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 Dates*
      • January 19 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
      • January 24 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
      • February 6 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

*Online training is available 24/7, but any questions can be answered during the times above.
    • In-Person Training Dates - at AG Waters Middle School in Middletown
      • January 26 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
      • February 9 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am

2. Problem Specific Training (required of all judges) - These trainings are all in-person at AG Waters Middle School in Middletown.

    • January 26 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    • January 26 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    • February 9 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    • February 9 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 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 judges@deootm.org.

We have changed the format of our tournaments.

Unlike previous years where teams were required to compete at a regional corresponding to their geographic location, 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 9 at Lake Forest High School in Felton, Delaware.

Our Second Qualifying Tournament will be on March 16 at Smyrna High School in Smyrna, Delaware.

Our State Finals Tournament will be on March 30 at William Henry Middle School in Dover, Delaware.