Michael Larson Paradigm

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Policy Debate: I am more of a games player. To clarify, I see debate as an educational game that is being played. There are basic rules that are established (sides are set, time limits are set, a resolution has been established). I do reject moves that seek to create a completely unfair environment for either side (I can talk about what ever I want because resolutions don't matter attitude). I am good with almost any argument that is grounded in sound theory.

Specific Issues:

Kritiks- I like a good kritik that actually explores what the affirmative/negative is doing in a round, but the team running the kritik must understand what the kritik is actually doing. I do expect every K that is run to have a clear link to the K, implications for me to weigh and an alternative that goes beyond vote for us (in 99% of the K's). If it is an extremely complex concept, don't assume I already know what you are talking about. You will probably need to slow it down a step or two to make sure I am following the logic you are discussing.

Performance Debate: I am not a fan of these concepts. The reason is simple. You showed up for a debate round. You should debate the resolution. What performance debates do in my opinion is come to a Monopoly tournament and dance in the hallway and expect to win the Monopoly tournament. You can't not do the event and expect to win the event.

I am not a fan of the politics DA. The leap in logic of plan causes people to vote in a completely different way just has no theory behind it. I will listen to it, but the threshold for beating the argument is very low.

Concepts like topical counterplans and such are fine, if you can present a clear defense connected to theory that explains why they should be okay.

In the end, I look at the offense that is left on the flow. I prefer teams that go after more offensive style arguments then those playing defense on everything.

On speed, my expectations are that you must be clear enough for me to understand you and the evidence that you read (not just tags). If you are not, then I will not flow it and I will not yell "clear." It is your job to communicate.

Lincoln-Douglas: I am more of a traditionalist. I prefer more focus on the framework in the debate and connecting your observations back to the framework and the resolution. I am not a fan of disads/counterplans/and other traditional policy arguments being run in LD since it ignores the unique distinctions between the two events.

Speed is fine, but you must be clear. I need to understand what you are saying. I am more forgiving on the line by line in LD than I am in policy, but you do need to address the main issues and just not ignore them.

Public Forum: Good debate that uses strong evidence throughout to prove your positions. I do not weigh the cross-fires heavily, but I do listen to them and will allow for answers to be used in the debate. You don't have to win every point on the flow, but you need to provide me with clear reasoning why you should win and less about why your opponent should not win.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Rushmore District Tournament 2/15/2019 CX R2 A Huntimer & Kumari B Mentzer & Stanek Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Rushmore Challenge hosted by HHS 2/8/2019 VLD R5 SFL David Mickelson RCS Abigail Ryan Aff
The Rushmore Challenge hosted by HHS 2/8/2019 VLD R3 SFW Catherine Liu BRK Prasoon Kharel Aff
Huron CFC 2/2/2019 VLD Rd 4 SFW Jeanna Kellogg HUR Nate Lyon Neg
Huron CFC 2/2/2019 NLD Rd2 HUR Gaby Escobar BRK Aditya Tummala Aff
Huron CFC 2/2/2019 VLD Rd 1 SFW Catherine Liu BRK Prasoon Kharel Aff
Lewis and Clark Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD Semis BRK Prasoon Kharel ABC Hunter Ringgenberg Neg Neg on a 3-0
Lewis and Clark Invitational 1/25/2019 NLD R5 ABC Hanna Anderson SFO Nora Dahle Aff
Lewis and Clark Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R4 SFW Catherine Liu SFL Rachel Overstreet Aff
Lewis and Clark Invitational 1/25/2019 NLD R3 SFW Nicholas Hoier SFL Jackson Paslay Aff
Lincoln County Quarrel Novice Debate Tournament 11/27/2018 LD R2 Tea Area EW Norfolk SR Aff
OGorman Novice After School 11/7/2017 LD R4 G Annika Landsverk A Walker Haber Neg
CFC 1 at Roosevelt 12/10/2016 NCX R3 BR Min & Sundet RO Baker & Kroger Aff
CFC 1 at Roosevelt 12/10/2016 VLD R2 OG Sophie Holtz BR Oscar Kavanagh Neg
CFC 1 at Roosevelt 12/10/2016 NLD Rd1 RO Amy Pham YA Nathan Zimmerman Aff
George McGovern Invitational 11/18/2016 VLD R5 SF Roosevelt JC Aberdeen Central HR Neg
George McGovern Invitational 11/18/2016 VLD R4 Huron CS Douglas CA Neg
George McGovern Invitational 11/18/2016 NLD R3 Douglas NW SF Roosevelt JA Aff
George McGovern Invitational 11/18/2016 VCX R3 SF Roosevelt MC Aberdeen Central EF Aff
George McGovern Invitational 11/18/2016 NCX R2 SF Roosevelt SW Washington RW Neg
George McGovern Invitational 11/18/2016 VLD R2 Aberdeen Central MC O'Gorman NP Aff
George McGovern Invitational 11/18/2016 NLD R1 Huron RU SF Roosevelt AP Neg
Harrisburg Rushmore Challenge 2/12/2016 VLD R4 O'Gorman NP Watertown JN Neg
Harrisburg Rushmore Challenge 2/12/2016 VLD R3 Washington ES Milbank RT Neg
Harrisburg Rushmore Challenge 2/12/2016 VPOL R2 Sioux Falls Lincoln WN Brookings WD Aff
Harrisburg Rushmore Challenge 2/12/2016 NLD R2 Roosevelt PH Groton Area SP Neg
Harrisburg Rushmore Challenge 2/12/2016 VPOL R1 Sioux Falls Lincoln JH Aberdeen Central EO Aff
Harrisburg Rushmore Challenge 2/12/2016 VLD R1 Roosevelt GH Aberdeen Central HR Neg
BrandonCFC 2/6/2016 VLD Rd 4 C Abigayle Reese K Parker James Aff
BrandonCFC 2/6/2016 NLD Rd2 C Riley Uecker B Prescott Haber Aff
BrandonCFC 2/6/2016 NLD Rd 1 A Brianna Bradley B James Carrig Aff
BrandonCFC 2/6/2016 VCX Rd 1 K Rust & Tramp B Graciano & Cook Neg
Sioux Falls Lincoln Silverbowl 1/15/2016 VCX Finals 104 Jamal & Prosper 112 Carlson & Walker Neg Aff on a 2-1
Sioux Falls Lincoln Silverbowl 1/15/2016 VCX RD 4 112 Carlson & Walker 102 Nehlich & Wellman Aff
Sioux Falls Lincoln Silverbowl 1/15/2016 VCX Rd 2 112 Foust & Werling 104 Jamal & Prosper Neg
Sioux Falls Lincoln Silverbowl 1/15/2016 VCX Rd 1 106 Downey & Lauer 112 Binde & O'Brien Aff
Huron CFC2 1/9/2016 VCX Rd 3 Roosevelt BM O'Gorman DL Aff
Huron CFC2 1/9/2016 VCX Rd 2 Roosevelt GM Yankton GM Aff
Brookings Bell 12/18/2015 NPF Rd 5 E Gutierrez & Moshoeshoe K Rego & Loutsch Aff
Brookings Bell 12/18/2015 NPF Rd 4 W Morrison & Pollreisz F Duncan StormoDolge Neg
Brookings Bell 12/18/2015 VPF Rd 2 W Grimsley & White U McKee & Kruger Neg
Lennox CFC 1 12/12/2015 VPF Rd 4 Mitchell SB Huron BL Aff
Lennox CFC 1 12/12/2015 VPF Rd 3 Brookings HJ Washington BM Aff
SF Roosevelt Sweetstakes 11/7/2015 VCX Final Watertown FW Aberdeen HP Aff Aff on a 2-1
SF Roosevelt Sweetstakes 11/7/2015 VCX R4 SF Lincoln JW Aberdeen JR Neg
SF Roosevelt Sweetstakes 11/7/2015 VCX R3 Watertown OB Yankton RT Aff
SF Roosevelt Sweetstakes 11/7/2015 VCX R1 SF Washington CS SF Lincoln HN Aff