Matt Michie Paradigm

Last changed 8/28 1:27P EDT

Updated 08/28/19

I debated at Olathe Northwest and am a Senior at KU (not debating). Third year assistant coach at Olathe West. My email is matt.michie97@gmail.com

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.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Shawnee Mission East Forensics Tournament 2/21/2020 PFD R2 10 Faulkner & Gibson 06 Guzman & Lopez-Gonzalez Aff
Shawnee Mission East Forensics Tournament 2/21/2020 PFD R1 19 Larsen & Ridge 10 Kane & derringer Aff
Shawnee Mission North Invitational 11/16/2019 Open R5 21 Altenhofen & Baldock 5 Miranda & Granado Neg
Shawnee Mission North Invitational 11/16/2019 Open R3 15 Benton & Price 5 Reynolds & Davis Neg
Shawnee Mission North Invitational 11/16/2019 Open R2 10 Woerpel & Wilkerson 15 George & Escobar Neg
ONW November Classic 11/2/2019 Open R4 8 White & DeDecker 5 Magnuson & Kula Neg
ONW November Classic 11/2/2019 Open R3 6 Klassen & Lopez 13 Azwell & Chapman Aff
ONW November Classic 11/2/2019 Open R2 13 Riggs & Reiter 5 Sidabutar & Mechler Neg
ONW Forensics Invitational NIETOC 3/1/2019 LD R4 20 JA 8 JW Neg
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA OFs 18C Wichita East 12C Free State Aff Aff on a 3-0
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA DOFs 1C SM East 19A BV West Neg Aff on a 2-1
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA R6 21A Hutchinson 9D Manhattan Aff
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA R5 4C Topeka High 1B SM East Neg
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA R4 23A Olathe East 12A Free State Neg
KSHSAA 2 Person Debate Tournament 1/11/2019 KSHSA R3 12B Free State 17C Mill Valley Aff
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R7 Lawrence Free State HW Kapaun Mount Carmel RM Aff
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R4 Eisenhower GS Blue Valley Southwest SS Aff
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R3 Newton HC Shawnee Mission West MW Neg
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 PF R3 B Sufi & Yi P Gutierrez & Bhakta Neg Neg on a 3-0
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 LD R2 M Alex Marvine R Marcus Woodcock Neg Neg on a 2-1
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 CX R2 P Bangalan & O'Lear L Rose & Williams Neg Neg on a 2-1
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 LD R1 P John Marshall T Julianna Rice Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R5 Shawnee Mission East Apodaca & Winden Blue Valley North Chavali & Indiveri Neg Neg on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R3 Blue Valley North Mao & Valsan Shawnee Mission East Colvin & Revare Neg Neg on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R2 Lansing Sr Buchholz & Dawson Blue Valley Southwest Helixon & Pieropan Neg Neg on a 2-1
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School 11/16/2018 DCI R5 Lawrence Free State BW Manhattan ZM Neg
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School 11/16/2018 DCI R4 Lawrence Free State WM Salina South DJ Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School 11/16/2018 JV R2 Blue Valley Northwest TY Lawrence Free State GB Aff
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/28/2018 DCI R6 Andove Lonc & Ashraf BD Bagdasaryan & Trout Aff
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/28/2018 DCI R5 Lawren Davidson & Rose Eisenh Grossman & Stiffler Neg
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/28/2018 DCI R2 Eisenh Hartter & Jacobson BluVal Das & Verma Aff
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/28/2018 DCI R1 Lawren Balcazar & Belt KapMou Bijoy & Le Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R6 SM Northwest FM Free State HH Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R2 Wichita East QS Maize MP Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R1 Mill Valley WS Emporia MR Neg
The Sunflower Invitational 2018 1/5/2018 NOV OFs SM West WZ BV North FH Neg Neg on a 2-1
The Sunflower Invitational 2018 1/5/2018 NOV R5 Shawnee Heights MM SM South PT Aff
The Sunflower Invitational 2018 1/5/2018 NOV R3 Dodge City AV Wichita East MJ Neg
The Sunflower Invitational 2018 1/5/2018 NOV R2 SM West NB Hayden PQ Aff
The Sunflower Invitational 2018 1/5/2018 NOV R1 Olathe North KP Derby PR Aff
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/6/2015 DCI R6 Hutchinson Crater & Henry Manhattan McClendon & Colburn Neg
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/6/2015 Nov R5 Barstow Archer & Nanji Blue Valley Southwest Hoggatt & Shi Neg
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/6/2015 Nov R4 Barstow Turner & Tadros Blue Valley West Saiedian & Ma Neg
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/6/2015 DCI R3 Wichita East Bye & Smading Blue Valley North Kularatne & Rajendiran Aff
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/6/2015 DCI R2 Blue Valley North Veerisetti & Chohdry Lindale Ramsey & Thrasher-Evers Neg
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/6/2015 DCI R1 Blue Valley Southwest Hussaini & Lowe Little Rock Central Bierbaum & Morgan Aff