Judging is a vital element in debate competitions. Not only will you be assessing the technicalities of debate performances, you are in a position to offer positive encouragement and constructive critiques. To us, the goal of debating is not only to increase a student’s knowledge, but to promote positive personal growth as well.
To learn about the topic and judging guidelines, please review the following items:
*All times are approximate. Please allow for flexibility of the schedule to account for unforeseen circumstances.
Running late the morning of a tournament? Call Christy or Lauren at (678) 902-2835.*
AC ( 2 minutes)
cx (1 minute)
NC ( 2 minutes)
cx (1 minute)
AR & E ( 2 minutes)
NR & E ( 2 minutes)
AR ( 2 minutes)
NR ( 2 minutes)
*5 minutes prep
Judges’ training will be offered before Round 1 of every tournament. All judges must be trained at least once. The training focuses on the basics of judging debate: listening to arguments, using a ballot, making a decision. There are also judge training resources on the Atlanta Urban Debate League website (www.atlantadebate.org) for individuals who are unable to attend the morning judge training session or would like to review the materials on their own.
One critical part of debating is the effective use of evidence to prove your point(s). The AUDL provides a comprehensive evidence packet for all students to use. This helps ensure all students have a high quality set of materials for debates and an effective model to help guide their own research and argument construction.
The required number of judges per school will be calculated by rounds based on the number of registered teams. The judging obligation is 1 judge for every 2 teams (if possible, we will extend this to 3 teams).