Judges & Volunteers

We will host multiple judges training sessions.

In an effort to make it easier for our judges to receive their prospective training, we are offering several new options this year. Each judge must complete both the Standard Generalized Informational Training and the Problem Specific Training.

1. Standard Generalized Informational Training (required of all judges)

    • Online Training
      • Available after January 21
    • In-Person Training Dates - at WB Simpson Elementary School in Wyoming.
      • January 25 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      • February 1 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

2. Problem Specific Training (required of all judges) - These trainings are all in-person at WB Simpson Elementary School in Wyoming.

    • January 25
      • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
      • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • February 9
      • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
      • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This year, we are continuing an interactive classroom approach to the judge training and ask experienced judges to engage in welcoming and helping the Problem Captains train the first-time judges. Our goal is to develop effective judging teams and create an experience such that most first-time judges will want to return and judge again for us again. As the number of students participating in the program continues to grow, so should our corps of experienced judges. To achieve this goal, we will need a concerted effort from everyone.

The training agenda for each session will provide for a somewhat shorter day, but with include more time in the classroom to focus on criteria to be judged and judging roles.

During online registration, each judge should indicate which training session they will attend from the options available and at which competition(s) they wish to judge. We cannot guarantee that a judge who is also a parent will be available to watch his/her child's problem performance if that parent opts to judge at the same competition. Judges must officiate at a qualifying competition to be eligible to judge at State Finals.

Quick link to the Professional Development Management System (PDMS) on the Delaware Department of Education website to register for the clock hours: Clock Hours/PDMS Registration

Any judge who has a question about judges registration should send an email to webmaster@deootm.org.

We have a similar format of our tournaments to last year.

As with last year's season, teams may now select at which qualifying tournament they would like to compete. There are advantages and drawbacks to each option, so teams are encouraged to choose the option which best fits their needs.

Our First Qualifying Tournament will be on March 7 at Lake Forest High School in Felton, Delaware.

Our Second Qualifying Tournament will be on March 14 at Milford High School & Milford Central Academy in Milford, Delaware.

Our State Finals Tournament will be on March 28 at William Henry Middle School in Dover, Delaware.