Parent Judges

Thank you for all the rounds you have judged and all the excellent feedback you have provided so far this year. The students competing at the Centennial State Tournament are depending on your keen eyes, sharp minds, soft hearts and lively pens yet again. We cannot have a tournament without your significant investment in judging.

Parent Judging slots will be capped at a maximum level depending upon the number of students registered in the family.

Parents of registrants are required to judge at the tournament. The judging requirement is based on the student's number of speech and debate events. If the judging requirement cannot be met by a competitor's parent(s), the competitor can arrange for a substitute judge(s) to fulfill the requirement. Please email if you need to make such arrangements.

All IE Competitors are required to provide a judge for a minimum of two rounds for every IE event they are registered for. For example, if you register for three IE events, then you are required to provide judges for a minimum of six rounds.

All TP/LD Debate Competitors are required to provide a judge for three rounds.

All Parliamentary Debate Competitors are required to provide a judge for two rounds.

To determine the total number of rounds required for a student or family, all the speech and debate judge requirements are added together. However, we will observe the following caps on judging slots per family:

  • For 1-2 students competing in a family the maximum judge slots will be 15.
  • For 3 or more students competing in a family the maximum judge slots will be 20.

Clubs are encouraged to work together to fulfill the judging requirements for their members.

Students will not be able to complete their registration without a parent also registering as a judge. Parent judge registration allows you to select the time slots that are compatible with your schedule and provides us with reliable information to keep the tournament on schedule. We look forward to seeing you at your scheduled judging times.

If you have unique circumstances that do not allow you to attend the tournament and fulfill the parent judging requirements then email the Parent Judge Administrator, Lisa Mellinger, at:

All parents who have not been through a Stoa Judge Orientation This Season are required to participate in one of these enjoyable sessions before judging speech or debate.

Special Situations

If you live more than 60 miles away from the tournament and have questions about your parent judging slots, please contact our Parent Judge Administrator, Lisa Mellinger, at the following email:

Community Judges

In order to complete our judging needs, we ask all competitors to recruit community judges. Competitors, please ask your neighbors, church friends, and relatives to contribute to your education by joining us as a judge. Remind them that we will provide any training necessary, and will have complimentary food available for them to enjoy. You can assure them that historically our community judges have loved their experiences at our tournaments.

For questions regarding Community Judge Registration please contact Tammy Klimek at

Judge Food

Parent Judges are welcome to enjoy simple snacks and beverages during the tournament in appreciation for judging. However, the light meals available in the judges lounge are intended for Community and Alumni Judges. In order to keep registration costs down, Parent Judges are expected to bring or purchase meals with their students. There is a special parent meal package offered to help assist parents with meals.


All competitors must be chaperoned by someone 21 years or older. If a parent will not be on site, a signed medical release form must be provided for the chaperone. Chaperones must also meet the judging requirements for the chaperoned student.
Sorry, no un-chaperoned competitors allowed.