Register to Judge the Coolidge Cup


Thank you for your interest in participating as a citizen debate judge in the Coolidge Cup. Without you, we could not run this tournament. To register, please fill out the form below.

Although we would love to have you come and judge a whole day, we know that not everyone can commit to that kind of time, so we give judges the option to sign up for particular rounds. Each round consists of two debates. This approach makes it easier for more judges to partake in the tournament, and it makes everyone’s experience better. Please sign up for as many rounds as you would like to judge.

No experience in debating or judging is necessary in order to serve as a judge. We will provide you with materials to read over in advance, and in-person training on the day of the debate. Food and refreshments will be available throughout the day for judges.

If you have any questions, contact Debate Director Jared Rhoads (


Register to Judge the 2020 Coolidge Cup

  • Select as many as you wish. Note that when planning your day, we recommend that judges arrive to the Notch about 45 minutes prior to their first scheduled debate. Each round consists of two flights (i.e., two debates lasting between 28-38 minutes each, depending how much of the optional prep time the debaters use).
  • We'd like you and the debaters to get to know each other a little better. Please provide a brief 2-3 sentence bio that we can share with them. Perhaps say who you are, where you are from, and what you do. (We may edit for length.)
  • Are there any debaters at this tournament who you know you should NOT be assigned to judge for any reason? If so, list their name(s) here. The most common examples would be if you have any children competing or students whom you coach.
  • We want to make the judging experience as enjoyable, comfortable, and rewarding as possible. If you have any comments to share or special requests to make, please do so below.