This paper proposes one approach to those problems and suggests how it could improve judging, as well as giving coaches and competitors a useful tool for improving their presentations. What I propose is that tournament directors prepare simple, non-binding judging guidelines for each event at their tournaments. Judging guidelines could do more that give novice judges a set of standards to apply to each event; they could also prepare a way for the forensic community to begin to agree, in a basic way, on what we expect from competitors. In light of the generally ad hoc approach we now take to determine what is and isn't meritorious and praiseworthy, I believe this would be an important step in the right direction.
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"What the Rules Mean: Using Defined Judging Guidelines to Augment Informal Training,"
Proceedings of the National Developmental Conference on Individual Events: Vol. 2:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ndcieproceedings/vol2/iss1/6