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!