James Brock

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 18 September 2021 7:01 AM EDT

Email: jameshbrock@gmail.com

Handshaking: Even before current viral concerns, I wasn't a fan of hand shaking. If you feel the need for post round physical contact, I will either accept a light fist bump or a full hug of no less than 5 seconds in duration. Alternatively, you can just wait for my decision.

Overview: I am the debate coach at Houston County High School a suburban (closer to rural than urban) school 2 hours south of Atlanta. We don't travel outside of the state much. I am a big advocate of policy debate, but, the vast majority of tournaments we attend no longer offer the event. So, we have switched to PF/LD debate.

I flow. If I am not flowing, there is a problem.

Speed okay. If I am not flowing, there is a problem. The most likely reason I would not be flowing is, that the sound coming out of your mouth is not words. If this happens, I will most likely close my laptop or put down my pen until I can recognize the sounds you are making.

Disclosure Theory: I am a small school coach. My teams are not required to post their cases online. I don't like it when teams lose debates to rules those teams didn't know were "rules". If disclosure is mandated by the tournament's invitation, I will listen. I also, will not attend that tournament. So, just don't run it. Inclusion o/w your fairness arguments.

PF: I judge on an offence/defense paradigm. Logic is good, evidence is better. I'm the guy who will vote on first strike good or dedev. Tech over truth, but I will not give a low point win in PF, and try to stay true to the speaking roots of PF. F/W is the most important part of the debate for me. It is a gateway issue that provides the lens through which to view my decision. I have done a moderate amount of research, but I probably haven't read that article. I may be doing it wrong, but I like logic when judging a PF round. I don't think you have time to develop DAs or Ks, but have no other objection to their existence. Jeff Miller says to answer these questions if judging PF... - do you expect everything in the final focus to also be in the summary? Yes. At least tangentially. The first final focus of the round needs to be able to predict the direction of the the final speech. If it's not in the Summary it gives an unfair advantage to the second speaker. - Do second speaking teams have to respond to the first rebuttal? No, but its a good idea. It makes for a better debate and I will award speaker points will be awarded for doing this. - Do first speaking teams have to extend defense in the first summary? If you want to extend defense in the final focus. - Do you flow/judge off crossfire? Cross is binding, but it needs to be made in the speech to count on the ballot. That being said, at this tournament, damaging crossfire questions have provided major links and changed the momentum of debates. - Do teams have to have more than one contention? No. - does framework have to be read in the constructives? Responsive F/w is allowed but not advisable in rebuttal only.

LD: For me, this is policy light. I understand it, but I try not to be influenced by a lack of policy jargon in the round. IE I will accept an argument that says "The actor could enact both the affirmative action and the negative action." as a permutation without the word perm being used in the round. I tend to view values and value criterion as a framework debate that influences the mechanisms for weighing impacts. I am a little lenient on 1ar line by line debate, but coverage should be sufficient to allow the nr to do their job. I will protect the nr from new 2ar argument to a fault. I will not vote on morally repugnant arguments like "extinction good" or "rocks are more important than people".

tl;dr: Spend a lot of time on F/W. Impact your arguments.


Policy Debate: (Having this in here is a little ridiculous. Its kinda like, "back in my day we had inherency debates. No one talks about inherent barriers anymore...)

Procedural:
I am human, and I have made mistakes judging rounds. But, I reserve the right to dock speaker points for arguing after the round.
I have few problems with speed. If you are unclear, I will say clear or loud once and then put my pen down or close my laptop. I love 1NC's and 2ACs that number their arguments.
I want the debaters to make my decision as easy as possible. My RFD should be very very similar to the first 3 sentences of the 2AR or 2NR.
After a harm is established, I presume it is better to do something rather than nothing. So in a round devoid of offence, I vote affirmative

The K:
As a debater and a younger coach, I did not understand nor enjoy the kritik. As the neg we may have run it as the 7th off case argument, and as the aff we responded to the argument with framework and theory. As I've grown as a coach I've started to understand the educational benefits of high school students reading advanced philosophy. That being said, In order to vote negative on the kritik, I need a very, very clear link, and reason to reject the aff. I dislike one-off-K, and standard Ks masked with a new name. I do, however, enjoy listening to critical affirmatives related to the topic. I am often persuaded by PIK's, and vague alts bad theory.

Don't assume that I have read the literature. I have not.

Non-traditional debate: We are a small and very diverse squad, and I (to some extent) understand that struggle. I have coached a fem rage team, and loved it.

Theory:
I have no particular aversion to theoretical objections. As an observation, I do not vote on them often. I need a clear reason to reject the other team. I will occasionally vote neg on Topicality, but you have to commit. I think cheaty CPs are bad for debate, and enjoy voting on ridiculous CP is ridiculous theory. I still need some good I/L to Education to reject the team.


Parliamentary debate:
I enjoy this format. I will adopt a policy maker F/W unless otherwise instructed.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament HS 2022-03-09 LD R4 Houston County RM Houston County AH Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2022-03-04 PF Quarte Midtown Chloe Walker & Jack Huray Sequoyah Alison Eltz & Aidan Geist Neg Neg 3-0
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2022-03-04 PF R6 Sequoyah Alison Eltz & Aidan Geist Carrollton Sonny DeMartino & Kieran Kelly Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2022-03-04 PF R5 St Pius X Catholic Zoe Devine & Colin Wright Carrollton Allen Hawkins & James Houser Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2022-03-04 PF R4 Carrollton Andy Herndon & Mark Zimmer Sequoyah Taryn Mareau & Margaret Haggerty Neg
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2022-02-04 LD1 R1 Valdosta Howell Cherokee Hartnett Aff
Midtown HS Carter King Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-12-03 VLD Rd5 Sequoy AG Valdos HC Neg
Midtown HS Carter King Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-12-03 VLD Rd2 Sequoy JM Sequoy AH Neg
Midtown HS Carter King Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-12-03 NLD Round Northv IA NAHWar KE Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2021-11-12 VLD R5 Northview Michelle Su Midtown Lauren Scaffidi Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2021-11-12 VLD R4 Midtown Aran Sonnad-Joshi Northview Ameera Alam Aff
Peach State Classic HS 2021-11-12 JVLD R3 Midtown Fiona Bray Carrollton Savannah Branton Aff
Peach State Classic HS 2021-11-12 VPF R2 Auburn IM Delbarton NG Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2021-11-12 VLD R1 Midtown Lauren Scaffidi Northview Zoya Shariff Aff
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2021-10-02 OLD R4 Midtown Roberts Midtown Tran Neg
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2021-10-02 OLD R3 Midtown Haynes Midtown Scaffidi Aff
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2021-10-02 OLD R2 Midtown Petilon Valdosta Barnett Aff
Northview Clash of the Titans HS 2021-09-17 JVCX R4 Woodward JW Marist CA Aff
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament HS 2021-02-26 PF R6 Marist Lauryn Walker & Anthony Ovadje Carrollton Javier Lopez-Miranda & Lyall Penley Aff Aff 2-1
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament HS 2021-02-26 PF R3 Marist Lauryn Walker & Anthony Ovadje Carrollton Patrick Berzsenyi & Alec Siek Aff
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament HS 2021-02-26 LD R2 Carrollton Liam Kelly Marist Will Fligg Neg
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament HS 2021-02-26 PF R1 Carrollton Cody Harrison & Olivia Heggie Marist Josh Escayg & Keegan Leary Neg
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2021-02-05 PF1 R3 Pike County Gray & Potter Marist Feeney & McCall Aff
Grady HS CarterKing Tournament HS 2020-12-04 NLD Final WesFor MZ Lamber SK Neg Neg 2-1
Grady HS CarterKing Tournament HS 2020-12-04 NPF R3 University Prep Seattle EAL Lovett MS Neg
Grady HS CarterKing Tournament HS 2020-12-04 VPF R2 Carrollton MB Lovett AK Neg
Grady HS CarterKing Tournament HS 2020-12-04 VPF R1 Allatoona TE Sequoyah HM Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2020-11-13 VLD R5 Valdosta Oluwatoni Salami Vestavia Hills Dylan Zhao Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2020-11-13 VLD R4 Valdosta Elijah Herring Henry W Grady Kelly Tran Aff
Peach State Classic HS 2020-11-13 VLD R3 Henry W Grady Peter Haynes Northview Neya Nirmal Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2020-03-06 LD Semis Northview Sreyaash Das St Pius X Catholic Joseph Tarnowski Aff Aff 2-1
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2020-03-06 LD Quarte Henry W Grady Griffin Richie Valdosta Jay Patel Aff Aff 3-0
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2020-02-07 LD2 Semis Northview Das Valdosta Herring Aff Aff 3-0
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2020-02-07 LD1 R3 Northview Ganesh Henry W Grady Tran Neg
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2020-02-07 LD1 R2 Denmark Kamisetty Columbus Lee Aff
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2019-12-13 VarLD Double Northview SD Lassiter TR Aff Aff 2-1
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2019-12-13 VarLD R6 Bronx Science NK Baton Rouge AT Aff
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2019-12-13 VarLD R5 Dulles TJ Durham JP Aff
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2019-12-13 VarLD R4 Warner Robins ZN Henry W Grady PH Neg
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2019-12-13 VarLD R4 Baton Rouge ZA Dulles AJ Neg
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2019-12-13 VarLD R3 Dulles TY Northland Christian ABr Neg
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2019-12-13 VarLD R3 Valdosta AK Holy Cross ND Aff
Peach State Classic HS 2019-11-15 VPF Octos Bellaire DN Vestavia Hills SZ Neg Neg 2-1
Peach State Classic HS 2019-11-15 VPF Run-Of Brentwood GP Lambert YM Neg Neg 3-0
Peach State Classic HS 2019-11-15 VPF R6 SpeakFirst NF Vestavia Hills AK Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2019-11-15 VPF R5 Starrs Mill GR Vestavia Hills RE Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2019-11-15 VPF R4 Johns Creek BG Vestavia Hills HC Aff
Peach State Classic HS 2019-11-15 VPF R3 Henry W Grady HP Vestavia Hills SZ Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2019-11-15 VPF R2 Johns Creek MS Vestavia Hills TL Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2019-11-15 VPF R1 Northview YD Auburn ST Aff
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2019-02-08 JVPF R5 McIntosh Alex Norman & Mark Adams Columbus Rohan Chandra & Deen Khan Neg
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2019-02-08 JVPF R4 Archer Jacob Einolf & William Titshaw Columbus Jaewon Lee & Sirish Sigili Neg
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2019-02-08 JVPF R3 Henry W Grady Mills Rentz-Baker & Will Tanner Columbus Yuag Shaparia & Shakthi Senthilnathan Aff
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2019-02-08 JVPF R2 Columbus Julie Chen & Saanvi Kapoor Lambert George Tian & Ian White Neg
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2019-02-08 JVPF R1 Henry W Grady Abby Challas & Kelley Downes Columbus Xianjie Wu & Sohan Shankar Aff
Peach State Classic HS 2017-11-10 NLD R5 Pace FV Sequoyah SN Aff Aff 3-0
Peach State Classic HS 2017-11-10 NPD R5 Marist GO Pace BM Aff
Peach State Classic HS 2017-11-10 VLD R3 Vestavia Hills BN Cherokee AG Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2017-11-10 VLD R2 Vestavia Hills RK Walton JA Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2017-11-10 VLD R1 Starrs Mill MI Henry W. Grady EH Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2017-03-03 LD Octofi Northview IV Henry W. Grady AO Neg Neg 3-0
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2017-03-03 LD R6 Valdosta CV Henry W. Grady LC Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2017-03-03 LD R5 Henry W. Grady AO Northview VR Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2017-03-03 LD R4 Cherokee JP Walton AC Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2017-03-03 LD R3 Carrollton RR Lovett PK Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2017-03-03 LD R2 Marist RL Grovetown NS Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2017-03-03 LD R1 Henry W. Grady RB Marist AP Aff
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament HS 2017-02-03 PF R6 B 35 F 45 Aff Aff 3-0
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament HS 2017-02-03 LD R4 F 21 E 22 Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R2 Nueva JT Ardrey Kell AM Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R2 Anderson JT Niceville EC Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R1 Kamiak NB Hawken HG Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R1 Lovett PK Meadows ER Neg
Sequoyah Autumn Argument HS 2016-11-05 VPF Quarte Lambert BK Milton VC Con Con 2-1
Sequoyah Autumn Argument HS 2016-11-05 VPF R4 Henry W. Grady LC Carrollton JJ Con
Sequoyah Autumn Argument HS 2016-11-05 VCX R1 Montgomery Bell ZG Killian Hill Christian RC Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PF R6 Myers Park KM Lake Highland Prep FO Con
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PF R6 College Prep WW American Heritage Plantation BB Pro
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PF R4 Henry W. Grady RG Miami Beach Senior DK Con
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PF R4 Morristown West RW Regis DV Con
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PF R2 McCallie GS Hawken SM Con
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PF R2 Marist HM Lambert MY Pro
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2015-10-03 NPF R4 Starr's Mill HK Columbus HS Con
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2015-10-03 VPF R4 Henry W. Grady BH Columbus KA Con
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2015-10-03 NPF R3 Starr's Mill EH Lassiter BV Pro
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2015-10-03 VPF R3 McIntosh DF Columbus RC Con
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2015-10-03 VPF R2 South Forsyth CQ Lovett EM Con
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2015-10-03 VPF R1 McIntosh LK Columbus NK Con
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2015-10-03 NPF R1 Lassiter GG McIntosh LN Pro
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2015-01-23 CX R6 Milton FH Calhoun BF Aff
Jackson Red Devil Rhetoric HS 2015-01-17 VP R3 Jackson LJ Tift County HP Neg
Jackson Red Devil Rhetoric HS 2015-01-17 VP R1 Jackson LJ Marist AB Neg
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2014-10-03 OCX Semis Henry W. Grady CR Montgomery Bell DZ Aff Aff 3-0
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2014-10-03 OCX Rd 4 Henry W. Grady CR Montgomery Bell DZ Aff
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2014-10-03 OCX Rd 3 Montgomery Bell ZW Marist EB Neg
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2014-10-03 PF Rd 3 Marist TM Henry W. Grady WP Pro
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2014-10-03 OCX Rd 2 Montgomery Bell DZ Paideia GH Neg
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2014-10-03 OCX Rd 1 Montgomery Bell YJ Paideia UL Aff