James Brock Paradigm

Last changed 2/9 10:27A EDT
2-8-19 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.

The 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.

I have judged more than 1000 policy rounds, and am a bad judge for PF. I pref logic over persuasion, and the flow over truth. My judge training is antithetical to the purpose of PF.

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. 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.

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.

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...)
Rounds on Latin America topic: 8

Stats:
Aff: 4 ballots
Neg: 4 ballots

Average speaker points this year:
rank 1: 28.38 High (29.1)
rank 2: 27.58
rank 3: 27.32
rank 4: 26.84 Low (26.1)
Average: 27.53

Procedural:
I despise reading cards after the round. 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.

The project: We are a small and very diverse squad, and I (to some extent) understand that struggle. That being said, I have never been persuaded to vote for a project team. I will listen though.

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 have recently reevaluated my stance on theory. I enjoy good theory debates. I have come to the conclusion that they are exceptionally educational. 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 Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships 2/8/2019 JVPF R5 McIntosh Alex Norman & Mark Adams Columbus Rohan Chandra & Deen Khan Neg
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships 2/8/2019 JVPF R4 Archer Jacob Einolf & William Titshaw Columbus Jaewon Lee & Sirish Sigili Neg
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships 2/8/2019 JVPF R3 Henry W Grady Mills Rentz-Baker & Will Tanner Columbus Yuag Shaparia & Shakthi Senthilnathan Aff
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships 2/8/2019 JVPF R2 Columbus Julie Chen & Saanvi Kapoor Lambert George Tian & Ian White Neg
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships 2/8/2019 JVPF R1 Henry W Grady Abby Challas & Kelley Downes Columbus Xianjie Wu & Sohan Shankar Aff
GFCA State 3/2/2018 LD Octos Valdosta Jay Patel Henry W. Grady Swagatam Das Aff Aff on a 2-1
GFCA State 3/2/2018 LD R6 Carrollton Ruthie Reeves Henry W. Grady Reid Barry Aff
GFCA State 3/2/2018 LD R5 Warner Robins Anastacia Del Rio Carrollton Janice Teal Aff
GFCA State 3/2/2018 LD R4 Walton Jacob Alayof Cherokee Sean Howell Aff
GFCA State 3/2/2018 LD R3 Valdosta Jay Patel Cherokee John Peterson Neg
GFCA State 3/2/2018 LD R2 St Pius X Catholic William Poe Valdosta Albert Kang Neg
GFCA State 3/2/2018 LD R1 Henry W. Grady Alex Opsahl Lassiter Shannon Stevenson Aff
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament 2/2/2018 LD R5 Marist AP Valdosta AK Aff Aff on a 3-0
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament 2/2/2018 LD R3 Valdosta JP Starrs Mill CW Aff
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament 2/2/2018 LD R2 Jackson LB Starrs Mill GM Aff
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament 2/2/2018 PF R1 Starrs Mill BJ Carrollton TR Aff
Peach State Classic 11/10/2017 NLD R5 Pace FV Sequoyah SN Aff Aff on a 3-0
Peach State Classic 11/10/2017 NPD R5 Marist GO Pace BM Aff
Peach State Classic 11/10/2017 VLD R3 Vestavia Hills BN Cherokee AG Neg
Peach State Classic 11/10/2017 VLD R2 Vestavia Hills RK Walton JA Neg
Peach State Classic 11/10/2017 VLD R1 Starrs Mill MI Henry W. Grady EH Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 LD Octofi Northview IV Henry W. Grady AO Neg Neg on a 3-0
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 LD R6 Valdosta CV Henry W. Grady LC Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 LD R5 Henry W. Grady AO Northview VR Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 LD R4 Cherokee JP Walton AC Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 LD R3 Carrollton RR Lovett PK Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 LD R2 Marist RL Grovetown NS Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 LD R1 Henry W. Grady RB Marist AP Aff
GFCA First and Second Year State Championships 2/11/2017 JVPF Finals Columbus AP Henry W. Grady DS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament 2/3/2017 PF R6 B 35 F 45 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament 2/3/2017 LD R4 F 21 E 22 Aff
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament 2/3/2017 PF R3 F 45 B 36 Aff
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament 2/3/2017 LD R2 F 20 E 23 Aff
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament 2/3/2017 PF R1 D 49 C 41 Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R2 Nueva JT Ardrey Kell AM Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R2 Anderson JT Niceville EC Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R1 Kamiak NB Hawken HG Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R1 Lovett PK Meadows ER Neg
CarterKing Quest for the Dream 11/19/2016 VLD R3 Starrs Mill CWa St Pius X Catholic WP Neg
CarterKing Quest for the Dream 11/19/2016 VLD R3 Valdosta WT Lassiter GL Neg
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/5/2016 VPF Quarte Lambert BK Milton VC Neg Neg on a 2-1
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/5/2016 VPF R4 Henry W. Grady LC Carrollton JJ Neg
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/5/2016 VCX R1 Montgomery Bell ZG Killian Hill Christian RC Aff
hoco practice 8/30/2016 PF R10 Houston County BD Houston County CG Aff Aff on a 3-2
hoco practice 8/30/2016 PF R9 Houston County CI Houston County CE Neg Aff on a 6-1
hoco practice 8/30/2016 PF R8 Houston County YW Houston County MM Neg Neg on a 4-2
hoco practice 8/30/2016 PF R7 Houston County BD Houston County CK Aff Aff on a 8-3
hoco practice 8/30/2016 PF R5 Houston County OS Houston County CI Neg
hoco practice 8/30/2016 PF R4 Houston County BE Houston County CG Neg Neg on a 10-0
hoco practice 8/30/2016 PF R2 Houston County BS Houston County YW Aff Aff on a 6-0
hoco practice 8/30/2016 PF R1 Houston County EB Houston County BS Neg Aff on a 10-8
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 PF Quarte Columbus PY Marist MH Neg Aff on a 2-1
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 PF Octofi Milton CK Carrollton ZS Neg Aff on a 2-1
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 PF R5 Marist BP Columbus CR Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 PF R4 Milton KK Fayette County JK Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 PF R3 Starrs Mill CO McIntosh EF Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 PF R2 St Pius X Catholic RL Milton CG Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 PF R1 Milton CK McIntosh CS Aff
GFCA 1st and 2nd Year State Championship 2/20/2016 JVPF Semis Marist HT Columbus GP Aff Neg on a 2-1
GFCA 1st and 2nd Year State Championship 2/20/2016 JVPF Quarte Columbus GP Lambert AP Aff Aff on a 3-0
GFCA 1st and 2nd Year State Championship 2/20/2016 NLD Quarte Marist AP Lovett PK Aff Aff on a 2-1
GFCA 1st and 2nd Year State Championship 2/20/2016 JVLD R4 Lambert FS Marist LM Neg
GFCA 1st and 2nd Year State Championship 2/20/2016 JVLD R3 Allatoona ML Valdosta RP Neg
GFCA 1st and 2nd Year State Championship 2/20/2016 JVLD R1 McIntosh LH Starrs Mill NT Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PF R6 Myers Park KM Lake Highland Prep FO Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PF R6 College Prep WW American Heritage Plantation BB Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PF R4 Morristown West RW Regis DV Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PF R4 Henry W. Grady RG Miami Beach Senior DK Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PF R2 Marist HM Lambert MY Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PF R2 McCallie GS Hawken SM Neg
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2015 VPF R4 Henry W. Grady BH Columbus KA Neg
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2015 NPF R4 Starr's Mill HK Columbus HS Neg
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2015 NPF R3 Starr's Mill EH Lassiter BV Aff
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2015 VPF R3 McIntosh DF Columbus RC Neg
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2015 VPF R2 South Forsyth CQ Lovett EM Neg
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2015 NPF R1 Lassiter GG McIntosh LN Aff
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2015 VPF R1 McIntosh LK Columbus NK Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 CX R6 Milton FH Calhoun BF Aff
Jackson Red Devil Rhetoric 1/17/2015 VP R3 Jackson LJ Tift County HP Neg
Jackson Red Devil Rhetoric 1/17/2015 VP R1 Jackson LJ Marist AB Neg
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2014 OCX Semis Henry W. Grady CR Montgomery Bell DZ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2014 OCX Rd 4 Henry W. Grady CR Montgomery Bell DZ Aff
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2014 OCX Rd 3 Montgomery Bell ZW Marist EB Neg
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2014 PF Rd 3 Marist TM Henry W. Grady WP Aff
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2014 OCX Rd 2 Montgomery Bell DZ Paideia GH Neg
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2014 OCX Rd 1 Montgomery Bell YJ Paideia UL Aff
The Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2014 PD R5 La Salle College HG Central Gwinnett BG Aff
The Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2014 PD R4 Milton FM Wheeler KC Aff
The Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2014 PD R3 Johns Creek DB Roswell RB Neg