Karen Zimmer Paradigm

Last changed 6/14 11:53P EST

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Speed/Flow/General Notes:

- Backfile DAs, Ks, or CPs hurt topic education. I value quality arguments over quantity of arguments. Fewer, well-developed arguments will get your farther. Therefore, I don't need gasp-level speed. Spreading is fine-- as long as tags and analytics are clear. Warrant analysis is essential to a good debate *and I need to be able to flow it.

- *Debaters must flow. You HAVE to flow. Keeping good flows is the best way of seeing the debate from a judge's perspective. Flows are an essential tool for use in partner communication and in-round decision-making. Both partners MUST FLOW-- and *flow FROM THE SPEAKER, NOT from THE DOC. Do not waste CX time asking which cards the speaker skipped. Do not waste your speech time answering arguments they didn't read. Don't miss the analytical arguments that your opponents included speech but not their doc (either because it was dope and off-the-dome or because they don't have to surprised).

- Keep flows compartmentalized and organized through a line by line. Clean flows make judges most happy and => ^ speaks.

- Look at your judges during speeches and pay attention to whether they are flowing! Your partner can help with this and signal if you perhaps need to slow down, be more clear or just move on.

T/Theory:

- I'm unlikely to go neg on T absent a clear violation and an abuse scenario. If your abuse scenario is underdeveloped, then good clash elsewhere is key to an offensive T debate from the negative. T debates should be framed on both sides, and standards need to be impacted and weighed comparatively.

- I enjoy a good theory debate. They need to be line by line debates, just like any other, and should consist of impacted and responsive standards. Interpretation debates on theory are important.

- The 2NR should only go for one position/world. Multiple, contradicting positions in the 2NR make the judge's decision difficult.

Ks:

- If you run a K, demonstrate that you've read the literature, know your authors and truly understand what you're advocating-- don't wait until the rebuttals to explain the critical theory behind your lx and alts.

- Tagline extensions of 1NC evidence will never win you the K debate. If the neg is not doing in-depth work on the link, the perm will likely solve. Framework, where necessary, should consists of the same aspects as a good theory or T debate.

- I'm unfamiliar with evaluating performance debates but they've won my ballot before. Same rules-- know your stuff.

CX/Speaks:

- Tag-team CX is generally unnecessary. If your partner needs help answering a question, a short interjection is fine. Otherwise, tag-teaming should be avoided.

- Running a K on novice as varsity debaters is unnecessary and will only hurt your speaks. I consider myself a "tabula-rasa," but i will default to policy-maker if you don't provide me with a decisive way to evaluate the round.

What's most key for me?

- Show care and always aid in your opponents' understanding of the arguments and the world of Policy Debate as a whole; be authentic and vulnerable but know your arguments inside and out; do not take this precious activity or space for granted and learn something from every round.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/15/2020 CX R1 Mamaroneck ZiLa Brooklyn Technical HB Aff
Yale University Invitational 10/1/2020 VCX R5 Solon LS Unionville AP Neg
Yale University Invitational 10/1/2020 JVCX R4 Coppell SC Casady HJ Aff
Yale University Invitational 10/1/2020 VCX R2 Solon SM Coppell PY Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R8 X164 X228 Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R7 X288 X219 Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R6 X184 X283 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R5 X210 X160 Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R7 Berkeley Prep SP New Trier LR Neg Neg on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R6 Walter Payton CP HP Harker WV Aff Aff on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R5 Mamaroneck LS Niles West BB Neg Neg on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R4 Walter Payton CP MW Lane Tech JT Neg Neg on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R3 Oak Hall SG
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R14 X116 X238 Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R9 X123 X135 Neg Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R8 X100 X170 Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R6 X205 X197 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R5 X192 X203 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R4 X152 X254 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R3 X226 X146 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R2 X158 X287 Neg Neg on a 2-0
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/13/2017 CX R5 North Broward Prep AZ La Salle CH Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/13/2017 CX R4 Newark Science SA North Broward Prep BD Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/13/2017 CX R2 Newark Science CS Marquette Univ MS Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/13/2017 CX R1 North Star Academy CPHS BF Edgemont TT Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/19/2017 WS R5 Southern California Blue Idaho Gem of the Mountain Red Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/19/2017 WS R4 Greater Illinois White West Iowa White Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/19/2017 WS R2 Rocky Mountain-North Red Southern California White Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R7 Isidore Newman XZ St. Vincent De Paul CB Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R6 Kapaun Mount Carmel LS Barstow TD Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R5 George Washington AC Evanston Township CJ Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R4 Montgomery Bell GJ Lansing MW Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R3 Dougherty Valley FF Edina RW Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R2 Chicago Lab Schools PL Caddo Magnet CJ Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R1 Jones CP AN Little Rock Central CC Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R7 Alpharetta KK Westwood HH Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R6 Gulliver Prep MC Cathedral Prep HK Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R2 Lindblom Math & Science TH Kent Denver KC Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R1 East Kentwood MR Mountain Brook HK Aff