Every debate round needs a judge.

The Chicago Debate League (CDL) runs approximately 36 debate tournaments a year with over 5800 individual rounds of debate. Educational debates cannot happen without judges and well-trained judges meaningfully enhance the educational value of debate. Chicago Debate League relies on a network over 300 dedicated volunteers to help with our tournaments.

Below is a link to sample demo debate to give you a better understanding of what a policy debate round looks like.

Demo Debate by our friends from the Atlanta Urban Debate League

All new judges are required to attend one two-hour training session. See below for details. To register please contact aprilgarrett@chicagodebateleague.org. For all other questions, contact info@chicagodebateleague.org. Off-site group judge trainings are available upon request. 

Upcoming Orientation training sessions:

Wednesday, February 7 6:00-8:00 pm

Thursday, February 8 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Tuesday, February 13 6:00-8:00 pm



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