Lauren Hince ParadigmLast changed 2/16 1:26P CDT
In a nutshell
I'm a former LD, PF, and Congress debater from Minnesota. I now work for New Trier High School in Illinois alongside a full-time non-debate job in Chicago. Since I don't cut cards or teach debate for a living I won't come with deep knowledge on every topic. I'm familiar with jargon and by no means a lay judge, but don't expect me to come in with a huge background on topics. I say this so you don't assume anything when making arguments. I come into rounds with a pretty blank slate and that's how I will evaluate your arguments.
To win my ballot I will need to see some sort of framework/calculus/VC/standard/observation on how to evaluate the round. I will need to see arguments weighed through that framework. I will also need strong organization with the flow. If I don't know where you are, I won't flow your argument. Other than that everything else is pretty straight forward.
tl;dr: I try to approach every round with a blank slate since I'm judging on the side and not coaching full time. The most organized and persuasive debater who takes care of the flow will win my ballot. Oh, and PLEASE WEIGHT. It's that simple.
Please Don't Do These:
-Forget to signpost (This is #1 for me)
-Argue sexist, racists, or homophobic points
-Shake my hand or call me judge
-Card Clipping (looking at you PF)
-Extend without analysis or impacting. It's not enough to tell me to extend a card.
-Ignore the framework debate if it is applicable
-Turn the last speech of the round into a second rebuttal.
-Excessive off-time road maps, especially when there is only an aff/neg flow to worry about.
-Look at me for facial expressions and validity if you think your opponent is being dumb or whatever. I I usually have a poker face while judging and won't give any indication to validate you. The best way to tell if I'm getting everything you're saying is if my head is done and flowing.
1. Are you ok with speed?
Yes, but I am a bit rusty since I judge debate on the side. If this is PF speed, no problem. LD speed, you might have to slow down for me, but I'll let you know.
2. Can I add you to the email chain?
Yes, firstname.lastname@example.org, but you still need to be clear and organized. Just because I have your case doesn't mean I'm reading it. I process through hearing the arguments better than reading them.
3. Where do your speaker points start?
27 is an average speaker. 28 is you were a good debater but maybe didn't win the round. 29 is you were amazing and did everything I need to see. 30 is rare and reserved for debaters that have amazing strategy, prioritization, argumentation, and delivery
4. Do you disclose?
Yepp, but not speaks
5. Do you care about the flow?
Yes. Very much so, but that doesn't mean you should neglect the bigger picture happening in the round.
6. How do you feel about CP, Ks, theory, etc.?
I don't have a huge background in this but that doesn't mean I won't listen. Like I mentioned above this is a side activity for me and I never ran these types of arguments as a debater which means I might not have the depth of knowledge or understanding of structure to properly judge this type of argumentation. But, I'm super open-minded if you are willing to risk it.