Ursula Gruber Paradigm

Last changed 9/15 9:30A CDT

LD:

If you seem like you are having fun and maintaining civility, I will listen to pretty much any argument that isn't intentionally obnoxious or repugnant (death good, racial equity bad, etc.). I prefer lines of argument that don't rely on nuclear war or extinction, but if your case is strong, go for it.

Clash and analysis are key. Use your case to analyze and refute your opponent's arguments. Don't just toss out cards; explain WHY and HOW. If your logic/reasoning is sound, you don't need to extend every card to win. I prefer strategic condensing over shallow line by line rebuttal.

I thoroughly enjoy critical debate. I think it fits super well with the intent of LD. Logic must be sound and you MUST use the conceptual framework of your K as the basis for your argumentation (i.e. don't read "We can't draw conceptual lines between people," and then respond to case with phrases like "those people")

Make sure you weigh your impacts for me. I may have a different perspective so if you don't make the weighing explicit, you are leaving it up to my interpretation. This includes ROBs, etc.

I expect timers and flashing to work without much delay. Having issues more than once in a round will lose speaks.

My speaks start at 28 for circuit tournaments. I'll dock a varsity debater more often for nonsense or rudeness than a JV debater. Making me laugh is a good way to bump up your points. Enunciation is also a bonus.

CX is important and ought to be used for more than just clarification questions. Don't be rude or talk over each other, especially if you are up against a less experienced debater. I will dock points for badgering novices.

Speed/Spread:

I don't mind speed, as long as you are clear. I will only call "clear" twice in a varsity round. Taglines, authors, and card interp should be noticeably slower. It is up to the speaker to communicate their arguments and be aware of the audience's attention level.

Congress:

I evaluate the full participation of the chamber, from docket maneuvers to quality and variety of questions. Successful legislators are those who drive the debate, present new/unique arguments, extend/refute/deepen previous arguments, choose sources carefully, and use parliamentary procedure appropriately. Debate on the merits/flaws of the specific legislation is given more weight than general issue arguments. Delivery style can enhance the persuasiveness of your analysis, but will not make up for canned speeches, poor supporting materials, or rehashed arguments.

POs are an essential part of the chamber. They set the mood, pace, and attitude of the chamber. It is a risk, and that is taken to account when I score. POs with a good pace and no major errors are very likely to be ranked.

Note on authorships/first pros: The price for establishing recency is that your speech must provide some background for the debate and at least one reason why this legislation in particular is/is not the answer.

Evidence

The purpose of evidence in all forms of debate is to support your arguments with expert testimony, not to BE your arguments. I will only ask for cards if something sounds exceptionally wonky. Have some understanding of the bias of your sources (Are they all from conservative think tanks?, etc.). It is generally up to your opponent(s) to point out blatantly wrong evidence, but I will dock for egregious offenses.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
William Fremd Viking Invitational 11/2/2019 JVLD R5 Barrington RS College Preparatory School of America (CPSA) MK Aff
William Fremd Viking Invitational 11/2/2019 NLD R4 Schaumburg YT Libertyville SB Aff
William Fremd Viking Invitational 11/2/2019 JVLD R3 William Fremd EY College Preparatory School of America (CPSA) AA Neg
William Fremd Viking Invitational 11/2/2019 NLD R2 Granite City ST Belleville Township HS West SH Aff
William Fremd Viking Invitational 11/2/2019 NLD R1 Carl Sandburg RM Evanston Twp ES Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/13/2019 WD R3 Greenhill Green Blake Green Neg
Charger Challenge 11/17/2018 1 V LD R5 WilFre EP Fenwic JM Aff
Charger Challenge 11/17/2018 2 JVLD R4 ILMat RG AmoAlo GF Aff
Charger Challenge 11/17/2018 3 N LD R2 WilFre EY ColPre RK Aff
Charger Challenge 11/17/2018 3 N LD R1 ILMat IO Homewo NL Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD R5 Presentation SP Guyer CM Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD R3 McNeil KK Pace DK Aff
ETHS Superb Owl 2/2/2018 PF R3 Hinsdale Central KM Homewood-Flossmoor AV Aff
ETHS Superb Owl 2/2/2018 PF R1 Bettendorf AW Hinsdale Central SW Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 LD WAU Harvard-Westlake IP Carroll HS - Southlake SM Neg Neg on a 2-1
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 LD R6 Montgomery CD Mountain Brook JS Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 LD R5 Cypress Bay KS Nova RJ Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 LD R3 Lexington VR Lovett PK Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 LD R2 Harker AV Seven Lakes VZ Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 LD R2 Lexington RW St. Andrew's Episcopal CM Aff
The 12th Annual Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/28/2017 NLD R5 Holy Trinity RS William Fremd VC Neg
The 12th Annual Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/28/2017 VLD R4 Palatine DP Evanston Twp HE Neg
The 12th Annual Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/28/2017 VLD R3 Belvidere North NG William Fremd MJ Aff
The 12th Annual Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/28/2017 NLD R1 William Fremd JK Libertyville DH Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships 4/8/2017 LD R5 Harker KS Peninsula KL Neg
ETHS Dead Presidents Invitational 2/3/2017 LD R3 Libertyville CM Glenbrook North JS Aff
ETHS Dead Presidents Invitational 2/3/2017 LD R2 Carl Sandburg Debate SH Glenbrook North TK Aff
ETHS Dead Presidents Invitational 2/3/2017 CFLLD R1 Amos Alonzo Stagg BA Fenwick SR Aff
Palatine High School Walk the Plank Tournament 1/21/2017 JVLD R5 Schaumburg XG IL Math And Science KG Neg
Palatine High School Walk the Plank Tournament 1/21/2017 JVLD R4 CPSA SB IL Math And Science ES Neg
Palatine High School Walk the Plank Tournament 1/21/2017 JVLD R3 Schaumburg NK IL Math And Science BC Aff
Palatine High School Walk the Plank Tournament 1/21/2017 NLD R2 CPSA HM William Fremd KZ Neg
Palatine High School Walk the Plank Tournament 1/21/2017 JVLD R1 Palatine JS Schaumburg SP Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD R5 Apple Valley KA Newark Science BA Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD R3 Newark Science SM Apple Valley SO Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD R2 Rosemount TS Evanston ES Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 LD R2 ISM / ERA HB Brookfield East AJ Aff