Karen Zimmer Paradigm

Last changed 5/5 11:06A EDT

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- I competed in Policy for 4 years at Perry HS in Ohio. I graduated in 2013 and have been coaching Policy there since. I see debate as an investment in your education. Demonstrating an in-depth understanding of your arguments, as well as kindness toward your opponents in round, will result in better speaks. 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.

- 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 prefer speed, but it's fine as long as tags and analytics are clear. Warrant analysis is essential to a good debate, so I need to be able to flow it. Debaters should keep flows compartmentalized and organized through a line by line.

- I ran kritical arguments on both sides as a debater, and as such, I am usually excited to see K affs. But! I NEED a plan text. Also-- if you have read no background literature, you don't know your aff well enough.


- 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.

- 2NR should only go for one position. Multiple, contradicting positions in the 2NR make the judge's decision difficult. I'm unfamiliar with evaluating performance debates, more versed in traditional policy debate, but that doesn't mean that I'm not open to performance.

- If you run a K, I need to see that you've read the literature and really understand what you're talking about. Don't wait until the rebuttals to explain your K. Tagline extensions of 1NC evidence will never win you the K. 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.

- 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.

In general, I will vote on whatever you tell me to vote on. Just be nice, aid in your opponent's understanding of your arguments as well as the world of Policy Debate, and learn something from the round.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
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