Judging Information: University of Oregon Tournament (Oct 30 & 31)

Tabroom Site.

Event Schedule.

Hello PNW Debate judges!


Thank you so much for your time and your energy in providing a new generation of students the transformative experience of debate. The purpose of this page is to outline the resources you will need to judge our event and navigate the online environment. Any times referenced are in the Pacific time zone.

First, important information from the host, the University of Oregon.

- The tournament director is Trond Jacobsen and will be assisted in Tab by JCCC's Matt Vega. In the event of an issue, please email them promptly and CC the director who hired you for the tournament (trond@uoregon.edu and matthewjvega@gmail.com )  

- Competitions will take place via Zoom and Breakout rooms. The URL for the Zoom session will be emailed to you directly by the program who you are working with. You will receive your ballot and notice you are judging via Tabroom.com which will send a text/email blast directly to you, including which breakout room you should join. Please update your Zoom app to the most recent version ahead of time!

Second, important information from Pacific Northwest Debate.

- Pacific Northwest Debate aims to build a bridge between complicated and nuanced controversies and a publicly accessible style that emphasizes sound communication and audience engagement. Your job is to serve as an educator, not a spectator, in providing formative feedback students can use to improve themselves and their communities.

- Our event seeks to provide an enriching experience for all students and you are a crucial part of that. Please review the event’s judging philosophy. While this is not a set of rules for how to judge, it is a flexible starting point for judges to understand the goal and purpose of the event, and also contains a list of speech times at the bottom: https://e621835e-96dd-4afe-9818-85a930b1c8e4.filesusr.com/ugd/158ec9_4535861d5d2c464ab2caa38f5b7cef8b.pdf

- While we use many of the elements of traditional policy debate, it is important to remember that most participants do not share in that context, see debate as a game, or have much interest in feedback that is solely focused on how to win policy debates. I've provided some coaching advice for judges and how I recommend judging can be most fruitfully pursued.


- After each debate, you will rate individual student performance in the areas of evidence, analysis, communication, and community building. This will require you to complete an electronic survey at the end of every round you judge, just like you would ordinarily record speaker points. Please keep in mind that students are not really helped by overly charitable assessments or grade inflation. Is your score communicating to them the skills you wish to see them develop? Be candid with those you judge. A description of these awards is available here: www.westerndebateunion.org/student-success


- Ballots will be delivered to you via email/text through Tabroom.com. You will learn you are judging when you receive that email. You can also check the tournament website for pairings (here). 


Our schedule for the weekend is the following, but remember that tournaments often fall behind (this isn’t your first rodeo…): Make sure you are on the PNW tab in the schedule spreadsheet and please note the correct time-zone that applies to your location.

The full schedule for the event is here.

Finally, if there are issues or problems throughout the tournament or a change in your availability, please contact the director of the program you are working with as soon as possible.