Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament

2019 — Northbrook and Glenview, IL/US

Judge Information and Hired Judge Policy

Judge Information


Because The Glenbrooks prides itself on the quality of the competitors and adjudicators, judges provided by the individual schools must be qualified to judge a national circuit forensics competition. Only persons who have graduated high school may judge, with the exception that high school varsity debaters may be used in novice policy. Judges must be designated for each division since the tournament will be held in multiple buildings.


Phone Numbers - We ask that you enter the correct phone numbers for all of your judges. You will not be able to enter a judge into the tournament without providing their phone number.


All policy and LD debate judges are required to submit a philosophy to by 5pm Central Time November 15th. Schools that have judges who have not submitted their philosophies will not be allowed to submit a strike sheet. This is a self-reporting system – it is your responsibility to make sure the philosophy is published.




All schools MUST be represented in each and every judging pool for which they have entries. For example, if a school only enters varsity policy debate, it must provide a judge to fill at least a half-time commitment in that division. If you enter varsity policy debate, novice PF, Congress, and IEs, you must have a representative in each of these pools.


If you feel that you have judges that are suited better for other pools than what you are obligated to fill, please contact Alyssa Corrigan at for possible arrangements to have judges in one pool covering your obligations in another.


Judging quotas are as follows:

Policy Debate – one (1) full-time judge for every two (2) teams or fraction thereof

LD Debate – one (1) full-time judge for every three (3) debaters or fraction thereof*

Congress – one (1) full-time judge for every seven (7) debaters or fraction thereof

Public Forum – one (1) full-time judge for every three (3) teams or fraction thereof*

Individual Events – one (1) judge for every six (6) entries or fraction thereof

LD judges must check both the junior varsity and varsity LD pairings for each round.

PF judges must check both the novice PF and varsity PF pairings for each round.


A school is responsible for paying the hired judge fee or may not be asked to return if any of its judges miss a round for any reason, including failing to check both the varsity and the JV LD schematics.

Three LD debaters or three PF teams will constitute a full-time judge commitment.

All debate judges are required to judge the first elimination round OR judge one round past the last elimination round in which their school participated (whichever comes last).

Placing judges in elimination rounds becomes more difficult each year because judges leave once their school’s competitors are eliminated from the tournament without fulfilling their commitment to adjudicate one round beyond their school’s last outround. Directors are responsible to make sure that their school’s judges are available to fulfill their ENTIRE judging commitment, including making appropriately timed airplane reservations. We always try to release individuals as quickly as possible, but the tournament requires the highest quality judging pool possible even after any particular school is finished competing. Schools who have judges that do not meet their elimination round obligation may not be invited to return.

Given the need for LD judges over the last several years we are instituting an entourage rule for LD. Any adult at the tournament that is capable of judging must be in the pool for at least 2 rounds and available to judge elimination debates. If there is a reason someone needs an exception, this must be approved by the tournament. 

You may not split one judge between two different pools unless you have coverage for elimination round commitments in both pools.

Hired Judge Policy

A limited number of judges are available for hire through the tournament.

There are no refunds for hired judges - once we have accepted your hired judge request, you will be invoiced for the hire.   This is true if you find a judge on your own after requesting one. 

Hired Judge Fee - $230 for half commitment OR $455 for full-time judge for JV LD, Novice CX, JV CX, Varsity CX, and Varsity PF. $350 for half commitment or $700 for full commitment for Varsity LD. 

Full judge fee of $450 to hire a judge for uncovered IE entries or Congress entries.

Please note the restrictions on hiring judges before completing registration:

A school can only hire judging after it has fulfilled its initial obligation in each judging pool. A school cannot hire its entire commitment in any pool.   Here is a list of the separate pools as defined by the Glenbrooks tournament directors for the purposes of assessing judging commitment:

 a) Varsity Policy

 b) JV Policy

 c) Novice Policy 

 d) Varsity and JV LD combined

 e) Congress

 f) All IE categories combined

 g) Varsity Public Forum

h)   Novice Public Forum

This breakdown means that you must have at least one half-time committed judge in each of the debate pools in which you have entered and at least one full-time IE judge for any IE entries.  After providing these initial judges, you can opt to hire any further judging commitments from the tournament in each of these pools. For example, if you have 2 varsity policy teams you must provide at least one judge to fill a half-time commitment in varsity policy. After providing this one half-time judge, you can opt to hire another half-time judge for $225 in the varsity policy pool. In the LD pool, a school must first provide at least one half-time committed judge for either the varsity or JV division; then it can hire the rest of its commitment in varsity and JV LD.  For further clarification in LD, each uncovered LD debater will require a $225 judge fee; meaning if a school has three LD debaters entered and provides one halftime judge, a school will owe $450 for cover the rest of the LDers.

No hired judges will be available after October 16 at 8 am CT.  If you intend to hire judges, please make sure you request one by October 16.  If you find yourself in an emergency needing a judge after that deadline, please email Tara at and we will try to work with you.

If you are interested in hiring out rounds beyond your commitment in VCX or VLD ($30 a round), please contact Tara at