Parliamentary Procedure


The purpose of the parliamentary procedure leadership development event is to encourage students to learn to effectively participate in a business meeting and to assist in the development of their leadership, research, problem-solving skills and critical-thinking skills.


Upon completion of participation in the event, students will be able to

  •  Use parliamentary procedure to conduct an orderly and efficient meeting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of parliamentary law.
  • Present a logical, realistic and convincing debate on motions.
  • Evaluate minutes and organizational documents.
  • Utilize parliamentary resources to solve problems of organizational management and operations.

National Event Rules:

A team representing a state will consist of six members from the same chapter. All practicums will involve all six team members.

  •  All members completing the National FFA Event will be eligible for membership in the American Institute of Parliamentarians (AIP).
  •  It is highly recommended that participants wear FFA Official Dress for each event.
  • The advisor will not consult with the team after entering the holding room prior to each round of the event. Any participant in possession of an electronic device in the event area is subject to disqualification

Event Format:

Written test 

  • Consists of questions using the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. Participants will be allowed 30 minutes to complete Part I of the exam. All team members are required to provide their own copy of the most current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. It is allowable to have highlighting in your book and tabs. It is not allowable to add written pages to the RONR or have written additional notes. There may be content in reference to the National Association of Parliamentarians.


  • Preliminary round
  • Semifinal round
  • Final round

More information located for the presentation portion (Pages 4-6)

Oral Questions 

  • Individual Questions  The team members (not including the chair) will be asked a planned question, which may include one to three parts, relating to their assigned motion. No one may step forward to help another member answer their individual question. The chair will be asked a question relating to presiding, debate, assigning the floor or other general parliamentary procedures. Each member will be scored a maximum of 16 points for responses to questions. Chair will be scored at a maximum of 20 points.
  • Clarifying Questions The judges will have three minutes to ask clarifying questions related to the team’s demonstration that may impact other aspects of team demonstration scores. Questions may be directed to the team or an individual member. Team members may volunteer to answer the question for the team or to help another member. This round of questions is not scored separately, but is used to inform other aspects of the score card.

*Montana State Convention does not do a team problem practicum or a individual practicum, minutes and other records. If you qualify to move onto the national level be prepared for these events*

Supplement Material:

Parliamentary Procedure Handbook