Judging Requirements

Each family is required to judge at a minimum three tournaments per season. A tournament is made up of many rounds, and you should expect to stay a minimum of two rounds. Of course, you are always welcome to judge more.

Why Judge?

  • Judging at a speech and debate tournament gives you the opportunity to be involved in your child’s commitment to speech and debate
  • Judging is fun and you will be fully trained
  • Most tournaments usually run all days on Saturdays, and sometimes run late into the evening. Some tournaments include Fridays as well. The more judges we have, the faster the tournaments can be run – so by helping to judge you can get your child more sleep.
  • If we don’t have enough volunteer judges at a tournament we are required to pay a fine

Training and Shadowing
Separate training is required for judging debate and judging speech events. Most people choose to judge either speech or debate, but you are welcome to train in and judge both. All newly trained judges must shadow a veteran judge at a tournament. Shadowing is optional for previously trained judges. You will not be able to judge at the tournament where you are shadowing or being trained. Shadowing can be scheduled at training sessions.

Trainings during Novice Tournaments
You do not have to sign-up to attend these trainings

  • Saturday, October 15th, time TBA
    Cherry Creek H.S.
  • Saturday, October 22nd
    Lakewood H.S., time TBA
  • Saturday, October 29th
    Castleview H.S., time TBA

Additional Training Dates

  • Thursday, November 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm
    George Washington H.S. Room 22
    George Washington H.S. has two parking lots. Park in the Leetsdale parking lot and enter through the doors by the pool.
  • Wednesday, November 9th, 6:30-9:30pm
    Kent Denver, Science Wing Room 205