Paul Sheets Paradigm

Last changed 12/2 6:56P PDT

Debates:   I want you to convince me that your side is the "correct" one.   Please assume I know nothing about the topic, regardless of whether that might be true or not.    I have judged lots of PF, Parli, and LD, but consider myself a "Flay" judge. 

Spread at your own risk!  Quantity DOES NOT equal quality and if I get the sense you are trying to just overwhelm me with information and data vice being "on point" with your arguments it will most likely work against you.  On the flip side providing me lots of relevant information and facts can help you, as long as it is all germaine and meaningful.  There is a subjective aspect to most debates and I value well founded points that are delivered deliberately and effectively more than those that are delivered haphazardly or in a flurry of words.  Take your time and DON'T WASTE WORDS!

I will reward elequent / articulate speakers appropriately with speaker points, but it also isn't unheard of for me to award low point wins, so focus on your contentions and counters to your opponents' points - that is what will decide whether you win or not. 

Be respectful of your opponents during the heat of battle and in particular during cross-ex!  I realize your tempers may flare depending on what your opponents may say or do, but part of what I am looking for is your ability to remain professional and level-headed despite that.  I have been known to "ding" a team if I feel they were excessively rude and/or condescending.    

 

IEs:   I am looking for a presentation / performance that has a solid underlying message / meaning and I really want to feel that it is coming from your heart vice just being recited.  I believe IEs can and should make people think as well as just be entertaining.  A topic that is "funny", "tragic" or "sorrowful" isn't necessarily thought provoking.  Your use of the whole "stage", eye contact, projection, inflection, etc. really influence how powerfully your message comes across.   I want to sense an aura of confidence and command of your material when you are performing.  Endeavor to "Own the Room!"   

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 VPF R6 Leland HW Harker BA Aff
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 VPF R6 Gig Harbor NM Oakwood Secondary School - North Hollywood KL Aff
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 VPF R5 Mission San Jose KH Harker CM Aff
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 VPF R5 Denver East CT Nueva CC Aff
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/9/2016 LD Double Bonita Vista DB Torrey Pines FK Aff Aff on a 2-1
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/9/2016 LD R5 Torrey Pines SH Cypress VF Neg
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/9/2016 LD R5 Torrey Pines SS Westview NM Neg
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/4/2015 LD Double Desert Oasis LV Immaculate Heart MS Neg Neg on a 3-0
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/4/2015 Parli R3 Peninsula LL San Dieguito TM Aff
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/4/2015 Parli R2 Mission Vista RS Servite CS Neg
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/4/2015 Parli R1 La Canada LM Torrey Pines SY Aff
Southern California NSDA District 3/20/2015 PF R2 Fermin & Guerrieri Rao & Xiong Neg
Southern California NSDA District 3/20/2015 PF R2 Usmani & Gao Barbee & Dorantes Aff
Southern California NSDA District 3/20/2015 LD R1 Aga Rui Aff
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/5/2014 PF Octo Clovis North RO Dougherty Valley KM Neg Neg on a 3-0
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/5/2014 PF R4 Stockdale AP Claremont DB Neg
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/5/2014 PF R4 Overland GS Oakwood HR Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/17/2014 NPF Quarte San Marino Deng & Chung Nueva Love & Santhanam Neg Neg on a 3-0
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/17/2014 NPF R4 El Modena Dector & Ghafari San Marino Natarajan & Khan Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/17/2014 OPF R3 Gabrielino Niu & Nguyen Salem Hills Cook & Davis Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/17/2014 OPF R3 Capitol Debate Jinich & Yoon Oxford Lee & Park Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/17/2014 MPF Round Nova 42 Ho & Kim CL Education Ye & Jo Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/17/2014 OPF R1 Oxford Shin & Patel Nueva Rosenberg & Conrad Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/17/2014 OPF R1 El Modena Tsai & Woodruff Oxford Bandyopadhyay & Cho Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/17/2014 MPF Round CL Education Jun & Kim Nova 42 Chung & Lim Aff