Ben Hanson Paradigm

Last changed 1/11 1:18P EST

Last Updated for: Sunvite 2020

Background: 4 years of PF debate at duPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Qualified for TOC my senior year, competed at NSDA 3 times. Currently compete in NFA-LD (1-person policy), impromptu and extemp at Western Kentucky University (2nd year).

Current Affiliation: Potomac, Montgomery Blair

Past Judging Affiliations: University School (OH), duPont Manual, Ames, Theodore Roosevelt, The Blake School

TL,DR: Tab judge, will vote on anything if it's well explained. I try to be as hands off as possible in the round. Do what you're comfortable doing, but make sure that we're on the same page by the end of the round. I've bolded the important parts of each paragraph to save time if you're reading this right before the round. Feel free to ask specific questions before the round.

New For Sunvite 2020 (PF) ~ probably should read too

1. 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.

2. I've given a good number of extemp speeches on Venezuela this year, meaning I know a decent amount about this topic. Don't worry too much about explaining background information to me (ie. what's going on with Venezuela's political crisis) and focus more on developing link stories to your specific arguments.

3. 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).

4. 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.

Generic:

I try not to intervene unless either (1) one side says something blatantly offensive or (2) both sides did such a poor job in the final speeches on key areas of clash and I have to intervene to decide my ballot. Generally, I will try my best to listen to any argument you feel comfortable reading and defending, but I'm not super well read on some positions so if you're going to run those you might need to slow down and get a bit more deep for me to vote on them. Don't expect me to look up from my computer much throughout the round, I'll most likely be flowing/making notes on the ballot from the moment the debate begins. Overall, here's how I feel about debate, regardless of what format I'm judging:

Speed: Go as fast as you want.

Weighing: I evaluate the debate however debaters in round tell me to. Weighing at the link level is just as important as weighing at the internal link/impact level! That being said, whatever the round ends up collapsing to, be prepared to go in depth on that issue, rather than just repeat the same thing over and over again.

Tech v Truth: Tech always comes first, but truth is still important in close debates.

Evidence: Include me on the email chain if there is one (benhanson0806@gmail.com) or give me the speechdrop code. PLZ PLZ PLZ use speechdrop if you know how to. For PF, I will call for any evidence that seems sketchy or if a team tells me to. When I call for evidence, I generally try to evaluate which side had a more accurate interpretation of the evidence read, rather than form my own. I'm unwilling to call for evidence that isn't warranted well in speeches and will not make your evidence say things you don't say it says.

Speaker Points: I give higher speaks to people who debate the flow the best. I'm not a "speaker point fairy", so don't expect a 30 from me unless you do something miraculous. I don't necessarily have a baseline for speaker points because I think that every round is different.

Theory/T: I'll listen to any silly theory argument you want to read, but there needs to be well articulated standards for me to vote on it. In terms of topicality specifically, I look for debaters to compare visions of the topic and explain why one is preferable to the other. TVA and a topical case list are super helpful in T debates - you should probably give them. I won't say I'm unwilling to vote on potential abuse, but there needs to be well articulated standards for me to vote on it. It's probably an uphill battle for you to win here. I would much rather vote on proven abuse if that's possible. RVIs are probably a no-go but you can try if you want.

Disclosure: It's undeniably good for clash and education. Disclosure us

LD Spec:

I never competed in high school LD, but I have a year and a half of experience at the college level. If you're reading my paradigm and trying to figure out how to pref me, here's what I would recommend -

1 - LARP/Policymaking/Util

2 - T/Theory

3 - Ks

4 - Phil

5/Strike - Trad LD, jerks

1) I have a pretty high threshold to vote on theory debates. I'm most comfortable listening to T, vagueness/spec, and disclosure arguments. Anything beyond this is something i've never run or debated against before, so while I could vote on something else, it's less likely than one of those. Any 1AC or 1NC positions you've read before should be on the wiki, please don't make me vote disclosure. For tricks, I'll listen to them, but you'll need to use super clear ballot directing language in the 2NR/2AR because I've never run them myself and haven't had a lot of hands-on experience debating against them.

2) I think philosophy is neat, but I'm not super well versed on it. Framework debates are fine and encouraged if that's your jam, but you might have to do more explaining anything beyond basic util to me.

3) K affs need a strong defense against framework. You probably want to spend more time answering limits arguments in the 1AR in front of me than you would with other judges in the back of the room. Also, I think the neg should present a TVA in the 1NC and that a lot of the FW debate should be centered around whether or not a topical version of the aff exists.

PF Spec:

1) I'm fine with speed and can flow spreading. However, I'm not a fan of people competing in PF using speed as a way to squeeze 30 paraphrased cards into a speech. If you're going to spread, I prefer that you read full cards. I won't drop or intervene if you go quickly and paraphrase, but it might be hard for me to keep up with tags, author names and dates so make sure as you're super clear on those things.

2) Overviews are alright out of the rebuttal, but not encouraged. I think that far too often people use overviews as an excuse to read more offense out of rebuttal to make up for a lack of defense on case. If you are going to read new offense out of the rebuttal, it needs to be backed up by VERY solid case defense in the latter half of the speech. I will most likely call for your defense cards and if they're crumby, generic cards, I will most likely give the ballot to the team that encouraged clash the most, rather than just making the round a race to the bottom to see who can read the most arguments. Also, if you're going to read a long, offense-heavy OV out of the rebuttal, tell me in your roadmap that it'll be "one off then case" so that I can keep my flow relatively clear.

3) I like speeches to respond to what was said in the speech before. That means I like frontlines in second rebuttal, defense in first summary, so on and so forth. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT NOW THAT THE SUMMARY IS THREE MINUTES LONG. If something isn't mentioned in the next speech, I assume it's a drop and am less willing to vote on new articulations of that argument later in the round. Word economy is key.

4) I'm 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. I dislike PDFs because I think it encourages poor research practices and they're harder to analyze in a timely manner. If you don't have cut cards, I'll probably dock your speaks, but I won't evaluate it as a voting issue in the round unless there is a REALLY good argument made against it in the round (see my notes on theory above).

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
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 Winston Churchill HH Flanagan CT Aff
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF R3 Cardinal Gibbons MJ Livingston HS Neg
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF R2 Richard Montgomery HZ Ravenwood FC Neg
The Sunvitational 1/10/2020 PF R2 Ravenwood MM Westwood Independent PR 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 Acton-Boxborough RHS Independent QS Fairmont Prep KO Neg
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 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 Pauls UNC 19 MX Savonians LS Aff
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 R3 Pauls UNC 19 BE Savonians AM 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 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 PF R4 Boca WP Walt Whitman RS Aff
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 R3 Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches MK Walt Whitman DG Neg
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 R3 University KM Eagan PS Neg Neg on a 3-0
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 PFRR R1 Poly Prep Country Day KF Westridge BM Aff Aff on a 2-1
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 PF R1 Lakeville North NS Horace Mann MM Neg
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 Medina Senior GP Winston Churchill DD Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPF R1 Westridge BM Acton Boxborough LM Aff
Capitol Fairfield 7/25/2018 R6 Tzou & Morgan Chen & Toczek & Kohler Aff
Capitol Fairfield 7/25/2018 R6 Huang & Fukaya Ling & Tian 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