Gordon Kochman Paradigm

Last changed 2/11 5:53P CDT

Last update: 2/11/2020

TOP-LEVEL:

-TLDR: do what you do best, and if you do it well, I’ll try my best to be fair, receptive, and interested

-Add me to the email chain: gordon.kochman@gmail.com

-I try not to read evidence if I can help it, which means I won’t open your speech docs until the end of the round, and I’ll only do so if needed. I won't follow you in the speech doc, so if you're gonna blaze through your theory block, you might want to reconsider.

-I try to keep a straight face during speeches. If I'm being expressive, then something horrible/funny/important/etc. just happened.

-Please be kind to each other

-My last name is pronounced “coach-man,” but you can refer to me as Gordon. Whatever you do, PLEASE do not call me "judge."

ABOUT ME:

-My debate experience: I debated for four years at New Trier High School (2009-2013) and for two years at Whitman College (2013-2015) while the team existed during my tenure. I’m a former 2N/1A. I’ve been involved in coaching and judging since I graduated high school. I'm a lawyer in my day job.

-Affiliations: New Trier High School, Whitman College, University of Wisconsin, Homestead High School

-Co-founder of the Never Spark Society with Tim Freehan

-I mostly debated policy arguments and soft-left K arguments. I fully understand how these arguments are bad and boring in their own way, so simply because I debated these arguments in the past does not mean that I think they’re the best, most interesting, or correct arguments. I’m open enough to recognize there are multiple ways of debating and engaging with the resolution, both from my time as a debater and later as a judge and coach.

-Disclaimer: What is included in this paradigm is meant to help you decide where to put me on your pref sheets, strike from your strike card, or adjust your strategy before the round. Most of this paradigm includes my predispositions and (unless otherwise noted) NOT my closely-held beliefs that are firm and unshakable.

NON-NEGOTIABLES:

-Please be kind to each other and don’t be racist, sexist, ableist, or any other variation of rude/intentionally horrible.

-To the extent required, this is a communicative activity that encompasses speech. As a result, I will only flow what you say in your speech (open CX is fine). Unless provided a performative reason, I am not a fan of multiple people participating in a speech or playing a video/audio clip.

-Debate is a game, and I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy it as a game. However, I understand that debate is more than that for some people (it’s how they afford their education, it’s their job, it’s their community, etc.). I try to comport myself such that everyone can have the experience in this activity that is enjoyable. Simply because I have enjoyed debate in one way does not mean that other debaters need to conform to my experience.

-There are obvious formalities in a round that exist no matter what. These include: one team must win, speaker points must be awarded, etc.

GENERAL DEBATE PREDISPOSITIONS:

-Tech over truth in the abstract and to a point. Generally, the more “true” your claim is, the less tech you need to win it (and vice-versa). The same goes for how big of a claim you’re making. The bigger the claim, the more work that’s needed. It’s gonna take more than a one-liner to win a claim that a mindset shift occurs post-economic collapse. Arguments are claims with warrants. One-line conclusory statements aren’t gonna cut it if you don’t provide a warrant.

-Things I likely won’t vote for: I would recommend that you use your common sense here. If your argument is overtly and/or intentionally racist/sexist/homophobic/etc., then you might want to reconsider. Not only do I not want to be in those rounds, but I don’t think the team you’re opposing wants those arguments in the round, either. As a co-founder of the Never Spark Society, this might tip you off to some types of arguments I don't enjoy...

PREDISPOSITIONS REGARDING SPECIFIC AREAS OF DEBATE:

-My thoughts regarding "non-topical" affs are probably what most people want to know up-front. I never read these affs when I debated and would spend a large amount of time planning how to debate these affs, but as a judge, I don’t really harbor any animus towards these affs. I don’t think that my thoughts here should be dispositive one way or another in these rounds. If you win your argument and explain why that means you win the round, then you should win. Despite my following thoughts on topicality versus policy affs, I'm SIGNIFICANTLY less persuaded by procedural arguments on framework than by method-based arguments on framework. In other words, I'm less likely to vote on "fairness" than an argument about how we should engage with the state or try to produce change.

-Topicality (versus policy affs) is about competing interpretations of the topic. This also means that potential abuse is a sufficient reason to vote neg on T. I would extend T into the block in a majority of my rounds and think I have a relatively lower threshold for voting on T against policy affs than most judges.

-I tend to lean neg on most theory and default to rejecting the argument unless provided a reason to reject the team. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a winnable argument, and there are certainly theory arguments that are stronger than others (conditionality is significantly more viable than no neg fiat, for instance). Regardless, this shouldn’t deter you from using these arguments on the aff. As a former 2N I do have a proclivity to protect the 2NR, so be absolutely certain that your 2AR will be an extrapolation of 1AR arguments if this is your ultimate strategy.

-Most CPs are fine, with a few exceptions. Consult CPs, for instance, are probably bad. I'm fine with CPs that have internal net-benefits to generate competition. I can be persuaded by perm do the CP args on the aff.

-Is the politics DA a thing? Eh, probably not (RIP). Will I vote for it anyway? Absolutely.

-Regarding Ks, I would read soft-left Ks with a general policy strategy and go for them on occasion. I’m by no means an expert in any specific K literature. I’m not very familiar with a ton of high-theory or postmodern arguments, so your burden to explain them is relevant. The more “out there” K you plan to read, the more explanation you’ll need. I should be familiar with your argument at a basic level regardless of what you read, but it is unlikely that I understand the nuances of your specific argument unless you can explain them to me. If you’re curious if you should read your K this round or how much work you should put into your explanation/overview, I would recommend reading it with more explanation rather than less. If you can adequately explain why you should win as a result of the K, then you should win.

-I’m a huge proponent of impact turns, which unfortunately aren’t as utilized as I’d like. However, I’m not a fan of some impact turns like spark (lol), wipeout, etc.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 VCX Semis Montgomery Bell BM Jesuit HN Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 VCX Quarte Jesuit HN Polytechnic OO Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 VCX Octos Bellarmine HM McQueen LR Neg Aff on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 VCX Double Bellarmine FU Lowell YR Neg Neg on a 2-1
The Regatta 2/7/2020 VCX R5 Univ Of Chicago Lab BK Niles West BS Neg
The Regatta 2/7/2020 VCX R4 Niles North UV Northside HW Aff
The Regatta 2/7/2020 VCX R2 Niles West DT Oak Park and River Forest MR Aff
ETHS Superb Owl 1/31/2020 CX VCX Qu Oak Park and River Forest KS Whitney Young MM Neg Neg on a 3-0
ETHS Superb Owl 1/31/2020 CX Octafi Oak Park and River Forest KS Von Steuben BG Aff Aff on a 2-1
ETHS Superb Owl 1/31/2020 CX R5 Glenbrook South CD Glenbrook North GK Neg
ETHS Superb Owl 1/31/2020 CX R3 Washington KS Niles West PT Neg
ETHS Superb Owl 1/31/2020 CX R2 Oak Park and River Forest BR Glenbrook North KS Aff
ETHS Superb Owl 1/31/2020 CX R1 Northside GT Wylie E. Groves RG Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2020 PEL R3 Hawken TM USN HB Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2020 PEL R2 La Salle TC Peninsula MS Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2020 PEL R1 USN CK North Star OT Neg
The Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/18/2020 VCX Quarte La Crosse Central BT Rufus King BR Aff Aff on a 2-1
WDCA Pref Sandbox 1/18/2020 VCX Quarte La Crosse Central BT Rufus King BR Aff Aff on a 2-1
The Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/18/2020 VCX R6 Ronald Reagan RW Madison East RH Neg
WDCA Pref Sandbox 1/18/2020 VCX R6 Ronald Reagan RW Madison East RH Neg
WDCA Pref Sandbox 1/18/2020 VCX R5 Ronald Reagan DS Waukesha South GG Neg
The Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/18/2020 VCX R5 Ronald Reagan DS Waukesha South GG Neg
WDCA Pref Sandbox 1/18/2020 VCX R2 SPASH GJ Marquette Univ MS Aff
The Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/18/2020 VCX R2 SPASH GJ Marquette Univ MS Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX Qtrs Whitney Young MM Washburn Rural KP Aff Aff on a 2-1
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX Sextos Iowa City West DS Iowa City CW Neg Neg on a 3-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX R7 Desert Vista LW Gulliver Prep VC Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX R3 Strath Haven DL Pine Crest Prep ER Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX R2 Solorio MU Strath Haven RY Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX R1 Washburn Rural SD Chesterton GS Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX Double Lindblom Math and Science DS Dowling Catholic PS Aff Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R6 Whitney Young MM Lexington BY Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R5 Whitney Young OH Dowling Catholic WH Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R3 Iowa City CW Edina AB Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R1 ADL BB Lexington TK Neg
Trevian Invitational 10/12/2019 Open Octas Glenbrook North BC Oak Park and River Forest GS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Trevian Invitational 10/12/2019 Open Double Walter Payton HP Oak Park and River Forest GS Neg Neg on a 2-1
Trevian Invitational 10/12/2019 Open R5 Lexington JP Glenbrook North BB Aff
Brookfield East 10/5/2019 VCX R3 Fort Atkinson HH Neenah PF Neg
Brookfield East 10/5/2019 VCX R2 Ronald Reagan WS Fort Atkinson MN Aff
Brookfield East 10/5/2019 VCX R1 Rufus King RB Ronald Reagan WE Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/6/2019 VCX Dbls Minneapolis South CH Minneapolis Washburn JK Aff Neg on a 2-1
Niles Township Invitational 9/6/2019 VCX R6 Maine East RT Glenbrook North KS Neg
Niles Township Invitational 9/6/2019 VCX R5 Glenbrook North BB Solorio RR Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/6/2019 VCX R4 Glenbrook North CK Oak Park and River Forest MS Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/6/2019 VCX R3 Glenbrook North JR Solorio JG Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/6/2019 VCX R2 Maine East SS Glenbrook South KK Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/6/2019 VCX R1 Minneapolis South CH Lincoln Park MM Aff
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 CX R5 185 116 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 CX R4 172 187 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 CX R3 154 149 Neg Aff on a 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 CX R2 137 122 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 CX R1 125 212 Aff Aff on a 3-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 Policy 5 Niles West Firozabadi & Bender Thomas Kelly Lopez & Cai Aff Aff on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 Policy 4 Maine East Piekut & Piekut Whitney Young Jacob & Mazets Neg Neg on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 Policy 3 Whitney Young Tarasul & Mitchell Oak Park and River Forest Griffith & Shafiro Neg Neg on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 Policy 2 Lane Tech Collazo & Smith Maine East Shah & Sobski Aff Aff on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 Policy 1 Glenbrook South Goldberg & Scott Whitney Young O'Malley & Margolin Aff Aff on a 2-0
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern 2/2/2019 Open RD 2 Michigan State BP Michigan FH Neg
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern 2/2/2019 Open RD 1 Concordia HK Michigan State SG Neg
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/19/2019 VCX R6 Marquette Univ MS Madison East MS Aff
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/19/2019 VCX R5 Fort Atkinson BH Marquette Univ LW Neg
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/19/2019 VCX R4 Madison East HR Ronald Reagan EI Aff
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/19/2019 VCX R3 Ronald Reagan MT Rufus King RK Aff
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/19/2019 VCX R2 Ronald Reagan AD La Crosse Central BT Neg
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/19/2019 VCX R1 Ronald Reagan RW Madison East JK Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR Semi Greenhill GR Northside College Prep CC Neg Neg on a 3-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R7 Derby CS North Broward Prep GG Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R6 Northside College Prep KW Niles West PS Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R5 Notre Dame AK Greenhill KM Neg Neg on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R4 Meadows SR Cypress Bay AK Neg Neg on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R3 Barstow PK Heritage Hall LP Aff Aff on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R2 Fort Atkinson PK Harker WV Neg Neg on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R1 Jones CP KO West Des Moines Valley KK Aff Aff on a 2-0
Wayne State Ziegelmueller Invitational 10/20/2018 JV R6 Indian OH Michig ZS Aff
Trevian Invitational 10/6/2018 Open Double Jesuit CP GN Montgomery Bell BG Neg Neg on a 3-0
Trevian Invitational 10/6/2018 Open R3 Glenbrook South HF Jesuit CP HM Neg
Trevian Invitational 10/6/2018 Open R2 Solorio GV Blue Valley North CM Neg
Trevian Invitational 10/6/2018 Open R1 Glenbrook South BS Glenbrook North JR Neg
2018 UW Madison Bucky HS Invitational 9/22/2018 PF R3 Hempstead KC Madison West CN Aff
2018 UW Madison Bucky HS Invitational 9/22/2018 PF R2 Middleton JH Madison West JJ Neg
2018 UW Madison Bucky HS Invitational 9/22/2018 PF R1 Madison West JK James Madison Memorial FG Neg
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Dbls Homestead KW Glenbrook North KO Aff Aff on a 3-0
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 6 Walter Payton CP KV Northside College Prep KS Neg
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 5 Glenbrook South BF Solorio GU Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 4 Marquette Univ TM Thomas Kelly CN Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 3 Kennedy SP Glenbrook North KS Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 2 Homestead KW Solorio GG Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 1 Northside College Prep TH Homestead GW Neg
Illinois Debate Coaches Association JV Novice State Championshi 3/9/2018 JVCX Qtrs LanTec SC GleSou HK Aff Aff on a 2-1
Illinois Debate Coaches Association JV Novice State Championshi 3/9/2018 JVCX R4 GleNor KP MaiEas SS Aff
Illinois Debate Coaches Association JV Novice State Championshi 3/9/2018 JVCX R3 NilWes SK WhiYou HO Aff
Illinois Debate Coaches Association JV Novice State Championshi 3/9/2018 JVCX R2 LanTec MV WhiYou MM Neg
Illinois Debate Coaches Association JV Novice State Championshi 3/9/2018 JVCX R1 GleSou GS OakPar MM Neg
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/3/2018 CX R6 Niles West BB Solorio CC Neg Aff on a 2-1
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/3/2018 CX R5 Glenbrook South BY Niles West SG Neg Neg on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 JVCX Quarte Cypress Bay CS Robert McQueen CP Neg Neg on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VCX Triple Cypress Bay MF Peninsula AS Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VCX R6 Union JS Bellarmine YP Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VCX R4 Harker BO Damien MP Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VCX R3 Peninsula AS Harker SL Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VCX R2 Harker DN San Dieguito WW Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VCX R1 Palo Verde RL Interlake TY Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 JCXRR Semi Greenhill LZ Wayzata HN Aff Aff on a 2-1
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 JCXRR R6 Blake BM La Salle College MM Neg Neg on a 2-0
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 JCXRR R5 Jones Ja Niles North GB Aff Aff on a 2-0
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 JCXRR R4 Northside HM Greenhill LZ Neg Neg on a 2-0
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 JCXRR R3 Greenhill WA Niles North FL Aff Aff on a 2-0
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 JCXRR R2 Damien GB Harker KL Aff Aff on a 2-0
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 JCXRR R1 Niles West KF Head Royce FN Aff Aff on a 2-0