Boston Debate League

Volunteer Resources

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General Resources for Volunteers

2022-2023 Volunteer Judge Guide: written summary and companion guide to New Judge Training 

English Speech Order Guide | Spanish Speech Order Guide: a one-page overview of the order, purpose, and timing of speeches

Guide to Flowing: a guide to taking more effective notes while judging

New Judge Training: 30 minute video for first-time judges or for those who’d like a refresher 

Quick Review Judge Training: 15 minute video for BDL alumni, current debaters, and returning BDL judges 

Topic Resources

2022-2023 Topic Summary Sheet: a BDL overview of this year’s topic, emerging technologies

Additional Judge Resources videos on disadvantages, counterplans, topicality, and more

Go Fight Win: videos on everything from introductory to advanced topics

Dr. Debate: videos on beginner through advanced strategy and arguments

Resources for Virtual Tournaments

Events scheduled as in-person may be held virtually following guidance from the CDC and Boston Public Schools. Below are some resources to guide you in the case of this event.

Written Guide to Navigating Virtual Tournaments: instructions for accessing the tournament using Yaatly, completing your ballot using, and getting help

Screencast: Navigating Virtual Tournaments: video instructions for accessing the tournament using Yaatly and completing your ballot using