Ben Hanson Paradigm

Last changed 9/14 5:44P EDT

I did PF for 4 years at duPont Manual in Louisville, Kentucky. Since graduating I’ve competed primarily in NFA-LD, impromptu and extemp at Western Kentucky University. Lately, I've been helping the Potomac School with coaching and judging.

Yes, add me to the email chain: benhanson0806@gmail.com. But, if you haven’t ever used https://www.speechdrop.net you should check it out because it’s a lot easier for file sharing in round. Especially for the upcoming online tournaments, my preference would be to create a speechdrop room rather than an email chain.

I do my best to conflict any school/team that I've worked with before in tabroom. If there appears to be an issue with my conflicts before the round, please mention it before it's too late to fix.

TLDR: Do what you’re most comfortable doing, and I’ll do my best to evaluate it well. Will vote on the flow in 100% of situations where you do not blatantly misrepresent your evidence. Feel free to ask questions before the round.

General Thoughts/Notes:

- Tech > Truth when applicable but certain arguments have lower thresholds than others in terms of what’s required as a response.

- In each team’s last speech, it’s be helpful if you gave me a brief overview that frames my ballot and how to filter arguments in the round. Tell me which flows to look at first and why, otherwise I’ll pick whichever one I’m vibing with the most.

- Go as fast as you want, I promise I can keep up with you. That being said, I will call clear as many times as I need to if I can’t understand you. If I find myself excessively calling clear, I will dock speaks. Place extra emphases on enunciating author names clearly so I catch them on my flow.

- Publication dates matter, please have them (I’m looking at you, PF kids). If a publication doesn’t have a date, give me a date of access instead.

- No preference if you introduce evidence as “Hanson ‘20” or “Ben Hanson of Western Kentucky University in 2020.” However I expect author quals to be readily available if requested.

- Please feel free to go into the room, set up, and flip (if necessary) before I get to the round. I usually don’t run behind at tournaments, but in the event that I do I’d prefer to not hold the tournament up any longer than I already have.

- I flow on excel so don’t be caught off guard if I don’t look up from my computer much throughout the round. Also I don’t follow CX super closely so make sure to flag important concessions on the flow during your speech.

- I do my best to catch every author name on my flow, and unpopular opinion but I prefer if evidence is referred to by author names rather than tags for the purpose of my flow.

- Don’t be afraid to ask questions about my RFD after the round. I like to think of myself as a good judge, but at the end of the day I’m not afraid to admit that I miss things from time to time. I’ll do my best to defend my decision to you if there’s any concerns you have. - Death is probably bad and there’s a pretty high threshold to convince me otherwise.

PF:

- Second rebuttal has to respond to all offense, even though I’d prefer if they’d cover defense on their case in addition to turns. If it’s not in the summary, it shouldn’t be in the final focus.

- I like signposting. I haven't seen a lot of GREAT signposting in speeches this year. As such, many of my flows have become messy because teams aren't telling me where to write down arguments. In attempt to remedy this, I've decided to begin flowing PF like you'd expect someone to flow policy/LD. I'm going to begin keeping every contention on its own sheet (don't worry about the environmental impact of this, it'll still be in excel). What this means for you, if I'm judging you, is that I need you to clearly tell me when you're switching contentions (or flows) AND what sheets to make cross applications on or I'll most likely miss your arguments and they might not make it into my RFD. Also, when giving your offtime roadmap, don't just say "our case then theirs" or vice versa, tell me the order you'll be addressing the contentions in your speech. That allows me to order my sheets correctly, and will most likely benefit you in the round.

- Extra speaks for:

a) reading real cards instead of paraphrasing AND an email chain in the round (yes, both).

b) Full disclosure and a well organized wiki (show me after the round).

- Speed is fine. Speech docs preferred if you’re going to > 250 WPM (especially for online TOC). I don’t like speed as a weapon of exclusion, but I don’t find speed to necessarily be exclusionary in nature. If you have questions, ask before the round.

- Theory/K friendly. Attempt at your own risk - poorly executed tech arguments/under-explained postmodern kritiks of the world are less persuasive to me than solid, policy arguments that rely on hypothetical fiat. See the policy section of my paradigm for more specific notes.

- If your opponent calls for your evidence, I expect you to be able to find it in 45 seconds or less. If it takes you longer than 45 seconds to find a card I'm striking it from my flow and I'm not evaluating it. I’m also not a big fan of teams handing each other full PDFs instead of cut cards. Citations and quotes in context should be readily available if another team asks to see that evidence. If you don't have cut cards, I'll probably dock your speaks, and I’m open to voting on (and have voted on) theory arguments related to paraphrasing

Policy:

I never did policy in high school, nor have I coached it in college; but, I still don’t think you shouldn’t strike me on face. In terms of argumentation, I think I would have no problem keeping up with an average HS policy round. I don’t know the topic well though, so keep that in mind. My biggest challenge as a judge is not knowing the event super well (what each speaker needs to do in the block, which speeches it’s ok to read new cards in, etc.) so make sure to point those sorts of things out in your speech if you think they’re important in deciding my ballot. Here’s my thoughts on various positions:

DA: Majority of my collapses in college debate. Very big fan of the politics DA. Econ DAs are cool but I’m an Econ major so if you explain the economy improperly I’ll probably be a little upset and dock a speak or two. Well executed topic DAs are always encouraged, but I don’t know the topic well so you might have to do a little more explaining on sheets you want me to vote on in the 2NR. The federalism DA is a slept on strategy, I’ll leave it at that.

CP: As long as it sufficiently resolves the majority of the affirmative’s offense and has a net benefit, I’ll vote on it. Condo is more than likely good for debate, and I personally believe the neg is entitled to one PIC + as many ADV CPs as the aff has advantages out of the 1AC (2 ADVs = 3 CPs, etc). I’ll vote on condo if it’s all the 2AR goes for, but substance is probably the better strat if that’s an option. Any CP theory besides condo is probably a reason to reject the argument not the team, but I probably could be persuaded otherwise.

Impact Turns: Dump the tub in front of me. Super willing to vote on dedev, spark or ice age if well executed. I’ve never given a 30, but I think I might be willing to finally give one out if the neg read nothing but impact turns in the 1NC and wins the flow.

T: Probably more likely than your average judge to pull the trigger on T. I default to fairness outweighs educations, and competing interps unless one team wins otherwise, so affs should have solid answers to limits and ground arguments. Your 1NC shell has to make sense - it must have clear standards and voters otherwise I’m skeptical of it getting blown up in the block. Don’t split the 2NR if you want me to vote on T - doing so is a high risk, low reward gamble.

Theory: I default to competing interps and drop the argument, but can evaluate differently if that’s how the debate plays out. Frivolous theory is bad for debate, please don’t waste our time on this in front of me. RVIs don’t make sense and I’m 99% sure I won’t vote on an RVI so I would avoid spending a lot of time on that in any of your speeches.

K: I have a lot less experience reading/evaluating these arguments than traditional policy arguments. I would say I have a very elementary understanding of the following authors/arguments: Culp, Marxist Materialism, Security, Set Col, Baudrillard, D&G. I’m certainly open to listening to anything outside of that scope, but make sure to make your argument super clear so I know what to vote on. Slow down in your overviews and tell me a story, don’t flash me a huge block of text and expect me to read the whole thing for myself during prep because I won’t. Teams that read poorly explained or vague Ks should probably strike me, you probably won’t get my ballot on these arguments and speaks will probably reflect my distaste for how these debates typically play out. Contextualizing the alternative is crucial to getting my ballot - I can’t vote for the K if I don’t understand what my ballot endorses.

K Affs - You have to be topical, but what constitutes a topical affirmative is up for debate. I’m probably a bigger fan of framework than your average judge, but I wouldn’t quite consider myself entirely a framework hack. Limits and ground are the most important standard arguments in my mind, and I really like TVAs vs affs that kritik the topic. As the neg, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and read something besides cap and framework. I’ve read topic DAs against non-T affs plenty of times, and would have no problem with you doing the same.

LD:

- See the policy section for my notes on specific arguments.

- My condo notes from policy don’t apply to high school LD. College LD has a 6 minute 1AR, and I already think that’s too short of a speech so I couldn’t imagine only having 4 minutes. I default to the negative is entitled to ONE conditional CP unless I’m convinced otherwise. I’m very open to voting on condo if the 1NC has 2+ advocacies in it.

- Less tab than your average circuit LD judge when it comes to theory. Don’t read dumb theory arguments in front of me please.

- I’m not familiar with skep, and from what I’ve heard about the argument I don’t really want to become familiar with it. If this is your go-to strategy, you should probably strike me.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
GFCA Practice Tournament 2 9/19/2020 PFO R2 Starrs Mill Michael Lin & Tito Alofe Henry W Grady Griffin Richie & Dana Richie Neg
GFCA Practice Tournament 2 9/19/2020 PFO R1 Lassiter Aaditya Majumdar & Charlie Moreno Northview Eileen Chen & Anjali Dhupam Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK 9/12/2020 PF V Quads Hamilton High Independent ST Independent Campbell Hall GT Neg Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK 9/12/2020 PF RS R5 Newton South AS VDA - Vancouver YY Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK 9/12/2020 PF RS R5 Chelmsford SM Newton South LY Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK 9/12/2020 PF V R3 Lake Highland Prep NA Walt Whitman WB Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK 9/12/2020 PF V R3 Byram Hills HW Lincoln Independent TF Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK 9/12/2020 PF V R2 Hawken MW Hackley RM Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK 9/12/2020 PF V R2 Walt Whitman SS Hawken VH Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK 9/12/2020 PF V R1 Hackley AS Lexington KD Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK 9/12/2020 PF V R1 Plano West GS Brentwood RH Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 PF R5 N206 N131 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 PF R5 N120 N152 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 PF R3 N204 N213 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 PF R3 N151 N146 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 PF R2 N254 N185 Neg
ONLINE DEBATE COVID 19 SERIES 5 PF CONGRESS middle high 5/16/2020 MSN PF4 BCAcademy Eun Woo Chung & Andrew Yoon Center LC Aff
ONLINE DEBATE COVID 19 SERIES 5 PF CONGRESS middle high 5/16/2020 HSV PF3 BCAcad TF PIPF WZ Aff
ONLINE DEBATE COVID 19 SERIES 5 PF CONGRESS middle high 5/16/2020 MSN PF2 University Pro Brin Ridley & Ryleigh Jahmani BCAcademy Sophie Kim & Kelvin Chan Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/17/2020 PFG 4 Horace Mann XS Hawken WM Neg
Georgetown Spring International Tournament 4/3/2020 PFV octos PAcad Diaz & Moon ValInt Boulton & Loze Neg Neg on a 3-0
Georgetown Spring International Tournament 4/3/2020 PFV partia ChaUni Mills & Mills IndCle Gandhi & Chen Neg Neg on a 3-0
Georgetown Spring International Tournament 4/3/2020 PFV R6 Blake Khan & Terveen BetChe Glickman & Tiefer Neg
Georgetown Spring International Tournament 4/3/2020 PFV R5 PAcad Yu & Li WesDeb Mehta & Zhao Neg
Georgetown Spring International Tournament 4/3/2020 PFJV R4 Albany LJ BCAcademy JL Neg
Georgetown Spring International Tournament 4/3/2020 PFM R4 Kugnus ACTS SS BCAcademy KiCh Neg
Georgetown Spring International Tournament 4/3/2020 PFV R3 PAcad Huang & Huang NorAll Naik & Perera Aff
Georgetown Spring International Tournament 4/3/2020 PFV R2 SW Basavaraj & Zhao SANGAN Huang & Jones Neg
Georgetown Spring International Tournament 4/3/2020 PFV R1 PAcad Liu & Pan BelJes Alvarez & De La Maza Aff
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF Octofi Elkins HZ Lake Highland Prep KS Aff Neg on a 2-1
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF Double Thomas S. Wootton TZ Lake Highland Prep KP Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF Triple American Heritage Boca/Delray IR Lake Highland Prep KH Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF R6 Santa Fe TF Miami Beach MM Neg
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF R5 Marist SV Trinity Prep HR Aff
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF R5 Piper GS North Broward Prep MF Neg
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF R4 Miami Beach Sr LU King BM Neg
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF R4 Ft Lauderdale ES Mountain Brook DH Neg
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF R3 Cardinal Gibbons MJ Livingston HS Neg
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF R3 Winston Churchill HH Flanagan CT Aff
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF R2 Ravenwood MM Westwood Independent PR Neg
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF R2 Richard Montgomery HZ Ravenwood FC Neg
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF R1 Ravenwood BJ Boca Raton LL Aff
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF R1 St Thomas Aquinas GO Flanagan HJ Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF Quarte Westridge BM Hunter College Independent BX Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF Octafi Ravenwood BJ Westridge BM Neg Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF Double Milton CW Fairmont Prep GS Neg Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF Triple Wayland GZ Fairmont Prep JC Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF R6 Centerville MJ Oxbridge Academy SG Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF R6 Acton-Boxborough RHS Independent QS Fairmont Prep KO Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF R5 North Broward Prep KP Lambert MS Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF R3 Henry Clay CO Ravenwood MB Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF R3 Mountain Brook DH Winston Churchill DM Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF R1 Ravenwood FC Medina Senior AB Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF R1 Thomas S. Wootton LM Marist SV Neg
Capitol Debate Notre Dame of Maryland Camp Tournament 7/24/2019 PFD R7 Low STANdards ET Low STANdards DG Neg Neg on a 2-0
Capitol Debate Notre Dame of Maryland Camp Tournament 7/24/2019 PFD R5 Low STANdards ET Low STANdards BK Neg
Capitol Debate Notre Dame of Maryland Camp Tournament 7/24/2019 PFD R5 Low STANdards WY Low STANdards LS Aff
Capitol Debate Notre Dame of Maryland Camp Tournament 7/24/2019 CD1 R3 Intellectual Assassins Gopisetti Intellectual Assassins Cao & Choi Aff
Capitol Debate Notre Dame of Maryland Camp Tournament 7/24/2019 CD2 R2 Capitol Club Lab 2 Lin Capitol Club Lab 2 Singh & Scarborough Aff
Capitol Debate Notre Dame of Maryland Camp Tournament 7/24/2019 CD2 R2 Capitol Club Lab 2 Aue & Yee Capitol Club Lab 2 Apostolo & Dietrick Aff
Capitol Debate Villanova 7/10/2019 JVCD R4 Debrainiacs Fu & Puri Debrainiacs Kim & Yao Aff
Capitol Debate Villanova 7/10/2019 VCD R2 Rocktopi (Dave) Cai & Lu SCREAMING IATV Villanova 2019 Agarwala & Feng Neg
Capitol Debate Villanova 7/10/2019 VCD R2 Rocktopi (Dave) Serafin & Singh Rocktopi (Dave) Beaudoin & Xu Neg
Capitol Debate UNC Camp Tournament 6/26/2019 CD R7 Schlab FS Pauls UNC 19 TY Aff Aff on a 3-0
Capitol Debate UNC Camp Tournament 6/26/2019 CD R6 Savonians KZ Savonians BY Neg
Capitol Debate UNC Camp Tournament 6/26/2019 CD R5 Schlab AS Pauls UNC 19 TY Neg
Capitol Debate UNC Camp Tournament 6/26/2019 CD R5 Pauls UNC 19 MX Savonians LS Aff
Capitol Debate UNC Camp Tournament 6/26/2019 CD R3 Savonians LW Pauls UNC 19 BB Aff
Capitol Debate UNC Camp Tournament 6/26/2019 CD R3 Pauls UNC 19 BE Savonians AM Aff
Capitol Debate UNC Camp Tournament 6/26/2019 CD R2 Savonians HP Pauls UNC 19 TY Neg
Capitol Debate UNC Camp Tournament 6/26/2019 CD R2 Savonians BS Schlab GC Neg
Capitol Debate Vanderbilt 6/11/2019 OP R7 Natalia Gupta & Anjali Gupta Mitchell Brennan & Eric Qi Neg Neg on a 3-0
Capitol Debate Vanderbilt 6/11/2019 OP R6 Mitchell Brennan & Eric Qi Trey Wilkins & Sreenesh Allu & Chloe Liang Neg
Capitol Debate Vanderbilt 6/11/2019 Paul R5 Caden Morris & Aiden Dombrosky William Johnson & Jarl Schlunk Aff
Capitol Debate Vanderbilt 6/11/2019 Paul R4 William Johnson & Jarl Schlunk Anaya Singh & Wilhelmina Ullrich Aff
Capitol Debate Vanderbilt 6/11/2019 Paul R3 Caden Morris & Aiden Dombrosky Hamsa Javagal & Avery Lloyd Neg
Capitol Debate Vanderbilt 6/11/2019 Paul R1 Caden Morris & Aiden Dombrosky Anaya Singh & Wilhelmina Ullrich Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG Octofi Westlake DS Valley International GT Neg Neg on a 2-1
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG Runoff Mira Loma SG Lake Mary Prep HM Neg Neg on a 3-0
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG R6 BASIS Silicon Valley IS Westridge MB Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG R5 Plano West MR Millard North RZ Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 PF Triple Newton South RS Walt Whitman BW Aff Neg on a 2-1
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 PF R5 SF Roosevelt HC Livingston KR Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 PFRR R4 Marist SV North Broward Prep KP Neg Neg on a 2-1
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 PF R4 Boca WP Walt Whitman RS Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 PF R3 Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches MK Walt Whitman DG Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 PFRR R3 University KM Eagan PS Neg Neg on a 3-0
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 PF R3 Delbarton TL Lakeland DR Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 PFRR R2 Lakeville South MG Dalton Independent CY Neg Neg on a 2-1
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 PF R1 Theodore Roosevelt AC Delbarton LT Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 PF R1 Lakeville North NS Horace Mann MM Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 PFRR R1 Poly Prep Country Day KF Westridge BM Aff Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPF Quarte Eagan PS Nueva AA Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 JVPF Semifi Marist VN Henry Clay GM Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPF Triple Westridge BM Milpitas PS Aff Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPF R6 Acton Boxborough HN Theodore Roosevelt AC Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPF R5 Oxbridge Academy GS Nueva SW Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPF R3 Capitol BC Cranbrook SK Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPF R2 King HS Independent BM Mountain Brook AB Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPF R1 Westridge BM Acton Boxborough LM Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPF R1 Medina Senior GP Winston Churchill DD Neg
Capitol Fairfield 7/25/2018 R6 Huang & Fukaya Ling & Tian Aff
Capitol Fairfield 7/25/2018 R6 Tzou & Morgan Chen & Toczek & Kohler Aff
Capitol Fairfield 7/25/2018 R3 Huang & Fukaya Tzou & Morgan Aff
Capitol Fairfield 7/25/2018 R3 Ling & Tian Chen & Toczek & Kohler Aff
Capitol Fairfield 7/25/2018 R2 Hellman & Bond Hollingsworth Ding & Luk Aff
Capitol Fairfield 7/25/2018 R1 Ding & Luk Rojas & Welzbacher Aff
Capitol Fairfield 7/25/2018 R1 Smetak & Withington Bandura & Jung Neg