Chris Fielder Paradigm

Last changed 27 January 2018 9:10 AM EDT

Argumentation/debate teacher and Assistant Speech Coach at Cornell University. I previously ran Public Forum and taught full-time at Delbarton School in New Jersey. I have six years of coaching experience, four years of competitive high school experience in PF on the Missouri circuit, and three years of competitive limited prep/public address experience with Seton Hall University on the AFA individual events circuit. This "clashing of worlds" lends itself to a demanding paradigm: wins come from winning arguments, speaker points from SPEAKING WELL. Forensics is an activity rooted in the communication arts; thus, I have a few deep-seated preferences:

  • Spreading is punishable by death. A saliva-filled gasp for breath is unlikely to persuade a jury during closing arguments.
  • Debate jargon should be limited.
  • Crossfire is annoying. I would rather swim in lava than listen to Grand Crossfire.
  • I am not opposed to low point wins.

The route to my ballot is winning the flow as per the winning framework. The route to a speaker award is arguing like a PFer while speaking like an extemper. Plain and simple. I am a somewhat traditional PF judge, but I appreciate a (VERY) well-linked critical argument. Complaints about a legitimate pre-fiat issue will be dismissed quickly if you simply don't understand its nuances. Similarly, fiat can only exist when the resolution involves a policy or a political pivot.

FLOW

  • My sympathies to the first rebuttal speaker. Your life sucks. I do not expect you to make every correct extension from your case, partly because you speak before your opponent responds to the case. I will accept a first-speaking team extending evidence case to summary. Do not abuse this privilege. Extensions can just be author name/what author said.
  • I don't flow CX. Mention any occurance of note in another speech.
  • If you don't signpost well enough, I will be looking for where you are on the flow. I will miss things you say. Those things might decide the round.
  • I'm an open book. If I grimace rudely at you, it means I think your argument is non-responsive and wrote N/R on my flow. Adapt to me both before and during the round, or go for the other two judges on a panel.
  • As your lowly judge, I require strict instructions. I won't do ink-work for you. "Extend ____". "Turn _____". "Stop playing ________ during our crossfire".
  • I won't weigh for you. If you don't specifically tell me why your argument is more important than your opponent's, I will play argument roulette.
  • My mind is usually made up by final focus. Do not wait until then to say important things.

CROSS

I hate it. It's the part of the round where two and sometimes (gulp) four competitors shout about things like warrants and net benefit without accomplishing anything. More often than not, everyone in the room is rude. It's when I check my text messages and the score of the Knicks game. You can convince me not to ignore crossfire simply by being calm and respectful to one another.

SPEAKS

  • Below 25 ----- You did something that offended me.
  • 25-25.5 ------- You were an ineffective speaker with vocal fillers all over the place. You struggled to get through your speeches. The speech performance was a distraction to your content.
  • 26-26.5 --------You showed developing speaking skills, but still lacked the tools employed by an effective speaker. The speech performance was sometimes a distraction to your content.
  • 27-27.5 --------You were an average speaker.
  • 28 -------------- You were a good speaker who shows developing mastery of speaking skills. The speech performance sometimes supplemented your content.
  • 28.5 ------------ You were the same as a 28, but did something else to make me want you to break even more.
  • 29 --------------- You were a great speaker who has mostly mastered speaking skills. The speech performance unquestionably added to your content.
  • 29.5 ------------ You were the same as a 29, but did something else to make me want you to break even more.
  • 30 -------------- I believe you are one of the best speakers on the national circuit.

PET PEEVES

  • Harvard didn't write the study. Someone affiliated with Harvard did. Use the author name.
  • Metaphors which turn into solliloquies and equally absurd responses to them. Analogies should take no more than 20 words to explain. Do not ask someone in crossfire if it's okay to kill a baby.
  • Talking during your opponent's speeches. You have notepads. Write each other notes like you do in class.
  • Asking me how much prep time you have. If you're not prepped for prep time, it won't do you any good.

That's about it. Ask me pre-round if I didn't cover something here.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF Triple Stuyvesant JR Capitol HW Con Pro 2-1
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R5 Albuquerque MK Trinity BH Pro
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R5 Albuquerque AL Peter's Debate Institute SZ Pro
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R3 Kingwood BB Lakeland District GS Pro
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R3 Fenwick BH Cranbrook Kingswood Upper CR Con
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 PF R7 East Ridge BZ Milton CG Con
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 PF R5 College Prep PW Hunter MP Pro
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 PF R3 Mission San Jose GM University FC Pro
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 SPF R1 American Heritage Plantation BK Northwest Career And Technical FO Con
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2017-02-18 VPF R5 Highlander DE Archbishop McCarthy LR Pro
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2017-02-18 VPF R5 Collegiate LI Walt Whitman HP Con
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2017-02-18 VPF R3 Waring KH Needham SL Pro
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2017-02-18 VPF R3 Roeper MA Randolph HL Pro
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2017-02-18 VPF R1 McDowell GV Poly Prep Country Day FS Con
John Edie Holiday Debates hosted by Blake HS 2016-12-16 PF R6 Millard West BL Edina GM Con
John Edie Holiday Debates hosted by Blake MS 2016-12-16 PF R5 Pinecrest SS Blake JG Pro
The 13th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2016-11-11 VPF octa Bronx HS Of Science IQ Regis LM Pro Con 2-1
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R7 Stuyvesant AH James Madison Memorial MS Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R4 Horace Mann GS Manchester Essex KB Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R4 Success Academy CT Poly Prep Country Day HB Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R2 Horace Mann TM Charles W Flanagan DJ Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R2 Regis MS Lake Mary MC Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R1 DuPont Manual PN Dalton CK Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R1 Horace Mann Le Walt Whitman KK Pro
Yale Invitational HS 2016-09-16 PF Rd. 6 Half Hollow Hills YX Chaminade HS Con
Yale Invitational HS 2016-09-16 PF Rd. 5 Durham OD Trinity Prep PT Con
Yale Invitational HS 2016-09-16 PF Rd. 5 Bronx HS Of Science OL Newton South CA Pro
Yale Invitational HS 2016-09-16 PF Rd. 4 West Orange BH Boca Raton Community AG Pro
Yale Invitational HS 2016-09-16 PF Rd. 4 Shady Side WH McDowell LS Con
Yale Invitational HS 2016-09-16 PF Rd. 1 Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches BL Half Hollow Hills CI Pro
SNFI Summer Institute 2016-07-27 PF Quarte JR Syndicate IS GK Lab SF Con Con 3-0
SNFI Summer Institute 2016-07-27 PF Octafi LK Lab NH AC Lab LL Pro Pro 3-0
SNFI Summer Institute 2016-07-27 PF Octafi GK Lab NJ JR Syndicate EC Pro Pro 3-0
SNFI Summer Institute 2016-07-27 PF R6 AK Lab GM LK Lab HG Con
SNFI Summer Institute 2016-07-27 PF R5 AC Lab HD LK Lab AS Con
SNFI Summer Institute 2016-07-27 PF R5 JR Syndicate IS ML Syndicate SY Pro
SNFI Summer Institute 2016-07-27 PF R4 LK Lab NH GK Lab JB Con
SNFI Summer Institute 2016-07-27 PF R4 AK Lab TT AC Lab LL Con
SNFI Summer Institute 2016-07-27 PF R2 ML Syndicate TY AC Lab PJ Pro
SNFI Summer Institute 2016-07-27 PF R2 AK Lab ZL AC Lab SJ Con
SNFI Summer Institute 2016-07-27 PF R1 AK Lab FZ JR Syndicate VM Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF Triple Midwood HSs BS Regis MS Con Con 3-0
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R6 Lakeland District Debate MG Ridgewood RS Pro
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R6 Charlotte Latin GO HS Affiliated to Peking FY Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R4 Chaminade CC Kingwood BB Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R4 Newton South SK Regis OS Pro
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R3 Summit DK Manchester Essex KL Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R3 Regis KM Brewster LS Pro
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R1 Lakeland District Debate MM Sequoyah BB Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R1 Charlotte Latin ML Chaminade FB Pro
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake HS 2015-12-18 PF Octafi Horace Mann GO Poly Prep HE Con Con 3-0
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake HS 2015-12-18 PF R6 Poly Prep MG Lake Highland Prep GF Pro
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake HS 2015-12-18 PF R5 CR Kennedy HH West Bend HK Con
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake HS 2015-12-18 PF R5 Poly Prep HC Madison West LL Con
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake HS 2015-12-18 PF R4 Bronx Science FD Evanston MK Pro
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake MS 2015-12-18 PF R4 Blake ML Oxbridge Beaches TB Con
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake HS 2015-12-18 PF R3 Eagan Sc Fairmont Prep DJ Con
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake HS 2015-12-18 PF R3 WDM Valley KP Horace Mann FR Con
Ridge Debates HS 2015-12-11 NLD Octa Bronx HS Of Science CF Scarsdale SB Neg Neg 2-1
Villiger 36 Saint Josephs University HS 2015-11-21 PFD Semifi Princeton BM Bronx Science ZB Pro Con 2-1
Villiger 36 Saint Josephs University HS 2015-11-21 PFD Quarte Dalton FI Hunter KR Pro Pro 2-1
Villiger 36 Saint Josephs University HS 2015-11-21 PFD Octofi Princeton AY Millburn VW Pro Pro 2-1
Villiger 36 Saint Josephs University HS 2015-11-21 PFD R4 Good Counsel SC Dalton PC Pro
Villiger 36 Saint Josephs University HS 2015-11-21 PFD R4 Bronx Science CR Princeton ZH Con
Villiger 36 Saint Josephs University HS 2015-11-21 PFD R3 Hunter CT Dalton JK Pro
Villiger 36 Saint Josephs University HS 2015-11-21 PFD R3 St Josephs Prep (PA) VM John Champe AP Pro
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VPF quarte Stuyvesant JG Regis MZ Con Pro 2-1
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VPF octa Poly Prep Country Day HE Trinity LR Pro Pro 3-0
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VPF partia Poly Prep Country Day SS Regis MZ Con Con 2-1
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VPF R5 Regis LM Trinity HM Pro
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VPF R4 Benjamin N Cardozo BS Trinity ES Con
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VPF R3 Regis LS Timothy Christian ML Pro
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VPF R2 Regis OP Bronx Science SC Pro
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VPF R1 Poly Prep Country Day SS Bronx Science RB Pro
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VPF R1 Stuyvesant JG Nightingale Bamford RO Pro
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Octos Hunter College MM Durham LP Pro Con 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Dble-O Walt Whitman WW Shrewsbury MM Con Pro 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Rd. 4 Christopher Columbus AC Regis BC Pro
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Rd. 4 Freehold Township Eg Summit LK Pro
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Rd. 3 Ardrey Kell BW Fraser Heights Secondary KK Pro
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Rd. 3 Manchester Essex HD Regis OP Con
Bronx Round Robin HS 2013-10-17 PF R4 Ransom Everglades LS Capitol Debate BP Aff Aff 2-0
Bronx Round Robin HS 2013-10-17 PF R2 Durham RK Bronx Science KH Aff Aff 2-0
Bronx Round Robin HS 2013-10-17 PF R1 Lake Highland DS University HC Neg Neg 2-0