General Debate Notes:
-Experienced with PF & LD I usually judged rounds on JoyOfTournaments two years back and that’s not really a thing anymore
I say I’m truth > tech but that’s just to avoid saying I’m a tech judge altogether. If you make a claim and it sounds relatively sturdy in round and you warrant and explain it properly I’ll usually buy it as true even if it’s not reflective of reality. This is more reserved for outlandish arguments that clearly aren’t true. (Like USFJG Causes Nuclear War)
I am big on evidence knowledge. You should know what your evidence is and why it says what it says. I’m 100% more likely to buy a sturdy analytic than evidence that just says “This Happens” with 0 explanation. Always make sure to at least try and explain *why* your evidence is saying something is going to happen, not just that it will.
-I won’t buy 1% probability arguments unless the links are extremely sturdy and the teams running them prove them so, even then if the link is sturdy then it’s certainly more than a 1% chance.
-I want historical examples.
-Please be entertaining rounds can get boring to watch. Don't try to be funny if you're not, a lot of you aren't. If you are funny please be funny.
-I don’t mind theory if you can explain why it’s beneficial to the debate space. Likely won’t vote off disclosure. This is more reserved for pronoun and any alike stuff. I’ll vote off those.
-I don’t appreciate US-Centric debates on topics like IMF or Africa Urbanization. USA-Centric on stuff like M4A was fine, but I’ll be much less receptive to US-Centric stuff on IMF. On the electoral college topic USA centric stuff is 100% fine
-I listen to cross! Usually if I hear a team or someone conceding something in cross I’ll write it down and if it’s brought up in the next speech I’ll evaluate it. You can use cross as a time to just understand each other’s cases. You can do whatever you want with cross just know I am listening in.
-The above applies for all “debate” events.
-I will also drop you if you are bigoted in round or excessively rude. No hesitation.
Note For Speech/Interp:
I am huge on authenticity. I want to know you’re performing because you care and not solely to place
I’m not a fan of cookie cutter “Society Sucks” Oratories. I really want to see you challenge yourself and critically think deeply about a topic, you can absolutely pick a common topic (IE: School Anxiety, Being Tolerant & Other Common Topics) but I want to see it from your angle. Show me that you truly care.
If you need me to clarify anything about ranks please don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org I try to be very thorough in my feedback but if you still want anything clarified , feedback or advice don’t hesitate to reach out. I’ll try to answer as fast as I can and clear up any issues. (This also goes for debate! If coaches or students have any issues email me.)