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Senior Open Judge Training

Thank you for judging at the NSDA Senior Open! We appreciate you helping us give students who may have missed their end of season tournaments an opportunity to share their message, close out their senior year, and celebrate our speech and debate community. Please read the Online 2020 Senior Open Procedures and review the training videos below prior to competition on Saturday, May 30. Note that the competition site will be live for you to practice logging in to rooms on Friday, May 29 from 10:00 a.m.  – 6:00 p.m. CST. 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.

Understanding the Senior Open Speech Schedule

Judges must be available 30 min prior to each round start time for four rounds on Saturday.

Understanding the Senior Open Debate Schedule

Judges must be available 30 min prior to each round start time for rounds on Saturday (all) and Sunday (PF and LD only). 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 and login with your 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 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 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

Asking for Help

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