Lexy Green Paradigm

Last changed 4/11 11:21A PDT

I am old. I have been coaching and judging for over 35 years. This means that much/most of my experience predates the existence of Public Forum. I competed primarily in Policy, Lincoln Douglas (in its first year of existence), and Extemp. I have coached Policy (in the Dark Ages), Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum, Congress, and assorted speech events.

Speed does not offend me. That said, I am OLD and have carpal tunnel syndrome, so my flow is sloooooow. I will not punish you with points if you are fast and clear, but there is a risk I may not get everything you want on my flow.

There are a lot of regional/circuit differences in PF norms. I recognize that answering refutation of one's case in the second constructive speech (when speaking second) is unusual in some areas of the country. That said, I am used to LD, where the first negative speech includes both the negative case and refutation of the affirmative case. Some LDers even go "straight ref" on the negative, entirely forgoing reading a negative case and only arguing against the affirmative case. I will not punish teams speaking second for beginning refutation in their first constructive, or for answering the first team's arguments against their case in their second constructive.

I do not like surprises, not even good surprises. I always peeked at my presents as a child. Arguments should be extended in the summary speech if you want to win on them in the final focus. I favor line by line until the final focus, which should crystalize the debate and provide clear impact calc.

I think topic wording is important and that it determines burdens. I like it when teams are explicit about what the topic wording demands. A kritik is just an argument. If you can explain how it affirms or negates the res, it's all good.

Plans and counterplans are not allowed. Don't blame me. I didn't make the rules. You chose this event, despite the rules. That said, I think it is fair (and even a good idea) to talk about how the resolution would be implemented (assuming it calls for action and is not simply a question of fact/value). One can do this by looking at real world, typical proposals for resolutional action. I also don't think that the affirmative should be stuck advocating the worst possible way to implement the resolutional policy.

Evidence is important. Cheating is bad. Read author and date cites. I will grudgingly allow paraphrased evidence, but the full text must be available and easily evaluable. By this I mean that it is not okay to paraphrase evidence and then, when asked to provide it, hand over a ten page document with no highlighting/underlining of the bits that you claim to be paraphrasing. If you cannot say, "this paraphrases these three lines of text in the original document," or something like that, I'm going to disregard this "evidence." Neither I nor your opponents should have to read through the entire document to assess whether your paraphrasing is accurate.

I hate crossfire, especially the Grand Cluster F*!k. Please don't yell or speak over each other. I recognize that this aspect of PF is conducive to chaos, and that you are not responsible for this design flaw. That said, I will punish you with speaker points if you make the crossfire worse than it has to be.

Argument > Style. This is debate. Style is reflected in speaker points.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG R3 Fairmont Prep OR Horace Mann MK Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 GPF R4 Boca Raton BR Poly Prep Country Day SS Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 GPF R1 Ardrey Kell HB Edina ZZ Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VPF R1 Hinsdale Central KM St. Andrew's Episcopal BT Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VPF R1 Cypress Bay SR Fairmont Prep SR Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 PF R3 Walt Whitman BL Poly Prep Country Day SF Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2016 VPF Double Hawken EL Northland Christian NL Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 PF R3 Harker BC Edina KI Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 PF R3 Choctaw WE Blue Valley Southwest HE Neg
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/6/2015 VPF Round Eagan DM Marist HM Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/6/2015 VPF Round St Paul MZ Eastview HV Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/6/2015 VPF Round Edina MZ Dowling Catholic TV Aff
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 PF Octo Fairmont Preparatory BJ Harker LK Neg Neg on a 2-1
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 PF R6 Poly Prep Country Day EH Horace Mann HS Neg
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 PF R4 Blake BG Lexington MC Aff
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX R5 Interlake HJ Boise DB Aff
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX R4 St George's MR Timberline BR Aff
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX R3 Niles West IT Wayzata LH Neg
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX R2 Damien BQ Johns Creek RJ Neg
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX R1 Desert Vista MJ Leucadia Independent GY Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2013 CX Runoff Head Royce MP Bellarmine SV Aff Aff on a 3-0
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2013 CX Round Leland AV Oak Park MM Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2013 CX Round River Hill CL Glenbrook South PM Aff