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. Our debate judges are a critical link in impacting at-risk youth. The CDL must recruit, manage and retain hundreds of debate judges. Indeed, sometimes we need over 200 judges on a single weekend!
Below are resources to equip you to be the most effective judge:
- A NAUDL Presentation: Introduction to Judging
- Judging Policy Debate Rules and Recommendations
- Judge Reference Guide
- An Example of a Completed Ballot
- High School Debate Format
- Middle School Debate Format
- High School Flow Sheet
- Middle School Flow Sheet
- High School Observers’ Guide to Debate
- Middle School Observers’ Guide to Debate
All new judges are required to attend one two-hour training session. See calendar below for details. To register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other questions, contact email@example.com. Off-site group judge trainings are available upon request.
Please note: All judges who wish to receive the stipend are required to complete a Judge Payment Form at their first tournament of each new year. We are grateful for judges who donate their time without taking the stipend.