Thank You For Judging.
What is a Judge?
A judge is the most important person at a debate tournament. No, really! Without judges, tournaments would not exist. A judge watches the debates, speeches, or performances in the round and decides who did the best in the round. They decide wins or losses for debate, and they rank students 1, 2, 3, 4, etc... in speech. They also award points to students that help decide who goes to the next round. Lastly, judges provide valuable feedback to students in the form of comments on ballots, which helps students adapt and adjust their performances to be better in the future!
Where can I learn to be a Judge?
Try these judging guides:
Debate (LD, CX, PF)
First line of defense is to ASK YOUR TEAM'S COACH.
Secondly, the National Federal of High Schools in partnership with the National Speech and Debate Association have created a series of videos to train you to judge at no cost! You also get certified upon viewing and completing the course.
Speech and Debate Adjudication Course
Lastly, you can go in and watch and read up on anything to do with speech and debate!
Where can I sign up to Judge?
Contact the director of any tournament to sign up to judge by finding their information at tabroom.com!