Would You Like to Judge?

I’m bringing an Excursion full of kids down to speech and debate tournament in Albuquerque Thursday-Saturday. If you are available—in fact, if you’re available to a number of tournaments coming up—I could personally use your help. Let me explain.

UPDATE: Though tournament dates pass by, see the links below for other tournaments. Or visit www.stoausa.org/tournament-calendar for more tournaments in your area.

You can help me by judging at one of these tournaments.

You can help me by judging at one of these tournaments.

I will be attending the tournament and will register to judge, but I have more children involved than probably any family in the entire league. I have five competitors: Lydia, Isaiah, Micah, Noah and Tabitha. They registered for twenty-two events.

Twenty-two events. That’s a boatload of speech and debate events.

The way tournaments work is parents and community members come in and fill out ballots for student performances. They’re a lot of fun! You get trained in a 1/2 hour orientation and then get to be entertained with some vigorous debates or speeches. If you sign up to judge, you’ll not only be helping the next generation of leaders, you’ll be helping me out personally!

See, my kids are in so many events that even if I judged every single round I would not fill up the necessary number of judges to cover the quota of my students. Not even close.

That leads me to you! Would you be interested in judging? I’ve got a special gift for you at the tournament if you can, but let me list this weekend’s tournament plus the other tournaments we plan to attend. (Click on the links for the tournament websites.)

Would you like to judge some speech and/or debate rounds? Do you have friends who would? It would be a lot of fun to see you at the tournaments, plus I would LOVE to see you enjoy yourself at the tournament (and I know you will).

This is easier than it may sound. You can pick the rounds you would like to cover (you certainly don’t need to be there the whole time). When prompted who asked you, put my name down.

Then email me letting me know. I’ll be sure you get a free copy of my newest book, Jeub’s Guide to Speech & Debate. It’s the least I can do to thank you for your assistance to my family, and the leaders of the next generation!

Click on any of the websites listed, and click the judges link at the top to start registration.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration. My kids and I really appreciate you!

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • I know how you feel. I have 10 kids (out of my 15) that compete. The seniors in 5 events each the juniors in 3-4 events. The way I normally can help is manning the timing table or expediting rooms. I really do love judging, but when you have a kid in every room and every round it’s hard.

    • Yep, five competitors and what seems like a bazillion juniors. I hope to meet you at NITOC, Bockenstedt family!

  • Noah Gray

    Funny, me and my brother’s names are Noah and Micah. There’s a tiny chance I’ll be in Tulsa, where I’d love to help judge, but it’s a small chance, I’m afraid 🙁

    • That would be awesome, Noah! Sign up as a judge. I’d love to meet you in person, too.