Megan Butt ParadigmLast changed 1/14 8:46A EDT
I am the Director of Speech & Debate at Providence High School and coach both LD (traditional) and PF.
I'm generally a flow judge, and look for the following in round:
Framework: I will evaluate the round under frameworks that are established early and consistently extended. If there are competing frameworks, tell me which I should prefer and why. In PF, if neither team provides a framework, I will default to cost/benefit/util analysis. In LD, contentions should be clearly warranted back to value; please weigh values unless they're clearly a wash.
Narrative: I'm looking for organized narratives -- each response after your constructive should either attack the entire contention-level argument, or specific analysis/warrants. In PF, by the second half of the round, you should narrow to the most key arguments & impacts in your case, & answers to your opponent's case. In LD, I'm looking for value debate first, then contention-level. Please clearly signpost/indicate which arguments & where you're responding so they don't get lost on my flow.
Evidence: I prefer that you fully explain evidence & its role in the round; quality context/warranting beats quantity of cards any day. Please don't just extend taglines/card authors -- flesh out the narrative, and extend the "how" & "why" as well.
I tend to be a more traditional LD judge, but I can judge progressive LD -- I am willing to entertain theory, K's, progressive case structures, etc. Explanation/narrative is still key, since these are not regularly run on my regional circuit and I am likely not as well-read as you.
At the end of the day, this is a communication event, and I will evaluate the round holistically. It's your job as the debater in the round to persuade me that the arguments you're winning are important, not just that you're winning the "most" arguments. Overall narrative, links, & impacting matter.