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1 Grapevine Classic 2012 Judge workshop Extemporaneous Speaking, Public Forum and Congress

2 General: Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled round. Report to the tables in front of GHS room 402. If you are not judging, please remain near the judges table until all ballots are out. Sometimes it is necessary to make substitutions. You should NOT be observing rounds. Be prepared to give time signals. Have a stopwatch, watch with a second hand, or a countdown timer. Write comments on each ballot as the students perform. It is important that a student and his/her coach know why that student ranked as he/she did. If you still need to write comments or finalize your ranks, DO NOT remain in that classroom. Come to the tab room where we will have a place for you to finalize your decisions. Return all ballots promptly to the judge’s table. If you will be judging the next round, your ballots will be waiting for you there. No oral critiques. If you have questions concerning the tournament or judging, please ask Mr. Hahn, Ms. Boyd or one of the adult tab room staff.

3 Judging Tips: BE CONFIDENT! Don’t tell the competitors this is your first time to judge. Model professional, respectful behavior at all times. Judge on the quality of arguments not on your personal views. Write Constructive comments on the ballots.

4 Frequently asked questions: Where do I pick up and return my ballots? ◦ Report to the judge’s tables outside of GHS room 402. That is where you will pick up and return all ballots. Give me some ideas of what I am supposed to write on the ballots Students and coaches can’t wait to see their ballots and get constructive comments. Be specific, be constructive, and give both praises and advice. Remember, they are still kids and need to see what they do well as well as how to improve.

5 FAQ Continued: What if the topic, message, or personal language offends me? For the most part, do your best to remain unbiased and don’t let your personal opinions affect your evaluation of a student’s presentation. Judge their arguments, clash, speaking ability. Let the student know via your written comments on the ballot. If the speech is extremely offensive, you may wish to note the student’s code/school and come to the judge’s table AFTER the round and ask to speak with the student’s coach.

6 FAQ Continued: What about refreshments? ◦ Judges are provided meals and snacks in room 901. Please note this food is provided for judges/coaches only. Please don’t share this food with students. ◦ This is fun! When can I do this again? ◦ If you enjoy your experience, we would be happy for you to return to judge. We have tournaments throughout the year and we always in need of Judges.

7 Extemporaneous Speaking: If this is your first time judging, be confident. The students don’t know that. Be aware of time limits. Extemporaneous Speaking has a maximum time limit of seven (7) minutes with a 30 second grace period. Please give time signals, the student will usually want from three minutes down. Time all speakers in all speech events. Announce to the student their performance times. This will allow the student to make adjustments before his/her next round if any are necessary. There are NO minimum time limits. Sit in the center of the room where you can observe the students speaking in the front of the room. All ballots have the criteria that should be used to judge each event. Please take time to review these before beginning to judge your round.

8 Extemporaneous Speaking Continued: Extemporaneous speakers will enter your room one at a time unlike the other events where all competitors are present. The last speaker should announce that he is last to you so that you will not be waiting for more to enter. In extemporaneous, do not judge by what you think the speaker should have included, but rather by the content of his/her speech. His speech should include two or three sections in the body of the speech (the analysis) and the speaker MUST ANSWER THE QUESTION. In extemp, do not judge by the position the student takes, especially if it is counter to yours. He/she is basing his/her speech on the information in their files and answering based upon that information.

9 Extemporaneous Speaking Continued: Examples of comments to be written on an extemp ballot: Your speech needs to be organized better You should really have at least one citation, quote or statistic, for each of your main points Your intro set up your points, but the conclusion did not ties it all together Great intro. Great eye contact. I felt you were really speaking to me. Good articulation I liked the way you organized your speech. It flowed well from one point to another You had a lot of good information, but you failed to answer the question.

10 Extemporaneous Speaking Continued: You will be judging between five to eight contestants. Fill out your ballots and return to the judge’s table promptly. Remember: 1 is the top rank. Think first, second, third, etc. Take notes on the ballots during their speech. They are used to it and it saves time afterward.

11 Master Ballot Texas Forensic Association Master Ballot EVENT JUDGE ROUND SECTION TIME ROOM The ranking of contestants is the most important item. The rankings on this ballot should correspond with the rank that was placed on the individual critique form. Please be sure to place the rank on this form and the individual ballots. Speaker Code Speaker’s Name Time Rank Judges Signature: ___________________________________________________ IMPORTANT! RULE CHANGE If time is kept in the round and a contestant exceeds the 30 second grace period, the judge no longer automatically ranks the contestant last in the round. Judges will rank the contestant without considering time. They will indicate the time on the master ballot. Overtime penalties will be enforced by the tab room. Please be certain that all contestants are aware of the procedure and the time signals that the timekeeper will use. I verify that visible time signals ( were / were not ) given. [circle one]

12 Sample Extemp Ballot Sample Foreign Extemp Ballot Judging Extemporaneous Speaking

13 Congressional Debate This event is patterned after the United States Congress. Roberts Rules of Order and parliamentary procedure are inherent in this event. There is a parliamentarian whose function is to oversee the running of the congress by the Presiding Officer (PO). The parliamentarian does not intervene unless there has been a violation of the rules. You will be judging the speeches. Each speech has a three minute time limit and speeches will alternate pro and con.

14 Congressional Debate continued: Some things to look for when judging the speeches: Was it organized? Did it address the bill or resolution under discussion? Were the points relevant? Did the speaker use sources? Was the speaker prepared? Did the speech advance debate or was it a rehash of earlier speeches? Did the speaker respond to arguments by previous Speakers? Did the speaker adequately answer the questions asked of him/her?

15 Congressional Debate: At the end of your session you will be asked to rank the top 8 congressional debaters. Rank from The rest will receive a 9with 1 being the best. Some things to consider: Did the student speak well? Were his/her speech(es) relevant? Was he/she respectful of others in the house? Did he/she show a knowledge of parliamentary procedure? Did he/she ask good questions that helped advance debate? If the Presiding Officer (did a good job) then you can include him/her in the top 8, if not, you are not required to rank them in the top 8. The Parliamentarian will have a ballot for the PO – you don’t have to have a ballot for him/her.

16 Sample Congress Ballot Judging Congressional Debate (click)

17 Public Forum Debate PFD consists of two person teams debating a resolution based upon current events and changes each month. The resolutions are such that they can be easily researched using news magazines and internet sites. The topics may be controversial, but at no time is the debater asking you to change your viewpoint. Do not give the team a loss because you do not agree with their position. Remember, they must and will be arguing both sides of the resolution and will do so passionately.

18 Public Forum Debate continued The resolution to be debated is: RESOLVED: Congress should renew the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.

19 Public Forum Debate Continued: This type of debate also begins with a coin toss. The winner of the toss chooses the side which they prefer to debate or whether they want to speak first or second. The other side gets to choose what the other side did not. Example: If the winner of the coin toss decides to speak first, the loser of the toss chooses the side they wish to uphold (pro or con).

20 Public Forum Continued: The format and time limits are below: First Speaker (Team A)4 minutes First Speaker (Team B)4 minutes Crossfire3 minutes Second Speaker (Team A)4 minutes Second Speaker (Team B)4 minutes Crossfire4 minutes Summary Speaker (Team A)2 minutes Summary Speaker (Team B)2 minutes Grand Crossfire3 minutes Final Focus (Team A)2 minutes Final Focus (Team B)2 minutes Each team may have two minutes of prep time which means they may take time to think or write at any time during the debate. They do not have to take all of this time at once, but can divide the time up for use at various points in the debate.

21 Public Forum Debate Continued: Be very careful when filling out your ballot. Do not fill out the sides until the sides have been chosen. Some judges find it easier to remember which team is debating which side, Some find it helpful, once the sides have been chosen to have the pro (for the resolution) to sit on their left with the con (against the resolution) to their left.

22 Public Forum Debate Continued: The Final Focus is a persuasive restatement of each team’s case. New arguments in the Final Focus are to be ignored.

23 Public Forum Debate Continued: As with other debates, the most difficult part is keeping time while writing notes on your ballot. Often times the debaters will keep their own time. Please get your ballots in to the judge’s table on time. If you need additional time to write your ballot, a space will be available for you in the tab room. Remember to check your ballot to make sure that you have the correct team debating their correct side. Be careful that you identify the winning team as pro or con and make sure that you have their codes written correctly.

24 Public Forum Debate Continued: Make sure to justify your decision on the ballot as the reason for the decision: Students need to know specifics. Don’t just say - >> persuaded me more- say how and why – what arguments, etc.

25 AT THE BEGINNING OF THE ROUND ◦ Confirm you know who each speaker is so you record points and sides accurately on the ballot. AT THE END OF THE DEBATE: ◦ 1) Provide comments for each debater on the ballot. ◦ 2) Rate each debater with a score between (most scores are 26 to 28). ◦ 3) Circle the team you voted for. ◦ 4) Sign your name and School ◦ 5) Write an explanation of your decision

26 Sample Public Forum Ballot Judging Public Forum DebateJudging Public Forum Debate (click)

27 Final Note THANK YOU! Confirm judging event and times with Saher Merchant, judge coordinator. If you were unable to attend the workshop, expect a phone call or with your judging times and events.


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