Diane Harrison ParadigmLast changed 10/21 7:15P EST
My judging paradigm for Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate is a clash of values. The value represents a means to an idealistic, just world. The criterion is the standard by which to measure the opposing values and to ultimately define the value that should be upheld. The contentions are used to uphold the value. Value, criterion, and contentions must be clearly stated by both sides.
Therefore, the debater that upholds their value and criteria with the strongest contentions and strongest cross x will receive the higher points, thus (generally) the win. Points that are imperative for me in order to judge an LD debate :
- Slow down on the Tags!
- Must be clear with your value and criteria
- Contention and its value MUST BE crystal clear
- I do not allow flex time
- Speak at a reasonable pace
- Time yourself
- Argue on logic not emotions
- Quotations have no meanings without explanations
- Make logical and sensible arguments AND explain your arguments.
- There is a difference between a passionate and an abrasive or condescending debater-check yourselves
- Stay organized
- Be respectful to your opponent
- Construct a well-impacted argument/s
- The debater that most clearly present a logical argument AND effectively refute the opponent will be the victor **Cross X is very important to me and at times defines the winner
- MOST OF ALL ENJOY YOURSELVES WHILE PERFECTING YOUR CRAFT
For PF I want the debaters to deliver their arguments with eloquence and logic, therefore, I don't allow spreading. I prefer that the debaters keep the questions and responses format in the crossfire, so stay away from giving speeches at that time. It is not enough to simply advocate your position. You need to also analyze and rebut your opponents' position.
While you do not advocate a policy action, you still need to explain not only why your position is the best course of action, but why your opponents' advocacy is a bad idea. Also, make sure to be kind and respectful to each other in the crossfire. If the round is close, classy wins.
In the final focus, crystalize your arguments one by one so it is obvious to a lay judge.
You as debaters should try to have an educational round but most of all have fun!
For speaker points: Clarity. Articulation. Politeness. Advocacy.