hi! my name is Amelia (she/her) and I am a student at the University of Florida. I competed in PF as 1st speaker for 4 years on the Central Florida circuit with some success placing at nat circuit tournaments and qualifying to CFL nats, NSDA nats, FL states, and TOC. My strongest belief is that debate should be fun, educational, and accessible so try to have a good time and relax (you've got this!)
I am fine with speed, but please try to avoid spreading. If you are going to read abnormally fast, be prepared to send a speech doc and verify that it's okay with your opponents first. Speaks typically range from 27-29.5.
-I REALLY like to see actual analysis and warranting. Anyone can be prepped out by their team and just read off cards, it takes a debater to be able to break down evidence and explain the WHY and the nuances behind it. I am a firm believer that "cards don't win rounds, warrants do" so keep that in mind.
-racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, bigotry, or discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated and I will automatically drop you and give you low speaks.
-I will call for cards if there is debate about misconstruing, so if you are going to paraphrase (which I am fine with) just stay true to the text.
-I flow everything except for cross, so if you would like cross to be acknowledged on the flow, bring it up in your next speech.
what I like to see (not mandatory to win my ballot, just preferences):
-weighing in rebuttal
-narratives that flow from speech to speech
-consistency and communication between partners (summary and ff should go hand in hand)
-frontlining in second rebuttal
-collapsing in summary
what I am not a huge fan of:
-cardstacking: I am a huge proponent of quality > quantity, so I do not like a bunch of blippy rebuttal arguments stack on top of each other with little to no analysis
-rude spectators: your spectators need to be respectful of your opponents, meaning they are quiet and not disruptive. I will ask them to leave otherwise.
-theory is not my favorite because it was relatively new to PF when I competed and I do not have a large grasp on it. I am fine if you run it, however, just explain it logically and do not assume that I understand what you are talking about.
-try not to get too heated with your opponents. Remember that you will never convince your opponents, instead you are trying to convince your judge. I know things get heated sometimes, which is fine because I understand how passionate you are (I was like that too) but keep your focus on the judge.
my email is firstname.lastname@example.org for any email chains or if you would like additional feedback after you see/hear my RFD
Good luck and please feel free to ask questions before round! I will disclose if the tournament allows it and I try to give comprehensive written feedback as well :) Regardless if you win or lose, I hope you will learn something from the round. My strongest growth occurred after my losses, so please take everything with a grain of salt and do not set your worth on the result. Debate is an activity that requires you to put yourself out there and I know the dedication that all of you have put towards this activity is tremendous. You should already feel proud of yourselves for all of the work and time you have put into this activity (I know that I am proud of you!)