Bill Teter Needs Speech & Debate Judges (Located Anywhere)

Here’s a message from Lab School speech & debate coach Bill Teter:

Aloha all,

I’m looking for judges for the next couple of States-qualifying speech and debate tournaments. I’m grateful for those who have already helped out the Speech Team. Anyone else who might be interested and available, here’s what you’ll need to know:

If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to sign up and create an account on the website. You’ll be asked for a phone number and an email address, and these will be used to send you your judging assignments. Once you have created your account, there should be a prompt on the right side of your screen where you can request to be linked to University Laboratory School. I will receive an email notice, accept the request, and you should be ready to go.

HSL #07 Speech Qualifying Tournament

This tournament will be conducted with pre-recorded videos for all events. This means that once your judging assignments are announced, you can judge your rounds whenever you want. Just be sure to press the “Start Round” button and submit your ballots be the listed times (there are late fines for schools whose judges miss those deadlines).

Thursday, February 4

9:00 p.m.   Judges ballots/schedule released for asynchronous judging

Friday, February 5

8:00 a.m.      A reminder will be sent to judges to press “Start Round” on

        You can begin judging any time after this

12:00 noon    You must at least press “Start Round” by this time

Saturday, February 6

1:00 p.m. Deadline to complete preliminary round judging

2:45 p.m.  Speech judges check into the Judge’s Lounge (on Tabroom) for finals assignment

3:00 p.m.  FINALS – Judges ballots/schedule released.

Judges have 15 minutes to press “Start Round”

Judges have 90 minutes to submit their completed ballots


Debate Qualifying Tournament

This tournament is live. After logging on to Tabroom, you’ll be able to enter a virtual judges loungeuntil you receive your assignments. If you are only able to judge one of the two days, that will be okay. 

Friday, February 12 

3:45 p.m. Judges’ Check-in and Instructions 

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Round 1
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Round 2 

Saturday, February 13 

7:45 a.m.  Judges’ Check-in and Instructions

 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Round 3 

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Round 4
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Round 5 

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. FINAL ROUND


Lincoln-Douglas Debate

        Resolved: States ought to ban lethal autonomous weapons.

Public Forum Debate

        Resolved: On balance, the benefits of urbanization in West Africa outweigh the harms.

There will be one more speech qualifying tournament on Feb. 27. I don’t have any information on that yeat but I am sure it will be the same schedule as the Feb. 6 tournament. The last debate qualifying tournament will be March 13. I’m not sure yet what the schedule will be for that. And after that is the State Championship Tournament, April 8-10. I probably won’t have information on that until mid-March.

If you are able to help with either of these tournaments, I’d really appreciate the help. It’s a different experience than live competition for sure, but I think you’ll be impressed by how students are making this new world work.

I’ll look forward to hearing from you. My email is:


Bill Teter

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Please help out if you’re able to do so : )

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