A Guide For Prospective Families

Legacy exists for the purpose of teaching children to leave a legacy by becoming effective communicators for Christ. Our parent-run club fosters a family environment of fun and encouragement while requiring a high commitment. Please carefully read and prayerfully consider our guidelines prior to club application.


In order to join Legacy and compete in tournaments, families must meet the following criteria:

1. Age

Competitors shall be ages 12 to 18 on October 1, 2021.

2. Statement of Faith

Must agree to the Stoa Statement of Faith:

1. There is one God eternally 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)

2. 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)

3. Jesus Christ paid the eternal penalties for our sin through His death on the cross.
(Luke 24:46, I Peter 2:21)

4. Jesus Christ also resurrected bodily and ascended into heaven and will return one day to fulfill His kingdom. (Matthew 28:6, Revelation 19:11)

5. 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)

6. The Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible and authoritative Word of God and the truth for Christian faith and practice.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, John 17:17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Psalm 19:7-11, John 6:67-69)

3. Home Educated

If the following statements can be affirmed with a yes, the student shall be deemed privately home educated for Stoa purposes:

  1. Parent or legal guardian(s) direct the educational choices for the student, including the use of dual credit, online/ offline courses, cooperative courses, private tutored courses, and other parent directed methods that support the student’s educational plan; and
  2. Parent is the authority to award the Stoa competitor junior high or high school credits and grades; and
  3. Under the laws of your state, if your state defines home schooling, the student is classified as legally “homeschooled”; and
  4. Student is not enrolled full-time in a public charter school or public school independent study program.

4. Level of Education

Stoa student is classified as actively homeschooling as a junior high or high school student, and

  1. not previously graduated,
  2. nor in a full-time college-level degree program.

5. Summer Camp

The student and one parent must attend one of these summer camps before application.

  • Regan Lindsay’s speech camp, June 7-11 afternoons: in-person, local, San Jose
    • This our highest recommendation.  This is a small camp in a home, run by an alumnae, with lots of personal attention.  Space is limited so apply early. 
    • $275/student, due May 31
    •  Fill out this form to register. $50 non-refundable deposit is required by May 10.
  • Helmsmen Speech Camp July 5-10: online or in-person, Irvine
  • NIHD, July 12-17, in-person, Twin Peaks Christian Center (near San Bernardino, CA)

6. Application

Application period is July 15-31, 2021. Two references needed. If you haven’t already, sign up on this interest form so we can send you a  link to the actual application in July.

7. Financial Cost

  • Dues are $200 per student.  $100 is due in August, and $100 is due in January.
  • Families must become Stoa members after acceptance into Legacy, which is $75 per family per year.
  • Other costs are associated with attending at least 4 tournaments per year, including tournament fees and expenses related to travel and lodging.

8. Time Commitment

Club Meetings:

  1. Every other Friday – 2:30pm-6:30pm.  Schedule may vary slightly based on tournament schedule.
  2. First meeting – Sept. 10, 2021
  3. Location TBD (likely at St. Timothy’s Church in San Jose)
  4. Attendance is required for every meeting.  Every parent will coach and have a special job.
  5. Parent attendance required, no drop-off
  6. No non-club siblings
  7. 3 Dad’s Nights per academic year.  Dad’s participation required.
  8. Two speeches minimum
  9. 4 tournaments minimum
  10. Both parents need to help with our own tournament in the spring (ClashPlus)

Outside of club meetings:

Students typically spend 2-6 hours per week at home on their speeches–researching, writing, revising, and practicing.  This is a rough guideline.  Sometimes students spend more time, sometimes less, depending on what needs to be done on their speeches.

Email us with questionsLegacySpeech@gmail.com


Just as a chair is supported by four legs that sustain the weight, Legacy Speech Club has four core values or L.E.G.S. that undergird all that we are and do. It is what we expect from each and every club parent and student.

  • L eave a godly Legacy . We don’t merely want to be called Legacy; we want to be a legacy. It is our vision to establish a self-sustaining organization that will last for years to come, one which will continually equip students with communication skills which glorify God and leave a lasting impact on others.
  • E ngage every parent. We don’t rely on one person to run the club; this enables Legacy to be self-sustaining. Varsity parents model coaching and mentor newer parents, who, in turn, learn to mentor others in years to come. All parents take an active role in running the club and are committed to coaching students other than their own.
  • G row in community . We intentionally foster a family environment in which students have fun together and learn to encourage one another. This makes all the hard work very worthwhile!
  • S et high standards. Membership in Legacy requires a significant investment of time and energy for both the student AND the parent. We believe that the time your family gives to this activity will yield momentous results (transformation!) in your student(s), and it is well worth the effort!


  • Work really hard and have a lot of fun!
  • Provide a supportive environment where speakers prepare for competitive tournaments
  • Train parents to become speech coaches
  • Offer individual critique and feedback for every student in club
  • Gather at speech tournaments to offer encouragement
  • Provide Christian fellowship among peers and families

We are equipping our youth for things that matter.

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