The activity of speech and debate depends on parents and community members serving as judges for each tournament throughout the season. The critiques and comments provided by you as judges help students refine their work and become better competitors. Judging at a tournament also gives you an opportunity to better understand the activity and the amount of work your student devotes to Speech and Debate.

Please review the HANDBOOK for policies regarding judging commitments. Each student is required to provide one judge for every three tournaments s/he attends. This equates to a minimum of two judges during the season. For every requirement not met, a $125 judging fee is owed in order to hire a replacement judge. 

Additionally, parents are needed to chaperone and judge national tournaments during the season. The TOURNAMENT CALENDAR has a listing of all local and national tournaments throughout the season. Please use this to check your schedules and determine when you can volunteer.

Your student can register you when they register for each individual tournament. We encourage you to sign up early. Once we have filled our judging slots for each tournament, we will not accept additional volunteers and you will need to find an alternate date to meet your judging requirements. Please make sure to communicate with your student which tournament dates you are available to judge.