Jack Griffiths Paradigm

Last changed 6 March 2021 4:03 AM CDT

Updated and Simplified Pre-St. Mark’s

jgriff22 at nd dot edu

Background

I debated for Jesuit from 2015 to 2019 (surveillance topic to immigration topic, always a 2A). I’m a part-time assistant coach for Jesuit, and I’ve judged a decent amount on this topic so far, including every round at a summer workshop tournament and 7 regular season tournaments.

General Thoughts

Clarity > speed. Dropped arguments should still be extended with warrants and impacted out. I’ll only evaluate arguments from the person who’s supposed to be speaking during a given speech. I prefer closed CXs.

Debating in “Unprecedented Times”

Slow down more than usual. If you have significant tech issues, please let me know immediately if you need to stop the debate to fix them. I keep my camera on during speeches, CXs, and the post-round discussion. I prefer that debaters keep theirs on during the entire debate and while I’m giving the RFD, but if there’s a legitimate reason why someone can’t have the camera on then that’s fine. I won't evaluate any arguments about what the debaters are doing in terms of COVID protocol because a) it's not pertinent to the substance of the debate and b) I will give people the benefit of the doubt and assume they're doing what they can to debate safely with the resources they have.

K Affs and Framework/T-USfg

I haven’t judged too many of these debates and don’t have a significant bias towards either side. A K aff can interpret and critique the resolution in interesting ways but should still, at its core, be about the general concept of criminal justice reform. Teams reading T or Framework should have some “CP-like” argument about some way they can access the affirmative’s offense (e.g. a TVA, switch-side debate solves, etc.). Research, clash, and topic education impacts are generally more compelling than procedural fairness.

Theory:

Not a huge fan but I’ll listen. Slow down more so I can hear the compressed analytics. More and pointed theory arguments that are contextualized to what has happened in a specific debate are better (e.g. “conditional consult CPs without solvency advocates are bad” is likely more compelling than just “conditionality bad”). I won’t vote on new affs bad.

Normal T Debates:

I don’t think anyone has gone for T in the 2NR (or even that often in the block) against a policy aff in front of me this year, and as a result I still don’t have strong feelings about which affs are or aren’t topical. So to persuade me to vote on a T violation, you should construct narratives—use specific examples of affs they allow and explain concretely what the inclusion of these affs would do to the topic. Reasonability is strictly about the counter interpretation. I default to competing interpretations if the affirmative doesn’t make any reasonability argument.

Ks:

They’re a lot of fun if done right. Rely on specific link narratives and pertinent historical examples, not on “K-tricks” or enthymemes. Something I’ve seen a lot on this topic (especially with abolition-type arguments) is a lack of external impact explanation, so if you’re negative, you should remember that “the aff doesn’t solve” isn’t a compelling argument on its own. Not super familiar with high theory so I would advise against reading those types of Ks in front of me.

CPs:

Need a solvency advocate or else you’re open to smart permutations and potential theory objections. I’m not a huge fan of process unless it’s specific to the aff. Amendments in the block are probably bad, especially if they're in the 1NR. If your CP text is incoherent (like if you literally said "The 50 states should do the plan" word-for-word in the 1NC because you forgot to edit the text before the round to apply to a specific affirmative), it'll be tough for me to vote for it.

DAs:

Zero risk is possible if the affirmative’s defensive arguments are very compelling, there’s conceded defensive arguments that are extended, and/or the disad is just that bad on its own.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 VCX R4 Coppell KC Blue Valley North PR Aff
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 VCX R2 Meadows HY Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart FP Aff
Heart of Texas HS 2021-02-27 VCX R1 Solorio RR Westminster BW Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX Octos Barsto BA Greenh LJ Aff Neg 2-1
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX R4 Barsto LS Westwo MS Aff
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX R3 Westwo NP Barsto OS Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R2 Dulles JD Westwo LX Neg
Coppell Classic HS 2021-01-07 VCX R4 ByrNel DS Crosby AS Aff
Coppell Classic HS 2021-01-07 VCX R2 Woodwa HY Greenh LW Aff
Coppell Classic HS 2021-01-07 VCX R1 Greenh MR IsiNew PC Aff
Berkner TFA HS 2020-12-08 NCX Quarte Greenhill AI Coppell 9th DG Aff Aff 3-0
Berkner TFA HS 2020-12-08 VCX R4 Greenhill LL Grapevine EM Aff
Berkner TFA HS 2020-12-08 NCX R3 Legacy TB Coppell 9th PA Aff
Berkner TFA HS 2020-12-08 NCX R2 Greenhill GL Coppell 9th DG Neg
Berkner TFA HS 2020-12-08 NCX R1 Coppell 9th SM Tyler Legacy GH Aff
The Longhorn Classic Online HS 2020-12-04 NCX Quarte Hendrickson Yedavalli & Duvvuri Reagan Muehlberger & Whalen Neg Neg 3-0
The Ed Long Invitational at The Hockaday School HS 2020-11-06 NCX R2 St Mark's School of Texas GT Dallas Highland Park GB Aff
Trevian Invitational HS 2020-10-10 TOCPD Double Edina AA Montgomery Bell GY Aff Aff 3-0
Trevian Invitational HS 2020-10-10 OPEN R2 Kent Denver TW Woodward HY Neg
Trevian Invitational HS 2020-10-10 TOCPD R1 Woodward GR Lawrence Free State HB Aff
NEWMAN SMITH SPONTANEITY 41 HS 2020-09-25 NCX Round Westwood VP Coppell 9th CP Neg
NEWMAN SMITH SPONTANEITY 41 HS 2020-09-25 NCX R2 Dallas Highland Park BG Westwood MR Aff
Novice Round Up HS 2019-05-04 CX R4 Dallas Highland Park CL St. Mark's School of Texas AS Neg Neg 2-0
Novice Round Up HS 2019-05-04 CX R3 St. Mark's School of Texas CB Liberal Arts and Science MW Neg Neg 2-0
Novice Round Up HS 2019-05-04 CX R2 Crossings Christian BN Woodward TL Aff Aff 2-0
DUDA MS City Championship April 27 MS 2019-04-27 BCX R4 Sanger Prep GL Travis AG Neg
DUDA MS City Championship April 27 MS 2019-04-27 BCX R3 George Bannerman Dealey International CoMc Ann Richards STEAM VF Aff
DUDA MS City Championship April 27 MS 2019-04-27 BCX R2 W H Gaston NM Harry Stone Montessori BD Aff
DUDA MS City Championship April 27 MS 2019-04-27 BCX R1 Harry Stone Montessori JQ Kennedy Curry PW Aff
DUDA HS City Championship April 6 HS 2019-04-06 JVCX Rd3 Talented and Gifted Magnet TA Talented and Gifted Magnet DS Aff
DUDA HS City Championship April 6 HS 2019-04-06 JVCX Rd2 North Dallas MR Talented and Gifted Magnet VC Neg
DUDA MS Feb 23 Tournament MS 2019-02-23 ACX RD 4 Dallas Environmental Science HB Harry Stone Montessori HLL Aff
DUDA MS Feb 23 Tournament MS 2019-02-23 BCX RD 3 Spence TAG JL Sanger Prep BaMa Aff
DUDA MS Feb 23 Tournament MS 2019-02-23 BCX RD 2 Harry Stone Montessori RT E.D Walker FD Aff
DUDA MS Feb 23 Tournament MS 2019-02-23 BCX RD 1 Dallas Environmental Science WS Greiner VB Aff
DUDA MS Fall City Championship MS 2018-12-01 BCX RD 1 Harry Stone Montessori Perez & Rodriguez Irma Rangel YWLS Arenas Romero & Garcia Neg
DUDA MS Fall City Championship MS 2018-12-01 BCX RD 1 Harry Stone Montessori Quiroz & Jackson BOMLA Adams & Almendariz Neg
Newman Smith Spontaneity HS 2018-09-28 NCX R3 Greenhill XZ Coppell 9th CP Neg
Newman Smith Spontaneity HS 2018-09-28 NCX R2 Glen Rose ISD KR Grapevine YL Aff
Newman Smith Spontaneity HS 2018-09-28 NCX R1 Coppell PM Hebron DK Neg
Novice Round Up HS 2018-04-27 CX Quarte Liberal Arts and Science JM Harker SL Neg Neg 3-0
Novice Round Up HS 2018-04-27 CX R5 Liberal Arts and Science FM Harker KV Aff Aff 2-0
Novice Round Up HS 2018-04-27 CX R4 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart AG Crossings Christian KK Aff Aff 2-0
Novice Round Up HS 2018-04-27 CX R3 Heritage Hall RL Crossings Christian RB Neg Neg 2-0
Novice Round Up HS 2018-04-27 CX R2 Liberal Arts and Science JS Harker SL Neg Neg 2-0
Novice Round Up HS 2018-04-27 CX R1 Harker SM Heritage Hall PS Aff Aff 2-0
Berkner Tournament HS 2017-12-08 NCX RD 3 Grapevine RB Greenhill TW Neg
Berkner Tournament HS 2017-12-08 NCX RD 2 Hebron TT Naaman Forest BM Aff
Berkner Tournament HS 2017-12-08 NCX RD 1 Greenhill HR Colleyville Heritage AC Aff
Jesuit Novice Scrimmage HS 2017-10-07 NovPo Round Highland Park (Dallas) TT St. Mark's School of Texas MK Aff
Jesuit Novice Scrimmage HS 2017-10-07 NovPo Round Greenhill KT Highland Park (Dallas) AP Neg
Jesuit Novice Scrimmage HS 2017-10-07 NovPo Round Highland Park (Dallas) DL St. Mark's School of Texas MP Neg