Ohio - 50 miles
Parkersburg, West Virginia - 40 miles
The Blennerhassett - 304/422-3131
Directions to Campus
Driving to Athens, Ohio
Please DO NOT trust your GPS when traveling in Southeast Ohio…unless you want to explore the ridges and back roads of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. To make your journey pleasant, please follow these directions.
From Columbus, the Columbus Airport and points Northwest and West:
As you leave the airport, get onto I-270 South (it may be marked "Wheeling," because that direction takes you toward the I-70 interchange). You will travel approximately 10 miles on I-270. As you approach the I-70 interchange, I-270 splits into two sets of lanes. It does not matter which set you take, but the left set has less merging traffic, so is usually a bit faster. If you take the right set, stay to the left, so that you don't get forced onto I-70.
Immediately after the I-70 interchange, the two sets of lanes re-merge. Once that has settled out, change lanes toward the right, so that you will be positioned to take US-33 East, Exit 46 B (the second off-ramp at the I-270/US-33 interchange). You will travel on US-33E for approximately 67 miles from I-270 to get to Athens.
Fourteen miles from I-270 you will reach the exit for Business US-33 through the city of Lancaster. Business US-33 encounters numerous traffic lights, but provides access to motels, gasoline filling stations, and restaurants. The Lancaster bypass is now open, and unless you need those services, we do advise that you use the bypass, staying on US-33 instead of taking the Business Route exit as you approach Lancaster. Continue on US-33 East past Logan and through Nelsonville.
There is now a bypass around Nelsonville. For those of you who have been here before you will enjoy the luxury of traveling at 70 mph and this fine new road. PLEASE NOTE, while the speed limit is 70 mph as you pass the 2nd Nelsonville exit and go down the hill, the speed limit changes to 55 mph with little warning. And if that is not enough, you will drive past the Ranger Station for the Wayne National Forest. Our Forest Rangers take their jobs very seriously and they will happily ticket you for zipping through the Wayne Forest at 57 mph. You have been warned.
After US-33 E joins US-50 W and OH-32 W in Athens, take Exit 17, for OH-682 N. Take the first right at the traffic circle, onto Richland Avenue, to cross the Hocking River and enter the Ohio University campus.
From Northeast Ohio and PA:
If you are driving from the Cleveland or Akron area, take I-77 S through Marietta and into West Virginia.
Stay on I-77 South, approximately 4 miles past WV-2, to US-50 West.
The four-lane bypass for US-50 through Parkersburg, WV, and Belpre, OH, has been completed, using a new bridge over the Ohio River. Stay on US-50 W (which joins OH-7 W and OH-32 W for parts of your travel) from Belpre to Athens. Once you cross the Ohio River, you have about 45 minutes still to go.
Stay on US-50 W all the way up the Hocking River valley to the city of Athens. This will require an exit from the OH-7 four-lane less than a mile west of the small sign to turn left for "downtown Coolville."
US-50 has been upgraded, and is now four lanes all the way from Belpre to Athens. After US-33 E joins US-50 W in Athens, take Exit 17, for OH-682 N. take the first right at the traffic circle, onto Richland Avenue, to cross the Hocking River and enter the Ohio University campus.
From Southwest Ohio and Cincinnati:
If you are driving from Southwest Ohio, take OH-32 E to Athens. If you are driving from the Chillicothe area, DO NOT take US-50 E to Athens (unless you wish to travel on 2-lane roads over the ridges). Continue on US-35S to Jackson. In Jackson take the exit for OH-32E.
Just West of Albany, OH, at the Ohio University Airport, OH-32 E and US-50 E join together. Continue East on OH-32 and US-50.
Pass the exit for US-33 E to Pomeroy, OH (that off-ramp exits to the left).
Take Exit 17, for OH-682 N. You will have gone about nine miles from the airport. Take the first right at the traffic circle onto Richland Avenue, to cross the Hocking River and enter the Ohio University campus.
Parking on Campus
The tournament will be run out of the Baker University Center. PARKING IS DIFFERENT THAN IN THE PAST. To reach the NFA parking lot, as you cross the Hocking River on Richland Avenue, turn RIGHT onto SOUTH GREEN DRIVE and the turn LEFT onto OXBOW TRAIL (poorly marked). The large 5-story building on your right is the Baker University Center. Buses should drop off at this location. Vans and cars can park for free in either the surface lot next to, or in front of the Baker Center. There are parking meters and self-pay machine at both locations but you will not need to use these as long as you have an NFA Parking Pass (available at registration) in the window of your vehicle (pick up passes at registration). There will be uniformed parking lot attendants at the lots to assist you on the first day.
Buses can drop off in front of Baker Center and should park in the rear of the Convocation Center (big round building on the corner of Richland and South Green Drive).
Food and Dining
Ohio University will provide 3 internet logins per school. While we are happy to provide login access we cannot guarantee your unlimited access to the system. Staff from the Office of Internet Technology will be available on the first day of the tournament to answer any of your internet questions.