Russ Ricciardi Paradigm

Last changed 31 August 2016 8:59 AM EDT

Russ Ricciardi

Judging Paradigm - updated August 31, 2016

 

SUMMARY DESIGNATION FOR UPCOMING YALE 2016:  TRADITIONAL

 

AFFILIATION:  NONE

 

 DEBATE (GENERAL)

 I view academic competitive debate as a species of communication arts. You should speak clearly, and presume as little as possible about your audience and your judge. I will base my decision entirely on whatever arguments and evidence I hear and understand during the round. I will generally not ask to see evidence after the round, even if advised to do so by the opposing team. There will not be any overt signal coming from me if you are speaking too quickly or otherwise unintelligibly. The burden of communication is on your shoulders, not mine. You might say I am rather old-fashioned. Nonetheless, I have voted for “critical philosophy” cases on the rare occasions I have heard them. The key to my ballot is to present the argument logically, clearly, and persuasively.

  

LINCOLN-DOUGLAS

 At any tournament sponsored or sanctioned by the New York State Forensic League, including particularly all Long Island Forensic League (LIFA) tournaments, I will expect that the primary focus of the debate be on the clash of values or value-criteria. This expectation is supported by the definition of Lincoln-Douglas debate as given by the NYSFL:

>> Lincoln-Douglas Debate is a form of … debate that focuses on values, their inter-relationships, and their relationship to issues of contemporary human concern. The focus is not upon facts to be ascertained or policies to be implemented, although such matters can be referred to as supporting material. Rather, the Lincoln-Douglas Debate should require the students to explain in a persuasive manner the most important values and criteria for judgment about the resolution under debate.<<

The definition of Lincoln-Douglas debate by the National Catholic Forensic League is brief:

 >>Individual students debating issues of values and philosophy.<<

 In light of the NCFL statement, at any competition under the auspices of the CFL, my judging emphasis on values and philosophy, in preference over policy considerations, will be at least as strong as the emphasis I will bring to any NYSFL-related tournaments.


 In contrast, the website of the National Speech and Debate Association (National Forensic League) provides a more flexible description:

 >>Many people refer to LD Debate as a “values” debate, as questions of morality and justice are commonly examined.<<

 The NSDA statement is much weaker that the two previous statements. It does not place values at the center of the debate necessarily, and it is a qualified descriptive statement, not a normative statement.


 As I do not find any stronger authoritative universal statement concerning the relative importance of the values framework to the policy considerations in an LD debate, I will strive to keep an open mind on this point in all competitions not sponsored by the NYSFL or NCFL or their affiliates. I will expect the debaters to each make their case as to how the debate should be decided.

  

PUBLIC FORUM

In the Public Forum format, debaters should strive to make themselves and their arguments intelligible to the average citizen, not presupposing that their judges or audience have any prior experience, training, or knowledge of interscholastic debate nor the topic under consideration.  

 

 

Competitive Experience:

College: None

High School: Policy debate, local circuit (1974-77)

 

Judging Experience:

Total four years local circuit (1981-82, 1986-87, 2014-16)
A few national circuit tournaments in the Northeast

 

Other Experience:

Attended teacher training track in Public Forum at 2015 Harvard Summer Workshop

 

If you have any questions or comments for me about this paradigm, or any other Speech and Debate matters, 
feel free to contact me at:  ricciardi.sd@gmail.com

 

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Paradigm originally posted to WikiSpaces Feb. 13, 2015. Last previous revision December 22, 2015.

 

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
New York City District Tournament HS 2020-02-21 LD R5 209 203 Neg Neg 2-1
New York City District Tournament HS 2020-02-21 PF R4 110 105 Neg Neg 2-1
New York City District Tournament HS 2020-02-21 LD R3 211 206 Neg Aff 2-1
New York City District Tournament HS 2020-02-21 LD R3 203 210 Aff Aff 3-0
New York City District Tournament HS 2020-02-21 LD R1 217 203 Aff
Debate at Schreiber HS 2019-11-09 VLD Rd 3 5 CW 11 SW Aff
Debate at Schreiber HS 2019-11-09 VLD Rd 2 3 IS 5 MB Neg
Debate at Schreiber HS 2019-11-09 VLD Rd 1 3 RD 5 GA Aff
New York City District Tournament HS 2019-02-22 LD R6 1319 1312 Aff Aff 2-1
New York City District Tournament HS 2019-02-22 LD R5 1307 1321 Neg Aff 2-1
New York City District Tournament HS 2019-02-22 LD R4 1320 1310 Neg Neg 3-0
New York City District Tournament HS 2019-02-22 LD R3 1314 1302 Aff Aff 3-0
New York City District Tournament HS 2019-02-22 LD R3 1317 1318 Neg Neg 2-1
New York City District Tournament HS 2019-02-22 PF R2 1202 1218 Aff
Debate at Schreiber HS 2019-01-19 NLD Rd 4 5 NA 6 BC Neg
Debate at Schreiber HS 2019-01-19 VLD Rd 2 8 AB 4 KH Neg
Debate at Schreiber HS 2019-01-19 VLD Rd 1 3 GA 4 NL Neg
Debate and Congress at Syosset HS 2018-12-15 VLD Rd 4 13 RM 10 AL Neg
Debate and Congress at Syosset HS 2018-12-15 JVLD Rd 3 16 DG 6 AP Aff
Debate and Congress at Syosset HS 2018-12-15 JVLD Rd 2 13 PA 7 JC Aff
Debate and Congress at Syosset HS 2018-12-15 VLD Rd 1 12 PV 15 KH Neg
Debate at Schreiber HS 2018-11-17 VLD Rd 4 4 AF 11 SM Neg
Debate at Schreiber HS 2018-11-17 VLD Rd 3 1 CD 6 SS Neg
Debate at Schreiber HS 2018-11-17 VLD Rd 2 11 AC 10 KK Neg
Debate at Schreiber HS 2018-11-17 JVLD Rd 1 7 RL 9 SD Aff
Debate at Jericho HS 2018-10-20 NLD Rd 4 9 SC 7 RG Neg
Debate at Jericho HS 2018-10-20 VLD Rd 3 7 RD 1 KB Aff
Debate at Jericho HS 2018-10-20 NLD Rd 2 7 SW 8 ES Neg
Debate at Jericho HS 2018-10-20 VLD Rd 1 1 CW 2 KH Neg
State Elims in Debate at Jericho HS HS 2018-02-10 JVLD Rd 4 11 BY 3 RK Neg
State Elims in Debate at Jericho HS HS 2018-02-10 JVLD Rd 3 11 FK 8 BF Aff
State Elims in Debate at Jericho HS HS 2018-02-10 VLD Rd 2 3 AJ 11 DS Neg
State Elims in Debate at Jericho HS HS 2018-02-10 JVLD Rd 1 11 KZ 5 AH Neg
Debate at Schreiber HS 2018-01-13 JVLD Rd 4 10 VT 5 KL Neg
Debate at Schreiber HS 2018-01-13 JVLD Rd 3 10 AA 8 KD Aff
Debate at Schreiber HS 2018-01-13 JVLD Rd 2 11 SD 1 YL Neg
Debate at Schreiber HS 2018-01-13 JVLD Rd 1 9 WB 11 DS Neg
Debate at Schreiber HS 2017-11-18 VLD Rd 4 9 KH 6 JA Neg
Debate at Schreiber HS 2017-11-18 VLD Rd 3 2 SL 4 AJ Neg
Debate at Schreiber HS 2017-11-18 JVLD Rd 2 6 CK 8 SD Aff
Debate at Schreiber HS 2017-11-18 JVLD Rd 1 2 MB 4 AB Neg
SADL 2nd Middle School Debate Tournament MS 2017-10-21 OpenP R3 HNC GG HW DN Neg
SADL 2nd Middle School Debate Tournament MS 2017-10-21 NovPo R2 MY GM HNC MD Neg
SADL 2nd Middle School Debate Tournament MS 2017-10-21 NovPo R1 HY VI HNC GV Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 PF R5 Millburn SZ Walt Whitman RS Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 PF R4 Horace Mann JL Regis MO Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 PF R4 Hunter KK University MK Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 PF R3 Cypress Bay SF Livingston RH Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 PF R2 Hackley FE Unionville GW Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 PF R1 Lake Highland Prep KO Lincoln-Sudbury Regional SC Pro
SADL 1st Middle School Debate Tournament Workshop MS 2017-09-30 NovPo R2 SA Harlem East DK SA Ditmas Park RT Aff
SADL 1st Middle School Debate Tournament Workshop MS 2017-09-30 OpenP R1 SA Bed-Stuy DJ SA Harlem NC DD Neg
Debate at Half Hollow Hills East HS 2017-09-23 VLD Rd 4 9 JM 2 DS Aff
Debate at Half Hollow Hills East HS 2017-09-23 VLD Rd 3 9 AF 2 AP Aff
Debate at Half Hollow Hills East HS 2017-09-23 JVLD Rd 2 1 DS 9 CW Aff
Debate at Half Hollow Hills East HS 2017-09-23 VLD Rd 1 1 JA 5 AM Aff
Byram Hills Invitational HS 2017-09-08 PF Runoff Dalton CS BroHS SO Pro Pro 2-1
Byram Hills Invitational HS 2017-09-08 PF R5 Delbar AR Wayland ZG Pro
Byram Hills Invitational HS 2017-09-08 PF R5 SucAca SC Delbar LF Pro
Byram Hills Invitational HS 2017-09-08 PF R3 ScsDle MF BroHS BS Con
Byram Hills Invitational HS 2017-09-08 PF R3 SucAca CG WesWin CN Con
Byram Hills Invitational HS 2017-09-08 PF R1 Dalton PJ Delbar ML Con
Byram Hills Invitational HS 2017-09-08 PF R1 BroHS MK Hackle RZ Con
Columbia Invitational HS 2017-01-20 PF Dubs Milton JE Bronx HS Of Science BR Con Con 2-1
Columbia Invitational HS 2017-01-20 PF Dubs Delbarton PC Hackley BW Con Con 3-0
Columbia Invitational HS 2017-01-20 PF R5 Byram Hills UR Newton South LS Pro
Columbia Invitational HS 2017-01-20 PF R5 Regis JL Waring KL Pro
Columbia Invitational HS 2017-01-20 PF R4 Regis MS Stuyvesant SU Pro
Columbia Invitational HS 2017-01-20 PF R4 Walt Whitman HH Horace Mann KS Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF Runoff NSU University CM Ft. Lauderdale HS Pro Pro 3-0
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R6 Newton South UG Freehold Townshipi EV Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R6 Lake Highland Prep FN Walt Whitman RT Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R4 Summit CS Horace Mann TM Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R3 Davis BZ Summit RK Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R3 Montgomery LP Ridge WW Con
Yale Invitational HS 2016-09-16 JVLD Semis Ridge MC Lake Highland Prep MS Aff Aff 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2016-09-16 JVLD Qrtrs Ardrey Kell JS Hunter AD Aff Neg 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2016-09-16 JVLD Octos Ardrey Kell JS Harrison CW Aff Aff 3-0
Yale Invitational HS 2016-09-16 JVLD Double Lexington RL Hunter AD Neg Neg 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2016-09-16 JVLD Double Princeton EZ Ardrey Kell JS Neg Neg 2-1
Byram Hills Round Robin HS 2016-09-09 LD R3 Syosse AM SucAca SC Aff Aff 2-0
Byram Hills Round Robin HS 2016-09-09 LD R2 Harris MZ Byram JB Aff
Byram Hills Round Robin HS 2016-09-09 LD R1 Stuyve KF Syosse AM Neg
2016 Newark Invitational HS 2016-01-07 VPF Quarte Princeton YT Regis AA Neg Aff 2-1
2016 Newark Invitational HS 2016-01-07 VLD R5 Princeton MMu Holy Cross TL Neg
2016 Newark Invitational HS 2016-01-07 VLD R3 Ridge SK Hunter ML Aff
2016 Newark Invitational HS 2016-01-07 VLD R1 Whippany Park LC Hunter TF Neg
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VLD Octs Stuyvesant SL Lake Highland Prep NK Neg Neg 3-0
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VLD R6 Lexington RW Newark Science DA Neg
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VLD R3 Bronx Science AC Success Academy SC Neg
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VLD R2 Byram Hills PE Stuyvesant MR Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 LD R7 Brentwood RY Montville EJ Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 LD R6 Nova Sr SS Marriotts Ridge QC Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 LD R6 Brentwood LR Monticello AM Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 LD R4 Pembroke Pines Charter EG Bettendorf RN Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 LD R4 Nova Sr JK Lake Mary CM Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 LD R3 Collegiate SE Upper Dublin RZ Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 LD R2 La Salle College FB George Washington CO JS Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 LD R1 Newtown EJ Nova Sr MH Aff
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD Semi Chaminade JM Hunter College TC Aff Neg 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD Quarte Byram Hills AG Chaminade JM Neg Neg 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD Octa Collegiate MOs Chaminade JM Neg Neg 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD R6 Montville AS Half Hollow Hills MT Neg
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD R5 Dallastown Area NK Ridge ST Neg
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD R5 Harrison BS Syosset JA Aff
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD R4 Montville AHo Lexington AA Neg
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD R4 Princeton JVa Needham CJ Neg
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD R3 Scarsdale NI Lexington DW Aff
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD R3 Chaminade JM Timothy Christian CJ Aff
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD R2 Princeton DC Hunter College ML Neg
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD R2 Harrison CS Bridgewater Raritan JB Aff
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD R1 Hunter College TF Stuyvesant HG Aff
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD R1 Collegiate AL Chaminade KB Aff
Harvard PF Session 2 2015-07-22 PF R6 Day Day Up JiLi Yikes!!? SL Con
Harvard PF Session 2 2015-07-22 PF R6 Lab2 CY Long Triangle ZY Con
Harvard PF Session 2 2015-07-22 PF R5 Lab2 JS Yum Yuckers YZ Con
Harvard PF Session 2 2015-07-22 PF R5 Lab2 LX TeachMe to Doug CS Con
Harvard PF Session 2 2015-07-22 PF R3 Long Triangle ST Allied Powers BaWu Pro
Harvard PF Session 2 2015-07-22 PF R3 TeachMe to Doug ZW Day Day Up GuLi Con
Harvard PF Session 2 2015-07-22 PF R2 Day Day Up JxMx Yum Yuckers PW Con
Harvard PF Session 2 2015-07-22 PF R2 TeachMe to Doug WB Day Day Up HuQi Pro