Evan Manning ParadigmLast changed 9/24 12:09P EST
Eisenhower High School Director of Debate
Previous institutional affiliations and role
Wichita East High School
Shawnee Mission West High School
Emporia State University
I debated from 2000-2005 at Shawnee Mission West, and Emporia State. I have stayed fairly connected with the activity since, and have ranging from a little to a lot coached teams who have finished high at national tournaments, TOC qualifiers, the DCI, and State Championships.
What do you view your role as the judge in the debate?
1.) Ensure a safe and equitable space for the debate to occur.
2.) Pay attention to both argumentation and communicative ability of all in the room
3.) Let the debater’s debate, and stay in my lane, adjudicating the round as they would like the round to be interpreted. (I am Tab)
4.) Make the best decision I am able, and can give a reasonable assessment of my methodology
5.) Try and offer advice, or clarity on the RFD and choices in the round in an oral critique
Purpose of Philosophy
I think debaters either under or overvalue who I am as a judge, and the philosophy should be a starting point of shared understanding before asking more specific questions pre round with both teams present.
Evaluative Practices and Views on Debate Round Logistics
I have come to dislike computer debate as per the lost time, the flashing issues, the speech doc reading, the functional clipping of unintelligible sound during speeches, sitting in cross ex, not making eye contact, the phrase “straight down the flow” and the overall lack of warrants or communicative intricacy.
Am I on the Chain?
What is your normal range for speaker points and why? What can earn extra speaker points for a debater? What can cost speaker points for a debater, even if they win the debate?
-My speaker point scale has tended to be:
30. I have only given out two, and would love the chance of hearing another perfect pair of speeches.
-------Shout-out: Samantha Nichols DCI Round 7
Grace Kessler : vs LFS in 2017
29.5 - you should receive a speaker award in this division at this tournament
29 - you should be in elimination debates at this tournament, and probably win one or more of those rounds
28.8 you are competing for a spot to clear but still making errors that may prevent you from doing so. Average for the division/tournament.
28. - you are fine
27.5 - you are slightly below average for the division/tournament and need to spend some time on the fundamentals. Hopefully, I've outlined in my notes what those are.
27 - you are in the wrong division or at the wrong tournament in my estimation.
**I've found that the best way to boost your speaks on my ballot is to demonstrate that you understand the nexus points of the debate and/or when the debate has resolved itself through your argumentative prowess. Often, this means strong/specific overviews, and can sometimes mean not utilizing all of your prep/speech time when the flow of the debate indicates it is impossible for your opposition to come back in the round. (EG - if the 1AR drops a topicality argument in its entirety, and you use 4 minutes of prep for the 2NR and give a 5 minute 2NR speech - you have not demonstrated mastery of the flow.
Do you say clearer out loud if a debater is unclear? Is there a limit to the number of times you will say clearer if you do? Do you use other non-verbal cues to signal a lack of clarity?
Yes I will say clear, I will say it until I feel you aren’t trying to be clearer, I will be overtly grumpy and you should know I’m no longer flowing if you were to look up.
Do you find yourself reading a lot of evidence after the debate?
Do you evaluate the un-underlined parts of the evidence even if the debaters do not make that an argument?
No, the team would have to make argumentation about the evidence
What are your predispositions or views on the following:
Topicality- If the Aff is not T, it should be the 2NR
Theory- I find myself usually not pulling the trigger as a stand alone round winning argument But I do fondness myself using theory as a framing or threshold mitigation question
Affirmative’s need to read a plan in order to win on the aff- Yes, or at least a topical stasis point.
Performance teams - Possible to go for it, need to know what you will and won’t defend. I think you should make explicit how my ballot functions in this debate as well as where you defend the impacts occur and stop occuring (IE in the room, in the fiated debate world, outside the literal debate room etc.)
How do you feel about tricks?
Tricks are fun. You can slow roll in cx, you can impact turn pretty much anything, you can set up double binds and double turns and all is good. There is no such thing as a cheating argument you can’t win, just an argument that probably had a higher threshold to win. I find myself being madder at the opponent for putting me in a position to vote for a bad argument than the team that did it.