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PF – How to Judge Public Forum Debate (Video)

In this video coach Cindy Sidwell goes over exactly what you will be seeing when you get to your Public Forum Debate round. Sidwell address the coin flip, how flighted rounds work, how to fill out your PF ballot, what to expect from the students, and much more.

How to Judge Public Forum Debate Transcript

Right now we’re gonna talk about public forum debate.  Public Forum debate was actually specifically designed with our lay judges are moms and dads judges with no experience in mind I the you should however have a few instructions so that you know best how to judge Iraq so that’s hopefully what i can. give you today now public forum is based on different topics that the kids get from the National Forensic League Every month so it’s a monthly topic that they study in-depth get evidence do research find great arguments right cases and do a great job with that so when you walk please ask them what is the topic for this and make sure that you write that down and understand what is going on so remember there usually isn’t a flight in the flight cell these ballots can get really confusing just because %uh the cloning top of so once you get there make sure that you get the ballot this says flights on at that point call in the team’s they’re usually right outside the room call them into the room and make sure that those are the properties that are listed on your balance every once awhile we get it wanna the flight B teams that wonders and then goes against my kinda messes up the tournament so it’s really important to understand and know those are the property this the next thing that you’re going to do is have a coin to snow if you have a coin that’s great if you wanna do the coin toss I don’t mind the kids do the quaint awesome have the other team sports heads or tails that’s fine but whoever wins the coin toss at that point that team gets H gets two choices they can either pick pro work on on the topic or they can pick first or second speaker and that will come into play a little later as I talk about it so the teams are going to say whether they’re pro work on were first or second speaker so they before they get all settled in this is just my personal preference so I don’t get them mixed up on the ballot when you have your ballot usually you have like the first speaker should be on the left hand side your ballot and their and the second speaker team should be on the right hand side if your ballot so visually I like to put the first speaker team to my left and I like to put the other ones to my right I it’s just so visually I see who they are specially if you got like to boy girl teens are two girl girl teams you’re gonna get them all mixed up and sometimes you like now who won and we in really mixes up the ballots so again it’s really helpful to say the person who goes first goes to my left and the person who speak second goes to my right and that’s how they sit I hopefully that will help you as you’re filling out about that point you do need to fill out the ballot with the code And the name I’ve the team the names of the team’s if the tournament did not give you the school which hopefully they didn’t it’s I do not ask them what school they are from the reason that is we don’t want to predispose you to be against a team-high 14 any way whatsoever so it’s really important that you actually don’t ask those things and if you happen to know so let’s say for instance you know that they’re from a school called Riverside or something like that and you don’t like that team you don’t find a way to vote against that team because you don’t like that’s cool and that does happen which is really really bad so please don’t do it and a former debaters I’m begging you thanking begging and pleading even if you know what’s cool therefrom don’t take into account that those were your former competitors where that was your formal rival school just as you would want fair judges you need to be /f there judge today as well and that’s usually where the problem happens with our wonderful former dictators who sometimes forget there now judges not competitors to remember your judge now I said go ahead and write those down again they may ask you questions about yourself maybe you’re judging experience and that’s okay like you can go ahead and tell ‘me that you’ve never had any judge in your experience and you can even ask him questions if you want to whatever it is but it it’s really important that they understand that so that they can adjust to you and the best bears know how to adjust a any judge anytime so that’s really important alright after you get the ballot already you know who’s going first and second you know who is pro and con get started as soon as possible and at that point whoever is the first speaker it might be pro in might be con-they know what’s going on said don’t worry about it they’ll stand up and they’re gonna start speaking and they’re going to present their case please do ask them again that what the topic is in write that down right down some good notes about the case again I’m going to duh little flowing video and you can watch that if you’d like to but as it is at least take notes so that you understand what’s happening so they’re going to present these cases and then the next speaker is going to get for four minutes they each go four minutes the first ones go for minutes and they are going to then present their case and usually there’s no attacking during this time if there is that’s fine they can do that whatever they want to do with that time but usually that’s how it goes next up there’s a three-minute thing called crossfire now this is different than cross-examination and Lincoln-Douglas debate were only one percent then questions the other person these ones kinda need to take turns now if one person is taking over in the other person has no questions like you shouldn’t get upset at the one who actually had questions that’s okay after being rude and not letting the other person talk you can certainly put that on the ballot and say you need to let the other person talk you may even you know you could even doc at you up their speaker points don’t like tearing apart or something but if the other person really has no questions is kinda given in to everything I say it’s not the other speakers fall at that point alright so after crossfire we have the second speaker from the first-team gets up whether that’s pro or con during this time period they usually just attack the other person’s case they may go over their own again as well but usually they just take that four minutes to attack the case at that point the next the a second speaker the other team stands up attacks their case I’m whether it’s for our time and then I answers the things on their case answers any attacks on their case hopefully I didn’t confuse you there it’ll make sense as they go again take those notes if there is no clash if there is no debate going on then they are doing a very good job the best speakers should get pretty good speaker points that they should when the round it should still come down to arguments themselves so please take notes I’m thinking next up they have across acts and it should kinda go back and forward and I like to tell me you can be passionate but not ready don’t like witness I don’t know about you everyone to have a judge to likes them to go at full force but encouraging them to be not rude it is is fantastic next up is a is really tough speeches there is a two-minute speech from the very first speaker that speaker is going to answer attacks on their case and they’re also reiterated tax they’re kinda summarizing the round and what the round comes down to you these are called summary speeches the four speeches before this are called constructive speeches because they are constructing their arguments now the summary speeches they can cancer attacks on their arguments and they can reiterate the arguments that were made that they shouldn’t be making new brand new arguments against the other cases that’s what they’re their partner was supposed to do then the other teens two-minute speaker gets up gives their summary speech summarizing the top issues if the round sort it never really narrowing it down for you so it should be easier to judge as to what this is kinda coming down to there will then be something called grand crossfire this is a three-minute free-for-all now it shouldn’t be that crazy but it does get that way because all four speakers can ask questions uh each other so hopefully again there be nice but they make it kinda crazy with they usually do you sit down during this time period the other is up to you I have them stand just got a professional courtesy but that’s up to you this one they have to sit in the final focus we then come onto final focus in these really are the most important speeches at the RAM there should be absolutely zero new arguments during this time period sometimes the debate you see that you’re in new judge and they’ll throw in a new argument thinking this is gonna be really cool the other people can’t really say anything to it but that’s not fair disregard that argument it doesn’t mean they’ll automatically but disregard any brand new arguments they should be summarizing the top issues and having maybe some bias issues and that’s what I tell them please have voting issues and wave them out so when you’re thinking about judging one thing that I picture is a scale the scales of justice or something like that that helps you out I and as the pilot their arguments I kind way out those impacts or a way out whatever’s happening in order to kinda determine who its so sometimes one really good argument is gonna outweigh 3 mediocre arguments if that makes any sense now for me in my notes things that I really like I kinda circle and that helps me later on in the road to think about what I really liked through the Rams since I have a short term I and then the second final focus speaker gets up for two minutes and does the same thing ways out the rounds and that is the end of the round you will have to determine who wins and who doesn’t when and on the ballot you’re gonna go ahead and put that code and their names and whether they were pro work on I love those things help us determine just to make sure that you gave the wind to the right people because it can get a little bit confusing in public forum debate make sure you sign and that you give speaker points to each individual speaker and at that points you’re going to bring in flight B judge that round completely do it all over again and then bring both ballots back to the ballot table as soon as possible the slower you go the slower the entire tournament goes and we’re all waiting for you so I hope that helps you out with public forum debate it’s a lot of fun you’re gonna be really impressed with what these kids to you that thanks.

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