Mark Woodhead Paradigm

Last changed 11/17 12:38P PDT

Pronouns: He/ Him. Will respect whatever your preferred pronouns are.

Role/ Experience: circuit policy/ coach @ Logan, parli debater @ UC Davis, currently head debate coach for Archbishop Mitty High School.

Evidence: Put me on the chain: mwoodhead@mitty.com. However, I try to avoid reading speech docs for substantive issues- you have to make the arguments, interps, weighing clear to me in your verbalized speech. I will try to intervene/ "do work" for the debater as little as possible, so don't expect that I will buy all of the fire analysis of your card if you aren't extending or explaining any of it. Prep stops when you send out the doc. Don't burgle. Don't clip cards. Mark your docs if you end early.

Decorum: Be respectful of all in the round. Ad hominem attacks (about a person's immutable identity/ characteristics/ background) are never OK and will cost you speaker points at the very least. If you cross the line, expect the L and a talk with your coach. Attack arguments and their justifications, not the person.

Policy:

  • "Open" to any argument. I would say that I default policymaker but am certainly open to critical arguments/ affirmatives. When attempting to change my default-paradigm, debaters must overcome my skepticism by clearly explaining the role of the ballot and demonstrating some level of competitive fairness in their framework. I want to know what I am voting for, not simply that the other side was thoroughly confused.
  • Speed is fine, but slow down on tags, blippy analytics, interps, and texts. Pause after cites. Introduce acronyms. I'll yell clear if necessary. Avoid other distracting behaviors like loud tapping, pen-dropping, super-double breadths. Non-speaking teams should limit their decibel level and overt facial indignation.
  • T, theory, Ks, etc. are fine. But, as with any argument, if you would like for me to vote for these, you need to give me a clear reason. I am not as well-versed in the some K Affs or high theory Ks, but am certainly open to evaluating them if you can make them make sense. I am more comfortable adjudicating T, CP, DA/ case debates, but I am open to voting for arguments of all types (Ks, K Affs, etc...). I will vote for non-conventional argument forms (songs, dance & poetry, etc...), but will be very acutely focused on education and fairness implications of these alternative styles. I will give you more leeway on unconventional arguments, on the aff, if they bear some relation to the topic. Topic education is valuable.
  • I leave my assessment of the round largely in the hands of the team that presents me with the best explanation of how to frame the major issues in the round, and why that favors their side. If that work is done thoughtfully and clearly, then my decision about which way the round should go becomes much easier. Oh yeah, it typically helps when you win the actual arguments too (warrants, evidence, links, impacts, & all that micro stuff).
  • On theory, I usually will only pull the trigger if I can see demonstrable abuse or unfairness. The "potential for abuse argument" alone doesn't usually cut it with me (unless it's cold-conceded). Show me what specific limitations their interp caused and why that's bad for debate. Condo bad may be a good time trade-off for the aff, but probably won't convince me without some demonstrable in-round fairness/ education loss.
  • I appreciate strategy, creativity and maybe a little humor. Speaks typically range from 26-29.5. I am not impressed by shouting, bullying or obstruction- these will cost you points!! Most importantly, have fun! If you have questions, you can ask me before the round.


PF:

Years Judging Public Forum: 6
Number of Years Judging Other Forensic Activities: 18
Number of Years Competing in Other Forensic Activities: 6
If you are a coach, what events do you coach? Policy, PF, Parli, LD, Congress, Extemp, Impromptu
What is your current occupation? Debate Coach

Speed of Delivery: moderately fast, I would say full speed, but since people throw 8 "cards" up in 20 seconds in PF, you're better off at like 70% of full speed.


Format of Summary Speeches (line by line? big picture?): Line by line with some framing/ voters if it helps to clarify the round.


Role of the Final Focus: Establish voters, demonstrate offense, and weighing.


Extension of Arguments into later speeches: do it, please don't shadow extend everything, I won't do the work for you.


Topicality: cool
Plans: fine/ unless impossibly narrow
Kritiks: if it links, sure
Flowing/note-taking: Do it, I will.

Do you value argument over style? Style over argument? Argument and style equally? Arguments matter more. But, as a member of the human species, style and conviction impact the level to which I am persuaded. Still, I prefer a style that oriented to a calm and reasoned discussion of the real facts and issues, so I think they go hand in hand.


If a team plans to win the debate on an argument, in your opinion does that argument have to be extended in the rebuttal or summary speeches? Typically, yes, especially in the summary. The rebuttal may not necessarily have to extend defensive elements of the case.


If a team is second speaking, do you require that the team cover the opponents’ case as well as answers to its opponents’ rebuttal in the rebuttal speech? Opponents case only.


Do you vote for arguments that are first raised in the grand crossfire or final focus? Not unless something unique prompted the response for the first time in the immediately prior speech/ grand-cross.


If you have anything else you'd like to add to better inform students of your expectations and/or experience, please do so here. Be civil, succinct, and provide plenty of examples (either common knowledge or your evidence).

LD:

(Please see my policy paradigm above as this is where I draw most of my experience and perspective from. The gist is that I default as a policymaker, but this can be upended if you convince me your framework/ ethical system is good or preferable)

Speed: Fine with me. Slow down on tags, blippy analytics, interps, and texts. Pause after cites. Avoid other distracting behaviors like loud tapping, pen-dropping, super-double breadths.

Prep: Prep stops when you send out the doc. Don't burgle.

Evidence: Don't clip cards, it's cheating and you will lose. Mark cards when you don't finish them. Evidence must be properly cut (whole paragraphs are a minimum/ no distortions of author's intent).

Cross: Speaking over or past your opponent goes nowhere fast. If you ask a question, allow them an answer. If you want to move on, kindly ask to move on, don't shout them down.

Plans: I love them since they impart a clearer sense of your advocacy and one concrete comparative world. Still, you will be held to that plan. Shifting advocacies, vagueness on key functions of the plan, inserting extra-topical provisions to deck case neg offense are likely to get you in trouble. Spec args and funding questions need to be reasonable. Aff can, and probably should, defend normal means in these instances, but clarify what that probably looks like.

Whole Res: This style of debate is fine, but it makes affs vulnerable to a large set of topical, but terrible, ideas. It is each debater's job to weigh for me the preponderance of the evidence. So, even if you prove one idea is the res could cause nuke war, I need to weigh that eventuality's probability versus the rest of the aff's probabilities of doing good. This is a daunting task given the limited speech times, so make your examples as clearly defined, relevant, and probable. I am often persuaded by the most salient example.

Theory: I am far more receptive to theory arguments that pertain to choices by the opponent. Attacking structural differences of the the aff/ neg in LD as a justification for some unfair strategy choice is not likely to persuade me and often ends us as a wash. Tell me what arguments their interp specifically limits and why that's bad in this round or for debate in general.

Other things: I do not favor whimsical theory arguments that avoid debating the topic or avoid normative questions of public policy in general. So, save your font size theory for another judge.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
CFL LDPF State Quals Westmont 3/6/2020 PF R4 BE Herzlinger & Cherif AN Acharya & Bagga Aff Aff on a 2-0
CFL LDPF State Quals Westmont 3/6/2020 PF R4 AW Balakrishnan & Zhang BB Bhatia & Koduri Aff
CFL CXParli State Quals Leland 2/28/2020 CX R2 BA Foody & Upadhyayula AC Zhang & Agrawal Aff Aff on a 2-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 VCX Quarte Coppell DR Bellarmine HM Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 VCX Octos Taipei American PW Harvard-Westlake NW Neg Neg on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 VCX R3 Leland ZO Bellarmine MD Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R5 Presentation HM Meadows AP Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R4 Harvard-Westlake GZ Evanston Twp CC Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R3 Lake Highland Prep JD Barrington OG Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R3 Interlake AX Little Rock Central GR Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R2 Harker AM Neenah MO Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R2 Immaculate Heart ZB Durham JP Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R1 Harvard-Westlake AG Houston Memorial DX Aff
Presentation Voices Invitational 10/11/2019 VLD R1 Hopkins SS San Marino EW Neg
Presentation Voices Invitational 10/11/2019 VLD R1 Carmel Valley Independent JS Harker QC Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 XDB R3 K1027 K846 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 XDB R3 K391 K1161 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 XDB R3 K515 K1284 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 XDB R3 K125 K364 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 XDB R2 K332 K171 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 XDB R2 K1294 K1111 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 XDB R2 K181 K663 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 XDB R2 K1084 K278 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 XDB R1 K297 K633 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 XDB R1 K1239 K440 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 XDB R1 K433 K839 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 XDB R1 K888 K1046 Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG R7 Horace Mann JS DuPont Manual CR Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG R6 Horace Mann MM BASIS Peoria PR Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG R2 Fairmont Prep BA Walt Whitman KK Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG R1 Millard North SN Brophy SK Aff
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VPD Semifi Evergreen Valley BaDo Campolindo BY Neg Neg on a 2-1
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VPD Quarte Lowell YT Campolindo BY Neg Neg on a 3-0
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VCX Double Miramonte Independent JL Niles West KS Neg Neg on a 3-0
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VCX R6 College Prep JP Georgetown Day PS Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R7 Westwood AZ Eagan AK Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R4 Los Alamos AD McDowell KP Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R3 Lakeville South NB Quarry Lane VG Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R3 Colleyville Heritage IN Anderson KS Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R1 Westwood TL Harvard-Westlake SP Neg
The Presentation Voices Invitational 10/5/2018 VLD Dubs Harker SS Loyola AO Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Presentation Voices Invitational 10/5/2018 PF RR R6 Mission San Jose KM Dougherty Valley KJ Aff Aff on a 2-1
The Presentation Voices Invitational 10/5/2018 VLD R6 Harvard-Westlake NR Harker AD Aff
The Presentation Voices Invitational 10/5/2018 VLD R5 Canyon Crest Independent DA BASIS Independent Silicon Valley AS Neg
The Presentation Voices Invitational 10/5/2018 VLD R5 Davis Senior ET Harker KK Aff
The Presentation Voices Invitational 10/5/2018 VLD R4 Harker AT Loyola AO Aff
The Presentation Voices Invitational 10/5/2018 VLD R4 Marlborough STu Flintridge Prep AL Aff
The Presentation Voices Invitational 10/5/2018 VLD R3 Harker AN Davis Senior VK Neg
The Presentation Voices Invitational 10/5/2018 VLD R3 Harker SS Harvard-Westlake AL Aff
The Presentation Voices Invitational 10/5/2018 PF RR R2 Presentation NG Dougherty Valley KJ Neg
The Presentation Voices Invitational 10/5/2018 VLD R2 Quarry Lane KV Centennial JD Neg
The Presentation Voices Invitational 10/5/2018 VLD R2 Harker AV Corner Canyon TB Aff
The Presentation Voices Invitational 10/5/2018 VLD R1 Immaculate Heart LM Harvard-Westlake JI Aff
The Presentation Voices Invitational 10/5/2018 VLD R1 Immaculate Heart FP Harvard-Westlake HS Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O CX Doub Rowland Hall GY Polytechnic GM Aff Aff on a 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O CX R6 Green Valley LS Interlake TN Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O CX R5 St Francis VB Davis Senior MK Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O CX R4 New Design Charter School-University Park AH Peninsula BY Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O CX R3 Alliance Stern Math and Science GM Interlake BP Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O CX R2 Nevada Union AN Dougherty Valley ZY Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O CX R1 Chaminade CP AH Gunn XS Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R10 X229 X226 Aff Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R6 X163 X173 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R5 X177 X204 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R4 X241 X131 Neg Neg on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R3 X257 X268 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R1 X272 X277 Aff Aff on a 2-0
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 GPF R7 DuPont Manual BH Thomas S. Wootton LZ Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 SPF R5 Millburn SG Bronx HS Of Science ZE Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 GPF R4 Millburn BM Dougherty Valley RB Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 GPF R3 Corona Del Sol FJ Blake MY Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 SPF R2 Carroll HS - Southlake MK Theodore Roosevelt AG Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 GPF R1 Bronx HS Of Science CK Dougherty Valley KJ Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF Quarte Presentation MV Dougherty Valley KJ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF Octos Nueva CS Quarry Lane SV Aff Aff on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF Double La Salle CN Harker XC Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF Triple Junipero Serra OP Miramonte BK Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF Triple Dougherty Valley KJ George Washington CO OD Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VCX R5 College Prep CM CK McClatchy LP Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VCX R3 Lowell YW Damien TN Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VCX R2 CK McClatchy MV Polytechnic LW Neg
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VPF Semifi Monte Vista CP Mission San Jose MK Neg Neg on a 3-0
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VPF Quarte Monte Vista CP Cambridge JK Aff Aff on a 2-1
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VCX R5 St Francis SN Harker SL Neg
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VCX R4 Asian Debate League CP Delta Charter BH Aff
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VCX R3 CK McClatchy MM Lynbrook WW Aff
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VCX R2 College Prep MP Emery BS Aff
MLK Invitational Circuit Policy Tournament 1/12/2018 CX Quarte Sonoma Hassan & Nabavi Presentation Ahmed & Ramchandani Aff Aff on a 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 Parli Semi Bishop O'Dowd HO Cupertino RR Aff Aff on a 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 O CX Octo CK McClatchy LP Polytechnic HW Aff Aff on a 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 O CX R6 Green Valley SK Polytechnic HW Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 O CX R4 Green Valley SW Downtown Magnets PW Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 O CX R1 Nevada Union RM Canyon Crest GY Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VCX Triple Sonoma DS San Dieguito WW Aff Neg on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VCX R6 Sonoma HN Chandler Preparatory CS Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VCX R5 Lovejoy GP Lowell BL Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VCX R1 Cypress Bay MF College Prep MB Aff
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 JCX Semifi Episcopal School Of Dallas DH College Prep DG Aff Aff on a 2-1
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 VCX R6 Oakland Tech BP Rosemont SC Aff
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 VCX R3 Fullerton Union GK Niles West PF Neg
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 VCX R1 Ashland LR Green Valley WS Neg
The Harker School Nichols Invitational 9/30/2016 VLD Q College Prep MK Gonzaga Prep TJ Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Harker School Nichols Invitational 9/30/2016 VPF R6 Nueva PG Mission San Jose GM Neg
The Harker School Nichols Invitational 9/30/2016 VPF R6 Milpitas PJ Cambridge HK Aff
The Harker School Nichols Invitational 9/30/2016 VPOL R2 Milpitas DT College Prep ZM Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/24/2016 V CX R6 College Prep PS Nevada Union MA Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/24/2016 V CX R5 Nevada Union MR San Dieguito WW Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/24/2016 V CX R4 Sonoma VK College Prep MM Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/24/2016 V CX R3 College Prep NH CK McClatchy VK Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/24/2016 V CX R2 Alliance Stern SL CK McClatchy MN Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/24/2016 V CX R1 College Prep PW Peninsula TL Neg
MILPITAS SUPER DEBATE 10/25/2015 OPF R4 AR Ramachandran & Koneru AK Mogili & Ko Aff
The Harker School Howard and Diana Nichols Invitational 9/26/2015 1Y PF R1 Milpitas YN Cupertino GG Neg
The Harker School Howard and Diana Nichols Invitational 9/26/2015 1Y PF R1 Harker MD
Fifth Annual Robert Garcia Memorial Invitational 9/20/2015 CX Quarte CK McClatchy LP Harker OA Aff Aff on a 3-0
Fifth Annual Robert Garcia Memorial Invitational 9/20/2015 CX R3 Bellarmine CP VM Nevada Union MS Neg
Fifth Annual Robert Garcia Memorial Invitational 9/20/2015 CX R2 Harker HW Bellarmine CP TJ Aff
Fifth Annual Robert Garcia Memorial Invitational 9/20/2015 CX R1 St. Francis LG CK McClatchy MF Neg
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Triple GBN KS Coppell BJ Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Round Green Valley CJ Notre Dame KS Aff
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Round Alta HI CK McClatchy HK Neg
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Round St. Francis AG Coppell PuSa Aff
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Round College Prep CW El Cerrito LS Aff
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Round Bellarmine MR San Dieguito GS Aff
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Round Lowell LV Homewood-Flo FG Aff