Jackson Ross ParadigmLast changed 12/13 5:57P CDT
Assistant Debate Coach -- The Barstow School (2017-19)
College Debate -- University of Kansas (2017-19)
High School Debate -- Blue Valley North High School (2013-2017)
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1. You should always do what you're best at. This paradigm is not a strict guide for how to debate in front of me rather it is a collection of my thoughts on the debate.
3. Sqo>Aff>2NR Advocacy
4. A strong warranted analytical argument and common sense can go a long way
5. Disclosure is always good
6. Cheating in any form is unacceptable and will result in an automatic loss and 0 speaks. Wrongly accusing someone of cheating will also result in the same.
7. If you are going to "insert" a re-highlighting please read the re-highlighting.
8. I should not be asked to become the referee on what has happened outside of the debate or what has happened in previous debates.
Aff(s) -- I think that affirmative teams should defend the implementation of a hypothetical plan by the United States federal government.
Affs with a plan -- I like nuanced and well thought out topicality debates. Limits are important, but the negative should attach these to pieces of negative ground or what affirmatives should be excluded. I default to competing interpretations. T-Substantial is a no from me. It is difficult to judge these debates when debaters treat their blocks as cards.
Affs without a plan -- Topicality is an important tool for the negative during these debates. I believe that the affirmative should have a counter-interpretation, not just relying on a criticism of the negative's interpretation or of the topic. I do not think that "policy education good" is an impact. Debate is a research activity. Winning your interp is best requires you to win a reason why the research your interp produces is the best. I will reward teams for in-depth "topical version of the aff" research. I do not believe that topicality is an attempt to exclude or police people in debate.
Disadvantages -- Strong impact calculus and turns case arguments are critical to winning. I think that high quality and recent evidence is also important to this debate. Comparing evidence is absolutely critical. I am very annoyed when I have to read and compare evidence for you at the end of the debate. The link controls the direction of the disadvantage. I will vote on a risk of absolute defense. I enjoy and appreciate well thought out politics disads. Small note: merely saying "immigration unpopular" or "immigration is polarizing" is not a link to a politics disadvantage, you need a reason why the passage of the aff causes the piece of the agenda to either pass or not pass - or causes people to vote one way or another in an election.
Counterplans -- Under very rare circumstances should you go for delay, consultation, or a generic word pic in front of me. I generally err neg on other competition questions. I think counter plans are made stronger by the presence of solvency advocate but given the lack of consensus on what qualifies as a solvency advocate, I think it is unreasonable to demand a solvency advocate for every counter plan.
Theory -- Every theory argument with the exception of conditionality is a reason to reject the argument, not the team (this is non-negotiable). I rarely find myself unwilling to vote for this argument unless it is either dropped or poorly handled. Lateral moves on theory are risky. Please do not just read prewritten blocks, do some debating.
Kritiks -- A kritik should prove why the aff's particular example of hypothetical state action is bad. I believe that the aff should get to weigh the impacts of fiated plan implementation against the criticism. There must be a robust defense of what the alternative does, does not do, turns, or solves. Convince me that the world of the alternative is better than the world of the aff. Please do not assume that you can gloss over important parts of your argument - I am not super deep in the literature. I am not very good for arguments (aff or neg) that involve saying an argument is your "survival strategy". I am not and do not want to be the referee on how you should live your life. I will under ZERO circumstances entertain a "death good" debate.
Strategy -- What has happened to reading uniqueness cards? Coherent DA shells? Counterplan solvency advocates in the 1NC*? Tags that explain your argument? I do not understand the impulse to massively spread out the other team, wait till they drop something, blow it up, and start the debating later. It's gross, messy, hard to decide, and will lower your points. I would much rather watch a really in-depth and clean debate than some silly 7-9 off debate. If this is your style of debate, that is cool, but prove to me you did the research and aren't just backfile checking with your most grossly under-highlighted generic positions. I cannot stress this enough.
Misc -- Other thoughts I have, which you should take into consideration
1. I do not want your flash drive -- I really don't want to be on your pocket box, don't even ask -- just start an email chain.
2. Be nice to your opponent -- I have always disliked teams who have been rude and belittling.
3. Look at me -- My facial expressions are a very good indicator of how I feel things are going.
4. The rebuttals should all include some amount of "judge instruction". What is the question of the debate and how should my ballot answer that question? What should I do when deciding this debate? What is important versus what is unimportant? Be persuasive! The debaters who are the best at this win the most amount of debates. S/O all the judges I have lifted this phrasing from/
5. Saying/Advocating racist, homophobic, antisemitic, transphobic, sexist, and ableist things are not a way to my ballot -- Debate is a community and everyone deserves to be a part of it.
6. Well placed humor is always appreciated -- keep it fun, keep it flirty.
7. Please don't ask me to type in my email into your computer. I don't want to touch your nasty computer. I am very sad when people do not read my paradigm and then ask me for my email and present me with their spit covered laptop.
8. Questions? Just ask