Debate Judges Needed

Judges are needed for the North Carolina National Open Tournament on February 20-22 at Ridgecrest Conference Center. This tournament will provide competition for over 400 students from across the nation in two styles of debate, as well as speech events which include Interpretive, Platform and Limited Preparation events.

In order to make this possible, we need over 500 community judges over the course of four days, Wednesday evening -Saturday. Our students rely on our judges’ valuable feedback for improvement, growth and encouragement. No experience in either speech or debate is necessary. All we need is an investment of your time.

Judging each round is a three-hour commitment which includes a judge orientation. The time listed on the schedule is 45 minutes before the round begins. You may judge as little as one round on one day, or as much as several rounds over all four days.

When you register you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the details of where to check in on the campus.  You may learn more about our league and see the schedule at  Click on Judges and the map and proceed.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Black at or by phone at (828)781-3669.