Information for Judges
First and foremost, THANK YOU! Speech & Debate is proven to be the very BEST learning opportunity for high school students. It simply cannot happen without hundreds of volunteer judges like you! Whether you're a veteran judge or this is your first year, you're in for a lot of fun and are sure to be impressed with the caliber of students you'll be judging!
Please use this page and the resources below to familiarize yourself with the judging process. No matter what your experience level, you are a valuable part of this learning process and should feel comfortable with what you've signed up to do.
Still need to sign up?
We welcome your questions!
Please feel free to email Cara Borgsmiller at
with any and all questions!
Check out our "Virtual Judges Clinic" by viewing the videos below:
The Eastern Missouri Judging Committee wants to provide as much information as we can to our diverse group of volunteers. We know that this might seem a bit overwhelming for some.
Don't worry! Our motto is "The judge is always right."
The reality is that you'll have a lot of fun, see some interesting student performances, and leave feeling really good about the future of our society!
And if you have questions along the way, plenty of tournament staff will be on hand to help you at any time!
Judging Schedules, Packets, & Sample Ballots
The MSHSAA District tournament is the STATE QUALIFYING tournament.
It will be held March 2 - 3, 2018 at PARKWAY SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL.
NSDA - Speech & Debate
The NSDA District Tournament is the NATIONAL QUALIFYING tournament.
It will be held March 8, 2018 at CLAYTON HIGH SCHOOL and
March 9 - 10, 2018 at PATTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL.
NSDA - Congress
The NSDA Congressional Debate District Tournament is February 24, 2018 at