National Tournament Judge Training

Thank you for judging at the National Tournament! Your work will help us elevate student voices and create a platform for students to share their stories and speak out on issues they care about. Please read the Online 2020 National Tournament Procedures and review the training videos below prior to competition on Monday, June 15. Join us on the competition website, competition.speechanddebate.org, for a self-paced training on Sunday, June 14 from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. CT. If the videos below are hard to view, click the gear icon in the lower right to increase the resolution. To see closed captions on videos, click the cc button at the bottom of the video window.

Once you’ve watched the videos below, please complete the four test tasks in the Self-Paced Judge Training to test what you’ve learned and complete the form certifying you’ve taken the training.

Understanding the Debate Schedule

Judges must be available 30 min prior to each round start time, either in their assigned competition room or in their event’s Judge Pooling Room.

Understanding the Speech Schedule

Judges must be available 30 min prior to each round start time, either in their assigned competition room or in the Speech Judge Pooling Room.

Understanding the Congress Schedule

Judges must be available 30 min prior to each round start time, either in their assigned competition room or in the Congress Judge Pooling Room.

Understanding the Supplementals Schedule

Judges must be available 30 min prior to each round start time, either in their assigned competition room or in their event’s Judge Pooling Room.

Tabroom.com Account Set Up

Click “Profile” after you have logged in to ensure you are set up to receive text and email notifications.

Accessing Competition Rooms

Go to competition.speechanddebate.org and login with your Tabroom.com username and password.

Facilitating a Recorded Speech Round

Students are welcome to join the room and watch performances, but attendance is not required. 

Facilitating a Debate Round

Cameras of judges and students should always be on, but everyone should mute their microphone when they are not speaking.

Facilitating an Extemp Round

Wait in the competition room for each student listed on your ballot to arrive and give their live performance.

Facilitating a Congress Round

Use the “Join via Zoom App” button to see thumbnails of all competitors in the round.

Using Tabroom.com Ballots in Speech

Click “Start Round” once the two judges are in the room and ready to begin. Participants will watch the videos in order with their microphones muted.

Using Tabroom.com Ballots in Debate

Click “Start Round” once all debaters and judges are in the room and ready to begin.

Cultural Competency Judge Training

View the required cultural competency judge training at www.speechanddebate.org/judge-training

Asking for Help

Go to the “Helplines” tab at competition.speechanddebate.org to email tournament staff.

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