Alex Tisher Paradigm

Last changed 11/11 5:05P CDT

I debated for four years at Hopkins high school in Minnesota (2008-2012) and coached/judged through college.

I am willing to listen to any argument and vote on any argument, but there are certain things that you could do that will make it much harder to win in front of me. If you run a position that is wrong (using a philosophy incorrectly, contrary to empirical fact, etc), I will vote for you if you win it, but your speaks will suffer. Similarly, offensive arguments (if not argued against) can win, but won't gain you many speaks. These arguments can and will lose with even the most basic rebuttal, but if they are dropped, I won't intervene to not vote for them.

That being said, I have a few preferences for other arguments:

I am willing to vote on theory, and will decide it based on how you tell me to in the round, but I have a very low threshold for arguments against what would generally be considered unnecessary theory. Try to limit your usage to when there's actual abuse happening in the round. You won't lose because you run unnecessary theory, but your opponent won't need to do a lot to refute it.

I'm not terribly convinced by out of round impacts, but if you can win it in round, you'll win my ballot. Again, I just have a somewhat lower threshold for responses because I don't think it's particularly compelling.

Don't assume I've heard whatever complicated moral theory/new debate fad/anything crazy you want to run. If you think you can explain it well enough in round for someone who has never heard it before to understand, go for it. If not, consider running something else or adding more explanation. It's not the case that I necessarily won't have heard of it, but a) I think it's extremely unfair to debaters who aren't more familiar with whatever random philosophy/fad you've chosen and b) there certainly is a chance that I won't know it.

Speed: I debated on the circuit, so I'm pretty competent at flowing high pace rounds. That being said, if you're one of the faster debaters, you may not be able to go your full speed since I haven't had a ton of practice lately. I'll say "clear" or "slow" two times, depending on what's necessary, but after that you will lose speaks if you don't change the speed or clarity of your speech. I will also stop flowing if I can't understand you. Likely, this won't be an issue.

Speaker points: If you make intelligent arguments, weigh early and often, and generally make the round easier to adjudicate, you should find yourself pleased with your speaks. On the other hand, making the round messier or making illogical arguments will result in lower points.

Feel free to ask other questions, but please make them specific rather than simply asking "is there anything you do or don't like?"

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R7 Edina RM Lakeville South NB Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R7 Edina SC Colleyville Heritage SM Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R4 Durham BD Eagan AK Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R2 American Heritage Plantation RG Lakeville North AC Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R2 West Des Moines Valley CT Colleyville Heritage IN Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R1 Chatfield Senior KM Edina KS Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 JVLD Finals Cape Fear MA West Des Moines Valley BK Aff Aff on a 3-0
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 JVLD Qtrs Brookfield East AS Harrison EL Neg Neg on a 3-0
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R6 West Broward KD Munster MY Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R6 Kinkaid SS Lakeville South EH Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R5 Anderson IS Apple Valley CR Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R5 Kent Denver GR Bettendorf KL Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R4 Kent Denver DT West Des Moines Valley CT Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R3 Bettendorf RN Ransom Everglades HS Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R3 Scarsdale GZ West Ranch JH Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R2 Munster AW West Des Moines Valley KK Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R2 Evanston Township AJ Brookfield East TG Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R1 Anderson SJ Cypress Bay SD Aff
Mid America Cup West Des Moines Valley 9/24/2016 VLD Octos American Heritage Plantation DM Harker EM Aff Aff on a 3-0
Mid America Cup West Des Moines Valley 9/24/2016 VLD Double Harker SP Mountain View VP Aff Aff on a 3-0
Mid America Cup West Des Moines Valley 9/24/2016 VLD Double Evanston GH Scarsdale ZE Neg Neg on a 3-0
Mid America Cup West Des Moines Valley 9/24/2016 VLD R6 Dowling Catholic JO Millburn AW Aff
Mid America Cup West Des Moines Valley 9/24/2016 VLD R6 St. Andrew's Episcopal IB Lake Highland Prep HK Aff
Mid America Cup West Des Moines Valley 9/24/2016 VLD R5 American Heritage Plantation DM Lake Highland Prep SS Aff
Mid America Cup West Des Moines Valley 9/24/2016 VLD R4 West Des Moines Valley LB Apple Valley KA Neg
Mid America Cup West Des Moines Valley 9/24/2016 VLD R4 Evanston GH Lexington CC Aff
Mid America Cup West Des Moines Valley 9/24/2016 VLD R3 Apple Valley JB Strake Jesuit CP MC Aff
Mid America Cup West Des Moines Valley 9/24/2016 VLD R3 Loyola DW Scarsdale LS Neg
Mid America Cup West Des Moines Valley 9/24/2016 VLD R2 Millburn CS Bettendorf RN Neg
Mid America Cup West Des Moines Valley 9/24/2016 VLD R2 Lexington LE Harker QC Aff
Mid America Cup West Des Moines Valley 9/24/2016 VLD R1 Evanston NK Strake Jesuit CP WH Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD Semis Byram Hills AW WDM Valley TG Neg Neg on a 2-1
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD Quarte Peninsula JL WDM Valley TG Neg Neg on a 2-1
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD Octafi WDM Valley EM Byram Hills JB Aff Aff on a 3-0
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD Double Evanston DF WDM Valley TG Neg Neg on a 2-1
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD R5 Bettendorf RN St Thomas Academy LW Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD R5 WDM Valley CR New Trier CM Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD R4 WDM Valley JW Lake Highland Prep SS Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD R4 Blaine HP WDM Valley JM Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD R3 WDM Valley GH Eagan DD Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD R3 WDM Valley WG Byram Hills AW Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD R2 WDM Valley TG Lake Highland Prep MC Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD R2 WDM Valley EM Roseville Area SL Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD R1 WDM Valley HS St Thomas Academy NB Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD R1 Peninsula JL WDM Valley LG Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 LD R7 American Heritage Pla DM Greenhill VA Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 LD R7 Oakwood JS Isidore Newman AA Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 LD R6 New Trier LK Coral Springs AP Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 LD R6 William Fremd SV West KL Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 LD R5 Los Altos SN duPont Manual RJ Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 LD R4 Lexington AS Newark Science AK Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 LD R4 New Trier CM Chanhassen KL Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 LD R3 Neenah KS William Fremd MZ Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 LD R3 Westlake CF Munster AW Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 LD R2 Rosemount JM Lake Highland Prepara NK Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 LD R2 Loyola BS New Trier SI Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 LD R1 Westlake AM Fenwick TS Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 LD R1 Loyola AP West Des Moines Valle TF Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD R6 Colleyville Heritage RK Grapevine AY Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD R4 St James PD New Trier NK Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD R2 Dreyfoos School of the Arts DC West Des Moines Valley TG Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD R1 Apple Valley PH duPont Manual XH Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 LD Double Millburn WH Greenhill VA Neg Neg on a 3-0
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 LD Triple Lake Highland MC J. Graham Brown NT Aff Aff on a 3-0
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 LD Triple WDM Valley TG Apple Valley JB Aff Aff on a 3-0
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 LD R6 Walt Whitman NL Bronx Science DR Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 LD R5 Rosemount JS Byram Hills AS Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 LD R4 WDM Valley JK New Trier LK Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 LD R4 J. Graham Brown VP Scarsdale RG Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 LD R3 New Trier NK Evanston Township DF Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 LD R3 Monticello DA Fargo Shanley EE Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 LD R2 Eagan KM WDM Valley TF Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 LD R2 Whitefish Bay RD WDM Valley AZ Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 LD R1 Eastside Catholic DC WDM Valley KK Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 LD R1 New Trier SI WDM Valley CT Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 JVLD Octos Lake Highland Prep AA Harrison MZ Aff Neg on a 2-1
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 JVLD Double Hockaday ED Munster AW Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 JVLD R6 Chanhassen KE North Broward Preparatory RM Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 JVLD R6 Barrington ER Ft. Lauderdale RB Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Meadows SK Law Magnet KP Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Peninsula JL Law Magnet MH Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round New Trier NK St. Andrew's Episcopal KG Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Harrison KK Immaculate Heart GW Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Rufus King CY Barrington VA Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round duPont Manual XH Highland Park Senior MC Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round St. Andrew's Episcopal MN Westlake DB Neg