Russell Ridges ParadigmLast 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.