Ray Smith

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 30 June 2022 8:24 AM EDT

Everyone is giving each other all kinds of breaks, and I'm here for it. Let's try to survive this pandemic period together. I'm just grateful that Speech and Debate has this virtual option for keeping everyone safe and healthy. The tech problems and other issues we will face during tournaments are able to be overcome. I have miles of patience for you, and I am on your side. Let's do this.

Please hit the “Do Not Disturb” option on your phones and other devices during the round so that your speeches are not disturbed by alarms for calls from your family and Slack notifications from your coach. I wear headphones and your timer going off sounds really loud.

Please "pre-flow" your cases before the round start time. Tournaments want us to start on time.

I don't disclose after rounds unless the tournament requires it. I weigh everything up to the last word of the last speech. So that means I can't start deciding until the end of the debate round, which means I need time to think and write after the round is done so I can turn the ballot in on time.

Congress

I give high points/ranks to competitors who speak well and argue well. If your speech is as good as those in extemp, I will rank you highly. At a certain point in the year, everyone doing Congress is at about the same level for their argumentation skills because everyone is using the same formula for each speech. Therefore, having high-level presentation skills is what separates the top 6 from the bottom 6 for me.

I am biased against speeches that, after the first few, don't rebut or support previous arguments. As a Congress coach, I've seen the student thought process: "Goshdangit I spent all that time before the tournament writing this sponsorship speech and I'm gonna goshdarn give it." Well...ignoring the other speakers and giving a speech that just repeats the arguments of previous speakers does NOT help you get higher scores from me.

Policy

Policy is rare in my state, so I haven’t judged it much. The more of your speeches I understand, the more likely you are to win. I don’t read cases or evidence that you share - I judge based only on what you say so that there is no confusion about what was said vs what was written. I don’t mind spreading as long as you’re understandable, but I’m not a perfect flow-er so I’m going to miss some things and will depend on you to tell me what you think is important after the first constructives. I judge based on who was more persuasive as opposed to who covered more points - this usually means if you have some squirrelly argument I will ignore it and go with the arguments that makes more real-world sense. Speaking of squirrelly arguments - I am so sorry but "everything leads to nuclear war" is hack. We were saying the same thing in the 80’s and it feels played out. If it makes sense that something might lead to nuclear war, then I’ll accept it. But when you try to say something like more laptop manufacturing in Malaysia or the military playing Fall Guys on Twitch will lead to nuclear war, you’re going to have to work REALLY HARD to get me to give that any credence.

LD

My LD preferences are pretty much the same as Policy above. There’s not a lot of progressive in my area, so I don’t know all the jargon. I don’t care if you do progressive or traditional, as long as I understand what you’re talking about. The more of your speeches I understand, the more likely you are to win.

PF

The more of your speeches I understand, the more likely you are to win.

SPEECH/IE PREFERENCES

No forensbots. If you are giving us a speech that you've polished so much that it shines, make sure your eyes aren't dead. If this is literally the 50th round you've performed this piece, practice it with a friend and tell her to tell you truthfully if you look like a soulless automaton.

My entire life is spent watching young people speak. I notice everything: swaying back and forth; shifting foot to foot; grabbing the bottom of your blazer; pacing too much; purposeless, repetitive gestures. I was once in a national circuit final round in which I ranked a speaker 7 because she kept smacking her lips every other sentence. The other 2 judges didn't notice and each ranked her first. There is nothing wrong with any individual movement or tic, but if you repeat that movement too often, I will see it and tell you. Watch videos of yourself to notice and reduce your own unnoticed habits.

Events I have judged but not enough to have preferences for:

BQ, Extemp Debate, original spoken word, duo improv, radio speaking, broadcast announcing, pro/con challenge, and world schools.

Events I haven’t judged:

Parliamentary, Mock Trial

My experience

High school coach and classroom Public Speaking teacher from 2011-2018, then 2021 to present. Coaching/teaching both speech and debate. 

Drama teacher since 2003.

Teaching private public speaking lessons to adults since 2019.

I’ve judged at over 70 online tournaments since the pandemic. Online platforms I've judged on so far: Zoom, NSDA Campus, Accelevents, Classrooms.cloud, HopIn and Yaatly.

I've completed the NSDA/NFHS online judge training including the cultural competency section.

I know how to be a Parliamentarian for Student Congress.

In high school I did policy and prose/poetry.

I speak Spanish and Portuguese.

My pronouns are he/him/his.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Virginia District Tournament Virtual HS 2022-03-12 LD R3 170 111 Neg
Virginia District Tournament Virtual HS 2022-03-12 LD R2 161 109 Neg
Virginia District Tournament Virtual HS 2022-03-12 LD R1 117 165 Neg
47th University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2022-02-11 VPF Double Regis FJ Bethesda Chevy Chase BK Pro Pro 3-0
47th University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2022-02-11 VPF Trips Riverdale Country GS Princeton CL Con Con 3-0
47th University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2022-02-11 VPF R5 Oakton XK CR North LC Pro
47th University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2022-02-11 VPF R4 Michelle Giovinazzo Lake Highland Prep YK Pro
47th University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2022-02-11 VPF R2 Montville AB Regis LP Pro
47th University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2022-02-11 VPF R1 JR Masterman KC Stuyvesant CP Pro
Middle School TOC hosted by UK MS 2021-05-08 LD Double HuaXia Chinese School - Houston SZh Harker DS Aff Neg 2-1
Middle School TOC hosted by UK MS 2021-05-08 LD R6 Harker DG Charlotte Latin GF Neg
Middle School TOC hosted by UK MS 2021-05-08 LD R5 HuaXia Chinese School - Houston EZ Brentwood School Middle Division TM Aff
Middle School TOC hosted by UK HS 2021-05-08 LD R4 Marlborough SK Golden State KM Aff
Middle School TOC hosted by UK MS 2021-05-08 LD R3 Redwood AS HuaXia Chinese School - Houston JC Aff
Middle School TOC hosted by UK HS 2021-05-08 LD R2 Harker AP HuaXia Chinese School - Houston LH Neg
Middle School TOC hosted by UK MS 2021-05-08 LD R1 Bob Lanier LW Golden State SK Aff
Reagan Midwestern Qualifier HS 2021-05-02 GCD R5 Jesse Fields Joshua Hansen Aff
Virginia District Tournament HS 2021-03-13 BQ Elim 4 217 214 Aff Aff 3-0
Virginia District Tournament HS 2021-03-13 PF Elim 2 243 263 Aff Neg 2-1
Virginia District Tournament HS 2021-03-13 PF R3 246 254 Aff
Virginia District Tournament HS 2021-03-13 PF R2 243 260 Aff
Virginia District Tournament HS 2021-03-13 PF R1 242 263 Neg
Space City District Tournament HS 2021-02-27 LD R4 176 107 Neg Neg 2-1
Space City District Tournament HS 2021-02-27 PF R3 241 163 Aff Neg 2-1
Space City District Tournament HS 2021-02-27 PF R2 227 116 Aff
Tarheel East District Tournament HS 2021-02-27 PF R6 196 125 Con
DSDL 6 Online HS 2021-02-20 NLD R3 Apex Friendship EM Durham SM Aff
DSDL 6 Online HS 2021-02-20 VPF R2 Cary BP North Raleigh Christian OS Con
DSDL 6 Online HS 2021-02-20 VPF R1 Apex Friendship OH Cary SM Con
The Last Blast HS 2020-12-06 CPF R3 Ladue Horton Watkins Xie & Liao Rockhurst Brown & Stribling PRO
The Last Blast HS 2020-12-06 CPF R3 Brentwood Sabeh & Wall Parkway West Xu & Ji PRO
The Last Blast HS 2020-12-06 RCX R1 Raymore-Peculiar Galloway & Echterling Willard Maxwell & Rodell AFF
WACFL LD 3 PF 3 Congress 3 HS 2020-12-05 PF-N R4 School w/o Walls KM Westfield RM Pro
WACFL LD 3 PF 3 Congress 3 HS 2020-12-05 PF-N R1 W Potomac GW George Marshall KL Con
The Tradition HS 2020-11-14 PF Dubs Ransom Everglades GM Lake Highland Prep PC Pro Pro 3-0
The Tradition HS 2020-11-14 PF R6 Montgomery Blair TK North Broward Prep MS Con
DSDL 2 Online HS 2020-11-14 NLD R3 Cary Acad MS Research Triangle DN Aff
Southern Maryland Mega PF Invitational At Accokeek MS 2019-04-27 PFJV R1 GeoDay KS Nysmit GK Pro
Georgetown International PF Tournament HS 2019-03-30 MSPF Semifi Ivy Bridge YY Kugnus ACTS LK Aff Aff 3-0
Georgetown International PF Tournament HS 2019-03-30 MSPF Quarte (PDA) Potomac HW (PDA) Potomac PS Aff Neg 2-1
Georgetown International PF Tournament HS 2019-03-30 MSPF Octafi (PDA) Potomac CW Ivy Bridge MM Neg Neg 2-1
Georgetown International PF Tournament HS 2019-03-30 MSPF Octafi (PDA) Potomac PS Ivy Bridge GL Aff Aff 3-0
Georgetown International PF Tournament MS 2019-03-30 VPF R6 (PDA) Potomac HW Westfield MZ Neg
Georgetown International PF Tournament HS 2019-03-30 VPF R6 Independent Miami Beach VS (PDA) Potomac TZ Aff
Georgetown International PF Tournament HS 2019-03-30 NPF R5 (PDA) Potomac WW Ivy Bridge LC Aff
Georgetown International PF Tournament HS 2019-03-30 VPF R4 Kugnus ACTS KG (PDA) Potomac DM Aff
Georgetown International PF Tournament HS 2019-03-30 VPF R3 Independent Miami Beach VS (PDA) Potomac SW Aff
Georgetown International PF Tournament HS 2019-03-30 VPF R3 (PDA) Potomac AL Ivy Bridge KN Neg
Georgetown International PF Tournament HS 2019-03-30 VPF R2 (PDA) Potomac CW Lakeland WS Aff
Georgetown International PF Tournament HS 2019-03-30 VPF R2 Ivy Bridge GX (PDA) Potomac GL Neg
Georgetown International PF Tournament HS 2019-03-30 MSPF R1 Kugnus ACTS MZ (PDA) Potomac RY Aff
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2018-05-26 PF R5 4134 4168 Pro Pro 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2018-05-26 PF R5 4081 4030 Pro Pro 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2018-05-26 PF R3 4035 4026 Con Pro 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2018-05-26 PF R3 4053 4211 Pro Pro 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2018-05-26 PF R2 4210 4047 Pro Con 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2018-05-26 PF R2 4219 4213 Con Con 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2018-05-26 PF R1 4223 4151 Con Con 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2018-05-26 PF R1 4143 4208 Pro Pro 3-0
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 PF R7 Horace Mann SM Millburn GW Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 PF R7 Nova DS Charlotte Catholic DM Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 PF R6 Poly Prep Country Day DD Highview LM
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 PF R6 Dalton BS West Broward VS Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 PF R4 Regis DH Summit AC Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 PF R4 Regis OV Princeton BS Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 PF R2 Millburn MP Princeton HL Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 PF R2 Poly Prep Country Day BK Stuyvesant GK Pro
42nd University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2017-02-10 JVPF Octos Millburn TW Regis MO Con Con 2-1
42nd University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2017-02-10 JVPF R6 Hunter College KX Cypress Woods PL Con
42nd University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2017-02-10 JVPF R6 Strath Haven KR Horace Mann BW Con
42nd University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2017-02-10 JVPF R3 Bridgewater Raritan KZ Olney Charter WA Pro
42nd University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2017-02-10 JVPF R3 Kingwood HS Baltimore City College HS Pro
42nd University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2017-02-10 JVPF R2 Riverdale Country DL Hackley RZ Con
42nd University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2017-02-10 JVPF R2 Xaverian BF Langley BK Con
Commonwealth Season Opener Debate and Speech HS 2016-10-07 LD-O LDO-F Lake Braddock KS Oakton MS Neg Neg 3-0
Commonwealth Season Opener Debate and Speech HS 2016-10-07 LD-O LDO-S Oakton MS Lake Braddock TB Aff Aff 3-0
Commonwealth Season Opener Debate and Speech HS 2016-10-07 LD-O LDO-4 Lake Braddock TB Oakton AG Aff
Commonwealth Season Opener Debate and Speech HS 2016-10-07 LD-O LDO-4 George Mason GS Oakton CH Neg
Commonwealth Season Opener Debate and Speech HS 2016-10-07 LD-O LDO-3 George Mason SH Lake Braddock TB Aff
Commonwealth Season Opener Debate and Speech HS 2016-10-07 LD-O LDO-2 Oakton AG Rock Ridge AK Aff
Commonwealth Season Opener Debate and Speech HS 2016-10-07 LD-O LDO-2 Oakton CS Lake Braddock KS Neg
Commonwealth Season Opener Debate and Speech HS 2016-10-07 LD-O LDO-1 Oakton SS Rock Ridge HK Aff
Judge Certifications

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NSDA Nationals LD Paradigm Form

Questionnaire required of all LD judges at the NSDA National Tournament, even if they have a written Tabroom paradigm.

Last Updated Feb 3 12:40 PM

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NSDA Nationals CX Paradigm Form

Questionnaire required of all Policy judges at the NSDA National Tournament, even if they have a written Tabroom paradigm.

Last Updated Feb 3 6:19 PM
https://speechanddebate.org/judge-training
Cultural Competency

Judge attests they have taken the NFHS Cultural Competency Judge Training course. Required of all judges at NSDA tournaments.

Last Updated Feb 3 10:26 PM