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    Once you are ready for your first forensics tournament, you may be wondering about your behavior. Is it ok to leave the room after your performance? How should you sign in to the round? Is it ok to practice your event in the hallway before the round? This solution addresses each of these areas and a few more in order to help you look prepared and calm for your first tournament.

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    The fundamental rule of thumb you should follow in terms of ettiquette is: if it helps the judge, you are doing the right thing.

    For instance, when you sign into a round, is it better to write neatly or to use your (unreadable yet typical) signature? Since you should do what you can to help the judge make his or her decision, it is in your best interest to write your name neatly.

    How to behave when you enter the round:

    The first thing you need to do when in the round is to sign in. Let the judge know you are here. Do this by either 1. giving the judge your ballot with all of your information written onto it or 2. standing at the front of the room to write your name and school code on the board clearly or 3. standing at the front of the room to slowly and clearly announce your name (spell it if necessary) and your code. Tournaments vary between 1, 2 and 3, so ask other competitors or your coach before the round begins which format is being used.

    Whether in a final round or a preliminary round, it is in your best interest to follow the actions of the judge. If the judge is chatty and wants to talk in ...

    Solution Summary

    Tips for a forensics tournament are mentioned.