John Block Paradigm

Last changed 6 November 2020 11:29 AM EDT

John Block: block.john.b@gmail.com please add me to email chain, thanks

LRCH ’09

Missouri state State ‘12

Last Updated: September 2020

General:

I am currently completing my final year of medical school so I have been out of the judging game to some extent so be aware that acronyms/the latest K lit I may not be up to date with. That being said I assist LRCH and judge practice debates/listen to practices. I believe that my job is to be a reactionary presence in the room. I do have my own opinions which I’ll get to in a bit but I should be receptive to basically anything you are doing. Being nice goes a long way. Make my job easy. If you can write my ballot for me in the 2NR/2AR I would be happy for you to do so. Even if statements are phenomenal, no one will win 100% of the arguments, recognize and embrace that.

Digital debate will be an adjustment to all. I have watched some debates but they were conducted over Zoom so I will be new to this software interface so please be patient if and when glitches arise.

You don’t need evidence for an argument, although it helps.

Specifics: T/Framework-I am not exclusively a policymaker. I’m just a person evaluating a discussion of ideas. That being said I went for Framework quite regularly in college and have voted on it multiple times. Be interactive with the other side, don’t just read blocks at each other. TVA’s are important and so are aff visions of the topic that are navigable to the negative team.

Theory: bad theory arguments are just that, bad. If you want to go for theory great but I am pretty easily swayed by reject the argument not the team. If you want to read consult/conditions style arguments I can get on board pretty easily. If you want to read multiple CPs without solvency advocates to simply skew the 2AC’s time I’m less on your side.

Case Debates-crucial to a good round. You can make my threshold to vote negative significantly lower if you have good case args, these don’t have to be supported by evidence but again it helps. Ev analysis has gotten somewhat lost in my opinion over the years. Read the text/read who this person is, discuss why one piece of evidence should be prioritized (does it assume the other team’s ev? Is it newer? Is it better analysis etc?)

DA’s-PTX is fun, elections is an exciting time to be reading it. Otherwise topic DA’s are great too. Don’t forget to have specific links to the aff and a good internal link. Similarly, don’t forget to identify flaws in the internal link chain or why your aff is different than what the link evidence assumes/why it would be perceived differently.

CP’s: having a solvency advocate is good but not necessary. I read a lot of hyperspecific CP’s in my day but also think a lot of it can become esoteric. If you have a great counterplan to read go for it, if you have a generic CP, go for it. Delay is questionable from a theory level but I’ll certainly listen to it.

K’s-Guide me through the K and what it means for the hypothetical world of the aff vs the hypothetical world of the alternative. Explain what specifically the aff does, specifically what the 1AC said or the assumptions that went into it. I may not be hip to the latest high theory K’s but I hear of some of them by proximity to debate even if I haven’t sat in the back of rounds in recent times.

K Affs: Most of what I wrote in the K area applies here. I think I am slightly K leaning as far as my threshold for voting on T or F/W so keep that in mind. What is the ballot and why does it matter for whatever the aff is. I am a bigger fan of embracing the K side of the aff and not as crazy about “soft-left” affs as I have been in the past.

CX-don’t just use it for prep. A good CX can end a debate round early on. This may be difficult with virtual debate and people just trying to talk over each other.

Cheating: If I suspect it I will report it. I will often read along and will likely do this even more because hearing specifics of spreading may be more difficult virtually.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2021-09-28 VLD R3 18 Daigen Conway 4 Jace Owens Aff
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 NCX R6 LOGYC DT Univ Of Chicago Lab VG Aff
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 NCX R5 New Trier HS Montgomery Bell HS Neg
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 NCX R3 Damien GP Notre Dame ZD Neg
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 NCX R2 Westwood VK New Trier LH Neg
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 NCX R4 Bridge City FF Berkeley Prep CS Aff
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VCX R3 Lexington VH Bronx Science CE Neg
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VCX R2 Georgetown Day MW Greenhill GR Neg
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 NCX R1 Leon Goldstein SN Berkeley Prep SH Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 RR-S R7 North Broward Prep Dev Gopal & Jay Gopal Berkeley Prep Katy Shonka & Shrisha Saravana Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 RR-J R5 Crossings Christian Garrett Baumert & Blaine Yarborough Solorio Kevin Ramirez & Giovanni Rios Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 RR-J R3 Walter Payton Ana Carpenter & Lily Gies North Broward Prep Prakul Neupane & Trip Griffin Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R5 Stuyvesant RC Univ Of Chicago Lab BO Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD RS R1 Berkeley Prep DV Calvert Hall BS Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2018-03-23 CX2 Quarte McDonogh Zuga & Wang Niles West Waters & Kim Aff Aff 3-0
Tournament of Champions HS 2016-04-30 CX R6 Niles West GG Clovis North HP Aff
Tournament of Champions HS 2016-04-30 CX R2 University BM Homewood-Flossmoor HL Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2016-04-09 POL Quar Highland Park BD Rowland Hall-St. Mark's GL Neg Neg 2-1
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2016-04-09 POL R5 Berkner RD Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart FP Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2016-04-09 POL R3 Notre Dame FR University BM Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2016-04-09 POL R1 Niles West TB Highland Park BD Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2016-03-18 CX2 Round Chattahoochee Deb & Sama Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Felix-Padilla & Perez Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2016-03-18 CX1 Round Niles West Firozabadi & Bender USN Dano & Rork Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX Triple Rowland Hall-St. Mark's BM Clovis North PH Neg Neg 3-0
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R6 Notre Dame FR University MB Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R5 Fairview KW Damien HB Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R4 Rowland Hall-St. Mark's BS Dougherty Valley FF Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R3 Jesuit CP BR Peninsula JT Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R2 Harker KH Loyola Z Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R1 Highland Park (Dallas) CP Katy Taylor Neg
2016 California Round Robin HS 2016-02-11 CX RR R7 New Trier BK Juan Diego Catholic AB Neg
2016 California Round Robin HS 2016-02-11 CX RR R4 Rowland HallSt Marks GL Peninsula TW Aff Aff 2-0
2016 California Round Robin HS 2016-02-11 CX RR R1 Notre Dame CP College Prep JM Aff Aff 2-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL PFB Homewood-Flossmoor HL Pace FM Aff Neg 2-1
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL ADW Centennial LP Homewood-Flossmoor HL Neg Neg 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R4 Grapevine PS Johns Creek RL Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R3 Rowland Hall-St. Mark's LG Pace FM Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R1 College Prep JM Milton FM Aff
Justin Wilson Debates Pace RR HS 2016-01-27 Pace R3 Niles West Glenbrook South Aff
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall HS 2016-01-16 VCX Rd 6 Moore CM Tulsa Union JS Neg
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall HS 2016-01-16 VCX Rd 5 Crossings Christian KD Edmond North LS Aff
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall HS 2016-01-16 VCX Rd 1 Southlake Carroll PH Bentonville MV Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake HS 2015-12-18 CX R3 Denver Arts School IH Niles West SP Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake HS 2015-12-18 CX R2 Glenbrook South RF Edina CS Neg
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R5 Whitney M. Young Magnet SO Chicago Lab Schools CR Neg
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R4 Niles West GG Edgemont Jr./Sr. JM Aff
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R1 George Washington AC Rosemount BS Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 VCX Octos Chicago Lab Schools CR McDonogh JN Neg Aff 2-1
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 VCX Double Iowa City West TR Westminster Schools CK Neg Neg 2-1
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 VCX R7 Montgomery Bell CJ Homewood-Flossmoor LH Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 VCX R4 Niles West TG Whitney Young BF Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 JRR R3 Marist Adair & Vance Montgomery Bell Kaplan & Rosenthal Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 VCX R2 Chicago Lab Schools JB Niles West CR Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 SRR R1 Whitney M. Young Magnet Bazzell & Ferolie Wylie E. Groves Gordner & Smith Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 VCX R1 Berkeley Prep KN Johns Creek LR Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 PD Octas Homewood-Flossmoor LH Austin SFA OE Neg Neg 2-1
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 PD Round Bishop Guertin ST Hutchinson CH Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 PD Round Austin SFA OE West Des Moines Valley HH Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R6 HerHal DM HouMem MS Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R4 CarSch TP WesDes HH Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R2 Homewo BL PinCre PR Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R5 Coronado HS Westwood HH Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R4 Crossings Christian BK Midway CH Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R3 Austin SFA EO Lindale RT Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R2 Southlake Carroll HJ Westwood CL Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R1 Lindale DW Berkner OG Neg