Saul Forman Paradigm

Last changed 18 November 2017 5:35 AM EDT

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The #1 tip I can give you is that debate is about comparisons - no matter what you're going for, explain why I prefer your stuff even if they win their stuff

 

1. Cliff Notes

- Not familiar with the topic

- No preference for the number of issues in a debate.

- An argument isn't dropped just bc there's no ink next to it

- Having to choose from non-specific strategies, I prefer politics/case d, a topic t arg, or a topic kritik to process counterplans and kritiks about death and omissions in the 1ac

- I'm going to try to find any way not to vote on cheap shots, so if you're going for "Neg fiat or perms are a voting issue" close all doors

- K frameworks that change the decision from yes/no policy can be won, but even if you win "the role of the ballot is to form ethical subjectivity" you still need to win why the Aff's subjectivity is bad, which sometimes requires beating the case

- Counterplan competition - I generally think of it as textual / functional competition - CPs that contain all of the words in the plan are usually cheating

- The only relevant question for T is the most predictable interpretation

- Neither "uniqueness controls the link" nor "link controls uniqueness" mean anything - they're both uncertain estimates of the future

- I probably won't vote on reasonability

- I like jokes, but I also like taking speaker points from people who make unfunny jokes at other people that make them feel bad

- An argument has both an explanation of its validity (warrant) and of how it alters the way I think about the rest of the debate (impact)

- Critiques - both teams should debate the alternative - even if it's a critical pedagogy or something, explain how that solves both your and the other team's impacts

 

2. T-USFG

(Note: these are my gut leanings - I'm not emotionally attached to these and could be convinced to vote the other way)

- The Affirmative should defend a topical plan

- That does not mean the Neg gets a free pass - you should still defend why a more limited topic is more important than their offense

- Still do impact calculus - it's even more important here - why is having a limited topic more important than the existence of a general antagonism outside of the debate

- Fairness/predictability is an impact because debate is a competitive activity centered around argument

- Connect your offense to the ballot - if debate is dead and the ballot is structurally exclusionary then I need to understand why an Aff ballot would then resolve that

- I probably won't think it's a reverse voting issue

- Critiques of the topic are not a reason "being topical" is bad

- Critiques of debate as "Truth forming" are not a reason argument is bad

- You don't need a "Topical Version" of the Aff - just that your model of debate preserves their form of education / subjectivity / whatever

 

3. Speaker points

- Basic scale – 29.2-29.5: one of the top 3 speakers at the tournament; 28.8-29.1: top 10 speakers at the tournament; 28.4-28.7: very good, expect to break; 27.9-28.3: pretty good, shows some competence, but lacking technical skills in other areas; 27.5-27.8: below average, lacking technical ability in more areas than not; 27.0-27.4: poor, doesn’t fully participate in the debate or exhibits one or two moments of comprehension; 26.9 and below: you were offensive – it doesn’t mean you are a bad person, but something you did was deeply unsettling or hurt someone else in the round

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2019-01-25 PEL PFB Alpharetta HS BM Glenbrook South GS Neg Neg 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2019-01-25 PEL ADW Glenbrook South GS New Trier AK Aff Aff 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2019-01-25 PEL R1 Wayzata HR Pittsburgh Central Catholic HE Aff
Westminster HS 2017-11-18 OPEN R6 St. Mark's School of Texas VS Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BG Neg
Westminster HS 2017-11-18 OPEN R5 Paideia TH Johns Creek SD Neg
Westminster HS 2017-11-18 OPEN R4 Thomas Jefferson HSST JM St. Mark's School of Texas RW Aff
Westminster HS 2017-11-18 OPEN R3 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart FP Henry W. Grady WN Aff
Westminster HS 2017-11-18 OPEN R2 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart CD Northview RJ Aff
Westminster HS 2017-11-18 OPEN R1 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart PA Thomas Jefferson HSST TD Aff
ENDI 2017 2017-06-22 CX R6 Hybrid Gurude & Mirchandani Hybrid Abrams & Tivakaran Neg
ENDI 2017 2017-06-22 CX R5 HSW Lab Gudlavalleti & Manghat WY Lab Hoffman & Niyyar Aff
ENDI 2017 2017-06-22 CX R4 WY Lab Liu & Kanyadan BF Lab Cheek & Barzelay Aff
ENDI 2017 2017-06-22 CX R3 WY Lab Jackson & Brown BF Lab Fox & Phillips Aff
ENDI 2017 2017-06-22 CX R2 DL Lab Mackey & Walker WY Lab Panchumarthy Neg
ENDI 2017 2017-06-22 CX R1 KS Lab Sandler & Steinman Hybrid Wakefield & Nkosi Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 PEL R5 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart FP Glenbrook South BS Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 PEL R3 Greenhill KS Kinkaid BR Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools MS 2016-01-29 PEL PFB Iowa City WZ Blake SW Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R5 Iowa City West TK Maine East H.S. PS Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R4 Alpharetta KK Glenbrook South AC Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R3 Greenhill KS Glenbrook South SS Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R2 New Trier BK Johns Creek RL Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R1 Alpharetta KV Greenhill WM Neg
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R7 Homewood-Flossmoor MP Northside College Prep BE Neg
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R4 Bronx Science DK New Trier HS Neg
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R2 Eric Solorio Academy LN Greenhill MW Neg
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R1 Kinkaid RR Maine East H.S. PS Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 HD Finals Liberal Arts and Science Academy - LBJ AV Peninsula JK Neg Neg 2-1
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 HD Semis Peninsula JK Harker HK Aff Aff 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 HD Round Niles West SG Jesuit CP LW Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 HD Round Greenhill KhRa Peninsula JK Neg Neg 2-0
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 HD Round CK McClatchy LP Canyon Crest RT Aff Aff 2-0
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 HD Round Notre Dame PH Niles West CB Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 HD Round Marist ZE Berkeley Preparatory YM Neg Neg 2-0
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 HD Round Colleyville Heritage WL Niles North WL Neg Neg 2-0
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic HS 2015-09-25 VP R5 Johns Creek Bodea & Weintraub University School of Nashville Kurupassery & Mei Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic HS 2015-09-25 VP R4 Alpharetta Cai & Mittal Pace Andra-Thomas & McCaffrey Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic HS 2015-09-25 VP R3 Johns Creek Deng & Logan Marist Adair & Vance Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest HS 2015-09-04 Var R6 Seaholm SP Calhoun BF Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest HS 2015-09-04 Var R4 Milton HH Alpharetta CW Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest HS 2015-09-04 Var R3 Montgomery Bell RK Lexington LH Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest HS 2015-09-04 Var R2 Henry W. Grady CW Milton FM Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest HS 2015-09-04 Var R1 Johns Creek LD Montgomery Bell GZ Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2015-03-20 CX1 Finals Montgomery Bell Capizzi & Jablonski Chicago Lab Schools Hellie & Blocker Aff Aff 5-2