Sterling Willford

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 11 March 2022 8:14 AM MST

As a coach, my paradigm may shift slightly based on the form of debate.

Congressional Debate: I'm looking for a few well-constructed arguments. Though I would never ask for evidence in Congress, it earns you points to cite evidence in your speeches. I discourage being a late speaker on a bill unless you have new insights or arguments that weren't addressed previously. Please don't just stand and repeat what many others have said. Keep questions short--the longer they get, the more awkward and confused you sound. Have fun, but joke speeches will drop you to the bottom of my ballot.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate: It's all about the value and criterion (note that a criterion is a measuring tool by which we can see you've achieved your value; it is not a second value). All contentions should tie back to the value and criterion. The winner usually has shown that they either achieve both values better, has the only value that is achieved in either world, or has done sufficient harm to their opponent's case. Though I value logic more in LD than other debate formats, evidence will always enhance my evaluation.

Policy Debate: If it's worth saying, it's worth saying clearly. I do not favor quantity over quality. If I don't have time to write it on my flow sheet, it was never said. In order to win, the Affirmative needs to win all five stock issues; The Negative must win one stock issue (to suggest you could win in any other way is like a basketball player claiming they can win by how good they are at acting like they've been fouled). If the Neg presents a counter-plan, they have conceded the harms and inherency. At this point, you may only attack the plan and show that you solve better. Topicality is still an option if it was presented in the 1NR.

Public Forum: Public Forum is intended to persuade the average person off the street. I will flow the debate, but I will also judge heavily on your communication and ability to clearly explain the arguments on both sides. Overwhelming the "average person" is not the same as persuading them. If you would rather debate rules and pack four minutes with page after page of spewed evidence, I recommend switching over to Policy debate--better yet, change your ways.

Generally: Logic is great; Evidence is great; Logic and Evidence together are AWESOME! Be true to the form of debate you are in--there's a reason there are different events. Respect your opponents. Be ready to debate.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Idaho Mountain River District Tournament HS 2022-02-11 BQ R5 295 334 Aff Neg 2-1
Skyline Grizzly Growl HS 2022-02-04 OPF R5 10 JS 9 JA Con Con 2-1
The Jungle at Idaho Falls High School HS 2021-10-29 OLD Qtrs 103 124 Aff Aff 2-1
The Jungle at Idaho Falls High School HS 2021-10-29 OPF R5 135 100 Con
The Jungle at Idaho Falls High School HS 2021-10-29 OPF R4 185 139 Pro
The Jungle at Idaho Falls High School HS 2021-10-29 OPF R4 136 Nathan Harris Pro
The Jungle at Idaho Falls High School HS 2021-10-29 OLD R3 104 131 Aff
The Jungle at Idaho Falls High School HS 2021-10-29 OLD R3 124 187 Aff
Idaho State Debate HS 2021-03-12 LD R8 BS 236 BN 226 Neg Aff 2-1
Idaho State Debate HS 2021-03-12 PF R6 BM 415 AF 421 Aff Aff 2-1
Idaho State Debate HS 2021-03-12 PF R6 AW 407 AG 427 Neg Aff 2-1
2021 Running With the Bulls NIETOC HS 2021-01-22 OLD R4 10 Jonathan Bean 13 Gabriella Hammond Aff
2021 Running With the Bulls NIETOC HS 2021-01-22 OLD R4 25 Noah Rantilla 8 Cristina Baeza Neg
2021 Running With the Bulls NIETOC HS 2021-01-22 OPF R3 22 Christensen & Tamang 14 Irby & Lynch Pro
2021 Running With the Bulls NIETOC HS 2021-01-22 OPF R3 22 Manwaring & Johnson 4 Luna & Wang Con
Blacksnake NIETOC HS 2021-01-08 OLD R5 AG JB F JF Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 LD R10 L299 L319 Neg Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 LD R10 L343 L296 Neg Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 LD R8 L294 L220 Neg Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 LD R8 L212 L130 Neg Neg 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 LD R5 L347 L128 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 LD R5 L185 L187 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 LD R4 L196 L233 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 LD R4 L277 L121 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 LD R3 L239 L273 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 LD R3 L309 L120 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 LD R2 L209 L152 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 LD R2 L154 L276 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 LD R1 L289 L278 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 LD R1 L145 L230 Aff