· Pick up stopwatches and one-minute/time warning signs from the
competition coordinator prior to the first hearing of your shift.
· Report to assigned hearing room and ensure that the room
arrangements are satisfactory. The timer’s chair should be placed
so that the judges, teacher, and students can see your time signals.
· Begin timing after the head judge finishes reading the entire
hearing question and the students begin their formal presentation.
· After three minutes of the formal presentation, hold up the
one-minute warning sign. Make sure that the students and judges see
· After four minutes, flip the sign over and call "Time!" Judges
may allow students to finish their statement before they begin asking
follow-up questions. If students fail to use the allotted time of four
minutes for their formal presentation, the follow-up questioning period
should begin and it will not be necessary to call "Time."
· Allow stopwatch to run during entire hearing including the
asking of the follow-up questions. After nine minutes (five minutes into
follow-up period), hold up the one-minute warning sign.
· After ten minutes, flip sign over and call "Time!" Allow
additional time if judges request it to compensate for any time lost
during the allotted ten minutes.
· Repeat the process for each hearing.
· Immediately after the hearings end, return stopwatches and
signs to competition coordinator.
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