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Note: As we prepare for Mission 2024 launch on September 7, 2023, many of our documents are being updated.  Those documents are listed in this article in red.  Check back soon for updated materials or reach out to us at for questions.


This article provides an overview of the Judge volunteer role including expectations, skills required, and recommended training. Judge volunteers evaluate student teams through interviews, review Competition Logbooks, observe on-the-field performance, and present awards as needed.

  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Physical Activity: Moderate physical activity level, with a mix of sitting and walking

Skills Needed

  • Prior experience is helpful, but beginners can be trained quickly and easily
  • Pay attention to detail and be impartial
  • Interact positively with students
  • Communicate effectively


Judges can play many roles depending on the assignment:

  • Review Competition Logbooks
  • Walk around to interview teams in the pit areas
  • Observe teams on the competition floor
  • Present awards as assigned by the Event Partner

Training & Preparation

  • Get familiar with the tournament format. It is helpful to attend a local event prior to volunteering, though not required.
  • Review the judging guidelines, beginning with the Guide to Judging: Introduction and Terms (coming soon)
  • Review the Competition Logbook Rubric and the Team Interview Rubric (coming soon)
  • Review the one-page game description and game introduction video.  Full game details are available in the Competition Manual (coming September 7, 2023) but Judges do not need to have a full understanding of the game and its rules. 


On Event Day

Dress Code

Wear comfortable team-neutral clothing appropriate for a school related event, closed toe shoes, and a Judge or volunteer shirt (if provided).


Judge training begins early! Check with your Judge Advisor, Event Partner, or Volunteer Coordinator for reporting time. Sign in at Volunteer Check-in, then report to the Judge Advisor.


On-site training will be provided by the Judge Advisor. Confirm your reporting time in advance and plan to arrive early.


Most or all supplies will be provided by the Event Partner or Judge Advisor, but you may wish to bring a clipboard, pen or pencil, and paper for note taking. Many events provide food and beverages for volunteers, but you may want to bring water, snacks, and a lunch.

Judging Process

There are diverse roles within the Judge volunteer position, both technical and non-technical. The Judge Advisor will assign you where you are best suited and will share the related processes with you.