Judges are some of the most vital contributors to the speech and debate community. Without judges, tournaments would not be possible. If you are new to speech and debate and have an interest in judging; this page will walk you through what you need to know in order to be successful. If you are not new and interested in learning about a new event, or refreshing your understanding, feel free to jump around and look for the content that applies to you directly. The National Speech and Debate Association has introductory primers for judging all events, sample ballots, and lists of all the scripts used for Interpretation at the National Tournament available for your convenience! If you are a brand new judge, click on the link to read more information on the essential parts of judging. You may watch informative judging videos, read about judging procedures, view sample ballots and review a variety of other available judging resources.