Judging Information: Oregon David Frank Scholars' Tournament

(Nov 21 & 22)

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, Oregon University.

- The tournament director is Trond Jacobsen (trond@uoregon.edu) and the tab director is Derek Buescher (derekbuescher@gmail.com).

- Competitions will take place at https://tournaments.classrooms.cloud/wing/david-frank-tournament-of-scholars/  . You will need to log into tournaments.classrooms.cloud with your credentials from Tabroom.com (you need to know your Tabroom.com email and password). Please confirm you are able to log into the tournament website prior to the start of your debate. Use the help interface if you encounter problems logging in. They can sort out the problem more quickly than a member of the tournament staff.

- Many judges will be using the Classrooms.cloud interface for the first time. While it is a proven platform that is easy to navigate, please review this brief video on how to log-in and navigate the website: https://youtu.be/SsPKlD2oqEQ


Second, important information from Pacific Northwest Debate.

- Our event seeks to provide an enriching experience for all students. While we use many of the elements of traditional policy debate, it is important to create a common set of expectations among judges and participants. 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


- We will be trying a new form of assessments rather than speaker awards. 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. 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.

Schedule: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VdXWqgKrSy8GS6n4ip-RRna1SQs4rXuowrAicVTeqnY/edit#gid=0

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.

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