Judge Registration for MSHSL State Tournament

Make sure to register as an official with the MSHSL for judging for the Section or State Tournament.  This process must be completed by October 15th so that the ballot can be sent out.  The following process can be used:

MSHSL State Debate Judging – The MSHSL has setup and opened the registration for section and state debate judges. In order to be on the ballot for state debate judging you will need to meet the following conditions.

  1. You must be at least in your 4th year out of high school. This means that you must have graduated high school in 2015 or earlier in order to be registered as a debate judge on the MSHSL website.
  2. You must go to  the MSHSL website and register as a Debate Judge. Follow this link and complete the process: https://www.mshsl.org/mshsl/sofficials/loginFA.asp
  3. This will require you to pay $15 to be registered for 2 years or $8 for one year. There is no test or clinic requirement for debate.
  4. You must than click-on your judge bio and complete that and than you will see on that page a link to be considered for state debate judging. Link is called “State Debate Judge Application” Please click on that link and complete that process.
  5. This must be completed no later than October 15th in order to appear on the state judge ballot for debate.
  6. Section and State Debate Judges are required to be registered. So if you want to judge at sections you must complete this process as well.

Once we have all of the judges registered the MSHSL will send out a link to an online ballot that the head coach of each program can login to and complete balloting for state judges. Instructions along with the deadline for judge balloting will be sent out after October 15th by the MSHSL to the head coach of record at each active debate program. If you don’t know who is listed as the official coach of record at your school with the MSHSL please talk with your Activities Director so that the correct person is listed and receives the email for state judge balloting.

MDTA Fall Meeting

Minnesota Debate Teachers Association
General Membership Meeting
Saturday September 15, 2018
CTAM – St. Cloud Holiday Inn


I. Regular Business
A. Financial Report
B. Section Report
C. Tournament Schedule
D. State Tournament Update
E. Grant Update
F. MDTA Awards

II. New Business
A. Tournament Registration on Tabroom – Accuracy and timeliness
B. Election for President Elect October
C. State Judge Registration and Balloting for State Judges
D. Review and Updates on Initiatives from Spring MDTA Meeting
E. Additional Business from the membership

Meeting Time: 9:00 AM
Location: St. Cloud Holiday Inn – 75 37th Avenue South. St. Cloud, MN 56301 In the Heritage Room

MDTA Spring Meeting

MDTA Spring Meeting

Wednesday May 2, 2018

Roseville High School

Media Center

6:00 – 9:00 PM



Annual Reports/Discussion Items

  1. Financial Report/Treasurer’s Report – Prax and Sylvester
  2. Membership Activity/Elections – McDonald
  3. Awards Report – Brynteson/McDonald
  4. Grant Activity – McDonald
  5. Tournament Calendar – McDonald/Brynteson
  6. Section/State Tournament Rules and Procedures – McDonald/Brynteson


Discussion/Action Items:

  1. Policy Proposals
  2. Background Checks for all coaches
  3. Background Checks for all judges (Policy Debate)
  4. Creation of Tournament Ombudsperson Committee
  5. Creation of anonymous sexual harassment and student safety reporting system
  6. Creation of Diversity Committee
  7. Tournament Procedures Proposals
  8. Proposal that all State Judges be required to be active judges on local circuit
  9. Release results of debate judge balloting including identification of school specific votes
  10. Creation of a Judge Voter Guide for State Judge Balloting
  11. Removal of any judges who haven’t judged debate in past 5 years from ballot
  12. Accountability benchmarks for balloting by schools (gender, race, etc)
  13. Novice Policy Debate Meeting and Survey Results
  14. Update Section/State Rules on electronic retrieval of evidence during rounds to reflect common practice of evidence sharing between teams
  15. Update Section/State Rules to allow the Tournament Jury to quickly change mistakes/typos in the rules manual in order to avoid problem
  16. Lower years out of high school to judge state debate from 4 to 2 years
  17. Recommendations
  18. Tabulation Staff – Actively seek apprentices to learn tabulation
  19. Create a How to Tab Manual
  20. Tournaments should allocate and enforce mandatory 30 minute meal time
  21. Provide contact information for coach who is with team at tournament to the tournament directors
  22. All metro policy tournaments should end by 9 PM
  23. Coach knowledge of school safety procedures
  24. Standardization of tournament experience
  25. Limit RFD’s to 10 minutes
  26. Adopt 10 minute flex prep time rule (Policy Debate)
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