are responsible for keeping accurate timing of the congressional hearings.
Hearings on Saturday and Sunday are ten minutes long in duration (four minutes for the
opening statement and six minutes for follow-up questions).

On Monday the hearings are extended to fifteen minutes in duration (four minutes for the
opening statement and eleven minutes for follow-up questions).

      Timers' Orientation Video

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are responsible for escorting in a timely fashion a panel of judges to the
hearing rooms. Once in a hearing room facilitators officially welcome everyone. Facilitators
are also responsible for distributing score sheets to the judges and collecting them after the

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Floor Supervisors are responsible for greeting classes upon arrival at the competition.
They are also responsible for directing classes, parents, visitors, and other guests to the student
briefing room and the hearing rooms. During the hearings the floor supervisors ensure the hearings
are undisturbed. After the completion of class hearings, the floor supervisors help direct classes to
their buses. They also inspect the hearing rooms to make sure they are ready for the next division
of classes. Floor supervisors are always ready to handle any problems that may arise.

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Scoring Team  
The six member scoring team is responsible for tabulating the judges' score
sheets for each of the fifty-two classes. Six different panels of three judges score each of the six units
for a total of eighteen judges' score sheets. Each class testifies on one question on Saturday and
testifies again on a different question on Sunday (3 judge panels x 6 units x 2 days = 36 score sheets).

Each score sheet includes six criteria, and each criterion is worth ten points. The highest possible
score for each score sheet is 60 points. Each unit is judged by three judges; therefore, the highest
possible unit score is 180 points. Because there are six units, the highest possible class score is
1,080 points. Because classes testify on two days, the highest possible total class score is 2,160

Classes qualify for the top ten by earning combined scores from the first two days of competition.
The national winner is determined by doubling the third-day scores and adding them to the total
scores for the first two days. The highest score possible for the national finals is 4,320 points.


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