Nick Pereda Paradigm

Last changed 11 April 2021 3:22 PM CDT


Preface
Yes I want to be on the email chain. nickspereda@gmail.com.
Don't steal prep
An argument is claim and warrant minimum.

Summary
I like flex debating and enjoy diverse strategies, so you do you and I will try to judge you with as little argumentative biases as possible. That being said, I am a human and I do have preferences.

I think the aff should read a plan text and defend it. At worst, I think the aff should have a strong resolutional basis. Probably related to that, I'm likely not the greatest judge for super K-oriented strategies. This is not to say I do not enjoy these debates or won't vote for Ks, but that you will have to do more work explaining the theory and its relationship to the aff than average.

I feel much more qualified in "policy" debates. I like wonky and technically intensive stuff so do something interesting.

Isolate what impacts you think you have a chance of winning and compare it to the impacts you think the other team has a chance of winning.

Speed:
I'm good with it but don't sacrifice clarity. Slow down on theory arguments, give me pen time.

*For online tournaments: Maybe slow down a bit to compensate for mic quality so I can still understand what you're saying.

Tech vs. Truth:
Tech> Truth. Being on the side of truth is obviously a good thing and I'm hesitant to consider arguments that are objectively false, but if you can't answer an argument that's really really bad, then you should lose anyways.

Evidence vs. Spin:
I think research is the most important aspect of debate and should be rewarded. I will read every card that I think I need to at the end of the round, so isolate evidence you think is really good or important. That being said, cards are support for larger arguments, meaning that I will default to your explanation of an argument or card whenever it makes sense.

In technical debates, have a card doc for the end of the round so I don't have to look around for relevant cards.

Quality>quantity

Specific argument preferences:
Topicality:

I went for T a lot in both high school and college and think a lot of debaters just aren't as good at debating it or as willing as a lot of other argument categories. Well executed T debates are really fun for me, but poorly executed T debates are the least enjoyable type of debate to judge. Limits and ground aren't impacts, they're internal links to things like education, fairness, research models, etc. I default to competing interpretations but reasonability is a winnable argument.

RVI's are bad arguments.

T comes before theory.

Case lists are good and necessary.

Actually engage with the other teams arguments, most T debates I've judged at this point have felt like ships passing in the night and forced me to resolve a lot of stuff on my own which should never be what you want. Statistically I lean neg in these debates, but I think that's because a lot of 2Ns only go for T if it's very clear cut which is unfortunate.

I've discovered throughout the CJR season that I vote neg much more often than aff in these debates and I think that's usually due to sloppy 1AR coverage or bad evidence.

DA:
Cool. Aff specific DAs are much cooler (and usually easier to win).

There is such thing as zero risk and I think the link usually controls the direction of uniqueness.

Do a lot of turns case analysis that's actually contextualized to the internal links of the 1AC. Not much else to say.

CP:
Good, not much else to say. I will say that I like advantage CP + Impact turn debates a lot.

Word PICs should be based on a word in the plantext, anything other than that is meh.

Read a solvency advocate, each plank should be based on evidence or something the other team said.

I will not kick the counterplan for you unless you tell me to.


Ks:

Material> High theory

I have a high threshold for the link portion of the debate. Root cause claims are not links but they can be solvency deficits. Fiat not being real is not an argument. Links of omission are the worst arguments in debate.

If I don't feel like I can explain your K to someone else by the end of the round then I will not feel comfortable voting for you.

Ks that advocate for death or suicide are not only bad arguments in the context of debate, but also morally objectionable and I will not vote for them.

K affs:
I am not the best judge for this. I prefer debates focused around a plan, and in nearly all of the clash debates I have judged at this point I have voted for FW.

I don't know that my ballot has the potential to do anything beside designate a winner or loser, and debate isn't meant to come to a final decision on the truth of any given statement but come to a determination on subjective truth so I don't think subject formation arguments are very persuasive.

The aff should at a minimum be related to the topic. You should also have some clear advocacy statement that you defend consistently. The CI should be predictable and res grounded with definitions. USFG = "the people" is intellectually dishonest and just not a good argument.

FW vs. K Affs:
Go for it, it's the most strategic 2NR available.

I'm more likely to vote on procedural fairness than I think the community at large is. Structural fairness disparities are inevitable but procedural fairness disparities aren't.

FW is not violent or policing and saying so is insulting to people that have dealt with those issues.

Theory:
Usually a reason to reject the argument not the team. 3 conditional advocacies are probably ok but more is iffy. Consult, delay, and condition counter-plans are sketchy. Each conditional plank is its own world if you can kick them individually. I have been both a 2A and 2N, so I don't have any strong protectionist feelings for either team, and sometimes cheating is pretty fun to watch. Also I think the impact of some theory arguments should sometimes just be that you should get to cheat too.


Speaker points
They're entirely subjective. That being said, I do understand that context (tournament size, quality, etc.) should influence my scale. Speaker points are a holistic reflection of how I think you did. I used to have a scale here but with speaker point inflation I don't think it really matters anymore. My average hovers around 28.5-28.6.

I have shortened my paradigm over time to make it easier to read, if you have questions for prefs just email me.


Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2021-04-10 POL Dbls Alpharetta SN Eagan LS Neg Aff 2-1
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2021-04-10 POL R6 Glenbrook North BM Woodward GR Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2021-04-10 NPOL R4 Peninsula BK NSU AL Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2021-04-10 POL R3 USN CK Montgomery Bell GY Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2021-04-10 POL R2 Peninsula MS Calvert Hall BL Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2021-04-10 POL R1 Glenbrook North BG Peninsula LL Aff
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 VCX R5 Winston Churchill KO Peninsula OP Neg
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 VCX R4 New Trier JW Rufus King BL Aff
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 VCX R3 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart FP Dallas Highland Park WL Aff
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 VCX R2 Barstow BM Eagan LS Neg
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 VCX R1 Jesuit BC Maine East PP Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates MS 2021-02-19 OCX R6 Peninsula BY Pace TS Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates HS 2021-02-19 OCX R4 Peninsula LL Wylie E. Groves LG Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates HS 2021-02-19 OCX R3 Chattahoochee LK Peninsula CW Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates HS 2021-02-19 OCX R2 Woodward HY Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart CM Aff
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 CX-N Quarte Isidore Newman LN ADL CT Neg Aff 2-1
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 CX-N R6 ADL TS Taipei American WL Neg
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 CX-N R3 Downtown College Preparatory El Primero RQ ADL ChCh Neg
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 CX-N R2 NSU CS Taipei American SC Neg
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 CX-N R1 Aurorae Young LL Parker RL Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2021 HS 2021-01-30 VCX R6 Cypress Bay LL Peninsula CW Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2021 HS 2021-01-30 VCX R3 Notre Dame DP Liberal Arts and Science BR Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX Quarte Westwo GS Barsto GG Neg Aff 2-1
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX Octos Barsto OS Kinkai LT Aff Aff 3-0
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston MS 2021-01-14 Pol Double Jesuit JB YGBA BC Neg Neg 2-1
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R5 Jesuit SW Shark HL Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX R3 Westwo GS Barsto GP Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R2 Friend FC Grace PN Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R1 Jesuit MR Greenh MR Aff
Coppell Classic HS 2021-01-07 NCX Qrtrs Hebron NS Jesuit LM Neg
Coppell Classic HS 2021-01-07 NCX R4 Jesuit FH Coppell 9th SM Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 CX R7 Peninsula FW Greenhill GR Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 CX R6 West Campus (Sacramento) MT Iowa City West SC Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 CX R5 Eagan LS Walter Payton MW Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 CX R4 Greenhill FS Mamaroneck LS Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 MSCX R3 IowCit BP NSU AL Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 CX R2 Lexington KS Altamont AY Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 CX R1 Glenbrook South RS Roseville Area HO Aff
Meadows Novice Policy Scrimmage HS 2020-12-05 NOV R3 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart RA Damien GM Aff
Meadows Novice Policy Scrimmage HS 2020-12-05 NOV R2 Meadows GT Damien SS Aff
Meadows Novice Policy Scrimmage HS 2020-12-05 NOV R1 Meadows BH Damien DL Aff
Spartan Classic at MSU HS 2020-12-04 O R1 Traverse City Central Huschke & Taylor Niles West Kostovetsky & Bilicki Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-21 VCX R7 West HS SLC PS Woodward LT Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-21 VCX R5 Niles West BB Gunn SA Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-21 VCX R4 Mamaroneck DR Cypress Bay KF Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-21 VCX R2 West HS SLC ML Bellarmine MT Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2020-11-13 NCX R5 Northview Grace Peng & Ameera Alam Alpharetta Bhaargav Balasubramaniam & Arnav Jain Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2020-11-13 NCX R3 Montgomery Bell Will Schneider & Res Seibels USN Xavier Warren & Alexander Clinton Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational HS 2020-11-07 VCX Rd6 Interlake PQ Gunn AS Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational HS 2020-11-07 VCX Rd4 Liberal Arts and Science GP Notre Dame DN Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational HS 2020-11-07 VCX Rd3 Valley International Prep AU Alpharetta NS Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational HS 2020-11-07 VCX Rd1 Alpharetta KG Gunn OS Neg
The Meadows Invitational HS 2020-10-31 Pol V R4 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart FP Montgomery Bell YG Neg
The Meadows Invitational HS 2020-10-31 Pol V R3 Peninsula DS Homestead AL Aff
The Meadows Invitational HS 2020-10-31 Pol V R2 Montgomery Bell EZ Pine Crest ER Neg
The Meadows Invitational HS 2020-10-31 Pol V R1 Peninsula RY Greenhill FS Aff
Big Bronx Novice Event HS 2020-10-18 NCXop R1 BrxSci BL StuHob JP Aff
The Delores Taylor Arthur School Virtual Tournament HS 2020-10-01 NPOL Quarte Liberal Arts and Science BaMa Greenhill KD Aff Aff 2-1
The Delores Taylor Arthur School Virtual Tournament HS 2020-10-01 NPOL R5 Liberal Arts and Science BaMa Okemos LH Neg
The Delores Taylor Arthur School Virtual Tournament HS 2020-10-01 VPOL R4 Liberal Arts and Science GP Bronx Science PS Aff
The Delores Taylor Arthur School Virtual Tournament HS 2020-10-01 VPOL R3 Bronx Science DK Parker JS Aff
The Delores Taylor Arthur School Virtual Tournament HS 2020-10-01 VPOL R2 Gunn OS Sonoma PK Aff
The Delores Taylor Arthur School Virtual Tournament HS 2020-10-01 VPOL R1 James Logan RS Gunn AS Neg
Marist Ivy Street Invitational HS 2020-09-25 VCX R6 Cambridge Menon & Reddy Henry W Grady Laurens & Smith Neg
Marist Ivy Street Invitational HS 2020-09-25 JVCX R5 Carrollton Sacred Heart Sofia Casado & Catalina De la Pena Alpharetta Pratham Saurabh & Tyler Varma Neg
Marist Ivy Street Invitational HS 2020-09-25 NCX R3 Woodward Brennan Baudy & Jacob Lemene Henry W Grady Zachary Chan & Neil Sevigny Aff
Marist Ivy Street Invitational HS 2020-09-25 NCX R2 Marist Brendan Botters & Wesley Laborde Mount Vernon Aaron Asher & Jack Srinivasan Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 O CX Doub Westminster YL College Prep KS Aff Aff 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 O CX R6 Leland SG Peninsula DS Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 O CX R5 Polytechnic OO Northwood FF Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 JVCX R4 New Design Charter School-University Park RR CK McClatchy BS Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 O CX R3 Downtown AM Bellarmine CR Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 O CX R2 CK McClatchy BG Downtown Magnets HM Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 O CX R1 Berkeley Prep KL Gulliver Prep RR Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R5 Lexington SY Calvert Hall BL Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD RS R4 ADL YH Mamaroneck DT Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R3 Edina HC Calvert Hall CS Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R2 Northwood HS Independent FF USN HK Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R1 Eleanor Roosevelt BB Caddo Magnet LK Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2020-09-11 VCX R1 Westside SK Niles West BB Neg
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School HS 2019-11-08 NCX Quarte Jesuit RC Greenhill MR Neg
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School HS 2019-11-08 NCX R5 Grapevine PS Jesuit HR Aff
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School HS 2019-11-08 NCX R4 Lovejoy VR Grapevine FT Neg
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School HS 2019-11-08 NCX R3 Jesuit GM Greenhill MS Neg
Heart of Texas HS 2019-10-18 PD R4 Jesuit JR Village SL Aff
North Texas Longhorns District Tournament HS 2019-02-28 CX R3 Guyer IM Coppell DB Aff
North Texas Longhorns District Tournament HS 2019-02-28 CX R2 Coppell GR Hebron KL Neg
Guyer Tournament HS 2019-01-11 VCX R4 Jesuit BC Wylie Sr MM Neg
Guyer Tournament HS 2019-01-11 VCX R3 Athens BY Jesuit FJ Neg
Guyer Tournament HS 2019-01-11 VCX R2 Jesuit MS Lovejoy RV Neg
Guyer Tournament HS 2019-01-11 VCX R1 Jesuit RC Coppell EK Aff
Hebron HS HS 2018-11-02 VCX Final Guyer IM St. Mark's School of Texas ST Neg Neg 3-0
Hebron HS HS 2018-11-02 VCX Semi Guyer IM Coppell AK Aff Aff 3-0
Hebron HS HS 2018-11-02 VCX Qrtr Greenhill RG John Paul II OA Aff Aff 2-1
Hebron HS HS 2018-11-02 VCX R4 McKinney Boyd CM Lovejoy CL Aff
Hebron HS HS 2018-11-02 VCX R3 St. Mark's School of Texas US John Paul II OA Neg
Hebron HS HS 2018-11-02 VCX R2 Guyer IM Greenhill HL Aff
Hebron HS HS 2018-11-02 VCX R1 Greenhill RG St. Mark's School of Texas PC Aff
Plano West Wolf Classic HS 2018-10-19 VCX Q Greenhill WC Jesuit CP BM Aff Aff 3-0
Plano West Wolf Classic HS 2018-10-19 VCX O Guyer IM Coppell RS Aff Aff 3-0
Plano West Wolf Classic HS 2018-10-19 VCX R4 Coppell GG Jesuit CP MH Neg
Plano West Wolf Classic HS 2018-10-19 VCX R3 Jesuit CP FJ Coppell KA Aff
Plano West Wolf Classic HS 2018-10-19 VCX R2 Jesuit CP AK Irma Rangel YWLS FM Aff
Plano West Wolf Classic HS 2018-10-19 VCX R1 Greenhill GM Guyer IM Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2018-10-12 PD Octas Kapaun Mount Carmel DR New Trier EK Neg Neg 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2018-10-12 PD Double Jesuit CP HM Kapaun Mount Carmel DR Neg Neg 2-1
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2018-10-12 PD R6 Dallas Highland Park ML OES CT Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2018-10-12 PD R5 Jesuit CP FJ Hebron LB Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2018-10-12 PD R4 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart AD St Francis SN Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2018-10-12 PD R3 Maine East SS St. Mark's School of Texas SY Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2018-10-12 PD R2 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart CG Crossings Christian HK Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2018-10-12 PD R1 Meadows NS Blue Valley Northwest KV Neg
Coppell Cowboy Classic HS 2018-01-05 VCX Semis Jesuit CP GT Greenhill WL Aff Neg 2-1
Coppell Cowboy Classic HS 2018-01-05 VCX Qrtrs Jesuit CP GT Greenhill TZ Aff Aff 2-1
Coppell Cowboy Classic HS 2018-01-05 VCX 3 St. Mark's School of Texas GT Jesuit CP GT Neg
Coppell Cowboy Classic HS 2018-01-05 VCX 1 St. Mark's School of Texas TS Greenhill KD Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2017-10-13 HD R3 Westminster SB Heritage Hall HN Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2017-10-13 HD R2 Niles West LS Greenhill HK Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2017-10-13 HD R1 Winston Churchill BB Peninsula LS Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2017-09-08 CX Qrtrs Robert McQueen RR Westwood CS Neg Neg 2-1
DDI Fundamentals HS 2016-07-06 ddif R4 Mid Hu & Xie Up Su & Soluri Neg