Will Hobson

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 29 May 2022 5:08 PM EDT

I am an erstwhile LD/PF debater, and I have been called back to be a judge in this crazy world. Online debating and judging is new for most of us, but I am eager to assist in making this situation more normal-crazy than crazy-crazy. And if we are at a live, real, honest-to-God in-person tournament, then I promise you that the crazy ain't just in the internet: Here, There Be Dragons. I wish you the best of luck and skill as you debate this year!

Email for evidence chains and whatnot: will.hobson911@gmail.com

Ultra Important Ground Rules

In 98% of things, I am a laid-back and low maintenance judge, but I do have a few nonnegotiable rules that must be followed in order to have a fair and fun matchup. These should be common sense, but god knows common sense is less common than it should be.

-Courtesy is the most important thing I consider in rounds. If you do not treat your opponent with respect, chances are that I will not respect you on the ballot. If anyone harms the integrity of the round by being discriminatory, rude, or unprofessional, I will immediately stop the round. You do not have to like your opponent, but you should at least pretend to do so for about an hour. If you have a legitimate problem with the other team, please bring up your concerns before the final focus or final segment.

-Given the circumstances of having to rely on technology for some tournaments, tech problems are not rare. If you have had troubles with connections or hardware, please let me know beforehand so we don't have to trouble shoot problems during the round.

PF/LD Preferences

-Please, for the love of all that is holy, do not spread (i.e. speed-read). I will not be able to understand you, and that's gonna be rough, buddy. If for some reason you must, I will require you to drop your case in the file share for mine and your opponent's benefit so we can at least try to follow your barrage.

-Concision and clarity are key. If I can not follow your arguments or identify your contentions, links, or impacts in my flow, I will probably assume that you are being willfully obtuse which is not a good look. Reminder: Neither PF nor LD debate is about proving that you are the smartest person in the room or showing me that you have the best words; it is about proving that you have the most cogent and sensible argument. This is about communication, not obfuscation.

-Do not, do not, do not introduce new contentions in rebuttals, summaries, or final focuses. That is called playing dirty. Likewise, please refrain from introducing new constructive evidence in the last half of the debate round; defending evidence does not count.

-I will generally base speaker points on rhetorical skill rather than argumentative minutia.

-If you do plan on running a K argument, please let me know before the round starts. If you are, I will probably require you to drop your case in the file share for the benefit of myself and the other team. Likewise, theory arguments are cool (really!), but they must be constructed in a clear and cogent manner. I should not have to work to understand what you are saying.

-Constantly tell me why I should vote for you. In other words, weigh impacts and extend your arguments. Please don't just repeat your contentions for every segment. That ain't debate, friend-o.

-Don't assume that I am a genius. Signpost your contentions and your cards, if possible.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
NCFL Grand Nationals DC HS 2022-05-27 PF R5 Charter School of Wilmington RM Millburn AK Con Con 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals DC HS 2022-05-27 PF R5 Mira Loma SA Glenelg LS Con Con 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals DC HS 2022-05-27 PF R4 Charter School of Wilmington GY Half Hollow Hills East KN Pro Pro 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals DC HS 2022-05-27 PF R4 Milpitas JK Newton South YG Con Con 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals DC HS 2022-05-27 PF R2 Shrewsbury VA Gonzaga Prep SM Pro Pro 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals DC HS 2022-05-27 PF R2 Shrewsbury KG Derby MR Pro Pro 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals DC HS 2022-05-27 PF R1 Unionville ZV Newsome BN Con Con 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals DC HS 2022-05-27 PF R1 Lake Nona DV Phillipsburg BM Pro Con 2-1
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2022-03-18 PF2 R6 Olympia Nguyen & Rangaraj Seven Lakes Lawal & Mehta Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2022-03-18 PF1 R5 Seven Lakes Carvajal Picott & Le Blake Liu & Zacks Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2022-03-18 PF2 R4 Seven Lakes Lu & Zhao Durham Vail & Chen Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2022-03-18 PF1 R3 Cedar Ridge Welty & Cummings Blake Olson & Redmond Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2022-03-18 PF1 R2 Blake Bastodkar & Pflaum West Des Moines Valley Andersen & Rheem Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2022-03-18 PF1 R1 Vestavia Hills Lingala & Jones Edgemont Junior-Senior Sadoughi & Wang Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2022-03-04 PF Semis Sequoyah Alison Eltz & Aidan Geist Starr's Mill Greg Gould & Joshua McNulty Aff Aff 2-1
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2022-03-04 PF Quarte Starr's Mill Greg Gould & Joshua McNulty Sequoyah Taryn Mareau & Margaret Haggerty Aff Aff 3-0
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2022-03-04 PF R5 Sequoyah Audrey Brown & Elyse Robbins Lambert Rikhil Ranjit & Rick Zhao Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2022-03-04 PF R2 Sequoyah Alison Eltz & Aidan Geist Houston County Jaabili Gosukonda & Deborah Jacklin Aff
Columbia University Invitational HS 2022-01-28 PF-N R6 GleRoc SL Prince KC Pro
Columbia University Invitational HS 2022-01-28 PF-N R4 Trinit AD Regis GG Con
Columbia University Invitational HS 2022-01-28 PF-N R3 Hunter BC Blake EH Con
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2022-01-28 LD R2 Orange Lutheran AZ Denton Guyer SB Aff
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2022-01-07 NPF OF Desert Mountain HG Canyon Crest JS Con Con 2-1
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2022-01-07 VPF R6 Oakwood BT Dougherty Valley KC Pro
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2022-01-07 NPF R5 BASIS Phoenix VH Hamilton LL Pro
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2022-01-07 VPF R1 BASIS Peoria CS BASIS Scottsdale JG Con
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2022-01-07 VPF R1 Hamilton SS Leander BM Pro
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2021-12-10 PF-V Quarte BergenTech NK Mission San Jose KW Pro Pro 2-1
Isidore Newman School Invitational MS 2021-12-10 PF-N Quarte BL CZ Ramon Perez Flaquer Con Con 3-0
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2021-12-10 PF-V R3 Bellaire MN Sequoyah EG Pro
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2021-12-10 PF-V R2 Ramsay BB Mullen OH Con
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2021-12-10 PF-V R1 Notre Dame San Jose PB West Broward RM Pro
Midtown HS Carter King Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-12-03 NLD Finals Northv RD HouCou RM Neg Neg 2-1
Midtown HS Carter King Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-12-03 NLD Rd3 Valdos MU Northv CT Neg
Midtown HS Carter King Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-12-03 VLD Rd 1 Sequoy AG Valdos EH Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2021-11-12 VLD R5 Midtown Aran Sonnad-Joshi Sequoyah Paige Falcomata Aff
Peach State Classic HS 2021-11-12 VLD R4 Northview Michelle Su Midtown Peter Haynes Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2021-11-12 VLD R3 Northview Ameera Alam Midtown Lauren Scaffidi Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2021-11-12 VLD Rd2 Northview Neya Nirmal Midtown Kelly Tran Neg
Peach State Classic HS 2021-11-12 VPF R1 Delbarton NG Vestavia Hills FW Aff
Online Wildcat Winnersville Valdosta High School HS 2021-10-09 PFN R4 McIntosh Isabella Matthews & Sophie Thompson Sequoyah Isabel Harper & Phoebe Li Aff
Online Wildcat Winnersville Valdosta High School HS 2021-10-09 PFO R3 Davidson Academy Online Nathan Klapach & Nir Pechuk Sequoyah Alison Eltz & Aidan Geist Aff
Sandra W Silvers Invitational HS 2021-10-02 OPF R2 Marist Haileyesus & Horne Midtown Land & Huray Neg
Marist Ivy Street Invitational HS 2021-09-24 PF-N Semifi Fayette County RT McIntosh SG Neg Neg 2-1
Marist Ivy Street Invitational HS 2021-09-24 PF-N R3 Fayette County RT McIntosh MT Neg
Marist Ivy Street Invitational HS 2021-09-24 PF-V R1 Marist HF St Pius X Catholic WM Aff
Northview Clash of the Titans HS 2021-09-17 NLD R4 Sequoyah JM Northview CT Aff
Northview Clash of the Titans HS 2021-09-17 VLD R4 Henry W Grady KT Sequoyah PF Aff
Northview Clash of the Titans HS 2021-09-17 NLD R3 Valdosta MU Sequoyah AH Neg
Northview Clash of the Titans HS 2021-09-17 VLD R3 Sequoyah WL Henry W Grady KT Aff
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 PF 5 Mira Loma JR Strawberry Crest NS Pro Con 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 PF 4 Nixa ND Shrewsbury AC Pro Pro 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 PF 3 Eden Prairie JK Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches WS Pro Pro 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 PF 2 Waterford PS Madison West CG Con Con 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 BT BT PF Ballot Test NT Ballot Test SE Neg Aff 257-165
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 PF 1 Woodrow Wilson AB Westwood BF Pro Pro 3-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2021-03-19 LD2 R5 Christopher Columbus Alan Munschy Livingston Raina Batra Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2021-03-19 LD1 R4 Calhoun Carra Carpenter Lake Highland Prep Jon Kraut Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2021-03-19 LD1 R2 Lexington Aaron Shao Vestavia Hills Davis Shedd Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2021-03-05 PF Quarte Lambert George Tian & Sahil Sood Henry W Grady Elena Hubert & Everett Stubin NEG NEG 3-0
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2021-03-05 PF R6 McIntosh Libbie Larsen & Ananya Pemaraj Lambert Varnica Basavaraj & Rick Zhao NEG
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2021-03-05 PF R5 Starr's Mill Tito Alofe & Michael Lin Sequoyah Ian Pfitzenmmayer & Aidan Geist NEG
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2021-03-05 PF R3 Starr's Mill Jodie Stone & Caron Lee Henry W Grady Griffin Richie & Dana Richie NEG
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2021-03-05 PF R2 Sequoyah Audrey Brown & Elyse Robbins Henry W Grady Cole Parker & Duncan Tanner AFF
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament HS 2021-02-26 LD R1 Marist Elly Kang Houston County Kourtney Joseph Neg
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2021-02-05 PF1 Octafi Lambert Vijay & Kayarthodi Marist Horne & Kleinrock Neg Aff 2-1
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2021-02-05 LD R5 Henry W Grady Sonnad-Joshi Northview Potula Aff
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2021-02-05 LD R4 Lambert Khan Northview Sharma Aff
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2021-02-05 PF1 R1 Marist Feeney & McCall Starr's Mill VanHuffel & Jerome Aff
Alpharetta Treasure Hunt HS 2021-01-16 VPF R4 Henry W Grady Bransford & berger Marist Acevedo & Miller Neg
Alpharetta Treasure Hunt HS 2021-01-16 VPF R3 Lovett Ellis & Singh Sequoyah Pfitzenmmayer & Geist Neg
Alpharetta Treasure Hunt HS 2021-01-16 NPF R2 Henry W Grady Schroeder & Werthman Sequoyah Falcomata & Tousignaut Neg
Alpharetta Treasure Hunt HS 2021-01-16 NPF R1 Starr's Mill Lewandowski & McCarthy Houston County Gosukonda & Jacklin Aff
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2020-12-11 PF-V R5 Bellaire DN Gulf Breeze RR Con
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2020-12-11 PF-V R3 Bellaire HP Lamar ZO Pro
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2020-12-11 PF-V R1 Bellaire MM Oxford EA Con
Grady HS CarterKing Tournament HS 2020-12-04 VPF Quar Oak Grove EV Sequoyah HM Aff Aff 2-1
Grady HS CarterKing Tournament HS 2020-12-04 VPF R5 Sequoyah BM Allatoona TE Aff
Grady HS CarterKing Tournament HS 2020-12-04 VPF R3 Sequoyah MY Lovett AK Aff
Grady HS CarterKing Tournament HS 2020-12-04 VPF R2 Westminster School - Augusta BW James Clemens MD Neg
Grady HS CarterKing Tournament HS 2020-12-04 VPF R1 University Prep Seattle NS Sequoyah RG Aff
Wildcat at Winnersville Online 2020 HS 2020-10-23 LDN R5 Valdosta Childress Calhoun Carpenter Aff
Wildcat at Winnersville Online 2020 HS 2020-10-23 PFN R4 St Pius X Catholic Ava Godbey & Charlotte Llop Starrs Mill Drew McCarthy & Ashton Lewandowski Aff
Wildcat at Winnersville Online 2020 HS 2020-10-23 LDO R3 Sequoyah Carras Lassiter Riggs Neg
Wildcat at Winnersville Online 2020 HS 2020-10-23 LDN R2 Valdosta Ewing Jackson Carver Aff
Wildcat at Winnersville Online 2020 HS 2020-10-23 LDO R1 Sequoyah McCrobie Henry W Grady Sonnad-Joshi Neg
Sandra W Silvers Invitational at Calhoun HS 2020-10-10 OLD R4 Henry W Grady Sonnad-Joshi Lassiter Riggs Aff
Sandra W Silvers Invitational at Calhoun HS 2020-10-10 OLD R3 Henry W Grady Scaffidi Cherokee Williams Aff
Sandra W Silvers Invitational at Calhoun HS 2020-10-10 OLD R2 Lassiter Oltean Henry W Grady Tran Aff