Samal Senaratna Paradigm

Last changed 2/27 1:45P PDT

No one likes vague mysterious judge philosophies so I’ll make this as straightforward as possible. I’m a stock issues paradigm kinda guy: you tell me the impacts in the round, why they matter, and why they outweigh.

General: argumentation only works if there is clash so go line by line and refute points. Signpost. If you see I’m not flowing on the same paper as you, it’s probably cause I have no idea where you are and I just titled miscellaneous on a page and started writing. I believe that speed is a viable way of presenting as much evidence as possible within the time alloted. I can flow just about anything brought up in round. That being said, I value the use of speed combined with clarity. If you are just mumbling your way through your speech, I won't be able to flow you. While I won't drop you for the act of being unclear... I will not be able to get everything on the flow (which I am confident is probably just as bad). Obviously be respectful. The only time anyone should be crying in round is if they are hungry af which would be a reasonable reason. Debate is a safe space so let’s keep it that way.

On Aff: love good comprehensive policy affs, especially if it’s creative (but still topical b). Not big on planless affs, K affs, performance affs, etc. unless you make a big stink of framing the round to why the aff is important and by extent, why I sign my ballot to you. Aff theory still works if you think neg is abusive but if you really wanna make it important I expect a comprehensive 2AR. All in all theory I hold to a very high threshold so run it well or don't run it at all.

On Neg: I like DAs, Ts, CPs, but tell me why the DA shows a detriment to the aff, why I’m considering T as an a priori issue, why the CP has net benefits and solvency (solves better than the aff and like screw whatever perm they make). Again, not huge on Ks, but if running, make sure there are clear link stories and flush that out and tell me why the alt is better than anything else. Run theory if you think something the aff team did was abusive and try to organize your neg strat around it out of the block. High threshold here too.

Smile and have fun. We are all nerds talking really fast in an empty classroom on a Saturday and Sunday (maybe a Friday too).

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 JVCX Quarte Kamiak ZC Little Rock Central TK Aff Aff on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 JVCX Octa Rowland Hall PB Kamiak ZC Neg Neg on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX Triple Rowland Hall GY Chaminade HK Neg Neg on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX R6 Harker BV Isidore Newman HN Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX R5 Harker SB Isidore Newman VH Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX R3 OES TC Montgomery Bell RH Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX R2 Stockdale HS Chaminade PQ Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX R1 Chaminade HK Lowell BR Neg
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 CX RR R7 Kinkaid HP Rowland Hall GY Neg Neg on a 2-0
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 CX RR R6 McQueen RR College Prep BG Neg
Robert Barbera Forensics Invitational 11/2/2018 NIPDA Final Rio Hondo Community Segala Cal State LA Ramirez Neg Neg on a 3-0
Robert Barbera Forensics Invitational 11/2/2018 OIPDA Sems Pasadena City Suarez Cal State LA De Leon Neg Neg on a 3-0
Robert Barbera Forensics Invitational 11/2/2018 OIPDA R4 Rio Hondo Community Abechian Pasadena City Oleas Mekhitarian Neg
Robert Barbera Forensics Invitational 11/2/2018 OIPDA R3 Rio Hondo Community Leon East Los Angeles Salazar Aff
Robert Barbera Forensics Invitational 11/2/2018 NIPDA R2 Rio Hondo Community Segala CSU Northridge Matevosyan Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 N CX Semi College Prep SK Downtown Magnets MP Neg Neg on a 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O CX R6 Davis Senior MK Interlake DL Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 N CX R5 Gulliver Prep CG Northwood ZI Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD Final Servite PA Northwood VA Aff Neg on a 2-1
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD Semi Harvard-Westlake WB Northwood VA Neg Neg on a 3-0
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD Octo Immaculate Heart DD Northwood KK Aff Aff on a 3-0
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD Octo Harvard-Westlake WB Perry (Independent) CM Aff Aff on a 3-0
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD Doub Harvard-Westlake MP San Marino VL Aff Aff on a 2-1
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD R6 Troy LG Harvard-Westlake AG Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD R5 Perry (Independent) CM San Marino ED Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD R4 Nova 42 DK Immaculate Heart DD Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD R4 Harker AD Northwood AH Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD R2 Gabrielino HS (Independent) ET Harvard-Westlake MG Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD R1 Northwood VA Harvard-Westlake LP Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD R1 Harvard-Westlake JC Yorba Linda Independent IV Aff
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/8/2017 CX R6 Lowell CY Immaculate Heart KL Aff
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/8/2017 CX R4 Downtown Magnets CG Canyon Crest GY Neg
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/8/2017 CX R3 Downtown Magnets GJ San Dieguito FQ Neg
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/8/2017 CX R2 Carlsbad AM Chaminade CP BN Aff
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/8/2017 CX R1 Polytechnic CG Chaminade CP EP Aff
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/16/2015 NLD Quar Granada Hills WK Immaculate Heart MC Aff Neg on a 2-1