Rachel Watson Paradigm

Last changed 9/16 8:38P CDT

Pronouns: Use anything except she/her. Ask for others' pronouns in-round. I personally default to they/them until I'm told otherwise.

I started competing in Lincoln-Douglas debate in 2008. Three years later, I taught myself policy and took on a more involved role in tutoring my teammates and helping both LD and policy students prepare for tournaments. I debated at Central Oklahoma from 2015-16, and if you're any gender other than a cis man or person of color 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'm currently a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania and the debate coach at Holy Ghost Prep.

If you have an email chain (and this isn't a CFL tournament) 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.

The good stuff: My paradigm is driven first and foremost by the fact that debate is about education. Game-y debate strategies do have a lot of educational value, but I expect debaters to come to a round willing to learn about their opponents’ arguments, both policy and non-traditional debate approaches.

Because of this, part of the round that’s important to me is the way debaters treat each other. 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.

Don’t alter your argumentation just for my benefit; I’ll listen to any kind of argument you like to run and have a deep appreciation for well thought out and defended positions of any kind.

For LD Debaters: I enjoy both progressive and traditional LD, but give me a stasis point if you hit an opponent with the opposite style. You need to give me some way to compare the different models of debate and evaluate the clash in the round, otherwise I'm left with two different kinds of impacts and no way to weigh them if you don't do it for me.

General Argumentation:

I prefer debates that are more than claims. Debaters should be prepared to provide warrants/explanations for the arguments they’re making, and arguments should be well-developed.

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

Affs:

I love a really technical policy aff as much as I do a complicated kritikal or performance approach. Run the argument you're the most comfortable with and prepared for.

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.

Counterplans/Kritiks:

I generally prefer negative strategies that don’t contain a performative contradiction, like reading counterplans that link to a Kritik 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 a net benefit, and Kritik 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.

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.

I can be reached for questions about the round/arguments/UCO at r.erinwatson@gmail.com

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
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 Bronx Science HL Richard Montgomery UF Aff
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 VLD R2 Houston Memorial SC Bronx Science JB Neg
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 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 Dallastown NK Unionville DJ Aff
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/8/2018 VLD R3 Unionville LI Abington Heights CD Aff
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/8/2018 JVLD R2 Bishop Shanahan JW State AT Neg
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/8/2018 JVLD R2 Harriton IA Strath Haven MR 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 Norman North KF Edmond North DP Aff
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 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