Rachel Watson Paradigm

Last changed 4/16 5:10P CDT

Pronouns: Ask, if you're curious. Otherwise call me judge or Rachel or Watson. Ask for others' pronouns in-round or default to they/them. I personally default to they/them until I'm told otherwise.

I've been coaching and competing in LD and policy since 2008. I started in middle school. In college, I debated at Central Oklahoma from 2015-16, and if you're thinking about that program or Wake Forest, ask me about why I left. I've been involved in the activity for eleven years now. I just completed my master's at Penn and I coach at Holy Ghost Prep.

If you have an email chain add me: r.erinwatson@gmail.com

Feel free to email me about other stuff too, if you feel unsafe in round, if you want to know more about my paradigm, ask about arguments, get a better understanding of the RFD, etc.

TOC UPDATE: Don't usually judge PF, but PFers the 'how to win my ballot' list applies to every kind of debate. If you run policy-style args, look to my info on policy.

Respect your partner and your opponents. Respect every judge, too, even if you've decided you don't need that ballot to win the panel.

Brief guide to getting my ballot (big new stuff as of 2/26, if you have 1 minute before round read the bolded on this list):

Also warning for policy kids, I've judged a lone policy round this year so don't expect me to know topic literature. Be as technical as you want but know I don't know this year's acronyms/initialisms.

1. Be kind. Show empathy. Everyone in round is human, we are not debate robots, and it’s alright to bring your personality with you into the room.

2. Read arguments and debate in a style that you enjoy. I like judging good rounds, and your round is almost always better if you like your argument and know it well. I have voted for poetry, and I have voted for politics DA.

3. Have a claim, warrant, and impact for every argument. I know 1ARs are hard, but you can be fast and efficient without being blippy. Blippy is bad.

4. Clash. Engagement with the other side's arguments and ideas is the one thing that makes this not a speech event. Clash is good.

5. Weigh all the impacts. Compare the impacts on the different sheets of paper and tell me why even if the other team’s argument is 100% true, I should still vote for you. Do this even if you and your opponent have completely different styles (i.e. trad v progressive LD, kritikal or policy based args, etc.). Don’t make me weigh things for you, chances are you won’t like the result.

6. Focus on offense and framing (meaning how I should weigh or evaluate the round, or the debate's BIG question). In my head, there’s almost always a chance that the plan/alt/CP will solve. Terminal defense might be useful, and you probably can win that in front of me, but I’m much more comfortable voting for offense than defense or muddy techy stuff somewhere deep in the line-by-line.

All the below was written with policy in mind, but it applies to progressive LD as well.

Affs:

Run what you know and what you're prepped for. I will vote for almost anything.

Topicality and Theory:

I’m plenty happy to vote on topicality and theory arguments if debaters are willing to go all in and can defend that one model of debate or of the topic provides more education/learning opportunities. However, if the negative provides an overly exclusionary interpretation on Framework, they are going to have to work a lot harder to convince me that an exclusionary based model of debate is good.

AC UNDERVIEWS/THEORY (LD): Saying you get to have an RVI is not the same thing as having one... If you want one you have to tell me what the threshold is for making something an RVI and why that means I should vote on it, don't just say you get to have one. Sorry policy kids but you don't get an RVI, esp not on T.

Counterplans/Kritiks:

I generally prefer negative strategies that don’t contain a performative contradiction, like reading counterplans that link to a K of the aff. Other than that, please try to make it clear in round the ways in which your Kritik or counterplan function differently from the affirmative. Counterplans need competition and a net benefit, and k debaters should be prepared for impact framing arguments, especially in a round with a policy team. From the aff, be prepared to explain how a perm functions to achieve the net benefit/not link to the Kritik.

My K experience has mostly been with identity arguments; I know critical race theory- including afropess and set col best. I read and keep up with indigenous scholarship because I am Potawatomi (Citizen band). Yes, I am also white. Yes, one can be both. Yes, I have a tribal membership card. Yes, I hate authenticity testing. This means I'm probably more willing to listen to speaking for others/commodification/etc. claims about why non-indigenous folks reading set col is bad than other judges might be. That Evans 15 card is probably also true of indigenous lit, sure, but Evans was very specifically speaking about afropessimism and white afropessimists.

Baudrillard, Foucault, Delueze aren't my strong suit so develop good, clear, consistent explanations about your K/alt so my ballot can be clean.

I’m happy to answer debater's questions on specific issues/arguments prior to the round. I will also respond to emails after the fact if you have questions about my decisions.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Tournament of Champions 4/17/2020 PFG 6 South Plantation GF Richard Montgomery GL Aff
PHSSL Districts 11 and 12 2/22/2020 11CX R2 AD 101 AC 100 Neg
PHSSL Districts 11 and 12 2/22/2020 11LD R2 AD 110 AC 111 Neg
West Oklahoma NSDA District Tournament 2/15/2020 LD Semis 367 157 Neg Neg on a 2-1
West Oklahoma NSDA District Tournament 2/15/2020 LD Semis 154 367 Aff Aff on a 3-0
West Oklahoma NSDA District Tournament 2/15/2020 LD Quarte 154 295 Aff Aff on a 3-0
West Oklahoma NSDA District Tournament 2/15/2020 LD Parts 157 156 Aff Aff on a 2-1
West Oklahoma NSDA District Tournament 2/15/2020 LD R4 294 232 Aff
West Oklahoma NSDA District Tournament 2/15/2020 LD R4 509 231 Neg
West Oklahoma NSDA District Tournament 2/15/2020 LD R3 364 155 Neg
West Oklahoma NSDA District Tournament 2/15/2020 LD R3 447 295 Neg
West Oklahoma NSDA District Tournament 2/15/2020 CX R2 114 445 Aff
West Oklahoma NSDA District Tournament 2/15/2020 LD R1 297 156 Neg
West Oklahoma NSDA District Tournament 2/15/2020 LD R1 367 414 Aff
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/13/2020 VLD R5 Evanston Twp AB James Madison KG Neg
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/13/2020 VLD R5 Thomas Jefferson HSST TG Mount Pleasant CR Aff
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/13/2020 VLD R3 Strake Jesuit JP Evanston Twp QH Neg
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/13/2020 VLD R2 Evanston Twp SB Hunter DS Neg
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/13/2020 VLD R2 H.B. Plant TK Thomas Jefferson HSST SR Aff
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/13/2020 VLD R1 Montville NP Bergen County Academies IK Aff
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/13/2020 VLD R1 McDowell AG Hunter MD Aff
45th University of Pennsylvania Tournament 2/7/2020 VLD Double Unionville SN Hunter NK Neg Neg on a 3-0
45th University of Pennsylvania Tournament 2/7/2020 VLD Double Unionville DJ Hunter MD Neg Aff on a 2-1
45th University of Pennsylvania Tournament 2/7/2020 VLD R6 McDowell KP Chantilly TM Neg
45th University of Pennsylvania Tournament 2/7/2020 VLD R5 Unionville MA Cosby SV Neg
45th University of Pennsylvania Tournament 2/7/2020 VLD R4 Bronx Science ES Hill NL Neg
45th University of Pennsylvania Tournament 2/7/2020 VLD R3 Hunter NK Harrison MB Aff
45th University of Pennsylvania Tournament 2/7/2020 VLD R3 Chagrin Falls SA McDowell AG Neg
45th University of Pennsylvania Tournament 2/7/2020 VLD R2 Unionville AM Princeton DR Neg
PCFL 4 at Girls High School 12/19/2019 VLD R3 CR North RF Unionville SN Neg
PCFL 4 at Girls High School 12/19/2019 JVLD R2 Unionville RK CR North MK Neg
PCFL 4 at Girls High School 12/19/2019 VLD R1 Unionville LI CR North JW Aff
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/13/2019 VLD Semi La Salle AS Unionville LI Neg Neg on a 3-0
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/13/2019 VLD Quarte Unionville DJ State AT Aff Aff on a 2-1
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/13/2019 JVLD R4 Upper Perkiomen HS IF La Salle LK Neg
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/13/2019 JVLD R4 Pennsbury MD La Salle CD Aff
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/13/2019 JVLD R3 Strath Haven AM William Tennent TL Aff
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/13/2019 JVLD R3 William Tennent LK Abington Heights AP Aff
Villiger 40 Saint Josephs University 11/23/2019 LD Quarte Woodrow Wilson TM Bronx Science YL Neg Aff on a 2-1
Villiger 40 Saint Josephs University 11/23/2019 LD R5 Danville Area EH Bergen County Debate Club JL Neg
Villiger 40 Saint Josephs University 11/23/2019 LD R5 Woodrow Wilson LB Bronx Science YL Neg
Villiger 40 Saint Josephs University 11/23/2019 LD R4 Bronx Science HL Achievement First Brooklyn AW Aff
Villiger 40 Saint Josephs University 11/23/2019 LD R4 Collegiate PJ Pennsbury PK Aff
Villiger 40 Saint Josephs University 11/23/2019 LD R2 Cary WA Danville Area JA Aff
Villiger 40 Saint Josephs University 11/23/2019 LD R2 Unionville LI La Salle ZW Aff
November PCFL at CR North 11/16/2019 VLD R3 La Salle ZW CR North AS Neg
November PCFL at CR North 11/16/2019 PAR R2 Unionville AIM CR North WBM Aff
November PCFL at CR North 11/16/2019 JVLD R1 CR North SR Unionville SN Neg
PCFL at Unionville 10/5/2019 VLD R3 Unionville SN Wilmington Charter LH Neg
PCFL at Unionville 10/5/2019 VLD R2 CR North SS Unionville CM Neg
PCFL at Unionville 10/5/2019 VLD R1 William Tennent SM Unionville JB Aff
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 JVLD Finals Acton-Boxborough AW Charlotte Latin EL Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 VLD Double Bronx Science AW Needham ZL Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 VLD Trips Bergen County Academies EL Needham ZL Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 VLD R6 Thomas Jefferson HSST AD Bergen County Academies EL Aff
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 VLD R5 Scarsdale ZS Syosset IS Aff
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 VLD R5 Unionville LI American Heritage Boca/Delray NT Neg
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 VLD R3 Half Hollow Hills HS East MG Freehold Township SA Neg
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 VLD R2 Houston Memorial SC Bronx Science JB Neg
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 VLD R2 Bronx Science HL Richard Montgomery UF Aff
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 VLD R1 North Allegheny BL Hoover SP Neg
Valley Forge District Tournament 3/8/2019 CX R4 K 408 F 404 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Valley Forge District Tournament 3/8/2019 CX R3 K 400 C 409 Aff Aff on a 2-1
2019 PCFL Varsity Finals and National Qualifiers 3/2/2019 VLD 2nd Ch AM 411 AE 406 Neg Neg on a 2-1
2019 PCFL Varsity Finals and National Qualifiers 3/2/2019 VLD Bracke AG 408 AW 404 Neg Aff on a 2-1
2019 PCFL Varsity Finals and National Qualifiers 3/2/2019 VCX R2 AM 136 AE 126 Neg Neg on a 2-0
2019 PCFL Varsity Finals and National Qualifiers 3/2/2019 VCX R1 AY 109 AE 133 Aff
2019 PCFL Varsity Finals and National Qualifiers 3/2/2019 VLD R1 AE 406 AG 400 Aff Aff on a 2-1
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational 2/1/2019 JVLD Semis Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart CB Oakton HS Aff Aff on a 2-1
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational 2/1/2019 LD Quarte Dallastown NK Lexington AF Aff Aff on a 2-1
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational 2/1/2019 JVCX R5 Baltimore City ES Calvert Hall MB Neg
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational 2/1/2019 CX R4 Strath Haven SW Newark Tech EM Aff
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational 2/1/2019 CX R3 Pittsburgh Central Catholic EH Marquette TM Neg
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational 2/1/2019 CX R2 Strath Haven LZ Ridge CS Neg
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/8/2018 VLD Quarte William Tennent EK State LO Aff Aff on a 3-0
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/8/2018 VLD R3 Unionville LI Abington Heights CD Aff
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/8/2018 VLD R3 Dallastown NK Unionville DJ Aff
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/8/2018 JVLD R2 Harriton IA Strath Haven MR Neg
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/8/2018 JVLD R2 Bishop Shanahan JW State AT Neg
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/8/2018 JVLD R1 Harriton EX Unionville CM Neg
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/8/2018 JVLD R1 State CJ La Salle AS Neg
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD Finals La Salle TW Woodrow Wilson ES Neg Aff on a 2-1
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD Quarte Bronx HS Of Science AK Cary WA Aff Neg on a 2-1
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD R5 Unionville LI Cary EX Aff
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD R4 La Salle AS Unionville DJ Neg
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD R3 La Salle TW Pennsbury DT Aff
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD R2 Cary VS Woodrow Wilson ES Neg
William Tennent Invitational 11/3/2018 JVCX R4 CR North MP William Tennent CM Aff
William Tennent Invitational 11/3/2018 JVCX R2 La Salle HV Strath Haven WW Neg
William Tennent Invitational 11/3/2018 JVCX R1 La Salle CH CR North MaSi Neg
Lions Classic Extemp Invitational 2/17/2017 CX-RR R4 Derby SW GarCit CU Aff
Lions Classic Extemp Invitational 2/17/2017 CX-RR R3 Moore NH CroChr RB Aff
Lions Classic Extemp Invitational 2/17/2017 CX-RR R1 CroChr SD Moore KC Neg
DC Universe at Deer Creek 2/10/2017 CH CX R1 Moore HN Norman North YD Neg
2016 Choctaw STING Invitational 12/9/2016 6A CX Prelim Moore LL Guymon KO Aff
2016 Choctaw STING Invitational 12/9/2016 6A CX Prelim Ardmore LNB Moore NH Neg
Westmoore JAG Invitational 11/11/2016 6A LD R3 Edmond North HM Putnam City Original DJ Neg
Westmoore JAG Invitational 11/11/2016 6A LD R3 Norman North KF Edmond North DP Aff
Westmoore JAG Invitational 11/11/2016 6A LD R2 Norman North IBu Edmond North AP Neg
Westmoore JAG Invitational 11/11/2016 6A LD R2 Edmond North NA Norman North TZ Neg
Norman North Mnemosyne Tournament 2/26/2016 CH CX RD3 OK - Guymon (OK) BK Moore CM Neg
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall 1/16/2016 VCX Rd 5 Edmond North GW Crossings Christian BS Aff
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall 1/16/2016 NCX Rd 1 Barstow LL Crossings Christian BW Aff
Choctaw SWARM Tournament 12/4/2015 5a CX R3 OK - Guymon (OK) SC Ardmore MP Neg
Choctaw SWARM Tournament 12/4/2015 5a CX R2 Norman North HR OK - Guymon (OK) JBR Aff
Choctaw SWARM Tournament 12/4/2015 5a CX R1 Ardmore CD OK - Guymon (OK) SO Neg