Ethan Eyre Paradigm

Last changed 10/17 10:13P CDT

Last edited: 10/17/19

Experience: I do policy debate at the University of Houston, and competed in LD and extemp for all for years of high school. Went to VBI, TFA elims, NSDA nats, and UIL finals a few times.


General: Not a tab judge - I evaluate based on what issues become important in the round. Familiar with K and theory debate. No real preference as to what kind of argument you run, as long as you understand what you're saying. That said, please don't say things that are just blatantly not true. I try to intervene as little as possible, so I won't be making any assumptions for you, even if an argument isn't very convincing. No problem with non-T affs, just develop the ballot well.

Framework: In terms of the top layer of the debate, you have to tell me whether that's K or theory/T or else I weigh through the impact calc on your voters. I like pretty much any kind of framework debate as long as you give me a mechanism by which to evaluate the round. A good amount of my experience and knowledge is with semiotics and linguistics, but I'll also evaluate pretty much anything as long as you articulate how the ballot and weighing work.

Theory: I default to reasonability, so if you want competing interps, make that argument. Using theory as a strategy is okay, but if the argument is frivolous, I'll probably be a lot less responsive to it. Don't expect me to give a lot of weight to you extending a spike unless you flesh it out further.

CX: Don't make CX an attitude competition (please), you don't really gain anything from it and it just makes the debate less enjoyable. I'd prefer if you don't use cx as additional prep.

Speed: As far as speed goes, it shouldn't be an issue as long as you're clear. I'll say clear once and flow everything I can hear after that. Slow down on tags/authors and advocacy texts.

Speaker Points: I view speaker points as a mechanism for determining who should break, rather than just if you spoke well. Accordingly, if it's a high-level close round, points will be high and close, but if it's not a good round, points will be lower.

At the end of the day, clarity will be your best friend, both in terms of speed but also in terms of developing the ballot. If I don't understand an argument because you haven't explained it well or developed it, it's impossible for me to vote on it.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask.

For email chains, use: ethanleyre@gmail.com

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
King Round Robin 3/29/2019 PFD Finals StrJes SD Blake JG Aff Neg on a 4-1
King Round Robin 3/29/2019 LDRR Quarte Independent NG James Bowie TW Neg Aff on a 2-1
King Round Robin 3/29/2019 LDRR R5 Harrison AZ Independent NG Neg Neg on a 2-0
King Round Robin 3/29/2019 LDRR R4 Independent NG Newark Science SB Aff Aff on a 2-0
King Round Robin 3/29/2019 LDRR R3 Newark Science OS Harrison EL Neg
King Round Robin 3/29/2019 PFD R3 HorMan MK StrJes SD Neg
King Round Robin 3/29/2019 PFD R2 StrJes DD Sarato SC Neg Neg on a 2-0
King Round Robin 3/29/2019 PFD R1 Sarato PS StrJes SD Neg Neg on a 2-0
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/11/2019 VLD Oct NorChr JQ Villag AI Neg Neg on a 2-1
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/11/2019 VLD R5 StrJes JG SevLak RR Neg
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/11/2019 VLD R5 StrJes NG GeoBus MA Aff
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/11/2019 VLD R3 KatTay AP RobVel VC Aff
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/11/2019 VLD R3 Elkins KP Villag AK Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 LD R5 Strake Jesuit College Prep AA Round Rock RG Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 LD R4 Westlake FD Klein Oak JS Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 LD R3 Seven Lakes RR Strake Jesuit College Prep JM Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 LD R3 Woodlands LW Katy Taylor AP Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 LD R2 Melissa HC Los Alamos AD Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 LD R2 Westlake AL Sharyland LG Aff