Davy Holmes Paradigm

Last changed 30 September 2021 4:18 PM CDT

Updated 9/30/21:

I don't judge as much as I used to, but I have a few additions that I would like to make to my paradigm.

1. While I generally support the idea of disclosure, especially in Policy and LD, I won't vote on most variants of disclosure theory. About the only exception would be a situation where a team or debater intentionally mis-disclosed something they were going to read.

2. In Policy, affs that just ban something that might be a source of water pollution are probably not topical.

3. If I am judging you in PF, I would prefer that you treat me like someone from the general public and not someone who has extensive debate experience. I don't want to hear a bunch of debate jargon, and you should probably speak at a reasonable rate. Additionally, if it takes you forever to show your opponents requested evidence during prep time, I am deducting speaker points. If you choose to paraphrase in your case, you better have a card available with full context if it's requested.

Updated 11/13/20:

I haven't judged many policy rounds this year, but I have seen a few. Even though the team I coach likes to read kritikal arguments, it doesn't mean that is your best approach with me. I definitely prefer debates that revolve around the hypothetical implementation of a topical affirmative plan. FYI, if your aff doesn't link to the abolition K, then it probably doesn't enact substantial criminal justice reform. This doesn't mean you will necessarily lose, but you are probably in an uphill battle if the neg is competent at extending topicality. I am aware of the sad state of good policy neg strategies at the moment, so I will try to be mindful of that if you end up going for an argument that is out of my normal comfort zone. Everything below probably still applies.

Updated 2/23/20:

I've probably judged about 20-25 rounds on the topic. Most of them have involved a Saudi aff. I have judged very few K debates this year, but I have voted aff on the perm in every debate I have judged this year that had a K in the 2NR.

Updated 3/12/19:

TL;DR

I won't reject any argument or style of debate out of hand, but I have a preference for topical, plan-focused debate. I feel a lot more comfortable expressing this preference at tournaments that use mutually preferred judging. If your strategies only include kritikal arguments, you may not want to pref me. Util is probably my default decision-making paradigm, but I can be persuaded to adopt other impact frameworks. I think winning zero risk of something is pretty hard, but I suppose it is possible. I don't think I am very good at flowing, but I try my best. If I didn't catch something then you were probably going too fast for me, or you were unclear. If the tournament allows for it, I will assign speaker points to the tenth of a point. My usual range is 27-29.9. Yes, I want to be on the email chain (davy.holmes@dsisdtx.us).

MORE SPECIFIC POLICY STUFF

Unless persuaded to evaluate using a different lens, I tend to base my decision on whether a world with the affirmative plan is better than the status quo or a world with a competitive policy option. If the aff plan improves the world, the aff generally wins. If not, the aff loses. I also tend to evaluate in the "offense/defense" paradigm. Generally, I think the negative needs offensive arguments to win unless they can somehow take out 100% of solvency. 99% of the time you will need a reason why the plan causes something bad to happen to win on the negative.

I don't require strict adherence to my preferences. You've prepped the arguments that you've prepped, and it probably isn't in your best interests to drastically alter your preferred approach to debate when debating in front of me. However, I think you should probably know that some arguments are an uphill battle in front of me.

First, I generally think the aff should defend the topic. If your aff doesn't link to topic-related generics, then you probably have some work to do if the neg goes for framework/topicality. I think clash is super important, and I don't like affirmative approaches meant to minimize topic-centered clash.

Second, I don't necessarily think that fairness has to be an internal link to something. I think fairness can be an impact. It will be hard to convince me that the neg shouldn't get a decent amount of predictable ground or that fairness is bad.

Finally, I can't say enough that I need to know what your k alternative does or how it functions. The less clear I am on what the alt does the more likely I am to vote for something like "perm do the plan an all non-competitive parts of the alt." I'm sure your argument isn't that this particular round or my ballot is key to breaking down or eliminating whatever it is that your are kritiking, so please be specific about what it is that you expect me to vote for. I am not familiar with or necessarily interested in a lot of kritik literature, so you probably need to do more thesis explanation than you might usually do. You should also do as much contextualizing as possible when talking about your links. If I am going to vote for an argument I need to be able to put in my own words what I am voting for. I think it is your job to make sure that I am able to do that.

I would recommend not going at your absolute fastest pace, and this is especially true when reading complex kritikal arguments or multi-point theory blocks. Other than that, have fun.

LD PARADIGM

Same as Policy. Again, I'm probably not the best K judge. I'm also probably not good for contrived or arbitrary theory interps that don't relate to topicality. Even though I could possibly be convinced to vote on one, I don't like RVIs.

PF PARADIGM

I don't judge a lot of PF. Despite my Policy background, I don't think PF needs to become more like Policy. I think PF should remain accessible to the general public, and the round should be debated at a reasonable pace while using a minimal amount of debate lingo. I will probably flow, but I don't intend to evaluate the round at a highly technical level.

Policy Debater from 1996-1998 for Gregory-Portland HS (Texas)

Assistant Policy Debate Coach from 1998-2002 for Gregory-Portland HS (Texas)

Debate Coach/Teacher at Sinton HS (Texas) from 2002-2003

Debate Coach/Teacher at Hebron HS (Texas) from 2003-2007

Debate Coach/Teacher at San Marcos HS (Texas) from 2014-2017

Debate Coach/Teacher at Dripping Springs HS (Texas) from 2017-present

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Hendrickson Pflugerville Swing HS 2021-08-31 HNLD Quarte Mount Pleasant AH L C Anderson MO Aff
Hendrickson Pflugerville Swing HS 2021-08-31 PVPF R4 Westlake KK Strake Jesuit KS Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2021-06-07 WS Triple West Los Angeles Blue Arizona Blue Prop Prop 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2021-06-07 WS Quad Western Slope Violet Big Valley Gold Prop Prop 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2021-06-07 WS R5 Maine Blue Virginia Blue Opp
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2021-06-07 WS R3 New Jersey Blue New York City Blue Opp
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2021-06-07 WS R2 Golden Desert Blue West Los Angeles Green Prop
Texas UIL CX State Tournament Conference 4A 5A 6A HS 2021-03-19 4A Semi Salado FB Aubrey OM Neg Aff 2-1
Jack C Hays TFA and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2021-02-04 WSD R1 Campbell Moore & Grady Chirogianis & Will Dyck Kaitlin Everitt & Min Ko & Mohammad Zaidi Aff
LC Anderson Trojan Winter Classic HS 2021-01-14 WSD WSD Se Westla Simchak & Shuvit & Thevoz & Armstrong WAFIS Le & Zeng & Gordon & Quintanilla & Nasikwala OPP OPP 2-1
The Longhorn Classic Online HS 2020-12-04 CWS R4 Westlake Shuvit & Simchak & Thevoz Winston Churchill Rodriguez & De Hoyos & Wolf & McGuire & Moore Prop
Bowie Lampasas Badger Dawg Swing HS 2020-11-11 JNCX Finals Hendrickson BC L C Anderson HM Aff Aff 2-1
Bowie Lampasas Badger Dawg Swing HS 2020-11-11 JVCX R2 Odessa Permian BT Hendrickson PO Neg
The Hebron Standard TFA and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2020-11-05 VCX Semis ModernBrain HL Truman WW Aff Aff 2-1
The Hebron Standard TFA and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2020-11-05 LD R3 Shepto SG AHFC SN Aff
The Hebron Standard TFA and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2020-11-05 VPF R1 FloMou VV Jasper LC Neg
The Hebron Standard TFA and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2020-11-05 VPF R1 Jasper VV Shepto PR Aff
Reagan Dutch Invitational HS 2020-10-14 LD Final Shady Side Poltinnikov BASIS San Antonio Shavano Kandikayala Neg Neg 2-1
Reagan Dutch Invitational HS 2020-10-14 PF Semi St Mary's Hall Campos & Trujillo BASIS San Antonio Shavano Pollack & Mishra Aff Aff 3-0
Reagan Dutch Invitational HS 2020-10-14 LD R4 Winston Churchill Hofmann Claudia Taylor Johnson Pulapaka Neg
Reagan Dutch Invitational HS 2020-10-14 LD R4 William H Taft Matis Claudia Taylor Johnson Abrams Neg
Reagan Dutch Invitational HS 2020-10-14 NPF R3 BASIS San Antonio Shavano Smith & Morissette Winston Churchill Valdez & Brill Aff
Reagan Dutch Invitational HS 2020-10-14 NPF R2 Winston Churchill Cantu & Knowles BASIS San Antonio Shavano Shah & Devulapally Neg
Lindale Fall TFA HS 2020-09-16 NCX R3 St Mark's School of Texas Siddarth Bidare & Liam Seaward Princeton Aidan DeVore & Chris Augustin Neg
La Vernia TFA Bear Brawl HS 2020-09-12 LD R1 Bella Estrada James Tipton Aff
Hendrickson Pflugerville Swing HS 2020-09-03 HVLD R4 Odessa MT Westwood AM Neg
Leander High School TFA IQT HS 2020-08-26 WS R1 Westlake MMT Grand Oaks DLPDI Opp
Westlake Chap Star Swing TFA Tournament HS 2020-01-31 WVLD R2 Lake Travis JR Westwood LA Aff
Westlake Chap Star Swing TFA Tournament HS 2020-01-31 CVLD R2 Leander DB McNeil SC Neg
Westlake Chap Star Swing TFA Tournament HS 2020-01-31 CVLD R1 Westwood AY Westlake MR Aff
Winston Churchill Classic HS 2019-01-11 CCX R4 Ronald Reagan EM Louis D. Brandeis OB Aff
Winston Churchill Classic HS 2019-01-11 NCX R2 WB Ray LS Tuloso Midway ZZ Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas HS 2018-12-07 PF R5 Strake Jesuit College Prep XA Kinkaid WG Con
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas HS 2018-12-07 PF R5 Westwood RC Strake Jesuit College Prep CW Con
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas HS 2018-12-07 PF R3 A&M Consolidated SD McNeil SY Con
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas HS 2018-12-07 PF R1 Hendrickson YG Plano West Senior FZ Con
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas HS 2018-12-07 PF R1 Langham Creek TE Westlake YW Con
San Marcos High School Tournament HS 2018-11-30 VLD R1 Stony Point ST Winston Churchill JE Neg
San Marcos High School Tournament HS 2018-11-30 VLD R1 Austin SFA AR BASIS San Antonio Shavano CP Aff
WestlakeChaparral Star Swing HS 2018-09-28 CVPF Quarte LC Anderson CE St Mary's Hall PH Con Con 3-0
WestlakeChaparral Star Swing HS 2018-09-28 WPF Quarte Lake Travis PC LC Anderson BF Con Con 2-1
WestlakeChaparral Star Swing HS 2018-09-28 CVPF R4 A&M Consolidated SD Westwood LN Pro
WestlakeChaparral Star Swing HS 2018-09-28 CVPF R4 BASIS San Antonio Shavano VP Lake Travis MW Con
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 PF Rd 5 WB Ray KM St Mary's Hall PT Con
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 PF Rd 5 Midway DA WB Ray CC Con
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 PF Rd 3 Plano West Senior TZ Gregory Portland BR Pro
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 PF Rd 3 Westwood CC Westlake DR Con
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 PF Rd 1 Stratford CB Plano West Senior TZ Con
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 PF Rd 1 Dulles MP Strake Jesuit College Prep CH Pro
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2017-02-03 NCX R5 Jesuit Prep NC Coppell MD Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2017-02-03 NCX R3 Prosper JR Coppell DG Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2017-02-03 NCX R2 Coppell KR Jesuit Prep MA Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2017-02-03 NCX R1 Greenhill JS Lindale EM Aff
Winston Churchill Classic HS 2017-01-06 CCX RD 5 EarWar OR LakTra OM Neg
Winston Churchill Classic HS 2017-01-06 CCX RD 2 Reagan LS TriVal WS Aff