POI prizes transparency. We do not lock your prelim round results in some inaccessible back room. Instead we have your judges disclose at the conclusion of the round. We remove the mystery and let you know where you stand at all times.
At the end of a POI tournament we deprive you of the opportunity to read a written RFD stating: "Both teams very good, close round, NEG a little more convincing." In fact, at a POI tournament there are no written RFDs of any kind. Instead, at the conclusion of each round your judge or judges will provide you and your opponent with an oral critique explaining, specifically, how they weighed the round, why they gave the ballot to AFF or NEG, what you did well in the round, and, most importantly, what you need to work on to become a better debater. And unlike most every other tournament, at a POI sanctioned tournament you have the opportunity to ask your judge questions. These oral critiques are not specially set aside for elimination rounds, but are provided after every single round of debate.
At a POI tournament education is stressed as much as competition. We want parliamentary debate, the best format of debate in the world, to become even better. So think of your rounds not merely as a zero-sum win-loss game, but as an opportunity to be a student of this competitive art form we hold in such high esteem.