Mike Bietz Paradigm

Last changed 2/3 8:40A PDT

Head Coach: Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles CA | mbietz@hw.com

Use speechdrop.net for sharing speech documents. No more email or flashdrive problems. The affirmative should have this ready to go before the round starts.

Jonah Feldman, coach at UC Berkeley, summed up a lot of what I have to say about how I evaluate arguments

Specifically:

I do not believe that a dropped argument is necessarily a true argument

I am primarily interested in voting on high quality arguments that are well explained, persuasively advanced, and supported with qualified evidence and insightful examples. I am not interested in voting on low quality arguments that are insufficiently explained, poorly evidenced, and don't make sense. Whether or not the argument was dropped is a secondary concern...

How should this effect the way I debate?

1) Choose more, especially in rebuttals. Instead of extending a lot of different answers to an advantage or offcase argument, pick your spots and lock in.

2) If the other team has dropped an argument, don't take it for granted that it's a done deal. Make sure it's a complete argument and that you've fully explained important components and implications of winning that argument.

His full paradigm: https://www.tabroom.com/index/paradigm.mhtml?judge_person_id=6366

More stuff:

I never thought I'd have to say this, but you have to read aloud what you want me to consider in the round. Paraphrasing doesn't count as "evidence."

The affirmative probably should be topical.

I think that I'm one of the few circuit LD judges who votes affirmative more than I vote negative. I prefer an affirmative that provides a problem and then a solution/alternative to the problem. Negatives must engage. Being independently right isn't enough.

I would probably consider myself a policy-maker with an extremely left bent. Answering oppression with extinction usually doesn't add up for me. I'll take immediate, known harms over long term, speculative, multi-link impacts 90 out of 100 times. This isn't paradigmatic so much as it is negatives failing to engage the affirmative.

Given my propensity to vote affirmative and give the affirmative a lot of leeway in defining the scope of the problem/solution, and requiring the negative to engage, I'd suggest you take out the 3 minutes of theory pre-empts and add more substance.

Topicality is probably not an RVI, ever. Same with Ks. Today I saw someone contend that if he puts defense on a Kritik to make debate a safe space, the judge should vote for him because he'll feel attacked.

Cut your presumption spikes. It's bad for debate to instruct judges not to look for winning arguments. It also encourages debaters to make rounds unclear or irreconcilable if they are behind on actual issues.

Where an argument can be made "substantively" or without theory, just make it without theory. For example, you opponent not having solvency isn't a theory violation. it just means they can't solve. Running theory flips the coin again. So it's both annoying and bad strategy. Other examples might include: Plan flaws, no solvency advocate, and so on. Theory IS the great equalizer in that it gives someone who is otherwise losing an argument a chance to win.

Cross-x cannot be transferred to prep time.

Some annoyances:

- Not letting your opponents answer a question. More specifically, male debaters who have been socialized to think its ok to interrupt females who have been socialized not to put up a fight. If you ask the question, give them a chance to answer.

- Ignoring or belittling the oppression or marginalization of people in favor of smug libertarian arguments will definitely not end up well for you.

- People who don't disclose or they password protect or require their opponents to delete speech documents. I'm not sure why what you read is private or a secret if you've read it out loud. The whole system of "connected" kids and coaches who know each other using backchannel methods to obtain intelligence is one of the most exclusionary aspects of debate. This *is* what happens when people don't disclose. I'll assume if you don't disclose you prefer the exclusionary system.

Some considerations for you:

- if you’re reading such old white male cards that you have to edit for gendered language, maybe consider finding someone who doesn’t use gendered language... and if you notice that ONLY white men are defending it, maybe consider changing your argument.

- if you find yourself having to pre-empt race or gender arguments in your case, maybe you shouldn't run the arguments.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
NDCA 4/13/2019 LD R6 Harrison AK New Trier PT Neg
NDCA 4/13/2019 LD R5 Mission San Jose MS New Trier CS Aff
NDCA 4/13/2019 LD R4 Newark Science TO Appleton East MM Neg
NDCA 4/13/2019 LD R1 Harrison SN Greenhill AZ Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VLD R6 Eastlake JY Marlborough LD Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VLD R5 West Career And Technical AW American Prep KW Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VLD R3 Brentwood DL Kent Denver RH Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VLD R2 Dougherty Valley KK East SH Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VLD R2 Kent Denver AA Palo Verde SS Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 LD Double Carroll SM Westwood SM Aff Aff on a 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 LD R4 Montgomery GC Westwood SM Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 LD R4 Keller AR Winston Churchill MD Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD R5 Edina KS Westwood DL Aff
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD Finals Brentwood WJa Servite PA Aff Aff on a 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD R5 Edgemont ML Carroll HS - Southlake AP Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD R3 IH Kempner JS Torrey Pines JC Aff
Loyola Invitational 9/8/2017 LD R4 Immaculate Heart MC Carmel Valley Independent RA Neg
Loyola Invitational 9/8/2017 LD R4 CL Education AY Crescenta Valley DY Aff
Loyola Invitational 9/8/2017 LD R3 Carmel Valley Independent RAg Sage Independent AA Aff
Loyola Invitational 9/8/2017 LD R3 Sage Hill Independent TG Crescenta Valley SK Neg
Loyola Invitational 9/8/2017 LD R2 Edina KS Quarry Lane VG Aff
Loyola Invitational 9/8/2017 LD R1 MV Independent VA Elite of Irvine CLe Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 LD R6 Immaculate Heart DD Westwood RM Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships 4/8/2017 LD Octas Harker EM Newark Science DA Neg Neg on a 2-1
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships 4/8/2017 LD R6 Logan WC Marlborough ZW Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships 4/8/2017 LD R4 Greenhill BZ Harker SL Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 NLD Quarte Brentwood DW West EW Aff Aff on a 3-0
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 NLD R4 Brentwood HG Rowland Hall-St. Mark's RG Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 NLD R3 Brentwood DW La Costa Canyon SN Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 NLD R2 Meadows AW Brentwood DW Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 NLD R2 La Costa Canyon SN Rowland Hall-St. Mark's VT Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 NLD R1 Meadows AS Oakwood Secondary School - North Hollywood CK Neg
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD Double Marlborough GK Mountain View GH Aff Aff on a 3-0
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD R6 Logan KT East AN Aff
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD R5 Copper Hills MT Juan Diego Catholic ZS Aff
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD R5 Bingham BL Centennial HH Neg
The Damien Debates 11/12/2016 OLD Quarte Meadows ER Harker AT Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Damien Debates 11/12/2016 OLD R4 Loyola LA Polytechnic DM Aff
The Damien Debates 11/12/2016 OLD R2 Loyola JC Gabrielino LT Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 LD Double Westwood AG Apple Valley JB Neg Neg on a 2-1
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 LD R6 Harker NT Northland Christian MP Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 LD R5 Westwood SN Albuquerque HB Aff
New Roads Middle School 10/8/2016 MSPDP Round Windward (Middle School) VPH New Roads Middle BW Neg
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD Semis Cedar Park MT Dulles MK Aff Aff on a 2-1
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD Quarte Dulles AW St. Andrew's Episcopal IB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD R6 Isidore Newman LA Christopher Columbus AT Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD R5 Cedar Park MT Dulles AW Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD R4 John Augillard III LC Isidore Newman SG Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD R3 Reed Unaffiliated LR Isidore Newman AS Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD R2 St. Andrew's Episcopal IB Newark Science OA Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD R1 St. Andrew's Episcopal JM Lake Travis KE Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD Semifi Newark Science BA Harrison RP Aff Neg on a 2-1
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD Double Newark Science BA St. Andrew's Episcopal IB Aff Aff on a 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R6 Southlake Carroll AP Westwood RM Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R6 Cypress Woods CJ Marlborough LG Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R2 Holy Cross RS Harrison LC Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R2 Dulles AW Northland Christian JW Aff
Loyola Invitational 9/10/2016 LD R4 MV Independent LH Oakwood School - North Hollywood LB Aff
Loyola Invitational 9/10/2016 LD R3 Marlborough GN West Ranch MK Aff
Reagan Foundation Great Communicator Western Qualifier 4/17/2016 Open q Alex Zhao Hayton Oei Aff Aff on a 2-1
NDCA National Championships 4/9/2016 LD Quarte Harrison SR Greenhill VA Aff Neg on a 2-1
NDCA National Championships 4/9/2016 LD Quarte Newark Science AK Harker SP Aff Aff on a 2-1
NDCA National Championships 4/9/2016 LD Octas Lexington KB Greenhill VA Neg Neg on a 3-0
NDCA National Championships 4/9/2016 LD R5 Harker EM Presentation MS Neg
King Round Robin 4/1/2016 LDRR R7 Cambridge Rindge and Latin OS Clements FT Neg Neg on a 2-0
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD Semis Peninsula KK Greenhill VA Neg Neg on a 3-0
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD Quarte Newark Science AK Harker SPy Aff Aff on a 2-1
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD Double Dougherty Valley CS Harker SPy Neg Neg on a 2-1
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD Double Greenhill BE Northland Christian ML Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD R6 Central Valley AM Harker KS Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD R6 Harker KQ Westview AL Aff
2016 California Round Robin 2/11/2016 LD RR R6 Greenhill VA Immaculate Heart LM Aff Aff on a 2-0
2016 California Round Robin 2/11/2016 LD RR R6 Mountain View DZ Phoenix Country Day PW Neg
2016 California Round Robin 2/11/2016 LD RR R2 Greenhill BE Loyola JO Aff
2016 California Round Robin 2/11/2016 LD RR R2 Mission San Jose SS La Canada AZ Aff Aff on a 2-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD RKR Montgomery High WP Greenhill VA Neg Neg on a 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD R4 Greenhill GB Holy Cross TL Aff
The Meadows Invitational 10/30/2015 LD Quarte Greenhill VA Clements Indepedent FT Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Meadows Invitational 10/30/2015 LD Octos Greenhill GB Harker KQ Aff Aff on a 2-1
The Meadows Invitational 10/30/2015 LD Double Cambridge Rindge and Latin OS Rowland Hall-St. Mark's KO Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Meadows Invitational 10/30/2015 LD R5 Marlborough MC Greenhill GB Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 LD Octas Plano East Senior AK Greenhill VA Neg Neg on a 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 LD Octas Harker KQ Greenhill BE Neg Neg on a 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 LD Double Greenhill BE Meadows KB Aff Aff on a 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 LD Double Greenhill GB New Trier LK Aff Aff on a 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 LD Round Harker KQ Northland Christian ML Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/19/2015 LD R5 Winston Churchill KH J. Graham Brown BD Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 LD R6 Harrison SR Newark Science AF Neg
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 LD Final Harker PR Greenhill VA Aff Aff on a 2-1
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 LD Semi Harker PR Greenhill BE Aff Aff on a 2-1
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 LD R5 Gig Harbor AB Mountain View KX Neg
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 LD R4 Greenhill VA Marlborough AG Aff
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 LD R4 Green Valley RS Presentation MS Neg
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 LD R3 Harker KQ Rancho Bernardo IT Aff
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 LD R2 Presentation RG Midway JH Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/14/2015 VLD Semis Greenhill BE Newark Science SS Aff Neg on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/14/2015 VLD R5 Presentation RG Palo Alto HY Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/14/2015 VLD R5 Houston Memorial PK Presentation MS Neg
California Round Robin 2/12/2015 LD RR R5 Newark Science SS Peninsula AT Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD M Duke Greenhill VA Peninsula AT Aff Aff on a 3-0
Harker Policy and LD Invitational 11/15/2014 VLD Round Presentation KS Palo Alto AL Neg
The Meadows School 10/31/2014 LD Double Chaminade CP ER Greenhill GB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 VLD R5 Marlborough GK Dougherty Valley CS Aff
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 VLD R5 Dougherty Valley SZ Harker KQ Neg
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 VLD R4 Harker MS Chaminade CP BS Aff
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 VLD R4 Mountain View DZ Arbor View H.S. AA Neg
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 RR-P R3 Del Mar Independent KK Meadows MS Neg Neg on a 2-0
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 VLD R3 Young Genius AS Marlborough BT Neg
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 VLD R3 Marlborough LG La Reina EP Aff
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 RR-V R2 Mission San Jose AB Lynbrook Debate DW Aff Aff on a 2-0
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 RRLD R5 Jessica Levy Chris Kymn Aff
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 RRLD R4 Ram Prasad Arjun Tambe Aff
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 RRLD R1 Claire Kueffner Danny DeBois Neg
Loyola Invitational 9/13/2013 LD R6 PV Peninsula RT Meadows KB Aff
Loyola Invitational 9/13/2013 LD R1 Marlborough AG Citrus Valley RS Aff
Loyola Invitational 9/13/2013 LD R1 4S Ranch AN PV Peninsula JZ Aff