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Parliamentary Procedure

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  • To introduce seventh, eighth, and ninth grade FFA members to parliamentary procedure while learning how to conduct efficient meetings and build their communication skills.
  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (AFNR) Cluster Skills and Career Readiness Practice Standards
  • Agriculture is a highly technical and ever-changing industry which everyone is dependent. We will maintain agriculture a our nation’s number on industry only if we understand the importance of the different agriscience, marketing strategies, safe food production, and the need for continuous research to improve agriculture. Strong and relevant agriscience programs are one way we can maintain our nation’s agricultural edge.
  • With the recommendation of the National FFA Board of Directors, all national FFA programs have incorporated these standards to guide the direction and content of program materials and activities. Refer to Appendix A in the handbook for a complete list of the measurable activities that participants will carry out in this event.


Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate correct use of FFA opening and closing ceremonies.
  • Demonstrate parliamentary procedure to conduct an orderly and efficient meeting.
  • Communicate and participate effectively as a team member.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and teamwork for effective decision making.

Event Rules

Team make-up: Each team will consist of seven members from the same chapter. Members will fulfill the duties of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, reporter, sentinel and advisor. The member who performs the advisor role in opening ceremonies will participate as a member for the remaining time of the event.

  • Team members must be enrolled in the seventh, eighth, or ninth grade at the time of qualification
  • Team must be selected as a state or interstate career/leadership development event held between the immediate previous national FFA convention and prior to the national FFA convention in which they are participating. State that qualify more than one year out must request and submit a written waiver for approval by the certification deadline.
  • Team members must be FFA members at time of qualification.

Team members will take the written exam one time. Exam score will be used as part of the team score in each of the three rounds.

Exam scores will be used to see teams into the preliminary rounds.

Event Format

The Parliamentary Procedure CDE will be conducted at the state convention and will follow the guidelines in the National FFA CDE Handbook.

In the preliminary round, the teams will be separated into two different room based on their average test score. The first, third, fifth, and seventh high scores will be in one room, and the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth high scores will be in the second room. All test scores carry through to the final round. The preliminary round will be judged by the 2nd place district team advisors. The final round will be judged by the four advisors whose teams did not advance from the preliminary round. Additional qualified judges may be added if necessary at the discretion of the CDE chairs and approval by the MAAE CDE Chairs. The CDE chairs need to provide the topic for discussion, motions, a timer and a minute?s room monitor for both rounds. The meeting will be scripted by one of the advisors. This advisor will also judge the minutes.

Student needs to provide:

  • 2 sharpened No. 2 pencils

Materials provided by the event committee:

  • Gavel & officer station symbols
  • Blank note paper
  • Event digital timers
  • American & FFA flags


Supplemental Materials

See Handbook (Page 11-13) for Rubric & Permissible Motions