What Are the Three Jobs of a Judge?

Job 1 – The Decision

  • Do not discuss individual scores with other judges.
  • Based upon each team’s arguments, evidence and clash, please select the winner on your own.
  • No ties.
  • ONLY if neither team meets their obligations, judges can award the “win” to the team with the best debate skills.
  • In the event that there are an even number of judges, you may need to discuss your decision, but do not change your scores.
  • Mark the winning team on your ballot

Job 2 – Speakers Points

  • Please remember that each debater has a role; do not score based on the role, but on their performance.
  • Complete the section of the ballot that deals with individual skills with the help of the judging rubric in your package.
  • Rule of thumb: start with 3 as average and go up or down25 pts – practically impossible
    20-24 – excellent debating skills
    15-19 – good to very good skills
    12-14 – below average skills
    sub 12- possible but use sparingly
  • Submit your ballot to the Speaker.

Job 3 – Feedback

  • Share feedback for each debater.
  • Judges’ comments should be brief (1-2 minutes)
  • Comments are not justifications. Your decision is final.
  • Comments should be directed toward evidence, clash or presentation. Please be constructive.
    Debaters appreciate advice on how to improve.
  • Not all judges need to comment.