The Hoover Buc Classic

2019 — Hoover, AL/US

Narcy Amireddy Paradigm

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Hey, I am a junior, and this is my third year of LD.

I like to see traditional cases at novice tournaments, but I am okay with non-traditional if done correctly.

Give roadmaps before each speech. (except 1AC)

I like to see framework debate and connection of contentions/arguments back to value and criterion.

I am not a fan of spreading (speaking extremely fast), but I will not count off if I can still understand you.

I will be keeping time, but I suggest you do, too.

Signposting is very important.

Voters help me weigh the round.

Most importantly, keep the debate clean. At the end of the day, debate is meant to encourage critical thinking and improve real life skills. Let's do our best and have fun whilst in the round.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask me. I am more than happy to answer them. Looking forward to see you guys do amazing.

Neema Ashou Paradigm

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P.F. Paradigm

While I believe every good argument is backed by solid evidence, as a judge I'd prefer a well-thought-out, logical argument backed by strong examples and evidence over a case that is just straight cards. Below you'll find four important points about my judging (point d will not effect how I vote in the round).

a)I am more likely to vote for a team that spent time genuinely educating themselves on the topic in preparation for the tournament.

b)The team that communicates their knowledge of the topic the best will probably win over a team that is pretending to be experts on the topic.

c)A crafty argument is not the main thing I'm looking for, but it is icing on the cake.

d) Asking for evidence and completely stalling the round, while the other team is fumbling around for their evidence, is my pet peeve.

Hope Bae Paradigm

I debated pf like 4 years ago and judged last year but things seemed to have changed? So I don't really know what is going on now but based on when I did compete/judged:

1. I'll keep time if needed, but for the most part, time yourself

2. Don't be rude

3. I will call for evidence if it seems sketchy

4. Give impacts

5. No spreading, you can talk kinda fast but if I can't understand you I can't write it down

6. Framework!

7. I'll think of more when it comes to me

Dan Bagwell Paradigm

Dan Bagwell

Debated for Samford for 4 years, was a two-year GTA at Wake.



  • I see and enjoy these debates the most. I was the sort of 1NR that took Politics for 6 minutes.
  • You need to say which aspect of the DA (UQ, link) is most determinant.
  • If the DA doesn't turn the case, you're gonna have a bad time. Teams shirk impact interactions like it’s their job.


  • I like them, especially Advantage CPs and non-word PICs.
  • I generally think limited condo (2 positions) is good, but I've become a bit wary on multiple contradictory positions recently. 
  • I find 'Perm- do the CP' persuasive against Consult or Certainty CPs. 
  • I'm not a huge fan of 50 state fiat, certainty-based CPs, or those that result in the entire aff. They're winnable, but they leave me feeling icky. 
  • Theory means reject the arg most of the time, except with regard to condo.
  • Neg- tell me how I should evaluate the CP and disad. Think judge kick is true? Say it. It’s probably much better for you if I’m not left to decide this for myself.


  • Nuanced link stories are important- specific links to the aff will go much farther than your general "state bad" links. 
  • Having a clear alternative that solves is important; be sure to explain exactly what it entails. Alternatives like “reject the aff” are usually a hard sell. I usually evaluate K debates in terms of who has a stronger chance at solving their respective impacts.
  • Framework is usually just a reason to let the aff weigh their impacts.


  • Caselists, plz.
  • No preference toward reasonability or competing interps- just go in-depth instead of repeating phrases like "race to the bottom." 

 Critical affs/performance:

  • K affs that are directly linked to the resolutional controversy will fare the best in front of me; that doesn't mean that you always need a plan text, but it does mean that I most enjoy affirmatives that defend something in the direction of the topic. 

 General speaking tips:

  • Be clear; I cannot stress this enough. As much as I wish I were good enough at flowing to catch every argument, the truth is that I am not, and I don't. Pay attention to non-verbals. Fewer and fewer debaters are slowing down for tags (or even theory arguments), which means my comprehension of your arguments will suffer.
  • Humor is a great way to boost speaks. 
  • Please be efficient when jumping your speeches; I’m not too strict on it, but be reasonable and don’t waste everyone’s time.

Jamie Davenport Paradigm

Put me in email chains or feel free to email me some questions:

I'm a senior at Samford and coach our novices and sometimes coach at high schools, it varies. Debated CX while at Samford and LD in High School.

College Debaters:

Do what you want. Fairness is probably k2 education in T debates. Can be persuaded that education reigns supreme with the right impacts. You can skim the high school section (maybe the misc section, I just re-read this and that part seems helpful) to get an idea of how I otherwise perceive debate but I'm generally a go with the flow type of debater/person. I'll imagine fiat is real for policy debates but can be persuaded otherwise. If you're doing a style that is not plan-text big-impact AH, define by what standards I should evaluate the round and we'll be good.

I don't like theory debates. I need a lot more explanation of them to understand them so please be clear if this is your strat and make it easy to understand. Further, please don't pref me if you're high theory as I do not understand it easily. If you're confident in your ability to explain it in an extremely clear way, go ahead, but I'm warning you it's an uphill battle with me.

High School Debaters:

I'm mainly writing this for novice debaters to read so if you're varsity don't get mad about how some of these should be givens or if I don't get in depth - just ask me before the round - I try to cover most things, though.

This paradigm is mainly geared towards Lincoln-Douglas, I'll update it for policy as the need arises.

I'm currently coaching our novices on the Samford University CX squad. I also find myself in the HS realm from time to time. I teach at the Samford Debate Institute - typically found in the LD lab. In high school, I was the Lincoln-Douglas debate captain at Grovetown for two years and I debated for three. There, I competed on the national and state circuit alongside going to LD and Policy camps, so I was exposed to a pretty comprehensive bit of traditional and progressive debate.

Now, I do the things with Policy and I like it - I'm comfortable with both formats.

Tip: If you think you're losing the round but still want to have high speaks (or just for fun), I will boost speaks for bad (as in not good - unethical jokes will mean a drop in speaks at least) jokes and conspiracy theories. This doesn't mean you will win the round - just improve speaks.

I am also not opposed to things like snacks. No promises that it will help you at all in the debate, but I will take them. Note: I am a vegetarian and transitioning to a vegan diet. Don't bring me hot dogs.

I also do not care how you present yourself in terms of like attire or sitting or whatever.

The challenge: Whoever first correctly uses the phrase "it be like that sometimes" in their speech gets a .1 boost in speaks

Follow @SUDebate on Insta if you're cool


I'm cool with all experience levels and I'm mainly out to help everyone improve the debate community.

Some pointers to get me on your side:

  • Don't be rude - which includes: racism, sexism, elitism, etc. Also don't just yell - make your words smarter not louder. I could very easily be convinced to vote someone down for excluding behavior in the debate sphere because I am personally invested in these types of arguments and think they have huge implication in debate. If the transgression is severe enough, I may make that decision without your opponent having to make the arg and I may report you to the tournament director.
  • Road maps and signposting are A+! If you don't know what that is, ask me before the round.
  • Don't be overly aggressive in Cross-ex - especially if you're just trying to scare your opponent.
  • If I make a weird face I'm either confused by what you mean or I think it's a bad idea - make the call to elaborate or abandon the argument.
  • If I start nodding I'm probably grooving on what you have to say - pursue that argument.
  • Don't assume I'm stupid - If you want to make an argument, make it. If you explain it well enough then you can overcome any stupidity I may or may not have. (And chances are I've already noticed it).
  • Please time your speeches.


I dabbled in policy-type LD while I was in high school - I was closer to progressive debate than not. As mentioned, I am also now debating Policy so I'm pretty open to most "progressive" arguments: Kritiks are bae, counterplans are cool, disads are fine, plantext affs are weird/maybe don't belong in LD, I think Topicality doesn't necessarily have to be run as a shell, don't try to tell me the neg can perm because they can't, ask about anything else.

I've seen some... interesting.. arguments that hinged on like multiple-world theory, trivialism, etc. I think that these are intriguing and I think I have an alright grasp on how they hash out SO if you want to run it (and actually can run it), I'm cool with these types of arguments. You're going to have to win abuse args but you can always try. Typically you can run whatever you want in front of me - I like to learn new things.

Also, because of my personal style, I can handle speed - I discourage all out spreading because LD is very analytical and I would like to hear what explanations you have. If you choose to spread please email at least me, but preferably your opponent as well, the doc as that is a regular practice for Policy debate, which you're clearly trying to embrace.

I will probably automatically vote you down for card clipping. I've done it before and am fine to do it again. Don't do it. I'll also report you to the tournament director, who will likely tell your coach. Thanks!

I don't flow cross-ex. If it's important, bring it up in a speech


My LD prefs should generally apply here. I'm cool with Kritiks (on either side), but if it's a more niche arg I'm probably not up-to-date on the literature. Don't try to run these if you don't know what you're talking about - it'll hurt your Ethos. (This mainly applies to K-Affs or 1-off Negs lol). I think condo bad is uber valid when you get to the 4+ area (I could be convinced of 3, depending on the round).

For the HS topic: I am not super up to date on this topic and don't plan to be. You don't have a topic-specific knowledge base to take for granted here. Because I will not read all the topic lit before your debates, if you're a policy team - make good choices and elaborations. Also down to watch K vs K debates or K v FW debates.

I'm updating this as debaters do things that frustrate/confuse me. Please do none of these things.

- I don't particularly love T/theory debates, so if this is your strat make sure you're explaining things really well. Like way more than you think you should.

-- On theory, I default to a fairness k2 education paradigm unless you tell me to do something else and give reasons why. Also try winning the fairness interp.

- I seriously don't get RVIs and don't like them. I think they're especially silly in a constructive. A debater asked me about an RVI in semi's at a tournament, I said I just literally didn't get it and the other judges concurred. Be the change. Don't do an RVI.

- Please don't read an identity k in front of me (while not being a member of that identity) and ALSO read a DA/link that your opponent is speaking for others by advocating X plan. This happens WAY too often and it's pretty ridiculous. Find a K and/or authors that don't make this yikes if you really want to go for it. Similarly, if your opponent does these shenanigans, I'm really open to the arg that they link and I should probably vote them down

I'll update this more as time progresses.

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Joseph Hutchings Paradigm

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Navya Jammula Paradigm

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I'm currently a high school senior and have debated all throughout high school. For the past four years, I have been a PF debater so I'm pretty familiar with all of the PF terms.

- Avoid spreading so I can catch all your arguments.

- I prefer you to keep your own time during speeches, but I will be timing too

- I'm going to be flowing your arguments and checking if they transition across the flow so make sure you address arguments that are dropped and arguments that should be flowed.

- Signposts before you start speaking, it makes my job MUCH easier.

- Standing or sitting during CX is up too you, but overpowering you opponents is not going to translate well.

- Speaker points are based on your speaking ability and your ability to present your arguments.

- If your evidence seems sketchy I WILL call for it.

Abhishek Kamath Paradigm

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Oliver Parker Paradigm

Experience: 2004 - Present - Speech and Debate director for Spain Park High School, Birmingham, AL

Events I Enjoy Coaching and Judging: Public Forum / Limited Lincoln Douglas / Most IE events

Major Concerns: If I call for a card and determine it is miscut, I will immediately drop your team. I will also report the violation to the tournament director and your coach or sponsor. All evidence should have a clearly defined DATE, author, and credentials. Sourcing on your card should be clear and wording of the text should not be altered. I should be quickly able to determine the veracity of the information presented in the round.

How I weigh PF: Standards should be clearly established. I find a framework at the top of the case useful. Please make an effort to argue your framework/standard. I will weigh all arguments based on the winning standard. Clearly compare both sides of the argument and explain why your side outweighs based on clear links to the framework. Deliver clear voters in the Final Focus. Usually, I only consider arguments cleanly extended through summary and final focus.

Kritiks/Counterplans/Theory in PF: Different tournaments have different rules on these matters. I will abide by the rules or philosophy in the tournament handbook. Public Forum should be accessible to a general audience. Please make certain that your arguments are comprehensible. If you feel like your opponent is running an argument which is unfair or against the rules, be prepared to define the violation and explain why to discount the argument in your rebuttal, summary, and final focus. If you are running these types of arguments, be prepared to establish why you are departing from the norms. Your rationale should be clear so that your opponent can adequately address your points.

Crossfire: Do not talk over your opponent. Follow up questions can be useful, but be courteous to your opponents' need to question you. Discourtesy will result in deducted speaker points.

Speaker Points: Your level of courtesy is my primary concern here. BUT ALSO - Dress professionally. Be self-aware of your posture and demeanor. Enunciate. Signpost your arguments/rebuttals. Each speech should have evidence of organization. Use all your time.

Kevin Pham Paradigm

***No prior debate experience (lay judge), however, been judging speech and occasionally public forum for the past 3 years

- state your framework (if you have one) at the beginning of your debate

- when you state your contentions, make sure you state them clearly

- off-time roadmaps are helpful

- prefer no spreading, but keep in mind I can't flow towards you if I can't understand/hear you

- prefer you keep your own times

Ciara Pritschet Paradigm

1: In LD, the value and criterion is important, and should be relevant throughout the round

2: Speed is ineffective if I can't understand what is being said

3: Avoid an over-abundance of jargon.

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Abby Ronson Paradigm

I recently graduated from Vestavia Hills High School in Birmingham, AL. I debated at Vestavia in public forum for 4 years. I went to camp and competed locally and nationally and I was decent. I’m very flow. I did probably 5 Congress rounds in my entire career but I feel pretty confident in my abilities to judge it.

Here's my actual paradigm:

1. Weigh weigh weigh weigh

2. If you have claim then impact without warrants and link in between you do not in fact have an impact

3. If your evidence is miscut/power tagged/wrong the highest speaks I’ll give you is 25.

4. Time yourselves

5. I don’t require defense extension in first summary, only offense is required

6. If both teams agree to skip grand before the round, I’ll give everyone 2 extra speaks.

7. Collapse!!!! If you find yourself going for every argument in summary, you're doing this wrong. Everything in FF must also be in summary. This is true for both first and second FF.

8. Don't keep prep time for your opponents. I'll doc speaks it's a pet peeve I think it's rude

9. Roadmaps are always welcome

10. I’m good with speed but don’t spread PF is not the place for that lol

11. Framework debate is so boring plz don’t

12. If you're flight two, go ahead and flip for sides and order before the round, that way I have more time to give you feedback at the end

13. I don't require disclosure but I do appreciate it so you can add me to the e-mail chain if you feel so inclined

14. If your evidence is shady I will probably call for it. If I do call for evidence, cut card/website are both fine, but a paraphrased version of said evidence is not fine. Refer to #3

15. A 3 minute summary does not give you permission to go for all 800 arguments in the round. Spend more time weighing if you need to fill the time. Please continue to condense the round.

16. Honestly a ~saucy~ crossfire really doesn't bother me just don't be rude or degrading in cross and I won't doc your speaks

17. random but I don't shake hands I think it's gross lol


uhhhh nothing in particular just time yourselves lol

Please e-mail me or find me if you have questions!! or

If the tournament doesn’t allow disclosure or if we’re running late and I don’t get to disclose/give feedback, feel free to post round me via e-mail or in person. Have fun y’all I love his activity don’t make me hate it after your round !

Ria Shah Paradigm

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Srija Vem Paradigm

Hey! I have been debating on the high school level for 3 years, and I have done both LD and PF (but mostly PF). Make sure to speak clearly; I will be judging off of the flow, so if I cannot understand what you say, then it will likely not flow across. I am good with speed when talking, but make sure it is understandable. Also, BE POLITE during the round (especially cross), this will reflect in your speaker points.

I will always prefer warrant over a card. Give me the logic behind the argument, not just something like "Smith 2012 says climate change is good," because there is absolutely no logic behind the argument. If there is sketchy evidence during a round, I will be calling it, so just keep it clean. Make debate about argumentation NOT misconstruing evidence.

Constructives: make sure to have links in your contentions, speak clearly, and emphasize impacts.

Rebuttals: go down the flow, signpost, make sure to have good logic and support it with legit evidence.

Summary: WEIGH! impacts are incredibly important during a round. Make sure to extend your arguments, remember I am going off of the flow. Collapse -- if you try to go for every single argument in the round then that will serve to your detriment, so just take some prep and think about it: Which argument holds the most impacts, will win us the round, and was was left uncontested by the other team/has been a major part of the round.

Final Focus: show me why you have won, any new arguments/evidence will not be flowed. Make sure summary and final focus go hand in hand with each other.

Email me at with any questions.

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Moriah Windus Paradigm

[I like to be included in the email chain, my email:]

I'm currently a policy debater at Samford University and started debating as a novice my first year in college (2016). I qualified to the NDT for the 2017-2018 debate year.

I haven't judged on the high school topic too much this year, so please don't assume that I know all of the technical topic-specific terms.

I'm very much a "you do you" type of judge and want the debate to be what the debaters want it to be about, that said I do have some preferences:

For the Neg:

1. Disads

As a former 2N, I love disads, but I'm going to be skeptical of your ability to win the disad if your uniqueness and link work isn't done well throughout the entire debate. Impact calc is your best friend, in the 2nr I want you to write my ballot for me and tell me why your link chain is much more probable than your opponents and why your impact turns the case debate.

2. CPs

I'm not particularly persuaded by Aff claims that the CP should be textually competitive, and err on the side of functionally competitive. If the CP has multiple planks I want a clear explanation of how each one functions (or how they function together) at some point in the debate, so many debaters don't synthesis their CP planks to work together which ultimately ends up hurting them in the debate. As far as 50 states goes, the Aff is 100 % right! 50 state fiat isn't the most real world model of education, however, as a 2N I can definitely be persuaded by the arg that it's important to test federal vs. state action---just make sure that these arguments are well drawn out if the debate comes down to 50 states fiat.

3. K debate

All too often the alt isn't clearly explained. While I would definitely vote on "we prove the aff is bad even without the alt," you'd really have to be winning case turns arguments which ultimately makes more work for you. It's best to work with an alt that you are familiar with and can clearly explain with well-articulated links to the case. I try to interfere with the debate as little as possible, so even if I understand the literature base you're working with, I'm not going to do the work for you if you don't fully explain your arguments or develop them.

4. Topicality

It's really important that you win your interpretation though explaining why it is comparatively better than the Aff's CI. It's a good practice to include a list of topical versions of the affirmative that the aff could easily have adopted. Also, I want to see good impact work done in the 2NR (what ground you lost, how they over or under limit etc & why those things matter).

5. FW

Win the TVA debate and I'm 89% convinced you'll win my ballot. If there is a TVA that solves all your offense and gives the Aff the ability to debate the things that they want to debate, that's an easy neg ballot. BUT you need to do the work for me and do impact work in the 2NR that explains what ground you lost (and it needs to be more than "I couldn't run my econ da").

6. Final Tips

A) Clarity over speed

B) When the debate is too big in the 2NR, the neg will always lose

C) If the Aff reads add-ons in the 2AC, impact turn them and make the debate fun :)

D) 1NRs should be offensive not defensive, it's a strategic time to read lots of cards because the aff usually focuses more on the 2NC.

For the Aff:

1. For Policy Affs

A) Be topical, or be really good at debating topicality--I'm going to err neg in a debate that you're not winning the topicality debate. Persuasive counter interpretations are a good thing to have in your toolbox and explaining why your interpretation is comparatively better (for debate, for this round etc.) is a must.

B) Impact calc---write my ballot in the 2AR

2. For K Affs

I think that it is helpful for K aff's to be germane to the resolution, it makes it harder for the neg to win aspects of the FW debate (if it is a K vs policy debate) and increases the nuance level of the debate.

A few final things

1. Pronouns are very important, please be respectful and ask the other team their preferred pronouns before the debate starts and adhere to those throughout the debate.

2. Microaggression and rudeness will result in your speaker points being docked, please keep the debate civil and respectful.