Community Judge and Alumni Resources and Information

National Invitational Tournament of Champions 2016

Springfield, Missouri

May 23-28

No experience is necessary! Yes, you are qualified!

Thank you for volunteering to judge! We could not do this without our wonderful community judges. We appreciate your service to our students, and we work diligently to make your investment in this tournament a quality experience.

You will receive judges training when you arrive for your round. For your convenience, we have included a preview of the training presentation in the links below. This will help familiarize you with the events you might see at the tournament.

We will be offering complimentary snacks all day in our judges hospitality room. Fresh coffee will be served all day as well as tea and ice water.

Please note: The following is the maximum time you will be needed per round. This time includes your orientation as well as time to fill out your ballot.

Please feel free to sign up for as many rounds as you would like.
If you are available to judge multiple rounds back to back, please select Lincoln Douglas debate as your debate option (it is a shorter form of debate as compared to Team Policy). This will enable you to have the needed time to complete your ballot prior to the next speech round.

If you have additional questions regarding Community Judge Registration, please contact

NITOC 2016 will host three debate events:
Lincoln Douglas Value Debate-Team Policy Debate- Parliamentary Debate.

NITOC 2016 will host 13 Speech Events grouped into four main disciplines:
Interpretive Speeches-Limited Preparation Speeches-Platform Speeches and Wildcard Event Speeches

Parli Debate Round: 2 hours

Debate Round: 3 hours

Speech Round: 3 hours

Alumni judges, please note that you must be 19 by January 1, 2016 and must not have competed in high school forensics during the 2015-2016 tournament season.

Lincoln Douglas Debate Orientation
Team Policy Debate Orientation
Parliamentary Debate Orientation

Speech Orientation