Calling All Parents…

Sign up to judge! Please go to the Midtown High School Jesters page to sign-up as a judge for one of our upcoming events. An adult is required to judge a minimum of 2 times per student member during the tournament season.

Judging Availability Form

Judges make Tournaments Possible

Lending your time allows students to participate in tournaments, learn from constructive criticism and put into practice all of the hard work they’ve done. You will be awed and inspired by these kids and will leave reassured that our future is truly bright.

Anyone can learn to judge! Many speech events do not require additional training, just your opinion. Check out the resources here and talk with other judges and students about their experiences. Jester Jam, held early in the season, is a mock tournament at Midtown for hands-on judge training — great for new judges, a refresher, or to learn how to judge a different event. 

We need you and this is why:  For every tournament the Jesters attend, we are required to provide judges for rounds of other teams. The number is based on how many of our students participate. If we don’t have enough volunteer judges, we must pay fees to hire judges. This can greatly increase the cost per student and can limit the number of tournaments we can attend.

Volunteering to judge goes a long way to support our team. 

Judge Training

A treature trove of resources from the National Speech and Debate Association

NSDA Judge resources

Providing Feedback

All judges are encouraged to be mindful of how they provide feedback to students verbally and/or in writing. We encourage all community members, especially those providing constructive criticism to students, to consider the words they use. Simply put, words matter. Check out the NSDA resources below for tips.  

Culturally competent judging conscious style guide

Judge Guidelines

An overview for judging Speech and Debate events

QUick Overview

Sign Up

Grab the judging slots that best suit your calendar

Sign up to Judge


Tabroom is a tournament management system. To get set up to judge, you must first create a Tabroom account. The Midtown coaches will then register you to judge at a tournament by linking to your account. When you judge at a tournament, you’ll be able to see your judging assignments and ballots through Tabroom and can set up handy text and email notifications. See Virtual Tournament Tips below for helpful information on judging from home during the 2023-24 season.

If you have a question about navigating Tabroom, veteran parent judges are always happy to help!

Want to help another way?

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