Experience- I was a debater in High School on the Texas UIL circuit and am now on the Arkansas State University Debate Team. I have competed in LD, Congress, NPDA, and IPDA debate.
Philosophy- I look for a few things in rounds:
1. Clarity - Make it clear to me what you are arguing and how it applies to the resolution/case/etc.
2. Fulfillment of Burdens - In IPDA and LD rounds, I look to make sure that the two parties have fulfilled their burdens as a part of my decision. The burdens I observe are as follows:
a. Affirmative - You have the Burden of Proof. You must make your case and then provide either evidential or prudential evidence as to why your case is superior. Prefer no apriori warrants.
b. Negative - You have the Burden of Clash. You need to make it clear that you are attacking your opponent’s case either directly/CP/etc.
3. Remember to HAVE FUN – Debate is a game, have fun and do your best!
Speed- 9/10 Speed doesn’t bother me much. Make sure to clearly organize and slow down a tad for signposting. I want to make sure I have everything organized in my flow, so I can be as fair as possible.
Speaker Points- I award speaker points using the following rubric:
0-10: You have maybe introduced the topic and then proceeded to talk about something else entirely. I will never give this low of speaker points in a debate round.
10-15: Gave a speech. The organization wasn’t all there, and you didn’t respond to arguments clearly at all.
15-20: Gave a speech and had some organization. Clarity is lacking.
20-25: Gave a good speech with organization. Clear in your responses to your opponent’s argument.
25-30: Excellent speech. Showed a clear understanding of the topic and was very well organized. Good clarity throughout.