Judge Tournament Information


Format (each debate takes around 31 minutes)  

   * Judge conducts coin toss for side and speaking order

Team A: 4 minute Constructive

Team B: 4 minute Constructive

   * 1-min of shared prep time in debate room (phone communication set up in advance)

Team A: 2 minute cx of B

Team B: 2 minute cx of A

   * 2-min of shared prep time in debate room

Team A: 4 minute Rebuttal

Team B: 4 minute Rebuttal

   * 2-min of shared prep time in debate room 

Team A: 3 minute Summary

Team B: 3 minute Summary



What should I wear?

Please wear business casual (or better) attire, and keep your camera on during the debates.


Do I have to handle the coin toss?

Yes. The judge selects a random debater to pick heads or tails, and conducts a coin toss (preferably on their phone and showing the result on their phone to the debaters). If the debater wins the coin toss, their team can choose either side or speaking order. If the debater loses the coin toss, the other team can choose either side or speaking order. The losing team selects the remaining option.


Do I have to time the debaters?

Judges should time the debate segments as backup only. Debaters are expected to time their debate.

Debaters have been advised to not speak for more than 5 seconds or so after the timer goes off. Judges should cut off debaters who exceed time by 10-15 seconds. You may allow debaters to wrap up a question or response during CX, after the timer goes off, at your discretieon.


Do I have to track prep time?

No. Specific, shared prep time is built into the round format. No other prep time is permitted.


Can debaters use the internet during the round?

Yes, and debaters may use electronic devices in round.


Do I need to provide feedback after the round?

You are not expected to provide an oral critique after the round. Only a (preferably detailed) Reason For Decision (RFD) on your ballot. Note that debaters have been instructed not to run counterplans. 


Is any other communication expected of me during the debate?

You are welcome to communicate with the debaters about the round format and to answer any questions they have prior to the round starting. Professional detachment is preferred.


What do I do if I have a question?

Text Price at 310-662-3255. If necessary, pause the debate and advise the debaters that you are contacting a tournament administrator to get a question resolved.