Judging Ins and Outs
Good Ballots tell students what they are doing that could be more effective. Things like
"I had trouble hearing you at times" or "I got a little fuzzy on your message."
Bad ballots only tell the students positive thing. we don't want to be mean on ballots, but not telling a student why they are getting a '5' is the best way to upset them.
Day of Judging
Knowing what to bring/wear/say the first time you're judging is the best way to feel prepared.
- What to Bring:
- A Pen (or three)
- A way to keep time (or make sure your phone is totally charged)
- You'll probably get fed and given coffee by the Judge's lounge, but bringing a water bottle is never a bad idea.
- You might want to bring paper to take notes - a must if you're judging debate.
- I like to bring tootsie rolls, to reward myself between speeches for being attentive and writing good notes.
- What to Wear
- The Students will be in formal wear. Most judges don't dress formally, but being respectful is usually a good rule of thumb. I'd stay away from politically leaning t-shirts (many speech and debaters are very civicly engaged and you could cause a stir.)
- Wearing comfortable shoes will make you happy. You'd be surprised how much walking you do while judging.
- Do's and Don'ts Day of
- Do be on time. On time means getting to the ballot table approximately 15 minutes before the round your scheduled to judge begins.
- Don't be distracting OR distracted in round. Be present for the speaker.
- Do give good notes. tell the speaker how to improve, and things they did particularly well.
- Do make sure you're aware of How to Judge and any particulars of this tournament.