Chris Fielder Paradigm

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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 Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 PF R7 N170 N328 Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 PF R7 N219 N153 Aff Aff on a 2-1
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VPF Triple Stuyvesant JR Capitol HW Neg Aff on a 2-1
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VPF R5 Albuquerque AL Peter's Debate Institute SZ Aff
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VPF R5 Albuquerque MK Trinity BH Aff
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VPF R3 Kingwood BB Lakeland District GS Aff
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VPF R3 Fenwick BH Cranbrook Kingswood Upper CR Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 PF R7 East Ridge BZ Milton CG Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 PF R5 College Prep PW Hunter MP Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 PF R3 Mission San Jose GM University FC Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 SPF R1 American Heritage Plantation BK Northwest Career And Technical FO Neg
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VPF R5 Collegiate LI Walt Whitman HP Neg
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VPF R5 Highlander DE Archbishop McCarthy LR Aff
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VPF R3 Roeper MA Randolph HL Aff
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VPF R3 Waring KH Needham SL Aff
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VPF R1 McDowell GV Poly Prep Country Day FS Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates hosted by Blake 12/16/2016 PF R6 Millard West BL Edina GM Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates hosted by Blake 12/16/2016 PF R5 Pinecrest SS Blake JG Aff
The 13th Scarsdale Invitational 11/11/2016 VPF octa Bronx HS Of Science IQ Regis LM Aff Neg on a 2-1
The 13th Scarsdale Invitational 11/11/2016 VPF partia Regis OZ Bronx HS Of Science IQ Neg Neg on a 3-0
The 13th Scarsdale Invitational 11/11/2016 VPF R6 Byram Hills CR Bronx HS Of Science IQ Neg
The 13th Scarsdale Invitational 11/11/2016 VPF R5 Timothy Christian LM Lexington RS Aff
The 13th Scarsdale Invitational 11/11/2016 VPF R5 Lexington BC Dalton SM Aff
The 13th Scarsdale Invitational 11/11/2016 VPF R4 Hackley FZ Edgemont BS Neg
The 13th Scarsdale Invitational 11/11/2016 VPF R3 Poly Prep Country Day LD Stuyvesant AH Neg
The 13th Scarsdale Invitational 11/11/2016 VPF R1 Lakeland SK Summit KR Neg
The 13th Scarsdale Invitational 11/11/2016 VPF R1 Poly Prep Country Day HB Bronx HS Of Science BR Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R7 Stuyvesant AH James Madison Memorial MS Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R4 Success Academy CT Poly Prep Country Day HB Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R4 Horace Mann GS Manchester Essex KB Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R2 Regis MS Lake Mary MC Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R2 Horace Mann TM Charles W Flanagan DJ Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R1 DuPont Manual PN Dalton CK Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R1 Horace Mann Le Walt Whitman KK Aff
Yale Invitational 9/16/2016 PF Triple Presentation MV Bronx HS Of Science OL Neg Neg on a 2-1
Yale Invitational 9/16/2016 PF Rd. 6 Half Hollow Hills YX Chaminade HS Neg
Yale Invitational 9/16/2016 PF Rd. 5 Bronx HS Of Science OL Newton South CA Aff
Yale Invitational 9/16/2016 PF Rd. 5 Durham OD Trinity Prep PT Neg
Yale Invitational 9/16/2016 PF Rd. 4 West Orange BH Boca Raton Community AG Aff
Yale Invitational 9/16/2016 PF Rd. 4 Shady Side WH McDowell LS Neg
Yale Invitational 9/16/2016 PF Rd. 1 Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches BL Half Hollow Hills CI Aff
SNFI Summer Institute 7/27/2016 PF Quarte JR Syndicate IS GK Lab SF Neg Neg on a 3-0
SNFI Summer Institute 7/27/2016 PF Octafi LK Lab NH AC Lab LL Aff Aff on a 3-0
SNFI Summer Institute 7/27/2016 PF Octafi GK Lab NJ JR Syndicate EC Aff Aff on a 3-0
SNFI Summer Institute 7/27/2016 PF R6 AK Lab GM LK Lab HG Neg
SNFI Summer Institute 7/27/2016 PF R5 JR Syndicate IS ML Syndicate SY Aff
SNFI Summer Institute 7/27/2016 PF R5 AC Lab HD LK Lab AS Neg
SNFI Summer Institute 7/27/2016 PF R4 LK Lab NH GK Lab JB Neg
SNFI Summer Institute 7/27/2016 PF R4 AK Lab TT AC Lab LL Neg
SNFI Summer Institute 7/27/2016 PF R2 AK Lab ZL AC Lab SJ Neg
SNFI Summer Institute 7/27/2016 PF R2 ML Syndicate TY AC Lab PJ Aff
SNFI Summer Institute 7/27/2016 PF R1 AK Lab FZ JR Syndicate VM Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF Triple Midwood HSs BS Regis MS Neg Neg on a 3-0
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R6 Lakeland District Debate MG Ridgewood RS Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R6 Charlotte Latin GO HS Affiliated to Peking FY Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R4 Newton South SK Regis OS Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R4 Chaminade CC Kingwood BB Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R3 Summit DK Manchester Essex KL Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R3 Regis KM Brewster LS Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R1 Lakeland District Debate MM Sequoyah BB Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R1 Charlotte Latin ML Chaminade FB Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 PF Octafi Horace Mann GO Poly Prep HE Neg Neg on a 3-0
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 PF R6 Poly Prep MG Lake Highland Prep GF Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 PF R5 CR Kennedy HH West Bend HK Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 PF R5 Poly Prep HC Madison West LL Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 PF R4 Bronx Science FD Evanston MK Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 PF R4 Blake ML Oxbridge Beaches TB Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 PF R3 Eagan Sc Fairmont Prep DJ Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 PF R3 WDM Valley KP Horace Mann FR Neg
Ridge Debates 12/11/2015 NLD Octa Bronx HS Of Science CF Scarsdale SB Neg Neg on a 2-1
Ridge Debates 12/11/2015 NCX R4 North Star GV Technology MP Neg
Villiger 36 Saint Josephs University 11/21/2015 PFD Semifi Princeton BM Bronx Science ZB Aff Neg on a 2-1
Villiger 36 Saint Josephs University 11/21/2015 PFD Quarte Dalton FI Hunter KR Aff Aff on a 2-1
Villiger 36 Saint Josephs University 11/21/2015 PFD Octofi Princeton AY Millburn VW Aff Aff on a 2-1
Villiger 36 Saint Josephs University 11/21/2015 PFD R4 Good Counsel SC Dalton PC Aff
Villiger 36 Saint Josephs University 11/21/2015 PFD R4 Bronx Science CR Princeton ZH Neg
Villiger 36 Saint Josephs University 11/21/2015 PFD R3 Hunter CT Dalton JK Aff
Villiger 36 Saint Josephs University 11/21/2015 PFD R3 St Josephs Prep (PA) VM John Champe AP Aff
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VPF quarte Stuyvesant JG Regis MZ Neg Aff on a 2-1
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VPF octa Poly Prep Country Day HE Trinity LR Aff Aff on a 3-0
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VPF partia Poly Prep Country Day SS Regis MZ Neg Neg on a 2-1
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VPF R5 Regis LM Trinity HM Aff
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VPF R4 Benjamin N Cardozo BS Trinity ES Neg
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VPF R3 Regis LS Timothy Christian ML Aff
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VPF R2 Regis OP Bronx Science SC Aff
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VPF R1 Poly Prep Country Day SS Bronx Science RB Aff
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VPF R1 Stuyvesant JG Nightingale Bamford RO Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Octos Hunter College MM Durham LP Aff Neg on a 2-1
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Dble-O Walt Whitman WW Shrewsbury MM Neg Aff on a 2-1
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Rd. 4 Freehold Township Eg Summit LK Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Rd. 4 Christopher Columbus AC Regis BC Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Rd. 3 Manchester Essex HD Regis OP Neg
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Rd. 3 Ardrey Kell BW Fraser Heights Secondary KK Aff
Bronx Round Robin 10/17/2013 PF R4 Ransom Everglades LS Capitol Debate BP Aff Aff on a 2-0
Bronx Round Robin 10/17/2013 PF R2 Durham RK Bronx Science KH Aff Aff on a 2-0
Bronx Round Robin 10/17/2013 PF R1 Lake Highland DS University HC Neg Neg on a 2-0