Community Judge and Alumni Resources and Information

National Invitational Tournament of Champions 2017

Jackson, TN

May 29- June 3

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 judge 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 hospitality room. Fresh coffee, tea, and ice water will be served all day.

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 Lana Thornton at

NITOC 2017 will host three debate events:
Lincoln Douglas Value Debate, Team Policy Debate, and Parliamentary Debate.

NITOC 2017 will host 12 Speech Events grouped into four main disciplines:
Interpretive Speeches, Limited Preparation Speeches, Platform Speeches, and Wildcard Event Speeches

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.

Parli Debate Round: 2 hours

Debate Round: 3 hours

Speech Round: 3 hours

Alumni judges, please note

  • Judges at NITOC must be age 18 on January 1, 2017.
  • Student may not compete and judge within the same competition season.

Click here for TP Orientation Slides

Click here for LD Orientation Slides

Click here for Parli Orientation Slides

Click here for Speech Orientation Slides