Russell Ridges Paradigm

Last changed 2/13 8:58P MDT

I'm a lay judge.

When I'm judging, I weigh my decision heavily on a debater's ability to form and present a coherent rebuttal to their opponent’s contentions. As the judge, I feel that a debater's ability to listen, understand, and formulate a rebuttal in the allotted time shows me that the debater understands not only the topic… but the core of the Lincoln Douglas format.

Speaker points are usually based on ability to form arguments, and time management. That said, don't ramble just to fill time. If you run out of material that backs your contention or is useful in a rebuttal, don't keep repeating the same things over and over. You're better off being concise and ending early than rambling just to use up all of your time. I also want to see that the student takes the debate seriously, and isn’t just joking around excessively.

When making arguments, be sure to provide clear warrants that are pertinent to your argument, and show why it’s true. Highlight these warrants for me and make sure to reference them in later speeches when you're using them to support your contention. If I don’t believe your contentions, or if I doubt the facts you’re using to back your argument, it will impact my decision. Don’t just make up “facts”. If I feel you're doing this, I will vote against you regardless of the rest of your case.

I would prefer not to see K's or too much theory unless it's very logical, topical, and well explained. No spreading please, and no excessive debate jargon.

Last but not least, don’t be antagonistic or disrespectful towards your opponent.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R6 Cherry Creek TE Cypress Woods FP Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R6 Denver East TH Northwood RD Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R5 Lincoln NW Mission San Jose EL Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R5 Hamilton SP Newark Science SBa Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R4 Mountain House AS Lynbrook AD Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R3 Saratoga CF St Francis AF Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R2 Copper Hills AT Northwood SA Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R2 Monta Vista RJ Presentation SD Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R1 Cypress Woods AK Northwood VA Neg
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/25/2019 LD R3 StaSta Zoee Jones MapMou Demetrius Morgan Neg
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/25/2019 LD R3 Cyprus Jacob Best Hillcr Ryan Chen Neg
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/25/2019 LD R1 Roy Kristina Deshazo Pezold Skyrid Aiden Robert Aff
Marie Clegg Jones Memorial 1/25/2019 LD R1 Cyprus Alex Garr Logan Ashton Xu Neg
Beehive Bonanza 10/5/2018 OLD R5 Palisa DC Galena TD Aff
Beehive Bonanza 10/5/2018 OLD R3 SkyVie GW BenLom JD Neg
Beehive Bonanza 10/5/2018 OLD R3 DavAca RM Parker MK Aff
Beehive Bonanza 10/5/2018 NLD Round ParCit Lindsay Miller Herrim Kathryn Kirby Aff
Beehive Bonanza 10/5/2018 OLD R1 CopHil IY WooCro MG Aff
Beehive Bonanza 10/5/2018 OLD R1 WooCro ZK SkyVie KR Aff