Samuel Hoska Paradigm

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Samuel Hoska’s Judge Philosophy

A little about myself: I have been involved with forensics for 15 years as a student, judge and coach. I am currently a coach at Edina High School, teaching Lincoln Douglas Debate. My background was originally in debate and speech where I competed and coached. I have been judging debate for the last 4 years, in all categories. I am currently a student at Minneapolis Community College for a Business Bachelors. I have a half a year remaining and then I will be working on a Bachelors in Communication and a Teaching certificate. I typically judge LD but I am capable of judging any category.

General: I enjoy a coherent arguments made with properly argued evidence. I am a “big picture” judge. I do appreciate the attention to detail, however, I don't like when it devolves into a debate that’s myopically focused on one thing. Make sure you take the time, especially in rebuttals to do a “birds eye view” of the debate. Remember, the rebuttal is the last time I hear from you before I make a decision, make it count. I appreciate good crossfire, and cross ex, specifically using information obtained in these for an argument. I try to bring the spirit of Tabula Rasa to every round I Judge.

Topicality: I like topicality, especially in varsity level debate. I think it makes a for a boring debate to have a non-topical aff. So it’s a pretty garden variety argument for the neg to make.

Critical Arguments: I was a LD and PF debater in high-school. I appreciate all critical arguments when they are understandable and explained properly. I catch on to arguments quickly, however I loathe having to have to fill in the gaps of an argument because its poorly argued. Make it logical, make it understandable.

Theory: I don’t have the background in this, so this won’t be very successful with me as a judge. I overall prefer substantive arguments over theoretical or procedural arguments. My flow can’t be muddy, and the explanation must be very logical and understandable. I pay attention when a debater uses Voters, I always want to know what each side thinks was the most important points in a round.

Speed: I have no problem with speed. I do ask two things. 1. Slow down enough on the tags so that I can understand them 2. Make your tags count. I dislike deciphering poor tags that do not tell me anything about the evidence.

Post Round Discussion: Please be respectful, I don’t appreciate a “shake down” when I’m explaining my decision. I don’t do speaker points till after the round is over and all the debaters have left the room and I take decorum into account. I am a bit of a non-traditional judge and I do make a concerted effort to bring up constructive criticism and positive comments. Please take these comments as an opportunity to learn!

Last Updated: 11/30/2018

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/6/2019 NLD DOUBLE Robbinsdale Armstrong DM Apple Valley YA Aff Aff on a 2-1
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/6/2019 NLD DOUBLE Minnetonka CZ Apple Valley DS Aff Aff on a 2-1
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/6/2019 NLD TRIPS Maple Grove AL Minnetonka AA Aff Aff on a 3-0
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/6/2019 NLD R5 St. Louis Park MM Anoka FH Neg
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/6/2019 NLD R5 Apple Valley SI Eden Prairie MA Neg
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/6/2019 NLD R4 Apple Valley LL Minnetonka SS Aff
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/6/2019 NLD R4 Mahtomedi KC Lakeville North SN Aff
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/6/2019 NLD R1 Eagan VK Denfeld EG Aff
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/6/2019 NLD R1 Maple Grove SP Apple Valley LM Aff
The Edina Classic 11/16/2019 VLD R4 Hopkins ET Apple Valley DG Neg
The Edina Classic 11/16/2019 VLD R3 St Michael Albertville RD Eagan BT Neg
The Edina Classic 11/16/2019 NLD R1 Lakeville NL John Marshall HS GS Aff
East Ridge Raptor Invitational Palooza RIP 10/26/2019 OLD R5 St. Croix Prep HG Chaska DP Aff
East Ridge Raptor Invitational Palooza RIP 10/26/2019 OLD R4 Eagan KB St. Louis Park GK Neg
East Ridge Raptor Invitational Palooza RIP 10/26/2019 OLD R3 Eagan VP East Ridge MC Neg
East Ridge Raptor Invitational Palooza RIP 10/26/2019 NLD R1 Eagan VK John Marshall HS TF Aff
Lakeville Lucky Duck 10/5/2019 JVLD R6 Rosemount Sr AO Eagan JS Aff Neg on a 2-1
Lakeville Lucky Duck 10/5/2019 JVLD R5 Minnetonka AK Apple Valley AW Aff
Lakeville Lucky Duck 10/5/2019 NLD R4 St. Louis Park KT Apple Valley DS Neg
Lakeville Lucky Duck 10/5/2019 VLD R3 Eagan ST St. Croix Prep HG Neg
Lakeville Lucky Duck 10/5/2019 JVLD R2 Rosemount Sr CP Apple Valley EG Aff
Lakeville Lucky Duck 10/5/2019 NLD R1 Minnetonka JB Apple Valley CS Aff
Rosemount Irish Invitational 9/28/2019 NLD R5 Chanhassen JB Apple Valley KW Neg
Rosemount Irish Invitational 9/28/2019 JVLD R4 Apple Valley EG Mahtomedi AK Neg
Rosemount Irish Invitational 9/28/2019 VLD R2 St Michael Albertville RD Mahtomedi RN Neg
Rosemount Irish Invitational 9/28/2019 VLD R1 Minnetonka SW St. Croix Prep HG Aff
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 11/30/2018 NLD DOUBLE Lakeville North CM Rosemount AO Aff Neg on a 2-1
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 11/30/2018 NLD R5 St. Croix Prep JP Maple Grove EM Aff
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 11/30/2018 NLD R5 Blaine RK Eden Prairie AT Aff
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 11/30/2018 NLD R2 St Michael Albertville RH St. Croix Prep ADe Aff
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 11/30/2018 NLD R2 Apple Valley EG East Ridge RB Neg
Southern Minnesota District Tournament 11/14/2018 LD R4 Lakeville North AC Rosemount Sr MQ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Southern Minnesota District Tournament 11/14/2018 LD R2 Lakeville South NB Rosemount Sr AO Aff
Southern Minnesota District Tournament 11/14/2018 LD R1 Eagan AA Lakeville South AE Aff
The Edina Classic 11/10/2018 VLD R5 Chanhassen MV Rosemount AS Neg
The Edina Classic 11/10/2018 VLD R4 Minnetonka CH Eagan AC Aff
The Edina Classic 11/10/2018 VLD R3 Chanhassen NW Eagan KP Aff
The Edina Classic 11/10/2018 VLD R2 Eastview MS Maple Grove IA Neg
The Edina Classic 11/10/2018 VLD R1 STA/Vis IB Maple Grove NV Neg
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/2/2018 JVLD Octafi West Des Moines Valley MD St. Louis Park MR Neg Aff on a 2-1
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/2/2018 JVLD R6 Chaska DP Eden Prairie TC Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/2/2018 JVLD R4 Strake Jesuit College Prep ZD STA/Vis IB Neg
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/2/2018 JVLD R3 Dougherty Valley AG Strake Jesuit College Prep NG Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/2/2018 JVLD R2 Apple Valley MA Eagan BT Neg
Rosebowl Tournament 10/26/2018 VCX R2 St. Paul Central HM Wayzata BW Aff
Rosebowl Tournament 10/26/2018 VCX R1 Eagan AM St. Paul Central HS Aff
Rosemount Irish Invitational 9/29/2018 NLD R5 Apple Valley NB Rosemount LC Aff
Rosemount Irish Invitational 9/29/2018 VLD R4 Minnetonka CH Eastview SM Aff
Rosemount Irish Invitational 9/29/2018 VLD R3 Eagan RS Lakeville North ST Neg
Rosemount Irish Invitational 9/29/2018 VLD R2 Eastview JR Eagan AC Neg
Rosemount Irish Invitational 9/29/2018 VLD R1 Eagan JB
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/1/2017 NLD DOUBLE Lakeville North CM Coon Rapids SHi Aff Aff on a 2-1
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/1/2017 NLD TRIPS Roseville Area LP Maple Grove SA Neg Neg on a 3-0
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/1/2017 NLD R5 Maple Grove PS Apple Valley KF Aff
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/1/2017 NLD R5 Apple Valley HA St Michael Albertville BW Aff
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/1/2017 NLD R4 St. Louis Park ML Coon Rapids AM Aff
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/1/2017 NLD R4 Chanhassen SA Lakeville South MD Neg
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/1/2017 JVLD R2 East Ridge AD Robbinsdale Armstrong LH Neg
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/1/2017 JVLD R2 Mahtomedi AS St Michael Albertville RD Neg
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/1/2017 JVLD R1 Hopkins SM Robbinsdale Cooper AS Neg
MDTA JVNovice State Championship 12/1/2017 JVLD R1 Roseville Area EC East Ridge MR Aff