Andrew Halverson Paradigm

Last changed Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 4:40 PM UTC

Name: Andrew Halverson
School: Wichita East High School (Wichita, KS), Assistant Coach
Experience: 18+ years. As a competitor, 4 years in high school and 3 years in college @ Fort Hays and Wichita State.


I never know how to completely do these things – because I tend to think there’s no way this judging philosophy can 100% accurately describe how I evaluate a debate, but here goes.

Stylistically, I’m a decent flow, but I wouldn’t go completely crazy. That being said, I’m one of those critics (and I was the same way as a debater) that will attempt to write down almost everything you say as long as you make a valiant attempt to be clear. Super long overviews that aren't flowable make no sense to me. In other words, make what you say translate into what you want me to write down. I will not say or yell if you aren’t clear. You probably can figure it out – from my non-verbals – if you aren’t clear and if I’m not getting it. I will not say/yell "clear" and the debate will most definitely be impacted adversely for you. If I don’t “get it,” it’s probably your job to articulate/explain it to me.

What kind of argument and general preferences do I have regarding academic debate? I will listen to everything and anything from either side of the debate. You can be a critical team or a straight-up team. It doesn’t matter to me. An argument is an argument. Answering arguments with good arguments is probably a good idea, if the competitive aspect of policy debate is important to you at all. If you need some examples: Wipeout? Sure, did it myself. Affirmatives without a plan? Did that too. Spark? You bet. Specific links are great, obviously. Of course, I prefer offense over defense too. I don’t believe that tabula rasa exists, but I do try to not have preconceived notions about arguments. Yet we all know this isn’t possible. If I ultimately have to do so, I will default to policymaker to make my decision easier for me. Hope all of this settles a few things about argument selection with me as a critic.

A caveat to the above – I have recently developed a disdain towards Consult CPs and most “cheating” CPs. If it’s a part of your core strategy, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from running these styles of argument. However, I tend to be sympathetic towards the AFF on theory and substantive arguments vs. this style of argument. As the NEG, you had better REALLY win this argument to win my ballot.

Debate theory is something that is continually evolving. As a young debater, you learn and execute the basics. Then other theoretical concepts come into play as you grow in debate. In the end, debate theory can be either really complicated or really interesting. Lots of people like to stay away from theory goo—I used to be one of them. Over time, I changed my viewpoint on the matter. One of my dislikes as a critic is tagline debating—especially when it comes to theory. Repeating your tags over and over again aren’t going to convey your point any further unless you get deeper into the claims/warrants being argued. Anyway, thoroughly explaining your theory argument is a very good idea with me. Like other debate arguments, I want to theoretically know what your interpretation of whatever aspect of debate theory includes or exclude—what the world looks like under your viewpoint.

Comparing and contrast claims, whether with evidence or analytics, is extremely important for me. If you don’t do it, then you’ll leave me to kneejerk to my own proclivities. That means that I’ll probably end up concocting a story that makes sense to me—confusing you and probably leaving you a bit irritated. My advice is do the work for me so I don’t get into such a position. For the record, I do tend to lean liberal with both my debate and political proclivities.

Finally, I know you hear this a lot, but be nice and have fun. If you have any specific question about my philosophy (which you should because this certainly doesn’t explain everything), ask me questions either immediately before the debate or you can e-mail me at halverson.andrew [at] gmail dot com. Hope this clear a few things up. Happy Debating to all of you!!

And by the way, below is a semi-judge of how I give speaker points. I stole the bulk of this (actually all of it) from Lucia Scott, so I guess this means she’s gets a h/t in this portion of my judging philosophy. This is a guide for how I give speaks, but it is subject to contextual change with any given debate (which probably shouldn’t happen very often – if at all).

Speaker Points:

25 or below – You were so offensive I almost told you to shut up. You're lucky my RFD wasn't as long as they would give me telling you how terrible whatever you said was. This also includes instances where I think you probably aren’t ready for the level of debate that I was judging at the time.

25.5-26.5 – You didn't use all your speech time, and/or your partner gave most of your rebuttal. You probably repeated yourself a lot and your speech, most likely, was not compelling at all. You also might have just been absurdly rude.

27 – You failed to extend warrants, your speech was so disorganized it hurt, and/or your rebuttal was clearly scripted. You made some kind of damning strategic error. I had to say clear twice and you still weren't clear.

27.5 – This is where I start. Your speeches were pretty average with no glaring strategic errors. You were decently clear, but by no means should you quit speed drills.

28 – Your strategy or the way you deployed it impressed me in some way. You're pretty fast and pretty clear.

28.5 – You're fast and I understood almost everything you said. You're persuasive. Your strategy was efficient and effective.

29 – I understood everything you said. You obviously know your arguments well, maybe even cut the argument yourself. You were smart and aggressive without being rude at all. I 
had fun watching you debate.

29.5 – Your speeches were so devastating the other team had no chance. I heard every single word of every single card. You didn't rely on cheap arguments. Everything you said could've been the 2NR/2AR. This was a super easy decision.

30 – You're not getting one of these UNLESS there are some amazing circumstances that permit it OR you have given one of the top 3 debate speeches that I have ever heard. Usually, this amount of point means that I think you could win the NDT right now.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
Kanellis Invitational 2/23/2018 VCX 1 Millard North KC Eisenhower SJ AFF
Kanellis Invitational 2/23/2018 VCX 2 Barstow TD Washburn Rural PK AFF
Kanellis Invitational 2/23/2018 VCX 3 Millard North PF SMNW KO NEG
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/2/2018 VCX 1 Caddo Magnet KG Katy Taylor BK NEG
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/2/2018 VCX 2 Jesuit CP GT Liberal Arts and Science BW AFF
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/2/2018 VCX 3 Westwood RD Grandview SH AFF
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/2/2018 VCX 4 Jesuit CP FJ Washburn Rural KP NEG
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/2/2018 VCX 5 Lindale MW Coppell DG AFF
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/2/2018 VCX O Katy Taylor BK Guyer IM AFF
Katy Taylo on a 3-0
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker Shadow Tab 2018 1/12/2018 KSHSA 1 9C 15B AFF
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker Shadow Tab 2018 1/12/2018 KSHSA 2 17D 14C AFF
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker Shadow Tab 2018 1/12/2018 KSHSA 4 14B 17A AFF
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker Shadow Tab 2018 1/12/2018 KSHSA 6 14A 5B AFF
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker Shadow Tab 2018 1/12/2018 KSHSA DOFs 2B 9B NEG
9B on a 3-0
Kansas Debate Classic 1/5/2018 KDC 1 AW Schieffer & Bright AS Fabac & Saia NEG
Kansas Debate Classic 1/5/2018 KDC 2 AM Payne & Keenan AJ Kincaid & Buchholz NEG
Kansas Debate Classic 1/5/2018 KDC 4 AH Rowley & Sturm AT Fair & Boutte NEG
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI 1 Washburn Rural Ryan Reza & Niko Sims Lawrence Free State Spencer Yost-Wolff & James Vereen NEG
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI 2 Sumner Cheyenne Mielkus & Simon Folson Shawnee Mission Northwest Noah Gruman & Ashley Ellis NEG
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 Nov 3 Little Rock Central Benjamin Satterfield & Glenna Ratcliff Washburn Rural Tanisha Maru & Austin Rea NEG
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI 4 Moore Paige Clark & Charlie Norbury Lawrence Free State Li Gordon-Washington & Maxwell Lillich NEG
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI 5 Washburn Rural Brenda Alvarez & Jake Berry Union Eve Gerbrandt & Tyler Rossow NEG
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI 6 Blue Valley West Srivats Narayanan & Animesh Shrouti Derby Noah Graham & Alec Hinecker NEG
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI Doubles Blue Valley West Srivats Narayanan & Animesh Shrouti Barstow Shaunak Lokre & Robbie Putney NEG
Barstow Sh on a 2-1
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI Octos Little Rock Central Sakshi Garg & Valorie Lam Shawnee Mission Northwest Julian Kuffour & Emmanuel Osei NEG
Shawnee Mi on a 3-0
Panther Debate Tournament 10/27/2017 DCI 1 Topeka Caracioni & Jacques Eisenhower Brown & Jacobson NEG
Panther Debate Tournament 10/27/2017 DCI 2 Mulvane Benson & Willig Eisenhower Stiffler & Hartter NEG
Panther Debate Tournament 10/27/2017 DCI 3 Maize Mitchell & Wolgast Topeka Reed & Hatesohl NEG
Panther Debate Tournament 10/27/2017 DCI 4 Lawrence Kimura & Petrovic Washburn Rural Dimitriu & Malay NEG
Panther Debate Tournament 10/27/2017 DCI 5 Trinity Koster & Payne NEG
Panther Debate Tournament 10/27/2017 DCI 6 Wichita Northwest Flores & Herrmann Newton Garnica & Garrett AFF
Panther Debate Tournament 10/27/2017 DCI DCI Quarterfinal Blue Valley West Tallavajhala & Vasudevan Lawrence Free State Gordon-Washington & Lillich NEG
Lawrence F on a 3-0
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX 2 Shawnee Mission East CR Moore LD AFF
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX 4 Crossings Christian BK Derby SS NEG
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX 5 Liberal Arts and Science IJ Union GR NEG
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX Partials Washburn Rural PK Winston Churchill CB NEG
Winston Ch on a 2-1
Hutchinson High School Tom Kelly Invitational 10/13/2017 DCI 2 Emporia HP Olathe Northwest CC AFF
Hutchinson High School Tom Kelly Invitational 10/13/2017 DCI 3 Emporia VG Eisenhower SH AFF
Wichita East Invitational 10/6/2017 Var 3 LawFre YV Eisenh BJ AFF
Wichita Northwest Debate Tournament 9/23/2017 1 G HD NEG
Wichita Northwest Debate Tournament 9/23/2017 4 E BF AFF
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var 1 Lansing KW Garden City CU NEG
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var 3 Blue Valley North MT Olathe East MS AFF
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var 4 Shawnee Heights BL Blue Valley Southwest MP NEG
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var 6 Blue Valley West MM Olathe Northwest JT AFF
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var SFS Blue Valley North CM Blue Valley West NS NEG
Blue Valle on a 5-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX 1 118 137 NEG
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX 2 170 104 AFF
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX 3 188 165 NEG
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX 4 163 150 AFF
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX 5 191 109 AFF
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX Quarts 129 177 AFF
129 on a 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VCX 1 Godley LM
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VCX 2 St.Mar SR NEG
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VCX 3 CadMag CA Hebron RD NEG
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VCX 4 Dulles YR St.Pet PW AFF
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VCX 5 Airlin TB SanMar HO NEG
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VCX O BluVal RB Reagan SS NEG
Reagan SS on a 2-1
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VCX Q BluVal LK Greenh KM AFF
BluVal LK on a 3-0
Maize High Debate Invitational 12/2/2016 VP RD 5 Emporia MV Topeka RT AFF
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX 1 Georgetown Day BS Union JS AFF
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX 2 Harker WJ Trinity Valley LL NEG
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX 3 Westwood SC Isidore Newman AL AFF
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX 4 Iowa City West JW Isidore Newman XZ AFF
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX 5 Gulliver Prep MP Jesuit CP LV AFF
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX 7 Mountain Brook CM Desert Vista QG NEG
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX Qtrs South Eugene LS Meadows BN NEG
Meadows BN on a 2-1
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/4/2016 DCI 1 Millard North Kim & Le Blue Valley West Kohnle & Sander NEG
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/4/2016 DCI 2 Blue Valley North Clary & Mendelson Lindale McWhorter & Wyatt NEG
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/4/2016 Nov 3 Little Rock Central Carlisle & Perrin Blue Valley North Chavali & Deng NEG
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/4/2016 DCI 4 Blue Valley North Anderson & Chilappa Little Rock Central Jung & Jung NEG
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/4/2016 DCI 5 Blue Valley West Vasudevan & Schrag Barstow Butch & Lokre AFF
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/4/2016 DCI 6 Sumner Sullivan & Franklin Shawnee Mission East Hassett & Massa NEG
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/4/2016 DCI Octos Lindale McWhorter & Wyatt Shawnee Mission East Hassett & Massa NEG
Shawnee Mi on a 3-0
BHS Crusader Classic DCI 10/21/2016 DCI R3 21 TE 7 KA AFF
NDCA National Championships 4/9/2016 POL 5 Rowland Hall-St. Mark's BB Wayzata KS AFF
NDCA National Championships 4/9/2016 POL 6 Homewood-Flossmoor HL Harker SJ AFF
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 VCX Round 3 Jenks DR Homewood-Flossmoor LS AFF