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.

Judging Requirements:

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

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

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 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


Please make all checks payable to Emory University and either bring to registration or mail to 

Barkley Forum
Emory University
Mailstop:  1022-001-1AC
Atlanta, GA 30322

Event Fees:

        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

Penalty Fees:

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.