Catherine Goodman Paradigm

Last changed 3/1 8:56A MDT

Debate: My paradigm is simple: make a solid argument, and support it with evidence. Don't try to win by criticizing the other team with minor points of order; stick to your argument, and state your entire piece of evidence so the quality of your source is clear. Flow your own argument, and make meta-arguments for how you win the debate. Weigh your criteria against the other team, and try to turn their criteria to your own if you can. If your opponent misses a card, or doesn't attack a contention, mention that -- but don't be aggressive. Style matters in debate; don't try to win by being too assertive or winning with minor technical points. Win with arguments and reason instead.

I would rather hear a slow, clear argument than a rapid argument that is hard to follow. It's fine to be confident about how your argument is flowing through, but refrain from making petty statements about the other team's method. It's unattractive and doesn't make you a better debater. Reason, clarity, cohesion, and good evidence do.

As for hitting every contention and sub-point, yes, make sure you do that. I will be flowing and keeping track, and I'll know if you missed anything. Also, make sure you follow up on an argument that hits a weak point in your opponent's argument. If they miss it, mention it again so it flows through. At the end make a big argument about how your side wins overall because of this cohesion and any arguments you were able to turn to your benefit.

Speech: Eye contact. Eye contact. Eye contact. Try not to trail words; be confident of your delivery, and move with purpose. Show some passion if appropriate but also vary your voice dynamics. Be memorable but do not do this at the expense of a cohesive, well-styled delivery.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Region 8 Tournament 2/29/2020 PF R2 301 306 Aff
Region 8 Tournament 2/29/2020 LD R1 107 102 Neg
Great Salt Lake District Tournament 2/19/2020 BQ R4 111 181 Neg
Copper Classic 2/14/2020 OLD Semis West HS SLC AK Hunter KB Neg Aff on a 2-1
Copper Classic 2/14/2020 OLD Octos Alta EE Hunter KB Neg Neg on a 2-1
Copper Classic 2/14/2020 OLD R6 Green Canyon SB Hunter SA Aff
Copper Classic 2/14/2020 OLD R5 Ridgeline AG Rock Springs MK Neg
Copper Classic 2/14/2020 OLD R3 Hunter LA Alta MM Neg
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial UVU 1/24/2020 LD Semifi GreRiv Jessica Petri Davis Bryn Montierth Neg Neg on a 4-1
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial UVU 1/24/2020 PFD Octofi Cyprus Newbold & Atkinson Northr Cantwell & Farner Aff Aff on a 3-0
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial UVU 1/24/2020 PFD R5 RocSpr Shuler & Yeshlur CedVal Backus & Smith Aff
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial UVU 1/24/2020 PFD R5 Juab Steele & Hennrich RowHal Hull & Wang Neg
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial UVU 1/24/2020 PFD R3 Bingha Bouche & Sevy Dixie Taliva'a & Bundy Neg
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial UVU 1/24/2020 PFD R3 RocSpr Ribordy & Fox StaSta Barrett & Saunders Aff
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial UVU 1/24/2020 PFD R1 StaSta Slaugh & Stewart Logan Weed & Shaw Neg
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial UVU 1/24/2020 PFD R1 Timpvi Teasdale & Miller Roy Cole & Crump Aff
Skyhawk Smackdown 11/15/2019 OCX R2 Summit Roundy & Guerra RivHS Thomas & Young Neg
Beehive Bonanza 10/4/2019 NCX Semis Parker Freeney & Hernandez Herrim Reid & Watson Aff Aff on a 3-0
Beehive Bonanza 10/4/2019 OCX R4 Crimson Cliffs HS GJ Green Canyon PF Aff
Beehive Bonanza 10/4/2019 NCX Quarte Herrim Reid & Watson GreCan Cook & Earl Neg Aff on a 2-1
Beehive Bonanza 10/4/2019 NCX R3 Parker Weigle & Weigle Herrim Reid & Watson Aff
Beehive Bonanza 10/4/2019 OCX R3 Desert Hills SM Parker JS Neg
Beehive Bonanza 10/4/2019 OCX R1 Logan SO Parker GR Aff
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/25/2019 CX Quarte Clearf Snounou & Howe RowHal Dau & Park Aff Aff on a 2-1
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/25/2019 CX R5 Skylin Anandh & Sucahyo RowHal Dau & Park Neg
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/25/2019 CX R4 Roy Chidester & Pippin ProHal Wheeler & Medeiros Aff
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/25/2019 CX R3 Roy Neiswanger & Heiner ProHal Schmidt & Campbell Aff
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/25/2019 CX R2 Roy Dunn & Coria Cyprus Oswald & Zarate Aff
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/25/2019 CX R1 CorCan Witzel & Page Cyprus Oates & Bartholoma Neg
Skyhawk Smackdown 11/16/2018 NCX R3 Skylin Pham & Zhang RowHal Drakos & Zhou Neg
Skyhawk Smackdown 11/16/2018 OCX R1 ProHal Werts & Seo Cyprus Oates & Bartholoma Aff
Beehive Bonanza 10/5/2018 OCX R1 Northridge SG Logan NL Aff