Judging Information: UPS Logger Tournament (Feb 27 & 28)

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 Puget Sound.

- The tournament director is Derek Buescher, who will also be running the tabroom (derekbuescher@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.

- 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 continuing 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. 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.

Schedule: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uX3coP7ywC_qjYFNfNQB4ViNb2s4vwqfAEkQhr843TE/edit#gid=960503583

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.