Sign Up to Judge at the 2016 Martin Luther King Invitational!

Please support James Logan Speech and Debate by signing up to judge at the 2016 MLK Invitational. This is the largest tournament the team hosts and we need the support and help from the parents to make this event successful. The tournament is especially important this year as it is Mr. Tommie Lindsey's last MLK tournament as a coach.


How many tournaments must I judge per year? Why do I need to be a judge?

The judges of all the tournaments your child attends are composed of parents, coaches, alumni, and community members. Thus, without the support of parent judges, tournaments could not even exist!

We ask for every student to provide a judge to at least three tournament per semester. However, we encourage parents to participate in as many tournaments as possible to support the students in their activity and serve as a chaperone. In addition to these requirements, all parents should judge at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitation Tournament held every January at Logan.

What are the qualifications to be a judge?

  • For most tournaments, judges must be age 18 or over.
  • Judges are not limited to the parents of the competitors—they can be family friends, relatives, teachers, coworkers, etc.
  • You should be proficient in English.

Do judges ride on the bus with the students or drive to the tournament themselves?

Judges have the option of doing either/or.

Benefits of driving yourself: You may leave as soon as the tournament is over and have another student pick up your child’s trophy for them. The address and driving directions will always be posted on the front page of this website.

Benefits of riding on the bus with the students: Save wear/tear on your car and gas money! Also, you will be able to better understand what it means for your child to “go to a tournament” and learn teamwork.

Do I get paid as a judge?

No. However, drinks/snacks/lunch is always provided by the tournament’s host school.

Also, meals and mileage are tax deductible.  Forms are usually provided by the GGSA at League Tournaments.

If I’m going to drive myself to the tournament, what time should a judge arrive at the school of the tournament? Who do I report to once I get there?

Generally, please make plans to arrive and check-in between 8:15 - 8:30 PM for a tournament that begins promptly at 9:00 AM (all league tournaments, most invitationals—adjust accordingly if necessary). The check-in occurs at the school itself, not with James Logan Forensics. Usually there will be signs in front of the school that say “Judges” or “Judges Check-In” that will lead you to the right area.

What are others ways to help the team besides judging?

The best way to show your support for the forensics team is to just be a judge and watch other students compete in an activity that your child loves. Please see the Fundraisers page (on the navigation bar on top) for other ways to help out.

I have another question or concern.

As always, if you can’t find an answer to your question, please send an email to jlhsforensics@gmail.com.