You will need to check in at the same time as your student. After confirming that both competitor and parent judge are present, the student will be able to compete.

You are the lifeblood of the tournament! Your presence on campus and willingness to take ballots is essential. Check with Ballot Push 45 minutes before rounds to take ballots.

To all Parents of Competitors:

We ask that you please review and abide by the following:

1. Every competitor must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone. Your student will not be able to check-in at the tournament without an accompanying parent or adult chaperone, who is at least 21 years old. If at any point the parent or adult chaperone is not on site, the student is ineligible to compete.

2. All parents are expected to judge. You will need to register as a judge before completing your student registration. For each debate event that your student(s) are registered in, you must judge at least 3 rounds. For each speech event that your student(s) are registered in, you must judge at least 2 rounds.

3. All parents who have not attended Judge Orientation this school year are required to attend Judge Orientation before judging at this tournament. Judge Orientation will be offered 45 minutes before each round.

4. All parents must report to Ballot Push 30 minutes prior to each debate round to assure that all judging slots are filled. In truth, parent judges are needed every round of the tournament. Your willingness to judge helps to ensure the tournament runs on schedule.

5. If you have a unique circumstance that does not allow you to fulfill the above requirements, then please email the tournament director at

Thank you for your commitment to these students. We hope that you have a great tournament!

Please note: Each registered family needs to have a parent judging for them every day of the tournament. If you can not attend the entire tournament with your student, please do not register. Thank you for your understanding and efforts to make River City Rumble successful!

Note to Parents:
Speech and Debate is one of the best kept secrets in the home school community, and a tournament is an excellent opportunity to introduce other families to this special community. Please invite at least one family to experience this amazing training ground for public speaking and critical thinking.