Brandon Fisher Paradigm

Last changed 25 September 2021 7:04 AM CDT

I've got quite a bit of experience in Congress, Public Forum, LD, and Policy. I will understand your terminology, I'll time you, and I understand the rules/expectations of the events. I've been participating in speech and debate for 15 years, coaching for 8, and this is my first year in Minnesota.

PF: I tend to prefer the debate to be tad a bit slower. I'm also a big advocate of very structured speeches and structure to the debate as a whole. So like, signpost, line by line, one case at a time, etc. Also, please collapse throughout and give 2-3 voters or big issues at the end. You can still address line by line in FF though I don't prefer it. If you do, just remember to collapse and categorize. I also tend to prefer front-lining in 2nd rebuttal. I'm a big proponent of weighing and extensions as well, but like don't just use those things as a time dump alone. The majority of your rebuttals and summary speeches should be focused on the flow and responding to arguments line by line, but make sure to extend key arguments that go unaddressed and either weigh as you go or weigh at the bottom.

Also, I will rarely ever vote for a lazy debater. If I ever have to, you'll get very low speaker points. If you want to win a debate, you have to play the role of a debater. Here's how I break that down:

1. Debate has time limits for a reason. Your goal is to practice the art of knowing and preparing arguments within a specific timeframe. If you have 3-5 minutes of prep time, you don't need 3 extra minutes to flash evidence/call for cards while you think of what you're going to say in the next speech. Flashing is prep time.

PF: If you want to see a card, ask for it in cross ex, that way your opponents partner can pull it up and you can read it after cross ex when you start prep. Again, saving time. Ask for cards early, so we don't have to sit here waiting for them to find the card and I have to consider whether or not I should count that as prep and for which team.

2. Cross examination is not a time to ask random questions while you sit down and prep for your next speech. Every part of the debate counts. I'll also give low speaker points to a debater who sits during cross ex (other than grand cross in PF, and this doesn't include virtual tournaments. In a virtual debate, sitting is the norm and that is fine).

3. A large part of debate is presentational. In my opinion, spreading cards or cases alone is not debating. Cards don't beat cards, you have to explain the links, warrants, impacts, and weighing. I have ADHD and zone out very quickly if you aren't slowing down and explaining things or you aren't emphasizing the things I should be flowing. I can flow cases slower than I can flow rebuttals so please read a shorter case if you can so you don't have to spread. Exceptions for Policy only. If you spread though slow down on tags, and always include a short analysis of cards and argumentation.

4. K's and Theory are fine (especially in Policy), but slooooooow down. You have to explain that stuff to me or I won't be able to follow you. If you run it in PF just know that I may be very lost or unprepared as to how to deal with that or where to flow it. I'm not completely against it, but like only do it if you're really good at it, and prepared to lose literally because I understood none of what you were saying due to lack of time to explain it.

5. Don't abuse prep time. Always tell me when you are starting and stopping prep. I'm timing you as well, so I will correct you if I need to but if I have to correct you it probably doesn't look good on you and will likely affect your speaker points.

6. Most importantly, do what you're good at. Like, I have a lot more experience with traditional styles of debate because that's the style we used where I was from. However, I also have a pretty strong understanding and comprehension of progressive stuff. Just do what you're best at. I'd much prefer a really good progressive debate, then a really bad traditional one and vice versa. I just might understand and flow the traditional debate a taaaad bit better though.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Rosemount Irish Invitational HS 2021-10-09 NLD R5 Robbinsdale Armstrong LD Edina SJ Aff
Rosemount Irish Invitational HS 2021-10-09 NLD R4 Edina TK Eagan JKh Neg
Rosemount Irish Invitational HS 2021-10-09 VLD R3 STA/Vis SK Chanhassen CP Neg
Rosemount Irish Invitational HS 2021-10-09 VLD R2 Edina JS Apple Valley JS Neg
Rosemount Irish Invitational HS 2021-10-09 VLD R1 Robbinsdale Cooper OS Apple Valley KW Neg
MDTA Jamboree HS 2021-09-25 JVLD R1 Mahtomedi ZC Eden Prairie RG Aff
Flower Mound NIETOC Scholarship Swing HS 2021-01-26 9-VPF R3 BR Huggler & Chisholm DS Johnson & Ray CON
Flower Mound NIETOC Scholarship Swing HS 2021-01-26 FMVPF R3 CK Kotha & Ma AC Mandapati & Subramaniam PRO
Flower Mound NIETOC Scholarship Swing HS 2021-01-26 9-VPF R2 AC Singh & Singh ED Baek & Kilaru CON
Flower Mound NIETOC Scholarship Swing HS 2021-01-26 9-VPF R1 BY Vinaya Manikandan & Ganesh ED Shankar & Das PRO
Flower Mound NIETOC Scholarship Swing HS 2021-01-26 FMVPF R1 CA Rajakumar & Khakoo AC Singh & Singh PRO
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2020-10-15 LD Run-of Catonsville NF L C Anderson BC Neg Aff 2-1
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2020-10-15 LD R7 L C Anderson BC American Heritage Plantation MCh Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2020-10-15 LD R4 Elkins AM Catonsville NF Neg
Naaman Forest HS 2019-10-18 VPF Qrtrs Carroll Senior MP Lovejoy LK Con
Naaman Forest HS 2019-10-18 VPF R4 Colleyville Heritage LW Carroll Senior SS Pro
Naaman Forest HS 2019-10-18 VPF R4 Flower Mound VV Richardson CL Pro
Naaman Forest HS 2019-10-18 NPF R3 CMS S'lake Jr Deb BG Flower Mound MK Con
Naaman Forest HS 2019-10-18 NPF R3 CMS S'lake Jr Deb BB Flower Mound BP Con
Naaman Forest HS 2019-10-18 NPF R2 CMS S'lake Jr Deb SK Trinity BC Con
Naaman Forest HS 2019-10-18 NPF R2 Carroll Senior LM CMS S'lake Jr Deb TL Pro
Naaman Forest HS 2019-10-18 NPF R1 CMS S'lake Jr Deb KG Carroll Senior JK Pro
Naaman Forest HS 2019-10-18 NPF R1 Colleyville Heritage LG Richardson LS Pro
Bellaire Forensic Tournament HS 2019-10-11 CPF Quarte Builta & Canyon Schendel & Trujillo Pro Pro 2-1
Bellaire Forensic Tournament HS 2019-10-11 CPF Dbl oc Satish & Deutz Freeman & Gunwani Con Con 3-0
Bellaire Forensic Tournament HS 2019-10-11 CPF R5 Lee & Jacquet Bohannon & Taylor Con
Bellaire Forensic Tournament HS 2019-10-11 CPF R5 Goodwin & Li Mohsin & Kurapati Pro
Bellaire Forensic Tournament HS 2019-10-11 CPF R4 Arwani & Bhandare Wynne & Morford Con
Bellaire Forensic Tournament HS 2019-10-11 CPF R4 Hassen & Thampoe Maher & Shethia Pro
Bellaire Forensic Tournament HS 2019-10-11 CPF R2 Fiorito & Mangal
Bellaire Forensic Tournament HS 2019-10-11 CPF R1 Rajesh & Lai Liu & Kumar Pro
Bellaire Forensic Tournament HS 2019-10-11 CPF R1 Singh & Kulkarni Miranda & Malloy Pro
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 WS Quar Canada White China Gold Opp Opp 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2019-06-17 WS Oct Valley Forge Gold Florida Manatee Gray Opp Opp 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2019-06-17 WS Trip Rushmore Blue New York City Red Opp Opp 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2019-06-17 WS R6 South Kansas Gold North Dakota Roughrider Blue Opp
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2019-06-17 WS R4 Sagebrush Brown Eastern Ohio Gold Opp
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2019-06-17 WS R3 Colorado Red Tall Cotton Green Prop
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2019-06-17 WS R1 Iroquois Blue New Mexico Silver Prop
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2019-02-01 NLD R1 CMS Southlake Junior RA Greenhill VG Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2019-02-01 NLD R1 Coppell KP Greenhill PM Neg
Plano Senior Clark Swing HS 2018-08-31 CWS Semis Flower Mound Silver C Greenhill Gold C Aff Neg 2-1
Plano Senior Clark Swing HS 2018-08-31 CPF R2 Plano West Sr FZ Colleyville Heritage SR Pro