Robin Liesenfelt Paradigm

Last changed 15 January 2021 9:16 AM CDT

You have worked hard, and you deserve to be judged fairly.

Debate: Please, make it clear to me what is happening. I am not yet used to listening to 350 wpm spreading. If I cannot understand you, I can't tell if you are making a good case or argument. I have judged too many debaters who have ignored this part of my paradigm, and I am left HOPING that I have chosen the winning competitor.

I am a 2nd year coach who knows enough about LD, PF, and Congress to judge, but I am not a seasoned veteran. I teach speech and interp as well, so I KNOW about speaker points.

Simply because "everyone" in the debate world knows a term's meaning, doesn't mean your judge knows it. Ex: Flow that through to the neg/aff, structural violence, disad, block, kritik, voters, etc.

I prefer to judge a debate that is won on your skills as a debater rather than someone looking to win because of a technicality. Show me what you know about DEBATE, not what you know about contest rules.

If you want to ensure a fair decision, you must give VOTERS. That helps me make sense of my flow.

15 TIPS FOR WINNING WITH A LAY JUDGE

Interp and Speaking Events: I have been teaching speech for 6 years and teaching, directing, and performing theatre for over 40 years. I know a great, well-rehearsed performance when I see it. I also try very hard to give you the kind of quality feedback I give to my own Interp students.

Please, let me know what time signals you prefer.

I truly appreciate all of the time and effort you put into preparing for these tournaments. Good Luck! laughing

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
TFA State HS 2021-03-10 LD R6 Coppell SS Southlake Carroll CC Neg
TFA State HS 2021-03-10 LD R3 McNeil SB Clear Lake IM Aff
Hallsville Virtual Tournament of Hearts UIL TFA HS 2021-02-10 ULD R3 Longview Webb Infinity Early Miranda Aff
Hallsville Virtual Tournament of Hearts UIL TFA HS 2021-02-10 TLD R2 Byron Nelson Maher Greenhill Scheer Neg
Hallsville Virtual Tournament of Hearts UIL TFA HS 2021-02-10 ULD R1 Aledo Bohnen Grand Saline Edralin Aff
Hallsville Virtual Tournament of Hearts UIL TFA HS 2021-02-10 TLD R1 Whitehouse Qureshi Harvest Christian Rabanal Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 NLD R5 Centennial VP Clark JM Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 NLD R3 Richardson PA Woodlands BF Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 NLD R2 Frank Black CT Southlake Carroll AP Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 NLD R1 Eagle KO Lincoln North Star CB Neg
2021 Plano East TFA NIETOC HS 2021-01-15 LD Semi Grapevine FC Melissa AG Aff Neg 2-1
2021 Plano East TFA NIETOC HS 2021-01-15 LD R4 Shepton SG Greenhill JW Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2020-09-11 JV LD R2 West Broward EG Midlothian MD Aff
Richardson Eagle Extravaganza HS 2020-01-18 LD R3 Wakeland LB Plano East NG Aff
Richardson Eagle Extravaganza HS 2020-01-18 LD R3 Sachse NC Wakeland CD Aff
Richardson Eagle Extravaganza HS 2020-01-18 LD R2 Wakeland AM Wylie JM Neg
Richardson Eagle Extravaganza HS 2020-01-18 LD R2 Legacy JE Allen HS/Lowery Freshman Center SN Aff
Richardson Eagle Extravaganza HS 2020-01-18 LD R1 Garland VS Mesquite TM Aff
Richardson Eagle Extravaganza HS 2020-01-18 LD R1 Wakeland RG Garland LY Neg
Trinity High School HS 2019-09-20 VLD R5 Carroll Senior PK Plano East SH Aff
Trinity High School HS 2019-09-20 VLD R4 Carroll Senior AS Colleyville Heritage AB Neg
Trinity High School HS 2019-09-20 VLD R4 L.D. Bell GB Carroll Senior SJ Aff