We love our alumni judges! You have an insight that the rest of us don't because you were there! Many of you have gone on to become collegiate competitors, so we do appreciate your expertise and experience.

We do ask that while you're recollecting the good ol' days of homeschool speech and debate that you keep in mind your roots and recall how much impact the alumni before you had on your experience at a tournament. Even if that knocking that was so distracting to you as a high schooler is now music to your ears, please refrain from going Parli on the competitors when you are judging an LD or TP debate round.

Also, we know that it is not uncommon for a collegiate judge to disclose their decision at the end of a round. Please don't do that at NITOC. Two reasons: First, doing so takes time and our schedule is snug. Second, these young men and women are still relatively new to this sport, even if they are seniors, and can become disheartened, distracted, or unfocused if they are dwelling too much on a loss (or win) behind them. We want them to press on! Please judge them with respect and send them along their way to the next event.

One more thing - remember that you should not judge in the room of a person who you competed against last year, or have coached within a year, or have a bias for or against, or that is your sibling.

Thank you for registering and tell your alumni chums to register as well!

As a reminder, the Stoa age requirement for NITOC judges is to be 18 years old by January 1, 2018. Judges are non-participants who have not competed this season, and have graduated from high school.

Want more information on judging at NITOC 2018? Register to judge here!

NITOC 2018 Alumni Hang Out!

Date: Friday, June 1
Time: 7:00
Place: Point Loma Nazarene University Campus at the Fermanian Conference Center

A nice time with nice people enjoying nice food in a nice venue with a nice view. Isn't that nice? We so appreciate our Stoa Alumni and want to express our gratefulness for your continued commitment to Stoa and all of our pre-Alums. This evening will be a chance to get together at the end of the day of competition to share more memories and more updates as you reconnect and connect with your Stoa Alumni friends from across the country.

Be sure to register as a judge, because that's how we'll know you'll be coming to the hang out!