Bellarmine Rhetoric Debate Tournament

2019 — San Jose, CA/US

Tournament Website:

Registration: Only Bellarmine College Prep students who are taking Rhetoric their freshman year will be allowed to enter this intrasquad tournament. All other schools will be dropped from the tournament without notice or warning.


Table of Contents:

1. Announcements and Notifications

2. Notes for Students

3. Judging Instructions

4. Students' Instructions for Tabroom Accounts

The tournament schedule can be accessed by clicking on the "Schedule" page on the sidebar to the right.


1. Announcements and Notifications

Both students and judges: Please be attentive about emails and Slack notifications. Sign up for “Live Updates” using the tab above - this will alert you with text or email notifications about new pairings/postings.


2. Notes for Students

- Be in tournament attire (think dress-up day) on the days you are debating.

- Pairings for all debates will be posted on Tabroom, the day prior to each round. The tournament schedule will be listed on a separate custom page on the side bar. Please make sure that you and your debate partner know which room you will be debating in, which side you are on, and which team you will be debating against.

- On the day of the round, head over to the room which you are debating in ASAP. Judges will be enforcing a strict five-minute forfeit time after the bell rings to begin class.

- Students who will be absent or will miss school due to athletic events, extra-curricular activities, medical appointments, etc., MUST alert Mr. Langerman before the tournament begins.

- To access comments, ballots, and results, you will need to use your account. If you do not have a Tabroom account or do not know how to link your account to a competitor, please look under "Students' Instructions for Tabroom Accounts" below.


3. Judging Instructions

If this is your first time judging, please be sure to link your Tabroom account to a judge. Click on "Link your person to a judge" and search for yourself. There will be a page that pops up that lists all judges registered on Tabroom with your name. Please look for your name and "judges for: Bellarmine College Prep" and click to link yourself to that judge!

- It’s super important that you do not miss school on the day that you are assigned to judge. There are no backup judges.

- Slack Mr. Langerman by 8:15am the morning of the debate so that he knows you are at school! If you are assigned to one of the Lokey study rooms, you must see Mrs. Atkinson in the Principal’s office to the get the key to open it up.

- When you log in to your Tabroom account, you should be taken to a page where you will see the debate that you need to judge along with the words "START ROUND" in a green box.

- Before the debate: Judges, you MUST PRESS “START ROUND” once both teams are present in the room. Doing this alerts Tab that you have officially “picked up” your ballot and that the round has officially started.

- Abbreviated rhetoric times will be used for speech times – see your ballot for more information! Time is scarce during a class period, so be very strict about speech, CX, and prep time.

- You must submit your decision, along with each debaters' points no later than 4 pm (2 pm on Friday) on the day that you judge so that we can pair the next round. Please do not delay the tournament by waiting to submit your decision, RFD, and comments at the same time. You can edit RFD/comments later even after you've submitted your points + decision. Do not disclose your decision to the debaters in preliminary rounds.

- Your RFD and feedback on Tabroom will be available to the debaters at the conclusion of the tournament. However, please directly email comments (that do not reveal your decision) to the students to give them useful feedback as they incorporate those comments into their subsequent rounds!

- No show/forfeit procedure

* If you are judging a debate with absent debaters/mavericks, please

1. Enter 30/50 points for the absent debater


* If both debaters from a team do not show, DO NOT SUBMIT the ballot. Slack Sherwin (and Mr. Langerman).

- If something doesn't work, start the round first anyway! We can deal with the issue later.


4. Students' Instructions for Tabroom Accounts

You will need to use your Tabroom account to access judge RFDs and comments. If you already have a Tabroom account and have already linked your account to yourself, awesome! There's no need for you to read the rest of this. 

Step 1: How to Create A Tabroom Account

1. On the main page of, find the "Sign Up" button on the upper right corner of your screen. Click on that. (Ignore the first question which asks you whether you're an NSDA Coach or PKD Member. You are a student and are neither.) Keep scrolling down, which leads you to a page where you type in your email, first name, last name, phone number, password, etc... While you are only required to input information regarding your email, first and last name, and password, we also highly recommend that you provide your cellphone number and service provider because you can get live text updates of postings and tournament updates!

2. After you input all your information, click "Create login." This will lead you to a blank page that serves as your Tabroom account. If you see the words "Judging," "Competing," and "Your Account" on the right hand side of the web page, you are in the right place!

Step 2: Link your Account with a Competitor

1. After you log in, click on your email in the top right corner. On the right hand side, scroll down to "Your Account" and click on "Link your person to a student."

2. That will bring you to a page that prompts you to search for yourself. Type your first and last name in the empty boxes and click "Search."

3. Please pick the correct person and link yourself to that student. Look for your name and "competes for: Bellarmine College Prep" and click to link yourself to that person!

4. Tab may also ask you to confirm that you want to link. Please make sure all information is correct and confirm the link. Please DO NOT link your account to anyone OTHER THAN YOURSELF, including your debate partner.