Welcome & Judging

Important Judge Notes

If you were hired by a school, the coach at that school handles logistics for compensation, etc.; the tournament handles round-by-round assignments. Please be sure to communicate with the coach who hired you as to expectations, etc.

Each round, we deliberately do not assign some judges in the event of emergencies, unknown conflicts, etc., so some judges may have to wait as a standby at some points, but that is part of what keeps the tournament running on time.

Updated for 2024!

Harvard Congressional Debate Rules

^ Please review the welcome (7:48) and judging overview (31:28) videos so you understand what to expect. You also can access this tournament's specific rules.  Slide decks for judging at the specific divisions of the tournament may be accessed below.

Harvard Judging HS/In-Person Congressional Debate
Harvard Judging MS-Online Congressional Debate

Online Judging Considerations (Middle School)

All judges must give undivided attention to this tournament and will be removed if found to be concurrently judging other live tournaments.

Please click "On My Way" next to your round in Tabroom once assigned to acknowledge you've received the assignment.

Please keep camera on while judging, so you can give signals to students and they know you're listening (permission to not have camera on must be cleared with the Congress Tournament Coordinator). Alternatively, you must type "ready" in the chat each time before a student speaks, so they know you're paying attention. This also helps us track when a judge gets disconnected, because the chamber may continue with its business without know.