Matt Michie ParadigmLast changed 8/28 1:27P EDT
I debated at Olathe Northwest and am a Senior at KU (not debating). Third year assistant coach at Olathe West. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Top-Level: Racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, etc. are unacceptable. Use content warnings before starting speeches and put them in speech docs when applicable. Being mean to your partner is an extremely easy way to lose ranks/quals.
Speed: I think debates are better for everyone when you slow down for tags/cites/theory. Other than that, speak at whatever speed you like. I will say clear if necessary.
Topicality: I default to Competing Interpretations. I'm willing to accept Reasonability dependent on how that debate goes down in-round, but surface level I think its probably a pretty bad way to evaluate T. The more time I spend judging, the more I think there is a certain truth barrier on T that can be exceptionally hard to overcome. That doesn't mean I'm unwilling to vote for T against a blatantly topical affirmative, just that the tech level is hard to win without some level of truth to it. You should be as specific as possible about your claims. I should be hearing exactly what args/affs can or can't be read, why they're important, etc. Don't bother with your RVI.
General Theory: I have no particular leaning one way or the other on most theory args. Most args are probably only reasons to reject the argument. If you think a it's a reason to reject the team, you have to do way more work than just a constructive blip. I will not reject a team if the only reason I'm given for why is "X argument is a reason to reject the team".
Disadvantages and Impact Turns: I have no problem with generic disadvantages or impact turns, but a more specific link story is obviously more compelling. I mostly read/went for disadvantages/impact turns in High School, so this kind of debate is what I am most versed in.
Counterplans: I don't necessarily have a problem with any particular type of counterplan, but Aff teams should probably be reading a lot more CP theory than I usually see. I ~generally~ think that if you don't have a CP+DA combo in the 1NC you're probably making a strategic mistake. I wish I saw more teams make more perms than just "Do Both".
Kritiks: Don't assume that I'm familiar with all terms of art/authors. I think “reject the aff” or “do nothing” alternatives are not very compelling but that doesn’t mean I won’t vote for one. I feel like most K debates I see are incredibly weak on the Alt debate on both sides, when it should probably be the most substantive part of the debate. Links of omission are not links.
Framework: I generally don't like extremely generic/limiting framework interps like "Competitive CP or the Squo." I default to believing the Aff's role is to provide and endorse a resolution-based advocacy but am certainly not locked into voting that way. I feel like teams let each other get away with way too much here. Framework is not an opportunity for you to read a cool interp and call it a day. Your framework lays the foundation for how I'm supposed to evaluate the round. Don't let the other team do that for you.
All of the above assumptions are dependent on the work you do in your speeches. Feel equally free to either adapt to these preferences, or do your own thing, just justify whatever you want to do in round.