Online Course: “Adjudicating Speech and Debate”

The NFHS and NSDA now offer an online course for new (and not-so-new) forensics judges covering basic skills in judging speech and debate rounds. The course includes video from the final rounds of NSDA Nationals and provides useful information about not only what to expect from the students, but how to behave as a judge. While not a substitute for local judge training, the course is both a useful orientation and a skill sharpener.

The course is free and can be taken at the NFHS Learning Center. An NFHS account, also free, is required to register. To help with the three practice judging activities, you can download the following ballots:

(Hat tip to Jennifer Bell of Wharton High School.)