Kevin Hamrick Paradigm

Last changed 9/15 10:34A CDT

KRHAMRICK@GMAIL.COM

I've been judging debates for a long time. I prefer listening to debates wherein each team presents and executes a well-researched strategy for winning. The ideological flavor of your arguments matters less to me than how you establish clash with your opponents’ arguments. I am open to most anything, understanding that sometimes “you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do” to win the debate.

At the end of the debate, I vote for the team that defends the superior course of action. My ballot constitutes an endorsement of one course relative to another. To win the debate, the affirmative must prove their course is preferable when compared to the status quo or negative alternatives. That being said, I interpret broadly exactly what constitutes a plan/course of action. An alternative is proven a superior course of action when it is net beneficial compared to the entirety of the plan combined with part or parts of the alternative. Simply solving better than the affirmative is not enough: the alternative must force choice. Likewise, claiming a larger advantage than the affirmative is not enough to prove the alternative competitive. A legitimate permutation is defined as the entirety of the "plan" combined with parts or parts of the alternative. Mere avoidance of potential or "unknown" disadvantages, or a link of omission, is insufficient: the negative must read win a link and impact in order to evaluate the relative merits of the plan and the alternative. The 2AC saying something akin to "Perm - do the plan and all noncompetitive parts of the counterplan/alternative" is merely a template for generating permutation ideas, rather than a permutation in and of itself. It's your job to resolve the link, not mine.

I believe there is an inherent value to the topic/resolution, as the topic serves as the jumping off point for the year's discussion. The words of the topic should be examined as a whole. Ultimately, fairness and ground issues determine how strict an interpretation of the topic that I am willing to endorse. The most limiting interpretation of a topic rarely is the best interpretation of a topic for the purposes of our game. The topic is what it is: merely because the negative wishes the topic to be smaller (or the affirmative wishes it bigger, or worded a different way) does not mean that it should be so. An affirmative has to be at its most topical the first time it is run.

I don’t care about any of your SPEC arguments. The affirmative must use the agent specified in the topic wording; subsets are okay. Neither you nor your partner is the United States federal government. The affirmative is stuck with defending the resolutional statement, however I tend to give the affirmative significant leeway as to how they choose to define/defend it. The affirmative is unlikely to persuade me criticisms of advocacy of USFG action should be dismissed as irrelevant to an evaluation of policy efficacy. I believe that switch-side debating is good.

All theory arguments should be contextualized in terms of the topic and the resultant array of affirmative and negative strategies. Reciprocity is a big deal for me, i.e., more negative flex allows for more aff room to maneuver and vice versa). Conditional, topical, and plan inclusive alternatives are presumptively legitimate. A negative strategy reliant on a process counterplan, consultation counterplan, or a vague alternative produces an environment in which in which I am willing to allow greater maneuverability in terms of what I view as legitimate permutations for the affirmative. I’ve long been skeptical of the efficacy of fifty state uniform fiat. Not acting, i.e., the status quo, always remains an option.

Debate itself is up for interrogation within the confines of the round.

I tend to provide a lot of feedback while judging, verbal and otherwise. If you are not clear, I will not attempt to reconstruct what you said. I tend to privilege the cards identified in the last two rebuttals as establishing the critical nexus points of the debate and will read further for clarification and understanding when I feel it necessary. Reading qualifications for your evidence will be rewarded with more speaker points. Reading longer, more warranted evidence will be rewarded with significantly more consideration in the decision process. Clipping cards is cheating and cardclippers should lose.

I value clash and line-by-line debating. Rarely do I find the massive global last rebuttal overview appealing. Having your opponent's speech document doesn't alleviate the need for you to pay attention to what's actually been said in the debate. Flow and, for god's sake, learn how to efficiently save/jump/email/share your speech document. I generally don't follow the speech doc in real time.

"New affs bad" is dumb; don't waste your time or mine. When debating a new aff, the negative gets maximum flexibility.

I believe that both basic civil rights law as well as basic ethics requires that debaters and judges conduct themselves in rounds in a manner that protects the rights of all participants to an environment free of racial/sexual hostility or harassment.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
California Round Round Robin 2/13/2020 CX RR R3 McQueen LR Damien BT Neg Neg on a 2-0
California Round Round Robin 2/13/2020 CX RR R2 Little Rock Central GL Jesuit HN Neg
California Round Round Robin 2/13/2020 CX RR R1 Jesuit HN Homestead MW Neg Neg on a 2-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2020 PEL ADW Dallas Highland Park ML Maine East SS Aff Aff on a 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2020 PEL R5 Liberal Arts and Science HW Maine East PP Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2020 PEL R4 Cypress Bay LK New Trier RS Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2020 PEL R1 Damien BT Alpharetta HS NG Aff
Trevian Invitational 10/12/2019 Open Quarte Jesuit HN Oak Park and River Forest GS Aff Aff on a 2-1
Trevian Invitational 10/12/2019 Open Double Niles West BB Maine East PP Aff Aff on a 2-1
Trevian Invitational 10/12/2019 Open R6 Oak Park and River Forest GS Woodward CG Aff
Trevian Invitational 10/12/2019 Open R5 Kent Denver LK Westminster AB Neg
Trevian Invitational 10/12/2019 Open R1 Walter Payton VR Niles West PT Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX Quarte North Star OT Whitney Young MM Neg Neg on a 2-1
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX Octafi North Star OT Westminster SB Aff Aff on a 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX RR R7 Greenhill LH Kent Denver HS Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX Double Westminster AB OES TW Aff Aff on a 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX R6 Harker LH St. Mark's School of Texas YS Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX RR R4 Harvard-Westlake NW Whitney Young MM Neg Neg on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX RR R3 Alpharetta HS BM Westminster AB Neg Neg on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX R3 Caddo Magnet LK Westminster SB Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX R2 Isidore Newman DH New Trier HM Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX RR R1 Liberal Arts and Science EU Jesuit HN Aff Aff on a 2-0
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 CX R5 Northside RM Gulliver Prep GB Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 CX R4 Wayzata HR Glenbrook South GS Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 CX R3 Lane Tech CG Niles North LI Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/13/2019 POL R5 Jesuit HW Northside RS Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/13/2019 POL R3 Shawnee Mission East SR Glenbrook South KB Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 Semifi Chattahoochee Adam & Manne Westminster Yu & Li Neg Neg on a 5-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 4 Westminster Manghat & Sayers Alpharetta Sandhu & Tokos Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX Double Kent Denver HS Chaminade HK Aff Aff on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX Triple Kent Denver JL Peninsula AW Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX R6 Peninsula LL Garfield LD Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX R3 Kinkaid HK Ferris OS Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VCX Double Niles West WF Isidore Newman DQ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VCX R6 Green Valley SR Westminster SB Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VCX R5 Chaminade CP AB Rowland Hall YG Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VCX R2 Rowland Hall FL Berkeley Prep KZ Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VCX R1 Notre Dame PG Kent Denver BM Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 PF F Tuto Corona Del Sol JP Poly Prep Country Day FK Neg Neg on a 5-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 PEL R5 Jesuit CP HM Woodward GW Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 PEL R4 Harker LP Isidore Newman DQ Neg
Trevian Invitational 10/6/2018 Open Semis Westminster BR Northside College Prep OP Aff Aff on a 3-0
Trevian Invitational 10/6/2018 Open Octas Westminster BR Glenbrook North JK Aff Aff on a 3-0
Trevian Invitational 10/6/2018 Open Double Glenbrook South BS Blue Valley North CM Neg Neg on a 3-0
Trevian Invitational 10/6/2018 Open R6 Niles West CK Lawrence Free State YL Aff
Trevian Invitational 10/6/2018 Open R5 Whitney Young MO Jesuit CP TH Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX Quarte Jesuit CP HM Rowland Hall YG Aff Aff on a 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX Octafi Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart AD Glenbrook South RS Aff Neg on a 2-1
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX Double Woodward MR Glenbrook South KG Aff Aff on a 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX RR R7 Whitney Young MP New Trier EK Neg Neg on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX RR R6 Woodward MR Northside College Prep OP Aff Aff on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX RR R5 Glenbrook North DF Dallas Highland Park ML Neg Neg on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX R5 Glenbrook South KG Dowling Catholic HW Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX R3 Isidore Newman QD Blue Valley North AL Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX R2 Kinkaid HK Johns Creek DS Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX RR R1 Jesuit CP HM Gulliver Prep GB Neg Neg on a 2-0
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 CX Octas Monta Vista PS McQueen RR Aff Aff on a 3-0
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 CX R1 Monta Vista PS Blue Valley Southwest HH Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/9/2018 NCX Quar USN CH Cambridge MR Aff Neg on a 2-1
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/9/2018 NCX R5 USN CH Chattahoochee AJ Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/9/2018 OCX R4 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart FP Henry W. Grady NW Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/9/2018 NCX R3 Northview HR Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart MC Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/9/2018 OCX R2 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart GC Chattahoochee AP Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/9/2018 OCX R1 Northview SJ Chattahoochee MV Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VCX Quarte Monta Vista PS Notre Dame MP Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VCX Octos College Prep CM Bellarmine College Prep VR Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VCX Double Peninsula ST Copper Hills NB Aff Aff on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VCX Triple College Prep CM Fairview WL Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VCX R4 Peninsula GL Harker KH Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VCX R2 Harker OH College Prep CM Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VCX R1 Fairview LL Jesuit CP HM Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 PEL R6 Jesuit CP HM Chaminade CP AT Aff
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open Double Blue Valley Southwest LK Iowa City West JW Aff Aff on a 2-1
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open R4 Wylie E. Groves BM St. Mark's School of Texas VR Neg
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open R3 Blue Valley North IL Solorio UG Aff
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open R2 Maine East NB Glenbrook North CL Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 CX R1 New Trier BW Blue Valley Southwest LK Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX2 Quarte Pine Crest Couture & Daszkal Fullerton Union Gray & Koh Neg Aff on a 3-2
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX2 R6 Greenhill Leffler & Zlotky Jesuit CP Griffiths & Moore Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/10/2017 OCX Round Druid Hills WH Pine Crest Preparatory CD Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/10/2017 OCX Round Chattahoochee JN Westminster DG Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 JVCX Quarte CK McClatchy FS Rowland Hall-St. Mark's AG Neg Aff on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VCX Double Notre Dame HS - Sherman Oaks AR College Prep RH Aff Aff on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VCX R4 Notre Dame HS - Sherman Oaks Pa College Prep PS Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VCX R2 Gulliver Prep GM College Prep RH Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VCX R1 Kent Denver HR Harker DN Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PEL R5 Jesuit Prep LR Niles West SS Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCXRR R4 South Eugene SL Peninsula TW Aff
Westminster 11/19/2016 OPEN Octafi Westminster Schools-Atlanta RM Woodward AH Neg Neg on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX Final New Trier BW Glenbrook North JL Aff Neg on a 2-1
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Dbls St. Mark's School of Texas RW Juan Diego Catholic BM Aff Aff on a 3-0
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Rd 6 Maine East H.S. MP Glenbrook North CR Neg
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Rd 5 H.H. Dow DP Maine East H.S. BL Aff
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Rd 3 Niles West FK Glenbrook North CN Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 CX Double Glenbrook South SB Westminster Schools-Atlanta HB Aff Neg on a 2-1
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 CX R6 Liberal Arts and Science AC Sage Ridge KR Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 CX R5 Westminster Schools-Atlanta HB St. Mark's School of Texas WW Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 CX R2 Kent Denver KK Union JS Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/30/2016 CX R5 Damien MP Austin SFA EO Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/30/2016 CX R2 Carrollton Sacred Heart CP Edgemont JM Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/30/2016 CX R1 Niles West GG Glenbrook North BL Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/18/2016 CX2 Finals Cabot Buckner & Smith Niles West Glancy & Salehitezangi Neg Neg on a 3-2
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/18/2016 CX2 Round Marist Zach & Elledge Cabot Buckner & Smith Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VCX Octafi Edgemont Jr./Sr. MJ Lexington RZ Aff Aff on a 3-0
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VCX Double Lexington RZ Chicago Lab Schools CR Aff Aff on a 2-1
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VCX R7 Austin SFA EO Westminster Schools CK Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VCX R6 Airline WW Lexington ZG Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JV CX R5 Nashua South KS Paideia PH Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 CX RR R4 Brooklyn Technical QC Chicago Lab Schools RC Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 CX RR R2 Austin SFA Edgemont Jr./Sr. JM Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PEL R6 Glenbrook North LM Westminster Schools CB Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX Double Marist AZ Niles West BS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX R2 Oakwood ER Woodward CE Neg
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2015 NCX R4 Galloway BG Woodward KP Neg
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2015 OCX R2 Marist AS Woodward HP Aff
Sandra W Silvers Invitational 10/3/2015 OCX R1 Henry W. Grady NW Galloway FL Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/19/2015 CX R5 Woodwa HA Pace MT Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/19/2015 CX R2 JesCP KT HigPar CP Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 Var Double Centennial LP Lexington LH Aff Aff on a 3-0
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 Var R5 Niles North MC Carrollton PG Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 Var R2 Johns Creek TB Bronx Independent DK Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/20/2015 CX2 Quarte Pace Movsovitz & Tashma Wayzata Lu & Jain Neg Neg on a 3-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/20/2015 CX2 Round Westminster Schools Kakkar & Greene Niles West Patel & Saro Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/20/2015 CX2 Round Heritage Hall Devavrat & Poole Pace Movsovitz & Tashma Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/20/2015 CX2 Round Jesuit CP LoRocco & Ruiz Niles West Thomas & Reis Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 2/27/2015 NCX Round Johns Creek WT Chattahoochee DJ Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 PF Exhibi Miami Beach Senior MS University School HC Aff Aff on a 4-1
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 CX R7 St Marks School of Texas GP Polytechnic MH Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 CX R6 Meadows LN Georgetown Day VK Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 CX R5 Glenbrook South SB Leucadia Independent GY Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 CX R2 Glenbrook North JM Westminster Schools CD Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open Double Harker XS Atholton BB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R3 Niles West JS Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart DW Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R2 Westminster Schools KH Alpharetta CK Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R1 Seaholm BE Lexington ZH Aff
The Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2014 PD R6 St. Mark's School of Texas KP Bronx Science Mo Aff
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Quarte St. Mark's BM Head Royce MP Aff Neg on a 2-1
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Octas Bellarmine SV Carrollton DS Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Double Leland AV GBN DM Aff Neg on a 2-1
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Triple Carrollton AR Wayzata GL Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Round Little Rock BZ GBN CT Neg
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Round Chandler SW Wayzata CH Aff
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Round GBN CH Bingham HH Neg
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Round Bingham BO New Trier DP Neg
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Round Harker KM Carrollton DS Neg
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VCX Round Wayzata KZ Boise BE Neg
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 4 GleSou SW GleNor CH Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 3 Blake MS Pace ES Neg
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 1 Edina HP GleNor CT Neg