Chris Coovert Paradigm

Last changed 3/13 9:41P PDT

Chris Coovert,
Coach, Gig Harbor HS, Gig Harbor WA
Coached LD: 21 years
Coached CX: 17: years
Competed in LD: 4 years
Competed in NPDA: 2 years
Rounds judged 2016-17, LD: 10, CX: 1, PF 1

LD Paradigm: I have been competing in, judging and coaching Lincoln Douglas debate for over twenty years. I have seen a lot of changes, some good, some not so good. This is what you should know.

I will evaluate the round based on the framework provided by the debaters. The affirmative needs to establish a framework (usually a value and criterion) and then show why, based on the framework, the resolution is true. The negative should either show why the resolution is not true under that framework or provide a competing framework which negates. My stock paradigm is what most people now call truth testing: the aff's burden is to prove the resolution true and the negatives is to prove it false. I will default to this absent another paradigm being established in the round. If both debaters agree that I should evaluate as a policymaker, I am able to do that and will. If you both put me in some other mode, that is reasonable as well. If there is an argument, however, between truth testing and another way of looking at the round the higher burden of proof will be on the debater attempting the shift away from truth testing.

As far as specific arguments go.

1. I find topicality arguments generally do not apply in Lincoln Douglas debate. If the affirmative is not dealing with the resolution, then they are not meeting their burden to prove the resolution true. This is the issue, not artificial education or abuse standards. I have voted on T in the past, but I think there are more logical ways to approach these arguments if the aff is affirming the entire resolution. In a round where the affirmative runs a plan, T becomes more relevant. 
2. I find the vast majority of theory arguments to be very poorly run bastardizations of policy theory that do not really apply to LD. I especially hate AFC, and must/must not run plans, or arguments of this nature.
3. I have a strong, strong, bias against debaters using theory shells as their main offensive weapon in rounds when the other debater is running stock, predictable cases. I am open to theory arguments against abusive positions, but I want you to debate the resolution, not how we should debate.
4. You need to keep sight of the big picture. Impact individual arguments back to framework.

Finally, I am a flow judge. I will vote on the arguments. That said, I prefer to see debaters keep speeds reasonable, especially in the constructives. You don’t have to be conversational, but I want to be able to make out individual words and get what you are saying. It is especially important to slow down a little bit when reading lists of framework or theory arguments that are not followed by cards. I will tell you if you are unclear. Please adjust your speed accordingly. I will not keep repeating myself and will eventually just stop flowing.

CX Paradigm
I have not judged very much CX lately, but I still do coach it and judge it occasionally. I used to consider myself a policy maker, but I am probably open enough to critical arguments that this is not completely accurate anymore. At the same time, I am not Tab. I don't think any judge truly is. I do enter the room with some knowledge of the world and I have a bias toward arguments that are true and backed by logic.

In general:
1. I will evaluate the round by comparing impacts unless you convince me to do otherwise.
2. I am very open to K's that provide real alternatives and but much less likely to vote on a K that provides no real alt.
3. If you make post-modern K arguments at warp speed and don't explain them to me, do not expect me to do the work for you.
4. I tend to vote on abuse stories on T more than competing interpretations.
5. I really hate theory debates. Please try to avoid them unless the other team leaves you no choice.
6. The way to win my ballot is to employ a logical, coherent strategy and provide solid comparison of your position to your opponents.

I am able to flow fairly quickly, but I don't judge enough to keep up with the fastest teams. If I tell you to be clear or slow down please listen.  

 

 

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
34th Annual Stanford Invitational 2/8/2020 VLD Double Harker DS Quarry Lane MS Aff Aff on a 2-1
34th Annual Stanford Invitational 2/8/2020 VLD Triple Los Altos PD Harker RT Aff Aff on a 3-0
34th Annual Stanford Invitational 2/8/2020 VLD R6 Presentation HM Monta Vista RD Aff
34th Annual Stanford Invitational 2/8/2020 VLD R6 Interlake HS Unaffiliated AS Lynbrook SC Aff
34th Annual Stanford Invitational 2/8/2020 VLD R4 Lake Highland Prep KS Golden State EC Neg
34th Annual Stanford Invitational 2/8/2020 VLD R1 Harker AG Claremont TM Neg
Jean Ward Invitational 1/18/2020 OLD Semis Parker HK St Mary's JS Aff Aff on a 3-0
Jean Ward Invitational 1/18/2020 OLD Quarte S. Eugene H. S WK Woodrow Wilson EK Aff Aff on a 3-0
Jean Ward Invitational 1/18/2020 OLD Octos Woodrow Wilson NV S. Eugene H. S WK Neg Neg on a 3-0
Jean Ward Invitational 1/18/2020 OLD R5 Gresham-Barlow EL Westview KX Aff
Jean Ward Invitational 1/18/2020 OLD R4 McMinnville AP Lincoln AW Neg
Jean Ward Invitational 1/18/2020 OLD R3 Summit JB Sprague AF Aff
Jean Ward Invitational 1/18/2020 OLD R2 Gresham-Barlow LL Cleveland IJ Neg
Jean Ward Invitational 1/18/2020 OLD R1 Peninsula JB Seattle DB Aff
Auburn Riverside Invitational and NIETOC Qualifier 12/13/2019 NLD Quarte Interlake AB Vashon JL Aff Aff on a 3-0
Seattle Academy Invitational 11/15/2019 OLD Semifi Interlake Shaw Puyallup Snowden Aff Aff on a 3-0
Seattle Academy Invitational 11/15/2019 JLD Semifi Interlake Desai Newport Tran Aff Aff on a 3-0
Seattle Academy Invitational 11/15/2019 JLD Semifi Seattle Hamilton Interlake Yu Neg Aff on a 2-1
Seattle Academy Invitational 11/15/2019 OPF R5 Eastside Prep Schwiebert & Uberti Mount Si Mohammed & Silverman Neg
Seattle Academy Invitational 11/15/2019 OPF R5 BCAcademy Paik & Fang Mount Si Copeland & Roark Aff
Seattle Academy Invitational 11/15/2019 OPF R4 Timberline O'Meara Mount Si Jaffery & Murray & Holmes Neg
Seattle Academy Invitational 11/15/2019 OPF R4 Raisbeck Aviation Crockett & Chung Tesla STEM Yang & Joshi Aff
Washington State Debate Tournament 3/22/2019 PF R5 Newport SC Eastlake AL Aff
Washington State Debate Tournament 3/22/2019 PF R3 Central Valley BR Southridge PH Aff
Washington State Debate Tournament 3/22/2019 PF R1 W F West CM Overlake RM Neg
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD Double Harvard-Westlake SP Los Altos PD Aff Aff on a 3-0
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD Triple Harvard-Westlake MP Mission San Jose KG Aff Aff on a 3-0
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD R4 Valencia CT Loyola BM Aff
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD R3 Harker AC Lindale PP Aff
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD R3 Morrison KC Bellarmine RY Aff
Jean Ward Invitational 1/19/2019 OLD Octos Sprague LW BELLINGHAM UNITED DEBATE CLUB WB Aff Aff on a 3-0
Jean Ward Invitational 1/19/2019 OLD R6 Ashland RW Woodrow Wilson PB Neg
Jean Ward Invitational 1/19/2019 OLD R5 Crescent Valley AS Lincoln AW Neg
Jean Ward Invitational 1/19/2019 OLD R4 Ferris CV Woodrow Wilson AL Aff
Jean Ward Invitational 1/19/2019 OLD R1 Oak Hill AS Lincoln KW Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 LD R7 L277 L223 Neg Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 LD R7 L102 L260 Aff Neg on a 2-1
Washington State Debate Tournament at Gonzaga University 3/16/2018 LD Qrtrs Interlake Megan Wu Raisbeck Aviation Hong Ta Neg Neg on a 2-1
Washington State Debate Tournament at Gonzaga University 3/16/2018 LD R3 Kamiak Nikolas Battle Tumwater James Stafford Aff
Washington State Debate Tournament at Gonzaga University 3/16/2018 LD R2 Mount Vernon Grayson Parker Gonzaga Prep William Foster-Dow Neg
Washington State Debate Tournament at Gonzaga University 3/16/2018 LD R1 Ferris Chloe Campbell Ridgefield Eireann Van Natta Aff
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD Triple Oakwood School - North Hollywood AW Harker ARe Aff Aff on a 3-0
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R4 Valor Christian PC Nova 42 DK Neg
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R3 Notre Dame AB Strake Jesuit College Prep CL Neg
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R3 San Marino TA Evergreen Independent IK Neg
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R2 Mountain View VP Harker RJ Aff
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R2 San Marino KW Loyola JN Neg
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R1 Oakwood School - North Hollywood WA Meadows DH Neg
Puget Sound 84th High School Invitational 1/5/2018 OLD E3 Central Valley TO Palo Alto (Independent) FZ Neg Neg on a 2-1
Galentine Memorial Tournament at the University of Washington 12/1/2017 V-LD R2 Puyall DB GonPre RO Aff
Galentine Memorial Tournament at the University of Washington 12/1/2017 V-LD R2 Newpor VC GonPre WF Neg
Central Valley Bear Brawl 11/10/2017 OLD Quar Centen HH Spragu LW Neg Neg on a 2-1
Central Valley Bear Brawl 11/10/2017 OLD Octs Eagle TW Kamiak NB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Washington State Debate Tournament 3/17/2017 LD Qrtrs Mount VernonAvindea Hanson Interlake HS - BellevueRichard Ma Aff Neg on a 2-1
Washington State Debate Tournament 3/17/2017 LD R5 BELLINGHAM UNITED DEBATE CLUBDylan Patera Davis DebateYami Jacobo Aff
Washington State Debate Tournament 3/17/2017 LD R4 FerrisWinston Oneil FerrisAbby Albrecht Neg
Washington State Debate Tournament 3/17/2017 LD R1 Mount VernonEmily Klein NewportAkhil Mandala Neg
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 VLD Octafi North Hollywood JS Lynbrook NA Neg Aff on a 2-1
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 VLD Triple Del Mar/Torrey Pines HS Independent FK Lynbrook SZ Aff Aff on a 3-0
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 VLD R6 Lynbrook NS La Canada AZ Neg
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 VLD R5 Presentation AA Tahoma Senior DY Aff
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 VLD R4 Peninsula JL Mountain View DZ Neg
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 VLD R2 Lynbrook HH Oakwood Secondary School - North Hollywood LB Aff
Galentine Memorial Tournament at the University of Washington 12/2/2016 N-PF R3 Wesley Li & Shen & Guo Seattl Breslin & Le Aff
Galentine Memorial Tournament at the University of Washington 12/2/2016 V-LD R2 VasIsl Amelia Prince Interl Richard Ma Aff
Galentine Memorial Tournament at the University of Washington 12/2/2016 V-CX R1 Interl Kwak & Xu Ingrah Hoyer & Richards Neg
Central Valley Bear Brawl 11/11/2016 OPF Octafi Mt. Si NO Rocky Mountain JT Aff Neg on a 2-1
29th Annual Stanford National Invitational 2/8/2015 VLD Triple Meadows MS Loyola ZM Aff Neg on a 2-1
29th Annual Stanford National Invitational 2/8/2015 VLD Triple Loyola DW Bellarmine CP HS Neg Neg on a 3-0
29th Annual Stanford National Invitational 2/8/2015 VLD R6 Capital MK Valor Christian AZ Neg
29th Annual Stanford National Invitational 2/8/2015 VLD R6 La Reina ES Loyola GC Aff
29th Annual Stanford National Invitational 2/8/2015 VLD R5 Leland NC Canyon Crest JW Aff
29th Annual Stanford National Invitational 2/8/2015 VLD R4 Harvard-Westlake CE Bainbridge Island NM Aff
29th Annual Stanford National Invitational 2/8/2015 VLD R4 Claremont SH Monta Vista HS (Cupertino) KT Aff
29th Annual Stanford National Invitational 2/8/2015 VLD R3 Bellarmine CP PZ Loyola AP Neg
29th Annual Stanford National Invitational 2/8/2015 VLD R3 Oakwood NM Notre Dame San Jose RK Aff
29th Annual Stanford National Invitational 2/8/2015 VLD R2 Miramonte TK Bellarmine CP OS Aff
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VLD R6 Oakwood Secondary JW Palo Alto AM Neg
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VLD R6 Evergreen Valley JV Ashland GM Aff
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VLD R5 St. Louis Park LS Dougherty Valley TZ Aff
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VLD R4 Leland SL Peninsula JL Aff
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VLD R4 Fairview TW St. Francis HS (Mountain View) AC Neg
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VLD R3 The Meadows KR San Marino KW Neg
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VLD R3 Sequoia AA Bainbridge Island JR Neg
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VLD R2 The Meadows BC Walt Whitman LS Neg
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VLD R2 Eastside Catholic TD Mountain Pointe EH Aff
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VLD R1 Walt Whitman NL Peninsula KK Aff
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VLD R1 Torrey Pines EX Bainbridge Island CW Neg