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Hired Judging Board FAQ

What is the NSDA’s role in this process?
The NSDA is offering this board as service to its members. The NSDA in no way endorses the judges that offer their time. Each school should follow their district/school’s applicable policies for hiring and vetting. Additionally, the NSDA will not be involved in any financial agreement between a school and a judge.
How much should judges get paid?
Schools and judges determine their own rates. A commonly observed rate is around $20-$30 per hour-long round.
Who can be hired to judge?
While the NSDA always encourages experienced judges, anyone who graduated in or before 2020 may serve as a judge. All judges are required to take the NFHS/NSDA Cultural Competence Course (1 hr). Additional courses, such as the Adjudicating Speech and Debate course (3 hr), are encouraged. All courses can be found on our Judge Training page.
Who should I contact with my questions and/or concerns about this process?
Please direct your emails to Elgin Woody at .