Leo Petrowski Paradigm

Last changed 10/30 6:03A EST

Debate Background: I debated for four years at Petoskey High School, and I am currently a sophomore at University of Michigan; I debated at U of M my freshman year. I am more used to policy arguments, but that doesn't mean I won't vote on critical stuff, that just means you will have to explain it more depth.

Philosophy: I will vote on pretty much any argument, but you need to tell me what the role of the ballot is. I need to know how I should frame the debate in order to vote properly. If no one tells me what the role of the ballot is I will default to the team that I think debated the best. So tab.

Specific Arguments:

1) Theory- I generally think theory debates are boring, and either side should only go for theory when absolutely necessary. If it is argued well and has warrants I will vote on it, but I'm not a huge fan.

2) Kritiks- Kritiks are fine arguments, but make sure I understand it, and you understand it. At some point you will need to give me a coherent explanation of the K, and the alt. K affs are fine as well, but I will probably be inclined to vote neg on T if it is brought up and argued well. Other psuedo-kritikal arguments should just be explained well then I don't care if you run it. P.S. you have to win framework if it is brought up in order to win the K.

3) Counterplans- Counterplans are great. Have a net benefit, and win the perm debate and you will probably win the round. Delay, consult and other PICs of the like can be annoying, but like I said, just win the perm debate :)

4) Topicality- Don't go for topicality unless they completely drop it OR the plan REALLY isn't topical.

5) Disadvantages- Great. Do it. I will vote on it.

6) Case- Good clash on case makes me happy. A negative can't win on just case defense though for the most part. In that situation I usually would give some risk of solvency or some risk of the impacts, so have offense on case or a DA, CP or Alt on a K as well as case defense.

In round Conduct: Be respectful. Nothing irritates me more than when people are rude to their opponents, or yell at each other in cross-ex. This is a debate round not a middle school cafeteria.

Prep/speech Time: I will keep you speech and prep time, and my time counts, not yours. Also don't steal prep. That's not a cool thing to do. I don't take prep for flashing or emailing, but if I notice you steal prep time you will lose speaks.

CX: If you make an argument in CX you have to bring it up in a constructive or rebuttal speech in order for it to be weighed in the round. Good CX questions and answers = good speaks.

Speed: Speed is necessary in the way that policy debate has evolved, but make sure you are clear. If you aren't clear I won't yell at you, but I might not hear your argument to flow it, and if I don't flow the argument then it doesn't exist. It helps if you start a little slower than your top speed at the beginning of your first speech that way I can get used to your style. Another note: double breathing annoys me so much, try not to do it please and if you do don't be obnoxious about it.

Other: I'm generally tech over truth, BUT truth outweighs when both sides are similar technically. Also, if either side says something extremely inappropriate along the lines of racist, homophobic, transphobic, ablest etc. speech, then I will give that team VERY VERY low speaks. Be respectful and not a bigot, thanks. If you have any questions, just ask.       

 

 

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Vote For Result
MIFA Varsity Debate State Finals 17 1/6/2017 VPol R5 Portage Northern DD Detroit Country Day OT Aff Portage Northern DD
MIFA Varsity Debate State Finals 17 1/6/2017 VPol R3 H.H. Dow DP Wylie E. Groves AC Aff H.H. Dow DP Aff on a 2-0
MIFA Varsity Debate State Finals 17 1/6/2017 VPol R2 Okemos RR Traverse City Central FM Neg Traverse City Central FM Neg on a 2-0
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/4/2016 NVP R5 Wylie E. Groves GS H.H. Dow DM Neg H.H. Dow DM
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/4/2016 NVP R2 Mona Shores BH H.H. Dow JS Neg H.H. Dow JS
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/4/2016 VP R1 West Bloomfield high school AN Mona Shores BM Neg Mona Shores BM
MIFA Varsity Debate State Finals 1/8/2016 VPol R5 HH Dow West Bloomfield Aff HH Dow
MIFA Varsity Debate State Finals 1/8/2016 VPol R4 Portage Northern Detroit Country Day Neg Detroit Country Day
MIFA Novice States 12/11/2015 NPol R6 Traverse City Central A West Bloomfield A Aff Traverse City Central A Aff on a 2-1
MIFA Novice States 12/11/2015 NPol R4 Portage Northern B Detroit Country Day A Neg Detroit Country Day A
MIFA Novice States 12/11/2015 NPol R3 Okemos A Detroit Country Day B Aff Okemos A
MIFA Novice States 12/11/2015 NPol R2 HH Dow B Gaylord A Aff HH Dow B
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/13/2015 NVP R7 H.H. Dow MY Okemos AR Neg Okemos AR Neg on a 3-0
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/13/2015 NVP R6 Detroit Country Day CC H.H. Dow MY Neg H.H. Dow MY Neg on a 3-0
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/13/2015 NVP R4 Portage Northern RS Detroit Country Day NN Neg Detroit Country Day NN
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/13/2015 VP R2 West Bloomfield high school HW Detroit Country Day VX Aff West Bloomfield high school HW
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/13/2015 NVP R1 Wylie E. Groves LA Detroit Country Day CC Neg Detroit Country Day CC
University Prep Panther Classic 11/6/2015 OPN R7 WestBloom HH Portage Northern GP Aff WestBloom HH Aff on a 3-0
University Prep Panther Classic 11/6/2015 OPN R6 Oakw WP WestBloom HH Neg WestBloom HH Neg on a 3-0
University Prep Panther Classic 11/6/2015 OPN R5 Portage Northern GP WestBloom HH Neg WestBloom HH
University Prep Panther Classic 11/6/2015 OPN R4 Groves GM DCD VX Neg DCD VX
University Prep Panther Classic 11/6/2015 NOV R2 Portage Northern RA Groves CL Aff Portage Northern RA
University Prep Panther Classic 11/6/2015 OPN R1 Okemos RZ DCD HG Aff Okemos RZ
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 NCX Finals New Trier BE USN RS Neg USN RS Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 NCX Semis USN RS Westminster Schools KR Neg Westminster Schools KR Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 NCX Octos USN RS Pine Crest SD Aff USN RS Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R7 Lane Tech BM West Des Moines Valley GS Neg West Des Moines Valley GS
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R6 Wylie E. Groves LW Mt Vernon Presbyterian LM Aff Wylie E. Groves LW
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R5 Niles West CB Glenbrook South DS Neg Glenbrook South DS
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R4 Johns Creek LR Berkeley Prep SS Neg Berkeley Prep SS
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R2 Johns Creek BT Walter Payton CP MS Aff Johns Creek BT
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 NCX R1 Westminster Schools RF Glenbrook South MDu Aff Westminster Schools RF