Parent Judge Information:

Thank you so much for being willing to judge at our tournament. We are so blessed to always have so many parents that are willing to go above and beyond what we ask! We realize that for those of you with multiple children competing, there are a lot of judge slots to fill. It is a blessing when those of you with fewer children keep judging long after you have met your "requirement". At the Heart of the Valley, we don't keep track of how may rounds you have judged. We operate on the honor system and trust that each of you will meet your judging commitments. God has always faithfully provided enough judges and we are so appreciative of that blessing.

This year, due to the covid situation, we will not have as many community judges as usual. We will really be relying on our parent judges to go above and beyond what is "required" to take as many ballots as possible to make this all happen. Thank you so much!

If you need a judge orientation, please check the Judge Orientations tab for times.

Judges must be a high school graduate and 18 or older on January 1 of the NITOC competition year and not have competed in any speech or debate tournaments during the 2020-21 season.

The following commitment is requested:

Team Policy: Each debate participant must provide a judge for a minimum of three (3) rounds.

Lincoln Douglas: Each LD debate participant must provide a judge for a minimum of three (3) rounds.

Parli: Each Parli competitor must provide a judge for a minimum of two (2) rounds.

Speech Events: Each speaker must provide a judge for two (2) rounds.

Competitors entered in both Debate and Speech Events events must meet both debate and Speech judge obligations.

If something arises that prohibits you from meeting your judging obligations, please let your coach know so that others in your club can help cover your slots. Thank you!

Parent Judges, please register online.

  • Judges should check in at the judges' table during registration on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning to get your name tag and to make sure we have all your contact information. Thank you!
  • Parent judges are essential to our tournament. Please check with Ballot Push 30 minutes prior to each round to see if you are needed to judge, regardless of which round you registered for on the tournament site. Thank you!