Nick Schroeder Paradigm

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Nick Schroeder

Assistant coach at Blue Valley North High School

Debated at Washburn Rural High School

Updated 8/24/18

Email chain: schroedernick12@gmail.com

Feel free to ask questions before the round if you need clarification or detail on anything.

I debated for 4 years in high and 1 year in college. I usually judge around 20-30 rounds on each topic and gain more familiar with topic literature as the year progresses. In high school I debated mostly an offense/defense policy style with disads, CPs, case turns, and T. That said, I think debate should be an open intellectual space and am open to at least considering most argumentative positions.

T: My default is to competing interpretations. I believe winning reasonability still requires a resolution of the standards debate to prove the interpretation reasonable. That said, it could be effective in cases that the neg interp is arbitrary or if the aff justifies some interpretive flexibility. I like T debates that have a nuanced discussion of the standards and do a good job of impacting out why a certain interpretation creates a fairer and more educational world to debate in. Emphasizing how each standard internal links to an impact is important. Tying arguments such as precision, grammar, and source credibility to the way those things impact case lists, the research process, and ground division is the most effective way to win my ballot.

Theory: I don’t like deciding debates on small technical concessions on theory but could be persuaded to do so if there is a particularly egregious lack of contestation. I’m usually persuaded by reject the argument not the team but will vote otherwise in cases such as condo where a team successfully argues that the larger debate has been skewed.

K: Not my favorite argument form but not something you should feel apprehensive reading in front of me either. A lot of the K rounds I’ve judged I voted aff because the negative went for framing, link, and impact arguments without advancing much of the alternative. While I understand how the aff’s perpetuation of an immoral system is a form of negative offense, I’m generally persuaded by affirmatives that point to the aff as a method to solve a material problem anyway given the inevitability of whatever structure the negative is critiquing without an alternative. I find that I generally have a high degree of skepticism in the alt’s ability to rupture the status quo, so that is a good place to start for affirmatives. In the same sense, I think it is important that the 2NR on the K doesn’t abandon contesting the truth of the 1AC’s internal links or impact scenarios. In most debates where the block focuses heavily on the K and abandons any ambition of beating back the case, I tend to vote that the aff outweighs. I should say I have limited exposure to critical literature but should follow pretty well regardless. I enjoy framework debates that aren’t arbitrary and self-serving. Also, a good cx on the K from either side is nice to see.

Disad/CP/Case

I am most familiar with these arguments. I am easily convinced that delay, conditions, and consult CPs are cheating without specific solvency advocates to justify them. Solvency advocates in general are important to have when running theoretically questionable CPs in front of me. I think internal link defense is underutilized, and really enjoy seeing a discussion of the affirmative/DA’s logic in CX and rebuttals. If you think something doesn’t make sense, I probably think it doesn’t either. I think responsible scholarship is important, and sometimes entire flows can be defeated with a good CX and a few strong analytics.


Have fun and be nice.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Kansas Flint-Hills District Tournament 12/13/2019 CX R7 Run 102 111 Aff Aff on a 2-1
Kansas Flint-Hills District Tournament 12/13/2019 CX R2 127 101 Neg Neg on a 3-0
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 QFs Blue Valley Southwest SS Shawnee Mission East CR Neg Neg on a 3-0
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 OFs Blue Valley Southwest SS Mill Valley BB Aff Aff on a 3-0
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 DOFs Jenks ZK Wichita East HS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R6 Jenks ZK Blue Valley Southwest SK Aff
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA DOFs 11B Blue Valley 9A Manhattan Aff Aff on a 2-1
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA R6 18C Wichita East 2D Lawrence Aff
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA R4 6B Dodge City 2A Lawrence Neg
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA R3 13A SM West 9C Manhattan Aff
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA R1 3A Olathe South 8D Olathe West Aff
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R6 Blue Valley Southwest SS Lawrence Free State HW Neg
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R4 Olathe Northwest CH Shawnee Mission Northwest FM Aff
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCISo R3 Andover Central LQ Garden City MW Neg
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R2 Newton HC Lawrence DR Aff
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCISo R1 Washburn Rural MN Shawnee Mission South LT Aff
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R5 Lansing Sr Clemens & Atkins Shawnee Mission East Bledsoe & Semrick Neg Neg on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R4 Lansing Sr Woodcock & Zimmerman Shawnee Mission West Zumalt & Wright Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R3 Emporia Mose & Rosa Mill Valley White & Weiland Aff Aff on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R2 Shawnee Mission West McCarthy & Wallenberg Shawnee Mission East Colvin & Revare Aff Neg on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R1 Shawnee Mission East Bledsoe & Semrick Lansing Sr Buchholz & Dawson Aff Aff on a 3-0
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School 11/16/2018 DCI R2 Blue Valley Northwest SM Wichita East FD Aff
Blue Valley Southwest Invitational 9/28/2018 Octos KapMou NM SME RC Neg Neg on a 2-1
Blue Valley Southwest Invitational 9/28/2018 R5 SME AW KapMou DR Neg
Blue Valley Southwest Invitational 9/28/2018 R4 SME BS Newton CH Aff
Blue Valley Southwest Invitational 9/28/2018 R3 SMS RL BVW ST Neg
Blue Valley Southwest Invitational 9/28/2018 R2 OlaNor MS KapMou MR Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 FNLS Free State YL Jenks BM Neg Neg on a 3-0
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R6 Trinity PK Eisenhower JH Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R5 SM East SB Newton CH Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R4 BV West ST Free State YL Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R3 Jenks BM Lawrence DR Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R2 Derby DH Mill Valley WS Neg
KCKSNCFL Policy Qualifier 12/1/2017 Var R6 BVSW Lowe & Edwards Empori Velo & Garcia Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Policy Qualifier 12/1/2017 Var R5 ShaMis Henry & Brock BVW Vasudevan & Saiedian Neg Neg on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Policy Qualifier 12/1/2017 Var R4 MilVal Crain & Gothard BVN Anderson & Chilappa Neg Neg on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Policy Qualifier 12/1/2017 Var R3 Lans Butler & Wong ShaMis Semrick & Bledsoe Aff Neg on a 2-1
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI Octos Kapaun Mount Carmel Jacob Doolittle & Ben Engle Blue Valley North Eleanor Mendelson & Mickey McMahon Neg Neg on a 2-1
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 Nov R6 Lansing Sr Geoffrey Stentiford & Michael Oliver Blue Valley North Alexandria Hines & Laysa Kambhampati Neg
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI 5 Wichita East Quan Nguyen & Justin Real Blue Valley Southwest Ted Shi & Anna Lee Neg
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI R4 Kapaun Mount Carmel Madeline Rowley & Margaret Moore Wichita East Sarwa Shah & Maitri Ajmera Aff
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 Nov R3 Lansing Sr Chloe Kautt & Vinay Patel Blue Valley Southwest Kristina Wu & Owen Li Neg
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI R2 Wichita East Noah Yust & Ian Krummel Blue Valley North Jack Di Palo & Nirvan Silswal Aff
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI R1 Maize Hayley Tice & Hannah Piros Blue Valley North Claire Christensen & Lakshetha Premanand Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 6/29/2016 2Wk Round Schauer-Welch EmporiRAGE Khatri-Zuckerman/Schauer-Welch MW Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 6/29/2016 2Wk Round Bhattacharjee-Loghry SA Duff-Ellis-Wefald HW Neg