NCFL 2019 Salt Lake Diocese
2019 — Draper Utah, UT/US
Ethan Adams Paradigm
Moses Baca Paradigm
Though I have extensive experience directing high school debate teams, I keep considerable distance from coaching and judging. Nevertheless, circumstances are such that I occasionally find myself in that world. That said, keep in mind that my familiarity with the topic is going to be less yours.
Explain your positions clearly. Consolidate your arguments in final rebuttals. I'm not afraid to ignore something because I don't get it.
Speed is OK but with critical arguments you'll need to help me out. My comprehension of such things isn't great.
Be kind to one another and have fun.
Shannon Blackham Paradigm
I am primarily a policymaker judge, with a stock issues influence. If you have no idea what this means, you need to ask your coach. Whether you know what it means or not, everyone needs to learn how to adapt to judges.
While I am an experienced policy debater, after my debate career, I experienced a traumatic brain injury. This makes some things harder, but in all reality, I think you should debate this way anyway. EXPLAIN your knowledge of every piece of evidence or analytic that you bring to the table. ARTICULATE/EMPHASIZE the taglines and analytics, because if I can't flow it, you don't get credit for it. What's more, part of my brain trauma was to the right hemisphere which impacts my understanding of most Kritiks, so it's safer not to run Ks in front of me, sorry! I thoroughly understand util.
I'm mean with speaker points. I feel that 30 speaks should be triumphant, not expected. HUGE bonus points if you can make me laugh, if you make fun of someone, if you reference Psych, quote Brian Regan, and if you keep speech times short. You absolutely should not feel like you need to ever fill up all of the speech time, say what you need to say; if it takes all 8/5 minutes, great, if not, perfect, sit down. Ask questions. If you don't know if something is allowed, try it anyway.
P.S. Speechdrop.net is my favorite way of sharing evidence.
Kaitlin Bradley Paradigm
Debated 4 years at Highland High School (UT) in policy. Have been judging and working with teams for the last five years.
I haven't been working with any teams prepping for this season (2018-2019), so keep in mind that I am not familiar with many of the arguments that might be run on this topic. Also this means my ears aren't primed to keep up with very fast spreading, don't speak and super sonic speed with me and be sure to annunciate your words, especially for the first few speeches. If you start your speeches slower and increase speed throughout the speech, it will help me keep up.
I tended to go for kritikal arguments when I debated, but that does not mean I'm opposed to policy args. I'm not against voting for any arguments in particular as long as they are run well. Don't run something you aren't comfortable with or can't explain because you think I would be more likely to vote on it.
Part of what makes debate a particularly useful activity is that it teaches you to alter how you present your arguments based on who you are speaking to. I am not a blank slate, and no other judge really is either. Please read as much of my paradigm as you can, ask me questions before round, etc- try to get to know your judge and learn to tailor your arguments accordingly.
I have a very high threshold on T and Theory (I explain this further below).
I prefer if you dont read args just for the sake of reading them. This is especially true for T and theory arguments. If you can't reasonably win on the argument then don't read it, all of our time is better spent on arguments that are interesting and acutally create clash.
The most important thing for any round is that you explain your arguments well. I tend to be truth over tech, meaning a well explained argument goes a lot further than anything else. This also means even if the aff drops T, for example, I'm not going to vote on T if the neg doesn't explain why the argument is important.
Some more specific stuff:
K AFFS: I'm fine with kritikal affirmatives as long as there is still some engagement with the topic. This doesn't necesarily mean the aff has to implement a policy action. However, I need to see a clear reason why the aff was run on this topic. If the aff could theoretically be run on any topic, it's a bad aff. Also make sure to explain your aff well. Don't expect me to already know what your authors are saying.
NEGATIVES GOING AGAINST K AFFS: My chances of voting on T or Theory go way up on K affs. Pay attention to the plan text, what the aff is actually doing, and if they significantly engage with the topic. If their plan could theoretically solve any harm, or their aff could be run on any topic as is, then point it out!
KRITIKS: Like I've said, I'm fine with K's. I require specific links, meaning I need to know how the aff specifically contributes to the harms of the K. As always, explain your arguments. Again, don't just assume I am familiar with any of your authors. I prefer teams leveraging K's as one argument in their neg strat rather than going one off K. This is mostly because I find teams have a hard time defending this strategy well. If you prefer/feel comfortable doing this, then do, just be aware that you should be articulating why this one issue is so important that it is the only argument you present in the debate.
DA's/CP's: I think the DA/CP strat is currently underutilized in the circuit. I prefer unique DA scenarios compared to generic DA's. Like with any argument, articulating your DA in the context of each debate round goes a long way with me. Be sure to tell me why you are running this specific DA against this specific aff.
A note on speaker points: I don't really have a specific method in determining speaker points, but I've found that I tend to consider 27 average. My method of giving points is slightly exponential- meaning it is harder to get me to move from a 28 to a 29 than it is from a 27 to a 28. So, my speaker points might skew slightly low compared to others.
Additionally, one of my pet peeves is when teams obviously almost exclusively read pre-written blocks the entire debate. This creates 0 clash, you end up not contextualizing your arguments well, you generally just look like you don't fundamentally understand what's going on, and it is overall antithetical to the entire purpose of debate. Use your blocks as a tool, not as your entire speech. If you're reading blocks the whole time, it will reflect in your speaker points.
This isnt complete. I'll update accordingly in the next few weeks.
(pls include me in any email chains)
Sancha Datta Paradigm
Dan Dunn Paradigm
Brenda Fenton Paradigm
Tim Henry Paradigm
I'm a first year head coach at Skyline High School. I have three experience as an assistant coach. I've mostly worked with speech events, but also congress and Public Forum with limited experience in Policy and LD.
Overall: I don't believe I'm experienced enough to understand theory or be able to strongly evaluate Kritiks.
Speed: I'm OK with speed as long as you email me your speeches (firstname.lastname@example.org) , but please slow down for your taglines.
RFD: I typically base my decision on the the stock issues of the plan on the Affs ability to defend it and prove that it is better than the status quo. The NEG wins if they can prove the plan is worst then the status quo or the status quo is better than the plan.
Olivia Kavapalu Paradigm
Debated for: Bingham, UT in CX and LD
Please add me in the email chain: email@example.com
Y'all haters corny with that illuminati mess
Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh
I'm so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress (stylin')
I'm so possessive so I rock his Roc necklaces
My daddy Alabama, momma Louisiana
You mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma
I got a hot sauce in my bag, swag
I see it, I want it
I stunt, yellow bone it
I dream it, I work hard
I grind 'til I own it
I twirl on them haters
You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation
Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper.
- Queen Bey
Tabula Rasa. I will adapt to you rather than you to me. It's not my place as a judge to exclude or marginalize any sort of argument or framework. I will vote on K, T, CP, case, FW, performance, theory, DA's.... whatever. I personally enjoy hearing a good K debate, not that I'm more inclined to vote on this genre of argumentation especially if the articulation/construction is handled poorly. Down for the K, performance, or topical aff. Anything goes with me.
I'm big on organization. Hit the line by line hard. Don't just give me 3 min overviews or read a bunch of cards off the line, then expect me to conveniently find the best place on the flow for you. Do the work for me. I flow on paper OG style, so don't drop arguments. I can handle any level of speed, but be clear.
I will work hard to make the debate accessible and a safe place for you and your arguments. If you have access needs during a debate, wish to inform me of your preferred gender pronoun, or if there is anything you wish to communicate privately, please let me know or send me an email.
My judging philosophy is very short for a reason. Its your debate, not mine. Just stay organized and tell me where and why to vote. Write my ballot in your 2NR/2AR.
In addition to what you should have read above, I'm big on the FW debate. You could have the most glorious plan/K but if I think the FW articulation is lacking, don't expect to win. Stretching the resolution is fine but know that I expect a strong T debate.
Side notes that may be worth your time:
Speaker Points Scale - I'll do my best to adhere to the following, unless otherwise instructed by a tournament's invite:
30-You sound as good as or better than Morgan Freeman, you have the eloquence of Shakespeare. You could convince the Pope that God doesn't exist.
29.5-This is the best speech I will hear at this tournament, and probably at the following one as well.
29-I expect you to get a speaker award.
28.5-You're clearly in the top third of the speakers at the tournament.
28-You're around the upper middle (ish area)
27.5-You need some work, but generally you're doing pretty well
27-You need some work
26.5-You don't know what you're doing at all
26 and lower-you've done something ethically wrong or obscenely offensive that is explained on the ballot.
Honestly, I copied most of this stuff from other coaches wiki's (names given here) - Mark A. Hernandez Sr., Hannah Shoell, John Shackelford?
Hmu if you have any questions or want to hear my thoughts on Beyonce and Jay-Z latest collaborative album or analyze the conditions that lead to the low concentration of Pacific Islanders in debate. I'd love to chat.
Sydnee Sartor Paradigm
Gabe Smith Paradigm
Obviously the first priority is clash. I want responsive arguments. I'm fine with speed and will say clear if you are not understandable. Flashing isn't prep within reason and tag team cx is great. I am not a fan of judge intervention on the rfd, if there is a flaw in their argument or something they missed I won't vote on it unless it's pointed out. Any specific questions you have I'll answer before the round.
Kritiks and Theory
I was all about the kritik/critical side of debate when I was competing, I think it makes for a more interesting round IF it is run well. That being said, I still have a pretty normal threshold on kritiks, I'm not going to lean towards your side just because you have one. I'm pretty familiar with a wide area of literature as far as ks go, so if you have a K you can't run against most judges, go for it. I'm good with theory, but it needs to have a reason for being brought up and it needs to be articulated well. I don't like it when theory is run as an obvious time skew, it makes the argument more illegitimate than it already is (because so many people don't run it well). Please please please do the fw debate well, on the aff and the neg.
Counterplans and Disads
As far as DAs go, make sure there is a good link and internal link explanation. I prefer slightly smaller impacts than nuc war because let's be honest not super probable most of the time unless you have a really really good miscalc scenario or something like that. Make sure you're weighing the net benefit against the case early and often. Seems simple but so many teams don't do it.
Make sure to keep extending/cross-applying/overviewing case throughout the round. This is another one that seems really easy. It's hard for me to vote aff if case isn't ever discussed. Other than that, your aff is your choice. I'm definitely partial to k affs if they have good solvency. But again, I won't vote on it just because you run it.
I love traditional debate IF IT’S UNIQUE and/or specific. If it’s not the clash should be really really really good.
Claire Smith Paradigm
For local tournaments
I think that if you are going to do progressive debate at a tournament where your opponent is more traditional it would be great for you to have some way they could read your case if you are spreading. I don't think it is constructive or education to not assist someone who is unfamiliar with terminology or specific types of cases.
Additionally, while it is probably my preference to judge more progressive arguments I would prefer to watch a good traditional debate than a mediocre progressive debate.
This is the event I’m most familiar with. I competed in highschool and am good with most types of arguments. Honestly just do what you feel most comfortable with.
I am comfortable judging k-affs, performance Ks and regular Ks.
I love a good K and am familiar with a lot of the literature. If it is something obscure I need you to explain the K (for my sake and the sake of your opponents.
go for it
I need weighing against counter-interp. no RVIs plz
For both theory and topicality I need them to be justified. I don't think an excessive theory shell makes sense at all strategically nor do I believe that it is a good use of time.
Good with whatever, if you have any specific questions lmk. Please include me in the email chain.
I’m a flow judge, am good with speed and I’m really okay with whatever you want to run. Please, please, please use sign-posting and clear extensions. line-by-line is helpful for everybody in the room.
If you are going to claim an opponent is violating the rules, I need this to actually be the case. Particularly due to time constraints I really don’t want to watch a debate about the rules of debate if the argument of abuse is not grounded - it’s honestly a waste of your time, your opponent’s time and my time.
Random bits and pieces
1. I’m not going to be flowing cross-x, I view it as mainly for the benefit of debaters.
2. I don’t have any preference around sitting or standing, just do whatever is comfortable.
3. I have a weak immune system, please do not shake my hand.
Narendra Sucahyo Paradigm
Doug Welton Paradigm
I have judged Policy yearly for the past 12 years. I prefer LD and PF, but I am familiar with the ins and outs, but I don't know them intuitively as I have never competed in Policy. I am willing to try and follow whatever you present. However, I expect you to communicate with me. I am the judge, not your opponent. What that means is this, you need to tell me what you are doing and why. Slow down and communicate with me. When I say slow down, what I mean is this:
1. I don't follow speed. I try, but I won't get most of what you say if you are going a million miles an hour. However, I understand the strategy and need. If you spread, you need to slow down and tell why I should care about what you just said. Give me a quick, slowed down summary of what you said, and why I should care.
2. Make taglines very clear! Don't assume I heard your 'next DA' when you're going a million miles an hour. If you want it on my flow, make it clear what it is and where to put it. Spread the rest, but slow down for taglines and summarize what you just said! This is especially important for the 1AC and 1NC.
3. Email chains are helpful, but not. It is nice to have an email chain, but if I have to read the email to understand what you are saying, why give speeches? Also, trying to follow evidence because I can't understand you makes it difficult for me as a judge. I will refer to reference, but will not pour over it after a round to determine a winner. Doing that means I don't need to hear from you. I could sit at home and read your evidence to determine a winner. Don't rely on chains.
I prefer traditional LD Debate with a Value/Criterion. I have voted for flex-negs, and other more progressive type arguments, but I prefer debates that use Value/Criterion. Don't spread! If you spread in LD, I won't flow. You can go at a crisp pace. In fact, I prefer a crisp paces, but...spread and you will most likely lose.