Leslie Schumacher Paradigm

Last changed 12 December 2020 1:26 PM EDT

For Debate:

1. No spreading and no off-time roadmapping: speaking quickly and fluently does not have to be spreading and you should have enough time to say everything you want to say within the clocked time (you can run a speaking speed test with me).

2. Balance evidence with fluid expression: arguments are only as good as how you make them, so don't just cram in lots of things and expect that, if the other side can't refute every single one of them, then I'll automatically award you the win (because I won't!).

3. If the other side introduces an argument when they shouldn't, then it's your responsibility to say that out loud when appropriate: I will not treat this violation the same way whether or not the non-offending side raises the issue.

4. You can agree with each other, but be careful: a lot of talented sides lose when they concede a point and then it becomes a stick wielded by their opponents the rest of the round, so don't put yourself on the back foot here.

5. Be respectful and error on the side of formality: it is rarely effective to be disrespectful, but more importantly there is a difference between being assertive and being pushy.

Balancing all of these factors is tough, but if you consider them closely you will begin to see what kind of comments you can anticipate for your performance in a round. Good luck and have fun!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
La Salle Forum Invitational 2020 HS 2020-12-10 NPF Final State College Area HS Pennsbury LP Con Con 2-1
La Salle Forum Invitational 2020 HS 2020-12-10 NPF R3 Southern Lehigh SaSh State College Area HW Pro
La Salle Forum Invitational 2020 HS 2020-12-10 NPF R2 CR North PR State College Area AC Pro
La Salle Forum Invitational 2020 HS 2020-12-10 NPF R1 State College Area PN Pennsbury BS Pro
La Salle Forum Invitational 2020 HS 2020-12-10 BT R1 Ballot Test BD Ballot Test BS Aff Aff 49-32
PHSSL Districts 11 and 12 HS 2020-02-22 12CX R1 AA 500 AE 500 Aff
PCFL 4 at Girls High School HS 2019-12-19 VCX R1 Unionville AP Strath Haven WZ Neg