Barkley Forum for High Schools
2020 — Atlanta, GA/US
Judging & Fees
Each school will be responsible for furnishing competent judges in each event in which they participate. In an attempt to discourage hired judging, schools not furnishing a judge will be charged a fee. Judging requirements pertain to preliminary rounds. All judges are expected to judge in elimination rounds. All entered judges are expected to be available unless the tab room has been informed otherwise. If you are in the judging pool and fail to show up for your judging commitment, there will be a penalty assessed by tournament administrators.
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 for making 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. Also, under no circumstances may a judge give his/her ballot to another judge without notifying the tabroom. Schools who have judges that do not meet their judging obligations may not be invited to return and/or will have their membership suspended, and they will be assessed a $50 per round fee on their 2021 entry fee.
Pelham Debate: 3 rounds per team. An individual judging Pelham cannot judge anything else during the preliminary rounds. Please have all judges post his or her judge philosophy on tabroom.com
Lincoln-Douglas: 3 rounds per entry. The preliminary rounds are flighted, and one round consists of two flights. An individual judging Lincoln-Douglas cannot judge anything else during the preliminary rounds. One judge can fulfill this requirement. Please have all judges post his or her judge philosophy on tabroom.com
Speech Events: Minimum 1 full-time judge for every eight (8) entries or fraction thereof.
Congressional Debate: Minimum 1 full-time judge specifically designated to judge Congress. Please let us know (via email at email@example.com) if your judge can serve as parliamentarian.
Public Forum: 3 rounds per team. An individual judging PF cannot judge anything else during the preliminary rounds. We strongly encourage citizen judges (parents or administrators), not specialized judges. Please have all judges post his or her paradigm on tabroom.com.
Please make all checks payable to Emory University and either bring to registration or mail to
Atlanta, GA 30322
Pelham Debate: $110 per team
Lincoln-Douglas: $75 per singleton
Speech Events: $65 per entry slot
Congressional Debate: $65 per entry slot
Public Forum: $85 per team
Judging Fees for Hiring Judges:
Pelham Debate: $200 per uncovered team
Lincoln-Douglas: $300 per uncovered participant
Speech Events: $150 per uncovered judge (per eight entry slots or fraction thereof)
Congressional Debate: $200 per one to ten uncovered Congress entries
Public Forum: $200 per uncovered team
In an effort to control delays in a tournament this size, we are being forced to impose a penalty for last minute changes. Last minute changes are those made after January 7, 2020 in Congressional Debate and January 17, 2020 in all other events. Hopefully these penalties will not be imposed. The Barkley Forum feels that we must impose these so that the timely entrants are not penalized by those less organized.
Pelham Debate Cancellation: $110 per team
Lincoln-Douglas Cancellation: $75 per singleton
Speech Events Cancellation: $65 per entry slot
Congressional Debate Cancellation: $65 per entry (any drops after 1/7/20)
Public Forum Cancellation: $85 per team
To prevent tournament delays we must INSIST that registration be completed (either in person or by e-registration the morning of the tournament) by 11:00 a.m. on Friday.