Mike Bietz Paradigm

Last changed Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 11:10 PM UTC

Head Coach: Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles CA | mbietz@hw.com

Use pocketbox.net for sharing speech documents. No more email or flashdrive problems. The affirmative should have this ready to go before the round starts

Jonah Feldman, coach at UC Berkeley, summed up a lot of what I have to say about how I evaluate arguments

Specifically:

I do not believe that a dropped argument is necessarily a true argument

I am primarily interested in voting on high quality arguments that are well explained, persuasively advanced, and supported with qualified evidence and insightful examples. I am not interested in voting on low quality arguments that are insufficiently explained, poorly evidenced, and don't make sense. Whether or not the argument was dropped is a secondary concern...

How should this effect the way I debate?

1) Choose more, especially in rebuttals. Instead of extending a lot of different answers to an advantage or offcase argument, pick your spots and lock in.

2) If the other team has dropped an argument, don't take it for granted that it's a done deal. Make sure it's a complete argument and that you've fully explained important components and implications of winning that argument.

His full paradigm: https://www.tabroom.com/index/paradigm.mhtml?judge_person_id=6366

 

More stuff:

The affirmative probably should be topical.

I think that I'm one of the few circuit LD judges who votes affirmative more than I vote negative. I prefer an affirmative that provides a problem and then a solution/alternative to the problem. Negatives must engage. Being independently right isn't enough.

I would probably consider myself a policy-maker with an extremely left bent. Answering oppression with extinction usually doesn't add up for me. I'll take immediate, known harms over long term, speculative, multi-link impacts 90 out of 100 times. This isn't paradigmatic so much as it is negatives failing to engage the affirmative.

Given my propensity to vote affirmative and give the affirmative a lot of leeway in defining the scope of the problem/solution, and requiring the negative to engage, I'd suggest you take out the 3 minutes of theory pre-empts and add more substance.

Topicality is probably not an RVI, ever. Same with Ks. Today I saw someone contend that if he puts defense on a Kritik to make debate a safe space, the judge should vote for him because he'll feel attacked.

Cut your presumption spikes. It's bad for debate to instruct judges not to look for winning arguments. It also encourages debaters to make rounds unclear or irreconcilable if they are behind on actual issues.

Where an argument can be made "substantively" or without theory, just make it without theory. For example, you opponent not having solvency isn't a theory violation. it just means they can't solve. Running theory flips the coin again. So it's both annoying and bad strategy. Other examples might include: Plan flaws, no solvency advocate, and so on. Theory IS the great equalizer in that it gives someone who is otherwise losing an argument a chance to win.

Cross-x cannot be transferred to prep time.

 

Some annoyances:

- Not letting your opponents answer a question. More specifically, male debaters who have been socialized to think its ok to interrupt females who have been socialized not to put up a fight. If you ask the question, give them a chance to answer.

- Ignoring or belittling the oppression or marginalization of people in favor of smug libertarian arguments will definitely not end up well for you.

- People who don't disclose or they password protect or require their opponents to delete speech documents. I'm not sure why what you read is private or a secret if you've read it out loud. The whole system of "connected" kids and coaches who know each other using backchannel methods to obtain intelligence is one of the most exclusionary aspects of debate. This *is* what happens when people don't disclose. I'll assume if you don't disclose you prefer the exclusionary system. 

Some considerations for you:

- if you’re reading such old white male cards that you have to edit for gendered language, maybe consider finding someone who doesn’t use gendered language... and if you notice that ONLY white men are defending it, maybe consider changing your argument.

- if you find yourself having to pre-empt race or gender arguments in your case, maybe you shouldn't run the arguments.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 LD 4 Keller AR Winston Churchill MD NEG
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 LD 4 Montgomery GC Westwood SM AFF
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 LD Doubles Carroll SM Westwood SM AFF
Carroll SM on a 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD 5 Edina KS Westwood DL AFF
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD Finals Brentwood WJa Servite PA AFF
Brentwood on a 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD 3 IH Kempner JS Torrey Pines JC AFF
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD 5 Edgemont ML Carroll HS - Southlake AP AFF
Loyola Invitational 9/8/2017 LD 1 MV Independent VA Elite of Irvine CLe AFF
Loyola Invitational 9/8/2017 LD 2 Edina KS Quarry Lane VG AFF
Loyola Invitational 9/8/2017 LD 3 Sage Hill Independent TG Crescenta Valley SK NEG
Loyola Invitational 9/8/2017 LD 3 Carmel Valley Independent RAg Sage Independent AA AFF
Loyola Invitational 9/8/2017 LD 4 Immaculate Heart MC Carmel Valley Independent RA NEG
Loyola Invitational 9/8/2017 LD 4 CL Education AY Crescenta Valley DY AFF
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 LD 6 Immaculate Heart DD Westwood RM AFF
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships 4/8/2017 LD 4 Greenhill BZ Harker SL AFF
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships 4/8/2017 LD 6 Logan WC Marlborough ZW NEG
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships 4/8/2017 LD Octas Harker EM Newark Science DA NEG
Newark Sci on a 2-1
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 NLD 1 Meadows AS Oakwood Secondary School - North Hollywood CK NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 NLD 2 Meadows AW Brentwood DW AFF
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 NLD 2 La Costa Canyon SN Rowland Hall-St. Mark's VT NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 NLD 3 Brentwood DW La Costa Canyon SN AFF
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 NLD 4 Brentwood HG Rowland Hall-St. Mark's RG AFF
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 NLD Quarters Brentwood DW West EW AFF
Brentwood on a 3-0
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD 5 Copper Hills MT Juan Diego Catholic ZS AFF
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD 5 Bingham BL Centennial HH NEG
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD 6 Logan KT East AN AFF
Alta Silver and Black 12/1/2016 LD Double Marlborough GK Mountain View GH AFF
Marlboroug on a 3-0
The Damien Debates 11/12/2016 OLD 2 Loyola JC Gabrielino LT AFF
The Damien Debates 11/12/2016 OLD 4 Loyola LA Polytechnic DM AFF
The Damien Debates 11/12/2016 OLD Quarters Meadows ER Harker AT AFF
Meadows ER on a 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 LD 5 Westwood SN Albuquerque HB AFF
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 LD 6 Harker NT Northland Christian MP NEG
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 LD Doubles Westwood AG Apple Valley JB NEG
Apple Vall on a 2-1
New Roads Middle School 10/8/2016 MSPDP Round 1 Topic 1 Windward (Middle School) VPH New Roads Middle BW OPP
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD 1 St. Andrew's Episcopal JM Lake Travis KE NEG
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD 2 St. Andrew's Episcopal IB Newark Science OA AFF
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD 3 Reed Unaffiliated LR Isidore Newman AS AFF
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD 4 John Augillard III LC Isidore Newman SG AFF
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD 5 Cedar Park MT Dulles AW AFF
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD 6 Isidore Newman LA Christopher Columbus AT AFF
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD Quarters Dulles AW St. Andrew's Episcopal IB NEG
St. Andrew on a 3-0
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition 9/30/2016 LD Semis Cedar Park MT Dulles MK AFF
Cedar Park on a 2-1
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD 2 Dulles AW Northland Christian JW AFF
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD 2 Holy Cross RS Harrison LC AFF
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD 6 Cypress Woods CJ Marlborough LG NEG
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD 6 Southlake Carroll AP Westwood RM NEG
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD Double Octas Newark Science BA St. Andrew's Episcopal IB AFF
Newark Sci on a 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD Semifinal Newark Science BA Harrison RP AFF
Harrison R on a 2-1
Loyola Invitational 9/10/2016 LD 3 Marlborough GN West Ranch MK AFF
Loyola Invitational 9/10/2016 LD 4 MV Independent LH Oakwood School - North Hollywood LB AFF
Reagan Foundation Great Communicator Western Qualifier 4/17/2016 Open q Alex Zhao Hayton Oei AFF
Alex Zhao on a 2-1
NDCA National Championships 4/9/2016 LD 5 Harker EM Presentation MS NEG
NDCA National Championships 4/9/2016 LD Octas Lexington KB Greenhill VA NEG
Greenhill on a 3-0
NDCA National Championships 4/9/2016 LD Quarters Harrison SR Greenhill VA AFF
Greenhill on a 2-1
NDCA National Championships 4/9/2016 LD Quarters Newark Science AK Harker SP AFF
Newark Sci on a 2-1
King Round Robin 4/1/2016 LDRR 7 Cambridge Rindge and Latin OS Clements FT NEG
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD 6 Central Valley AM Harker KS AFF
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD 6 Harker KQ Westview AL AFF
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD Doubles Dougherty Valley CS Harker SPy NEG
Harker SPy on a 2-1
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD Doubles Greenhill BE Northland Christian ML AFF
Greenhill on a 3-0
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD Quarters Newark Science AK Harker SPy AFF
Newark Sci on a 2-1
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD Semis Peninsula KK Greenhill VA NEG
Greenhill on a 3-0
2016 California Round Robin 2/11/2016 LD RR 2 Greenhill BE Loyola JO AFF
2016 California Round Robin 2/11/2016 LD RR 2 Mission San Jose SS La Canada AZ AFF
2016 California Round Robin 2/11/2016 LD RR 6 Mountain View DZ Phoenix Country Day PW NEG
2016 California Round Robin 2/11/2016 LD RR 6 Greenhill VA Immaculate Heart LM AFF
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD 4 Greenhill GB Holy Cross TL AFF
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD RKR Montgomery High WP Greenhill VA NEG
Greenhill on a 3-0
The Meadows Invitational 10/30/2015 LD 5 Marlborough MC Greenhill GB NEG
The Meadows Invitational 10/30/2015 LD Doubles Cambridge Rindge and Latin OS Rowland Hall-St. Mark's KO AFF
Cambridge on a 3-0
The Meadows Invitational 10/30/2015 LD Octos Greenhill GB Harker KQ AFF
Greenhill on a 2-1
The Meadows Invitational 10/30/2015 LD Quarters Greenhill VA Clements Indepedent FT AFF
Greenhill on a 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 LD Round 1 Harker KQ Northland Christian ML AFF
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 LD Doubles Greenhill BE Meadows KB AFF
Greenhill on a 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 LD Doubles Greenhill GB New Trier LK AFF
Greenhill on a 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 LD Octas Plano East Senior AK Greenhill VA NEG
Greenhill on a 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 LD Octas Harker KQ Greenhill BE NEG
Greenhill on a 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/19/2015 LD 5 Winston Churchill KH J. Graham Brown BD NEG
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 LD 6 Harrison SR Newark Science AF NEG
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 LD 2 Presentation RG Midway JH AFF
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 LD 3 Harker KQ Rancho Bernardo IT AFF
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 LD 4 Green Valley RS Presentation MS NEG
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 LD 4 Greenhill VA Marlborough AG AFF
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 LD 5 Gig Harbor AB Mountain View KX NEG
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 LD Semi Harker PR Greenhill BE AFF
Harker PR on a 2-1
NDCA National Championships 4/12/2015 LD Final Harker PR Greenhill VA AFF
Harker PR on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/14/2015 VLD 5 Houston Memorial PK Presentation MS NEG
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/14/2015 VLD 5 Presentation RG Palo Alto HY AFF
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/14/2015 VLD Semis Greenhill BE Newark Science SS AFF
Newark Sci on a 2-1
California Round Robin 2/12/2015 LD RR 5 Newark Science SS Peninsula AT AFF
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD M Dukes Greenhill VA Peninsula AT AFF
Greenhill on a 3-0
Harker Policy and LD Invitational 11/15/2014 VLD Round 1 Presentation KS Palo Alto AL NEG
The Meadows School 10/31/2014 LD Doubles Chaminade CP ER Greenhill GB NEG
Greenhill on a 3-0
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 RR-V 2 Mission San Jose AB Lynbrook Debate DW AFF
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 RR-P 3 Del Mar Independent KK Meadows MS NEG
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 VLD 3 Young Genius AS Marlborough BT NEG
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 VLD 3 Marlborough LG La Reina EP AFF
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 VLD 4 Mountain View DZ Arbor View H.S. AA NEG
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 VLD 4 Harker MS Chaminade CP BS AFF
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 VLD 5 Dougherty Valley SZ Harker KQ NEG
Voices Foundation Invitational 10/10/2014 VLD 5 Marlborough GK Dougherty Valley CS AFF
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 RRLD 1 Claire Kueffner Danny DeBois NEG
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 RRLD 4 Ram Prasad Arjun Tambe AFF
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 RRLD 5 Jessica Levy Chris Kymn AFF
Loyola Invitational 9/13/2013 LD 1 Marlborough AG Citrus Valley RS AFF
Loyola Invitational 9/13/2013 LD 1 4S Ranch AN PV Peninsula JZ AFF
Loyola Invitational 9/13/2013 LD 6 PV Peninsula RT Meadows KB AFF